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WordPress Woes

Posted on August 22, 2014

The whole world seems to be on Wordpress. Heck, I’m on Wordpress and I’ve been on for as far as I can remember but I’ve always had a little something that’s always irked me and that is the way my images look on my site.


The Billingham Hadley Small Review

Posted on September 24, 2013

Today, I have the great pleasure to review a legendary bag. A bag that will bring back similar memories from the days you use to wear, or perhaps still do, an old favorite pair of jeans. That classic look, you know the type, the type that just matches with everything, it creases on the right spot, and just gets better with time. Its almost magical the way it just wraps around your body and simply does it job. Its job is simple ― protect your precious gear with decorum and of course great usability. Folks, please welcome the Billingham Hadley Small, in my opinion, one of the best camera bags in this size division. When I first opened the box my eyes simply could…

The Ultimate half case for the Ricoh GR by Gariz

Posted on August 24, 2013

When it comes to caring for your loved one, in this case the Ricoh GR, the choices are plentiful but only one truly stands out for their level of workmanship and attention to detail in this range of compact cameras ― the Gariz Ricoh GR half case. When it arrived, I immediately ripped the box open as the anticipation was flat out killing me. Everything about this brand and case just exudes quality.  As I first glanced over the half case I was completely awe stricken, its was absolutely beautiful and match my custom red ring GR to perfection. The quality of the leather and stitching is quite obvious its very high quality. It feels soft to touch like a nice pair of Ferragamo and something…

From Photo Mechanic 5 to Lightroom

Posted on August 16, 2013

Over the course of a few months I’ve been tweeting I was going to share my digital workflow. This of course serves as a brainstorm for me to perhaps tighten in a few bolts in the process and perhaps enlighten others in a different way. A photographer workflow is much like anyone’s morning routine on the way work. You wake up, you brush your teeth or perhaps eat first, then brush your teeth, and so forth and in what seems like a split second your keys are in your vehicle and you’re out the door onto a new day.

Ricoh GR: Really Nice Images Lightroom Presets and the coveted Film Look

Posted on July 18, 2013

Choosing a color palette in photography is a very particular and individual task. In essence, a strictly subjective but what is not is the way that Really Nice Images and their family of presets emulates various films. I’ve used a few film presets in the past, including VSCO and a few others, and just recently discovered the “Iconic Film” presets for Lightroom and I’ve been blown away at the level of detail and fine tuning they have been able to achieve with their film emulations. As a curious person that I am, I immediately forked a few presets and made them my own. Like anything else in photography, I tell you to make it your own whether its presets or post processing. “Fork” them,…


Posted on June 28, 2013

As the consummate student of this great craft, I purchased Ming Thein’s Introduction to Photoshop Workflow DVD($60). A review is forthcoming. Some of you out there may have had the same expectations as I had, so I think its useful to share my opinion. In the meantime, I used some of the techniques I learned on the video to process this Ricoh GR image, but stay tuned for a more in depth review of this dvd this coming in August. On other news, I’m slowly setting up my portfolio and galleries with The Turning Gate software and you’ll soon get a screen grab on how its coming along.

True Grain rekindles the glory of film

Posted on June 15, 2013

When I processed film  back in circa ’94 printing some those frames was almost like a magical experience. These days now in digital getting the correct film grain has been kind of a hit and miss with certain applications. As usual some work better than others, but in my opinion True Grain is in a class of its own.  At the suggestion of one my readers I downloaded “True Grain” from Grubbasoftware and I couldn’t be happier. Keep in mind that True Grain’s “raison d’etre” is as they mention on their own site to: accurately recapture the aesthetics of particular film stocks—including “lost” films—while retaining an all-digital workflow. The attention to detail of this application is simply outstanding ― a full review is forthcoming in the…