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Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More on the release may be found at Mr. Finehouse's Blog.

Written by Richard Seymour on Thursday, February 18, 2010
Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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Written by Richard Seymour on Thursday, January 07, 2010
Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Written by Richard Seymour on Monday, January 04, 2010

For release notes and new camera models added, click here.

Written by Richard Seymour on Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Adobe would like to think that no photographer could imagine living without this product, but in reality, most digital photographers have survived without it for years and question why the need it now. Much of the confusion for many photographers exists because the feature set of each of the Photoshop products overlap, e.g. they all allow you to adjust the brightness and contrast of your image.

Written by Richard Seymour on Sunday, December 27, 2009

(Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map) at the top of the layer stack.  The effect will be very strong but it can look better if blend modes are used.  I find that lowering the Opacity of the adjustment layer to around 30% and changing the blend mode to Soft Light produces a nice effect.

Written by Richard Seymour on Friday, December 25, 2009

On an early October evening in 1843, Charles Dickens stepped from the brick-and-stone portico of his home near Regent's Park in London. The cool air of dusk was a relief from the day's unseasonal humidity, as the author began his nightly walk through what he called "the black streets" of the city.

 

Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A good part of the U.S. has snow and lots of it at the moment, I know we do here in New England, and have even heard friends talk about it down in Texas this year, Houston no less, amazing.   I therefore thought it would be a good time to remind folks the main trick to photographing snow.

Written by Richard Seymour on Monday, December 21, 2009

Anyway, the point is that although most of you are thinking your little P&S cameras take pretty good photos, and they do, knowing a few details can make sure that they stay good, even in the tricky situations.  What makes a tricky situation, well, it’s going to be light 99% of the time.  And what is it exactly that the big SLR, with a big honker lens hanging on it has that the little point and shoot doesn’t, anyway?  My answer to that is besides big

Written by Richard Seymour on Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lightroom is the photo “everything” solution for photographers.  As you can read anywhere, it is NOT a replacement for Photoshop.  I would go so far as to say it’s a very good replacement for Bridge, however.  Some will still hold that Bridge, Lightroom and Photoshop are a good trifecta, but honestly speaking I think Bridge is becoming, and will prove to be mostly redundant—unless you’ve been married to Bridge for more years than you can count, and

Written by Richard Seymour on Saturday, December 19, 2009

When merging a set of layers so you can work on your image in a single-layer way, try stamping them to a new layer instead.  Select all relevant layers and press Command-Option-E (PC: Ctrl-Alt-E).  Its the same as duplicating them, then merging, but quicker.

You can now hide the visibility of the original layers (click on their Eye icons) and keep them as backup in case you need to alter them individually again.

Written by Richard Seymour on Saturday, December 19, 2009

Okay, this one really isn't for that many people out there, however I saw a guy walking down Newbury the other day with a Nikon D3X around his neck (yeah, really) - but he also had the Nikon factory camera strap attached, as well as the cap still proudly displayed on the "kit-lens" that came with it (think of that like an extra battery).  Okay, so even fewer still probably know what I am talking about with the Nikon guy, but some of you do, or get i

Written by Scott DiNitto on Friday, December 18, 2009

by Stephen King
(reprinted in Sylvia K. Burack, ed. The Writer's Handbook. Boston, MA: Writer, Inc., 1988: 3-9)


I. The First Introduction

Written by Richard Seymour on Thursday, December 17, 2009

jargra logoHeads up, smokers: Lighting up near your computer is heresy enough that Apple says it voids your warranty should you need to bring a smoke-exposed computer in for repair.

Written by Richard Seymour on Thursday, December 17, 2009

jargra logoFirst press the letter I to select the Eyedropper tool, then click-and-hold inside your document, and drag outside the document window onto the object you’d like to sample.  Release your mouse button and the sampled color appears as your new foreground color.  That’s it and it is a great tip for getting a really neat color picked off of a website or other object you have anywhere on your computer screen.

Written by Scott DiNitto on Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chitika Research has released a recent research report that guages which PPC network is delivering the most clicks. Read more here:

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/12/bing-ads-over-75-more-likely-to-be-clicked-than-google-ads.ars

Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

jargra logoWhen you create a grid box inside Vanishing Point, in addition to having the option of returning that grid back to Photoshop as a 3D object, you also have the option of exporting it as a 3D object that you can import into After Effects CS4 and manipulate in a 3D layer. Just click on the small right-facing triangle in the top of the dialog, and in the fly out menu, choose Export for After Effects (.vpe).

Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

If your're in Bridge and you want to open a RAW photo without going through the Camera Raw dialog, just press and hold the shift key--then double click the image.  It'll bypass the Camera Raw dialog, apply the current settings to the photo, and open it in Photoshop.

Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Written by Richard Seymour on Monday, November 16, 2009

Russian-American pianist Constantine Finehouse, praised for “interpretations of depth and maturity,” was born in St. Petersburg, raised in Boston and educated at New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. As part of American Double, he released a 2CD album of William Bolcom’s complete violin and piano music on Albany Records in September 2007.   Finehouse is currently recording Bolcom’s solo piano music for Naxos Records. He has performed extensively in the US and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician.

Written by Richard Seymour on Monday, November 16, 2009

Among other things, digital capture and post-production have created a more thoughtful and sophisticated approach to light.  We have always seen a real-life scene in quite a different way from a recorded image, but before digital the options for reconciling the scene with the image were limited.  So limited, in fact, that there was little point worrying over fundamentals like capturing the entire tonal range of a high-contrast scene, or trying to br

Written by Richard Seymour on Sunday, November 15, 2009

11 years prior to this a man well known in some circles, a physicist to be precise, named Tim Berners-Lee had been working on a project called Enquire, a prototype system that used the concept of hypertext to allow the sharing and updating of information among CERN’s researchers.  At this point the internet had become a haven for scientists and academics alike, and by 1989 CERN had become the largest internet node in Europe.  Berners-Lee wrote a pap

Written by Scott DiNitto on Monday, November 09, 2009

Salem graveyard, the entrance

This is the scary and spooky entrance to what turned out to be a beautiful cemetary.

 


Written by Richard Seymour on Sunday, November 08, 2009

I am going to start a short series on light here in the blog, which will be emulated in the online book of photography—in a more linear fashion, both here on the Two Geeks and a Girl Website.

Written by Richard Seymour on Sunday, November 08, 2009

To begin with, Wikipedia answers the question thusly: A webpage or web page is a document or resource of information that is suitable for the World Wide Web and can be accessed through a web browser and displayed on a computer screen.

Written by Scott DiNitto on Thursday, November 05, 2009

One time I made a log in account for someone to use on my system. We'll call her Mary. She needed to login in to my system to do some work, and so I created the user name mary with a temporary password mary123. I asked Mary to change it when she got a moment. That moment never came.

Written by Richard Seymour on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cellist Sebastian Baverstam photographed in Boston, October 2009 by JarGra Photographic Art.

For more Sebastian: http://richardseymour.zenfolio.com/p383484549

 

 

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