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    Greetings! My name is Chris Orwig , and I’m a photographer, interactive designer and educator. I whole heartedly agree with the acclaimed French photographer Marc Riboud who says, “Photography is about savoring life at 1/100th of a second.” And it is true, isn’t it? Photography enriches, enlivens and expands how we think, what we see and who we are. Photography helps us live more fully, more completely. Having a camera in hand does make a difference. Yet, throughout one’s photographic journey, there are seasons when our passion and vitality dwindles. That’s why we read blogs like this. We’re looking for a bit of straightforward information and inspiration that will further us along. In light of that, here’s a post devoted to providing you with some creative thoughts and anecdotes that will hopefully lead you to creating more compelling photographs – enjoy!

    Burn out or Burn Bright
    As a photography faculty at the Brooks Institute, I’ve worked with a wide range of students. Some have gone on to accomplish great things – even fame! Others have dried up, burned out and left the field all together. I’ve always been interested in this dichotomy, and it interests our students as well. They are always on the lookout for the secret that will help them excel. A few years back, one student was having his portfolio reviewed by the legendary Jay Maisel.

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    The review was fine, yet after it was over the student pleaded with Jay, “Tell me, how can I take more interesting photos?” With missing a beat, Jay volleyed back, “Become a more interesting person.” Or said in another way, as Chris Rainier told me last week, “…at some point photography becomes autobiographical. In order to create better photos, sometimes we need to put down the photography books and magazines. Then we need to go out and to develop who we are.”

    Who we are, shapes what we see.

    Make the Ordinary Extraordinary
    Regardless of who you are or what your do, it is easy for anyone to fall prey to “if only” thinking. If only I had that lens. If only I had that camera. If only I was given that assignment. If only I lived in that town. If only. Yet, to counter such stifling thoughts, many photographers I know use their imagination to redefine circumstances. And right now, I’m not talking about photographically finding beauty in unlikely circumstances. While that is critical, here I’m talking about defining who you are and what you do. Let me explain.

    OK, today in Part 2 we're looking at the Post Processing I did to yesterday's image, and for that I used the new Lucis Art Pro plug-in (which I'm going to mini-review in this same post). DISCLAIMER: If you hate the Dave Hill look, or you're tired of it, or whatever...do me a favor---just skip this post. The reason I did the post in the first place is that this is the #1 most-requested technique I get from readers, and I thought I'd give it a whirl. Obviously, this was a huge mistake on my part, because apparently it just mostly made people mad at me (I don't know why it always has to come to this---it's just a Photoshop technique for goodness sakes). But since I did part one and promised to show the post-processing, I feel like I should finish it, so…

    ....Author, Brooks Institute faculty member, designer, educator, and Photoshop World instructor Chris Orwig. Chris is an incredibly talented photographer and engaging instuctor, and I'm just delighted to have him here on the blog, and I can't wait to see what's he's bringing us tomorrow. In the meantime, check out some of Chris' photography (here's the link), and make sure you're back here tomorrow to catch his special guest post.

    The image above is from a promo shoot I did last week for rapper "10 Minute" and I wanted to apply a "Dave Hill" like look to the images, but I cheated---I used a plug-in. (click on it for a much larger view). Now, let me say this up front: From the research I've done, I don't believe photographer Dave Hill actually uses a Photoshop plug-in; I believe he creates his look without a plug, using a series of layer blend modes, High Pass Sharpening, Skin Smoothing, and Dodging and Burning (and I am working on that whole Photoshop-only workflow as we speak, and will do a post on it when I'm finished), but since I needed to get this job done fast; I used the Lucis Art Pro 6.0 plug-in, and I feel like it got me pretty close to the look (a…

    If you use Photoshop CS4, could I bother you to take a moment and let me (and us at NAPP) know a little more about how you use Photoshop CS4, by taking this 15-second survey? Many thanks----Scott. <a href ="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1279187/" >Photoshop CS4 Tool Survey: How often do you use the new "Content Aware Scaling" feature?</a> <br/> <span style="font-size:9px;" mce_style="font-size:9px;"> (<a href ="http://www.polldaddy.com"> polls</a>)</span>

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