Daily Archives October 17, 2007


Thanks to msacks and wade who both posted comments asking if they could see the “before” untouched shot of the house image (shown above–click for a larger view), to see how the Seven Point System was applied to create the final image posted yesterday.

I also think it’s helpful to see the “before” windows (the open windows I covered), and the large truck and the DLWS van on the sides, which I had to clone out, though the edge vignette effect (which is also included in the Seven Point book, even though it’s not one of the “Seven Points”), did help to minimize distraction around the edges of the image, too.

Thanks again to msacks and wade for the suggestion. :)


I’m back in the office now, and happy to announce the first two winners of the “iPhone Book-a-day” giveway. They are:

Monday – Day 1: Jonathan Perez
Tuesday – Day 2: Chris Kennedy

I have no idea where these two fine people are from, because we don’t ask for address information until you’ve won (so we can ship you the book). We’ll ship the books (or the iPhone itself), to any country. Also, if you win one of the “iPhone Book a Day” contests, you’re still in the running for the grand prize on the 10th day. Thanks for entering, and good luck everybody!


Inside Digital Photo radio has just posted an in-depth radio interview with me about my new Photoshop 7-point-system, and a whole bunch of other stuff (It was one of the most fun interviews I’ve done, because after a short while, the host Scott Shepard and I kind of forgot it was an interview, and it turned into two buddies talking on the phone, and we talked about my Canon experience, and Nikon stuff, and iPhone stuff, and well…you name it). Here’s the link. 


On Tuesday about an hour before sunset we headed out to a lighthouse, right near a public beach, where I got this very “Cape Cod-like” shot (click on it for a much larger view). Same camera and lens as the shot I posted yesterday, but at 50mm, with an exposure of f/11 at 1/20 of a second, shot in Aperture priority mode (I shoot all outdoor shots in Aperture priority so I can control the focus of the background).

NOTE: I had a number of comments and emails yesterday about how yesterday’s photo was post-processed. For the image you see here, and yesterday’s image, I used my “Photoshop Seven Point System” for all image toning, but in yesterday’s image I had to do some serious cloning, because on the right side of the house, you could see the DLWS van in the parking lot, so I cloned that out. But worse yet, on the left side of the house, in front of the front porch, was a huge Army Corp of Engineer’s truck that had to be cloned out, and it took some time, but it was totally ruining the shot.

Although those two things HAD to be removed to save the shot (believe me, I tried recomposing as best I could, but that truck was REALLY big and in just the wrong place), then I cheated a little bit. If you look at the third window from the right on the bottom floor, it looks just like the other windows. In reality, that window was open, and it didn’t look very good, so I copied the window to the left of it up onto its own layer, and then I dragged that nice golden reflection window over the open window, and used Free Transform to shrink it down just a little bit so it was a perfect fit (this “window swap” was much easier than it sounds–it took all of 30-seconds). I did the exact same thing for one of the windows above the front porch–I copied the closed reflecting window to the left of it, and put it over the open window.

Other than the two window swaps, and cloning out the truck and the van, the rest was just toning use my Seven Point System. By the way, I got my first printed copy of the book on Friday right before I left for Detroit, and I was really psyched. Also, if you’re going to PhotoPlus in NYC this week, we can’t promise it, but Peachpit Press has a booth there, and they hope to have a limited number of copies there for sale. Hey, you didn’t hear it from me. ;-)