Posts tagged with Photoshop

Burning an impression

I did say I certainly reacted to the Photoshop box cover, but I didn’t mention how I’d been wowed by the splash screen – you can see a relationship  between the two. So I enjoyed this article on how Adobe developed the CS6  branding: We know that every release requires change and that the change […]

Eastern Front

Here’s the interesting story behind the striking and rather gruesome picture used on the Photoshop CS6 box. Interesting for me because I didn’t expect it was a Russian rather than an American artist, and because I hadn’t the faintest idea how the effect had been achieved. The artist Oleg Dou says “I am looking for […]

Photoshop CS6 Beta

Photoshop CS6 was released as a public beta last night – see 20 things you need to know and 7 things to know about the new interface. Now who do you know who goes to Blea Tarn and does lots of B&W? Buy the next Practical Photoshop for my thoughts on what’s there for photographers. […]

Painted landscapes

These are all photographs I’ve taken in my beloved Lake District over the last few years and reworked with a new effect which I found pretty addictive but can’t disclose, not yet anyway. You may of course say it should remain that way, but I rather liked the results and it is my party….   […]


Mark Laita’s Created Equal is a series of portraits of American stereotypes. Each image would be interesting-enough in its own right but becomes more fascinating by its being paired with a contrasting type. So a Mormon polygamist family is juxtaposed with a pimp and his harem. In America, the chasm between rich and poor is […]

Refined edges

Yesterday I needed to look up some tutorials on extracting people from backgrounds in Photoshop. You usually need a variety of techniques but if you don’t know CS5’s Refine Mask/Edges take a look at these: Jan Kibili’s tutorial is a particularly good starting point Martin Evening Russell Brown – less idiosyncratic than usual, but remember […]

Free stuff from George Jardine

George Jardine has assembled all his free tutorial videos onto one page, which you can find here. I particularly recommend the one on black and white.

Photo Professional

August’s Photo Professional carries the third of my four-part series on aspects of workflow. This time I’m looking at raw processing but not from the usual angle of how to squeeze out the best image quality. Instead I discuss how to respond to the problems caused by having large numbers of raw files to process. […]

Battlefield tourism?

The NY Times Lens blog and the Spiegel have a set of pictures showing the Eastern Front in World War II (Barbarossa was 70 years ago tomorrow). They are apparently from the personal album of a Propaganda Korps photographer whose identity, despite his self-portrait, remains unknown: First and foremost, he documented the progress through Eastern […]

Salgado in Alaska

Sometimes I think writing about landscape photography has a porn corner which drips with the obligatory stories of waking so long before dawn that the previous day’s sun has barely set, and then heading off up a near vertical slope lugging a monumental camera bag and a tripod hewn from solid granite – both which […]

Practical Photoshop

Just picked up my copy of the first issue of Practical Photoshop from my local Sainsburys. It’s hot off the press, out today, and contains a wide variety of Photoshop-related tutorials and guidance (digital sampler here). Best of luck to Ben Brain and the team down in Bath. I should be doing monthly contributions as […]

Taming the President

I’m still enjoying the NY Times’s excellent series of articles on the American Civil War, and today’s Lincoln Captured! is particularly interesting for photographers as it describes the President’s relationship with Matthew Brady: Brady, the former painter, was not averse to certain forms of retouching (he made Lincoln’s neck less scrawny by artificially enlarging his collar), […]

Ragnar Axelsson

Last night I found myself watching an excellent documentary on BBC4, Last days of the Arctic, and thinking Ragnar Axelsson’s excellent b&w work seemed familiar. It’s mainly about his pictures showing the fast-vanishing farming communities of his native Iceland and the hunting people of Greenland, but it also covers other areas of his work (he’s […]

Practical Photoshop

UK readers may be interested in the new Practical Photoshop magazine which Future Publishing launches on June 2nd. The goal is to: unleash your creative side through smartly written, straight-talking tutorials and accompanying video lessons The first edition contains a couple of pieces from me – a photo-to-watercolour technique, and how I like to simulate […]

Silver Efex Pro 2

I’ve never been one who photographs in colour and occasionally dabbles with black and white. It’s very much the other way round, and I often look at pictures I’ve left in colour and think they’re rather monochrome anyway. But I’ve never seen doing a lot of b&w work as a reason why I would want […]

Silver Efex Pro 2

I plan to try out Silver Efex Pro 2 shortly and we’ll see if it changes my old view of it (good software but overpriced), but for now see Bret Edge’s short tutorial showing how he used Silver Efex Pro 2 for a black and white picture: The great thing about Silver Efex Pro 2 […]

Nyiragongo Crater

There’s an awe-inspiring set of pictures at the Big Picture today by a group who abseiled into Nyiragongo Crater in Congo and camped down there for a couple of days. Some of the captions are hilarious: At the beginning of the descent to the second terrace, falling rocks are a major risk. The gas often […]

B&W from different angles

There’s an interesting comparison of doing black and white in Capture One 6, Silver Efex 1, and Lightroom 3 by Mike at The Intuitive Lens. It’s a two parter with Capture One vs Silver Efex and then both vs Lightroom. I’m not sure it proves much, if anything, other than one if one tries to […]


I posted the other day about the UK’s landcape photographer of the year competition winners which were hidden behind a paywall. They are now here and I’ve got to agree with much of what Tim Parkin said. Does your definition of landscape photography include a bloke in a goblin costume or a parkour enthusiast in […]

Pixel-pushing power

John Nack has posted a beautifully-concise summary of how to set up a great Photoshop machine: At Photoshop World this week, performance testing lead Adam Jerugim presented a performance guide with hardware recommendations and information about the CS5 performance preferences.  I’ve put his notes in this post’s extended entry. … RAM: Enough to keep Efficiency […]