Leveling up: Frequency Separation Editing

I’m really excited about my expanding photo retouching business. Learning more sophisticated editing techniques has been part of this effort so I can take on higher-end work.

The most exciting retouching technique I have picked up is Frequency Separation. I’d heard of the technique and looked into it some time ago, but the internet is full of conflicting ideas about best practices (who would have guessed?) with the only agreement being that everyone is doing it wrong. And a vocal minority saying it shouldn’t be done at all. With all the misinformation, I never got my head around the technique. What a mistake! (more…)

My New 2017 iMac

Over a year since my last post, and all I’ve got is a note about my new iMac? Lame. I know!

Promise, my next post will be something more substantial!

There is something to say about my purchase of a new iMac 27″, though. (more…)

Rethinking the Photo Editing Workflow – Part 2

In Part 1 of this Photo Editing Workflow series I compared a traditional editing workflow with a new system I have been using in my last few projects. I pointed out some gotcha’s inherent in the traditional methods and potential improvements gained by transitioning to a new workflow. In this post I take a deeper dive into the nuts and bolts of how the new tools work. There are some workarounds suggested for areas the software is still catching up with my workflow. (more…)

Rethinking the Photo Editing Workflow – Part 1

This post is targeted at photo editors who work on large batches of images and need to produce a volume of edits on tight deadlines, with an eye to producing the most flexible final assets, suitable for digital & print usages.

Do you edit large batches of images? Maybe you manage a photo asset library, digitech photo shoots or shoot & edit your own photography? (more…)

Thoughts on Independence

Illustration of two creatives at work, facing eachother

Thoughts on Independence

I’ve been an independent graphic designer and photo editor for the last three-plus years. An odd theme I’ve observed along the way was my clients being audited by the US Department of Labor (DOL) regarding their usage of freelancers. I have been advised in various ways by my clients that to continue our client-vendor relationship I must clear certain minimum business organization standards. (more…)

Three years an independent

Tuckyhut and Hector, the Brand Mascot

[perhaps a testament to how busy I am with client work, perhaps an indictment of my inconsistent blogging efforts, I just stumbled across this draft post today and decided to flesh it out and publish it. Only 6 months late. Just in time for American Independence Day!] 

Jan 2, 2016. [this was the actual 3rd anniversary of my independence, I quit my job Jan 2, 2013 -editor)

I let it come & go without much notice this year. It should be celebrated, though.

It’s my Independence Day. The day I quit my job. (more…)