David Ellis supplied me with a promising, yet highly challenging RAW file with direction to process into a tonally balanced image avoiding a “cut out” look. I was provided a rough JPG for reference with instructions on how to change lighting direction. (more…)
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…)
Pretty sure I became a designer as an excuse to spend my days playing with beautiful photographs. The first time someone put an SLR camera in my hands it was obvious I could get good at this. The very next thing I found was a way to get my film scanned so I could edit my photos using state-of-the-art-in-1994 Photoshop version 2.5.
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…)
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably know that Apple has redesigned the MacBook Pro recently. Since I’m an unabashed Apple nut, I can’t resist writing about it here. I wrote a post when the MacBook reboot was introduced a while back. (more…)
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…)
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
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…)
[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…)