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The Easy Button

Overnight, Lightroom became king and Photoshop became the tool I brought out once in a while for more involved retouching. I even avoided taking images into Photoshop after developing them in Lightroom (a common process) simply because Lightroom's simplicity made Photoshop look positively arcane. At least, it did. I may be rethinking my stance after playing with the PSKiss Toolkits. Read more [...]
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The Good Kind of Profiling

I recently got my hands on a copy of the PSKiss Skin & Scenery Color profile and preset pack, and while I'm not much of a preset kinda guy (aside from a few home-cooked ones and a small handful of black & white presets), I was impressed enough with the camera profiles that I figured I'd talk about it some. Read more [...]
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Edumacation

While sorting through photos from a recent road trip through the Southwest a couple of weeks ago, I came across a photo that wasn't good enough to keep but made a perfect candidate for a quick demo of the salvaging power of RAW images. I cooked up a quick before/after shot (not unlike the one above) and shared it on Reddit. Read more [...]
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500px is worth a thousand words

For those not yet familiar with it, 500px is a relatively new photo sharing site that... okay, yes. I know. Another one? But this one is a little different. Whereas Flickr is meant as a sort of "socially-oriented photodump" and SmugMug is meant as a sort of "pro-oriented photodump," 500px is more of a "pro-oriented online portfolio" than anything else. Read more [...]
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Hit the road, Jack

Tomorrow begins my sojourn back to the Philippines, the first in almost a decade. Half the time, I can hardly believe it. As much as I hate the term "Developing Nation" (there's nothing wrong with calling it a Third World Country), the moniker is incredibly apt. Metro Manila has been developing at a near-exponential rate, and in the past nine years, the topography of the cities has changed drastically. It will be a homecoming to an unfamiliar place. Read more [...]