It's time for our midweek look at stuff: Since we've been talking about shooting food this week, here's a site that mixes Photoshop with photography. It's called "Teri Shoots Food" and they've got a very clever way to show the Photoshop post production work applied to some high-end food shoots. You basically "scrub" your slider over the image, and it shows you the before/after image as you drag. It's very slick (and there's some very nicely done Photoshop work there). Here's the link. Famous Sport Shooter (and educator) Dave Black just dedicated this month's installment of his popular "Workshop at the Ranch" to talking about, and actually showing, Joe McNally's groundbreaking book, "The Moment It Clicks." Dave did an amazing job of really taking you "inside the book" in a way I haven't seen before. Here's the link (plus, while you're there---make sure you…


The original image is shown above—that’s Photoshop User Managing Editor Issac Stolzenbach, on his classic Honda Shadow Sabre (click for a larger view).


The Lucis Art plug-in interface (Click for a larger view).


The grittier, hyper-sharpened, high-contrast image after applying the Lucis Art plug-in (click for a larger view).

Photography, like fashion itself, seems to go though periods of time where there is a certain “look” that everybody wants to have, and right now the hot look for portraits is what you might call the “Dave Hill look” (I blogged about Dave’s photography last month—here’s the link). His trademark look is gritty, sharp, yet at the same time I’ve heard it described as almost “painterly” in nature. Whatever you want to call it; every big celebrity and rock band wants him to shoot them, and even big business magazines are calling on him to shoot their covers. He’s the “it” photographer.

Now, after researching the living daylights out of this topic, I can tell you this: I don’t believe Dave Hill’s look comes from a plug-in, or just a Photoshop technique, or just a

I mentioned last week that I've been trying to get my wife to do a cookbook of her recipes, and along those lines I've been shooting a lot of food lately (when I tell people I've been shooting food, they usually look at me and say, "Food?" I tell them to think of the type of shots you'd see in a cookbook---as shown above where I mocked up some of my shots with a cookbook layout). I've done a food shoot every single day this past week, and I've gained 14.3 lbs. (totally kidding, but I've got to tell you, since I'm closely watching my weight, it's tough shooting food and not totally chowing down on it. The only saving grace is; once you're done shooting it for an hour or two, you usually wouldn't want to eat it). I took the shots above…

Before we get started, just a quick word of thanks to the wonderful folks at the ISAP (International Society of Aviation Photographers). I spoke at their annual symposium in Dallas, Texas yesterday (on behalf of Nikon), and I just had a wonderful time. They're a terrific group to present to, and once again I was blown away by the images their members capture. They had a mini-gallery set-up of their attendees work, and it was just absolutely stunning. Thanks to Nikon and ISAP for having me back this year. On a side note: while at ISAP I picked up a wonderful book by aviation photographer Erik Hildebrandt called "Anytime Baby; Hail and Farewell to the Navy F-14 Tomcat." It's filled with incredible images, and fascinating stories about one of the most amazing fighter jets ever made (Here's the link to it on Now,…

I used Dave Cross's ingenious "Photoshop World PDF Planner" to pick which classes at the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (on April 2-4), I would take if I wasn't teaching any classes myself, and could attend a different class the entire conference--just like an attendee (see the graphic above, which was generated from Dave's planner). Now, these aren't my suggestions for everybody else; these are just the sessions I would catch if I could (although I am going to do my darndest to catch at least one class per day---that's much harder to do than it sounds with my schedule). If you're going to Photoshop World, go to Dave's site and download his free planner---you will love it. If you're going, but you haven't signed up---there's only two days left to take advantage of the $100 off early bird registration. If you're not…