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  • Monthly Archives May 2009

      I've got a two-headed problem on my hands, and I guess I brought it on myself, so now I have to try and fix it myself.  For the entire first half of my career as a Photoshop educator, I was probably best known for teaching Photoshop special effects. It started with my "Down & Dirty Tricks" column in Photoshop User magazine, and then that grew into one of my best selling books ever; Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks (A whole book of nothing but special effects), and every Photoshop seminar I've ever done has included a "Down & Dirty Tricks Class." In fact, I've been doing a Down & Dirty Tricks class at nearly every Photoshop World Conference & Expo since the thing started back in 1999.  So, here comes the problem. For the 2nd half of my career, I've been focusing on…

    Howdy folks. It's Friday---here's what's up:  Lightroom 2 Discount over this weekend Adobe's $25 off deal on Lightroom 2 is over on Sunday, so if you were thinking of making the jump; tick, tick! (here's the link) A Slew of New Online Classes Posted I've fallen behind on letting you know about new classes. Here's what's gone live recently:  Using your Nikon D90 with Laurie Excell. (Link) Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS4 Integration with Terry White (Link) Mastering Color in Photoshop CS4: Creative Color with Matt Kloskowski (Link) Using Your Nikon D700 with Laurie Excell (Link) Successful Pre-Production for Location Shooting with Richard Riley (Link) Plus, we're just finishing up some long overdue classes on how to use your Canon DSLRs from Canon Explorer of Light, Rick Sammon. I'll let you know as soon as his classes go live (hopefully next week).  Corey Kicked Some Butt in Richmond I have heard nothing…

    That's right; in the fine tradition of so many Thursday's before it's "Embarrassing Photo Thursday." This one is a promo photo from the band "The Edge" (I posted a photo of me playing with them on May 14th). This shot was taken about 25 years ago, in a parking garage in downtown Lakeland, Florida, and I must say, I was sportin' some pretty slick aviator's sunglasses. (Note: In case you were wondering; yes, that is Big Electric Cat drummer Scott Stahley [2nd from the left], when he was just a mere lad of 18-years-old). OK, you can stop all the snickering now; it's time for some news: Eddie is Rock Steady! My man Eddie Tapp scored big yesterday with a great guest blog, despite the fact that he included a photo of me (during Eddie's Photoshop Hall of Fame induction ceremony), which was taken before…

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    Portrait of Eddie Tapp / Image © Phillip Charis

    Half the Image

    There are primarily three ingredients that make a photograph become a part of you. Looking at images from the likes of Joe McNally, you would make a quick assumption that the subject matter is high on the list, and naturally the subject matter itself is what we see. But that is aesthetical rather than technical, and aesthetics I’ll leave for later. Technically, there are three ingredients that bring us into a photograph. I’ll get to that later too.

    Without thinking about it, look through a magazine that you’re not so familiar with (and maybe ones that you are). As you flip through the pages, something will stop you and you will give this page your undivided attention. When this happens, chances are something visual grabbed your attention first.

    When you get featured in Nikon World magazine, you get to do something that's almost as cool as being in the magazine itself; they do a live interview with you (about a month after the feature comes out), where you get to tell the story behind each shot featured in the magazine. Then they marry that interview with the images and it becomes a really cool online audio slideshow and the whole thing is really nicely done. (Here's the link to the audio slideshow interview). Nikon did a great job with this whole concept (what a perfect follow-up to the article), and if you've got a few minutes I invite you to check it out over at their site (here's the link to my feature page (shown above); just click the "Audio Slideshow" link or the direct link in the previous paragraph. Also, I'm…

    Hi Everybody: I'm back in the saddle after a wild week out West last week (I missed my "Embarrassing Photo Thursday" so here ya go: It's from the mid-80s during my short stint with the band "Sneek." (photo by NAPP member Jay Handler. Who'd a thunkit?). I think we played just one or two gigs before we broke up (dig my Eddie Van Halen knock-off red and white taped guitar). Now, onto the update, report, and stuffage that's been stacking up: Down in Downtown The day before the shoot, I got to do an impromptu photo walk in Downtown Denver with Jason from the Canonblogger.com (really great guy---we had a lot of fun, laughed a lot, and had a great dinner with the seminar team). I think I even got a few decent shots, but I'll never know, because the next morning I accidentally…

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