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  • The COLOR Course: Just the Lectures

    8 Lessonsin

    Welcome to our journey into the heart of color theory, all from an artist’s perspective. Imagine wielding the power to evoke emotions, tell stories, and breathe life into your images, just by understanding and applying the magic of colors. In this series of lectures, we’re diving deep into the artist’s toolbox, exploring color wheels and […]

  • Lens of the Future: Integrating AI in Photography

    AI has come a long way in a VERY short amount of time.  In January of 2023, we discussed how we could leverage AI, and at that time, Midjourney was making paintings and not realistic renderings.  By June, Midjourney had grown leaps and bounds and could generate lifelike portraits that were pretty close to lifelike.  […]

  • BEYOND COLOR: Exploring Gradients

    17 Lessonsin

    Your images will appreciate you for exploring Gradients! Gradients harness a TON of power in Photoshop.  They can dramatically shift the look of an image in seconds with the simple click of a few buttons.  However, most people don’t use them because they don’t know what they don’t know. After you see gradients in use, […]

  • Black & White: The Bottom Line

    5 Lessonsin ,

    You’ve probably seen me process hundreds of BW images through my critiques and various courses.  But I haven’t put all that education into a course, until now!  This is a short course, but incredibly important for creating impactful Black and White images. In this brief course on Black and White processing, I will show you: […]

  • Developing the Shot: In Retrospect Vol.1

    7 Lessonsin ,

    Have you ever looked at one of your portfolio images from the past and thought, “I could do so much better on this with what I know now”? I know I have. Heck, I go back and edit my images at least 3 times a year.  I think this practice is an excellent idea for […]

  • The Unrivaled Blend If!

    Blend If is my absolute favorite way to blend any images in Photoshop.  It is uniquely universal and provides dynamic masks built into each layer that will change and fluctuate as your image data changes and fluctuates.  I feel Blend If is the best tool in Photoshop for blending images, but it does have its […]

  • Level Up Your Composition

    21 Lessonsin

    Composition is critical, but there is more to it than you may have been told! In 2021,  I did a live event on photographing Eagles and Wildlife, and I referenced “leveling up” my skills as I shot. I found that concept to be beneficial for me in many aspects of my photography, especially composition. What […]

  • Developing the Shot - Grand Falls

    9 Lessonsin ,

    Have you ever seen an epic landscape photograph and wondered what the photographer went through to get the shot?  I know I have! In this course “Developing the Shot:  Grand Falls” I am going to tell you EVERYTHING that went into the making of the shot.  You may never have heard of Grand Falls Arizona.  […]

  • Working With Light 2: Lumberjack

    Sometimes you just get lucky… That’s the case for this case study here. When we were photographing our family for our yearly Christmas Card, our middle son, William, struck a pose that had us all smiling.  He looked like a proud little lumberjack in his red and black plaid shirt.  My wife and I immediately […]

  • Zone System Express RAW

    10 Lessonsin

    Masking in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom is not easy. You have a whole new interface with several new mask additions and they threw out the concept of the Adjustment Tools like bad bathwater. Several items have been rearranged and the whole Add, Subtract, and Intersect Mask thing… Forget about it! Or should you forget […]

  • Working with Light - A Portrait Photography Case Study

    10 Lessonsin ,

    I have never been one to photograph people, but I have never been into Wildlife photography either.  It seems 2021 has been the year of learning for me.  That’s exactly what this Case Study/Course is all about. I recently went to the Warbirds Photography Workshop to learn Portrait Photography in a B-29 hangar with my […]

  • Game of Tones - a Tone Theory Course

    11 Lessonsin ,

    ♠ TONE THEORY …  It’s ALL a Game of Tones ♠ The difference between a good photo and a PHENOMENAL photo rests in one critical place, the TONES.  The tones in your photo do so many important things and have a strong influence on your viewer’s experience.  Your tones are responsible for (but not limited […]

  • Dodge and Burn: Advanced (2021)

    Dodging & Burning:  Advanced Concepts A few years back I created a course on Dodging and Burning that included the primary methods for dodging and burning.  We discussed how to dodge and burn with brushes, with curves, and with a 50% gray layer.  I thought I had taught it all, but as time will always […]

  • Photo Clinic- Mindset is Everything!

    The Photo Clinic Why do you go to a clinic in the first place?  You go for many reasons.  Maybe a routine checkup or to get help with an existing condition or problem.  Sometimes we don’t know what’s wrong with us, and other times we are seeking a second opinion. In the world of Photo […]

  • The Best Blend Mode In The World - Linear Light -

    14 Lessonsin

    The Best Blend Mode in the World:  Linear Light It’s not often we think of a Blend Mode as being the best thing since sliced bread.  But, I gotta tell ya out of all Photoshop’s 28 Blend Modes, there is one that rules them all.  There is one Blend Mode that can handle any task […]

  • 30 Day Photoshop Challenge

    30 Days To Photoshop Mastery is a step-by-step online course that shows you EXACTLY how to use Photoshop to create stunning works of art from your photos. In just 30 days, you’ll learn basic and advanced techniques to bring your photographs to life… The course is designed to give you the tools and strategies you need to make great-looking photos. Every day, for 30 days, you’ll receive a “bite-size” lesson, which reveals how to use a different function in Photoshop

  • Beginner's Guide to Photographing the Milky Way

    13 Lessonsin ,

    A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing the Milky Way Ever tried to photograph the Milky Way and have little success?  I know my first attempt at photographing the Milky Way was a total loss.  I was on my deck in the middle of October and said, “Oh look, stars, I wonder if I can photograph the […]

  • Photoshop Foundations - Sky Replacements

    Photoshop Foundations: Sky Replacements How many times have you spent good time and money to go to the location of your dreams praying for gorgeous skies?  How many times did that location look impressive, but the clouds decided to take the day off?   Better yet, the whole week off? That happened to me on a […]

  • PsF - Pen and Tablet

    6 Lessonsin ,

    Photoshop Foundations – The Pen and Tablet Shortly after someone sees me use a pen and tablet in a video, I am asked, “Hey do you have a video or a course on how to use a tablet in Photoshop?”  My typical answer was no, followed by an email that said something like this… “I just […]

  • PS Foundations - Blend Modes

    12 Lessonsin

    Photoshop Foundations – Blend Modes I have produced over 1300 videos on Photoshop and Photography and I can say that nearly every one of them has included a Blend Mode of some sort.  Now I think its time to put all of my blend mode knowledge into one comprehensive course. The problem with Blend Modes […]

  • Ps Foundations - Adobe Camera Raw Advanced

    Photoshop Foundations – Adobe Camera Raw Advanced In the first installment of the Foundations course for Adobe Camera Raw, we covered just about every button and function in Adobe Camera Raw.  But, as with everything in life, just when you think you know it all another door opens and a whole new world of discovery […]

  • Ps Foundations - The Basics

    10 Lessonsin

    Photoshop Foundations:  The Basics We are going back to the basics in this course!  Whether you are a seasoned veteran in Photoshop or a beginner, the basics are important.  Having a strong foundation of the inner workings of Photoshop will not only speed up your workflow, it will keep you from forming bad habits in […]

  • Interior Architecture Essentials

    11 Lessonsin ,

      Interior Architecture Essentials Have you ever walked into a cathedral and been blown away by how beautiful it is inside?   Interior Architecture is an artform that has amazed humans for thousands of years.  Fortunately for us photographers, we live in a time where we have all the essential gear to photograph them and capture […]

  • Photoshop Foundations - Adobe Camera Raw

    11 Lessonsin

    Photoshop Foundations – Adobe Camera Raw  Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is the most multi-faceted tool in the image editing world.  At its basic level, it is a Raw processor that plugs into Photoshop so you can edit Raw images before they go to Ps for processing.  However, ACR can take you well beyond the basics […]

  • Ps Foundations Sharpening

    8 Lessonsin

    Photoshop Foundations:  Sharpening Sharpening in your workflow is a necessary task, especially if you shoot RAW!  Your camera processes JPEGs without you really knowing it.  It applies Noise Reduction, Contrast & Color Adjustments, and Sharpening.  You may have noticed that JPEG images are much sharper right off the sensor, but that doesn’t mean JPEG is […]

  • Ps Foundations Noise Reduction

    8 Lessonsin

    Photoshop Foundations:  Noise Reduction Noise Reduction is a very subjective topic in Photography.  Some like the noise obliterated, blown to plastic smithereens.  Others like it subtle if any at all.  Either way,  no matter how you look at it, Noise Reduction is essential, especially on high ISO images. In this course, I am going to […]

  • Photoshop Foundations - Cleanup Tools

    10 Lessonsin ,

    Photoshop Foundations:  Cleanup Tools Did you know that 4 out of every 5 images that I see during the critique sessions require some form of image “cleanup”?  Either there are distractions that are keeping the viewer from enjoying the piece or there are tiny dust spots that will annoy the trained eye.  Either way, these distractions […]

  • Ps Foundations - Smart Objects

    7 Lessonsin

    Photoshop Foundations:  Smart Objects For years I avoided Smart Objects and any educational material that revolved around them.  I thought they were too complex and time-consuming to be valuable for photographers.  As with just about everything, time will have its way with you and guide you to wisdom.  More and more frequently I find myself using Smart […]

  • PS Foundations Cataloging

    8 Lessonsin ,

    Photoshop Foundations:  Cataloging Cataloging your photos may be the most important part of your photographic workflow.  If your cataloging system is broken, you will lose images, have a poor backup system, and may be less inclined to post produce your images.   An effective catalog system accounts for your images from the moment you put your […]

  • Ps Foundations: Masking

    9 Lessonsin

    Photoshop Foundations:  Masking Masking, to some it is the best thing since sliced bread, for others it is about as enjoyable as soggy waffles.  However, masking is one of the most important topics to learn early on in your Photoshop endeavors.  With masks, you can nondestructively edit your photos very quickly. In this course, we […]

  • Ps Foundations: The Inverted Image

    Photoshop Foundations:  The Inverted Image! What if I told you there is a second dimension in your photos that you are not accessing right now?  You’d probably want to know more right?  Especially if I told you that with that 2nd dimension of data you could make some of the most natural adjustments possible. The […]

  • An Expert's Guide to Workflow Automation

    7 Lessonsin ,

    An Expert’s Guide to Workflow Automation The final chapter in the Workflow Automation course!  We will be covering everything from exporting images from Adobe Camera Raw to Droplet creation.  This one is not for the feint of heart, and it is strongly encouraged that you watch both the Beginner’s and Novice’s Guides before pursuing this […]

  • Vertical Panoramas

    6 Lessonsin ,

    Vertical Panoramas Of all the photo processes I have ever pursued, Vertical Panoramas have got to be on the top of my list of favorites.  They are exactly as they sound, panoramas with a vertical orientation instead of the traditional horizontal pano.  They can create some of the most powerful floor to ceiling compositions in […]

  • Palette Effects Recipes

    7 Lessonsin

    Palette Effects Recipes   One of my good friends and fellow photo buddies, Jeffrey McPheeters, once told me that photo editing is like being a chef.   You can give the same ten ingredients to two different chefs, and each one will come up with something different.  Some of them may go for sweet, others […]

  • Dodging and Burning: The Essentials

    8 Lessonsin ,

    Dodging and Burning:  The Essentials I have been teaching Photoshop for several years and one thing I have learned over time is that everyone dodges and burns their images in a slightly different way.  After all, the basics of dodging and burning is simply making an area of the photo lighter or darker.  While it […]

  • Textures & Overlays 2: Advanced Blending

    7 Lessonsin ,

    Going the next step in Texture Blending It’s time to take texture blending to a whole new level.  The basic concept of combing a texture with an image is simple and can be achieved in many ways.  In the past, we have looked at basic techniques like Blend If, Blend Modes, and Opacity, but there is […]

  • A Novice's Guide to Workflow Automation

    7 Lessonsin ,

      A Novice’s Guide to Workflow Automation As the name implies, this is the continuation from the Beginner’s Guide to Workflow Automation.  While some use the term Beginner and Novice interchangeably, I feel a Novice is one with a bit of experience but is not quite an expert.  Beyond the level of a budding beginner […]

  • Composition Comprehension - Cropping

    7 Lessonsin ,

      As I reflect on everything I have learned about photography from 1999 until now, I am amazed that I have never had a complete course on composition, and more importantly cropping.  I guess it is a topic that seems so simple, yet is commonly overlooked as an integral part of our workflow.  That is […]

  • A Beginner's Guide to Workflow Automation

    10 Lessonsin ,

    In a Beginner’s Guide to Workflow Automation you will learn all about the art of creating Actions in Photoshop.  While this isn’t the most fun topic in the world, it is a bit on the nerdy side; it will unlock a whole new world for you in Photoshop.  I have spent the last seven years […]

  • Day To Night

      Day To Night Whoever said taking a photograph at 2 in the afternoon under a pale blue sky was a bad idea?  Okay, maybe I have said that a couple times.  However, that is until I got a little creative with some daytime long exposure and some nighttime post processing! It is possible to […]

  • Textures and Overlays

    Textures & Overlays In this course, we will cover everything Textures and Overlays.  There are many uses for textures that you may not be aware of.  I use them in my images a lot, but more often than not you don not actually “see” them.  That is because I treat Textures like I treat vignettes, […]

  • A Macro Look at Macro Photography

    11 Lessonsin

    A full-scale look at Macro Photography In this course, we will look at every facet of Macro Photography from the required equipment to the completion of a photograph.  It is a common misconception that Macro gear is an expensive addition to your photography kit.  Truth be told, you could already have everything you need to […]

  • Long Exposure Workflow with ND Filters

    9 Lessonsin ,

    Master the Long Exposure Workflow In the Long Exposure Workflow with ND Filters course, you will learn all the necessary information and skills to start making breathtaking masterpieces.  When I first started shooting Long Exposure photos I was completely lost.  It is not an easy task to put together a robust workflow when you have no […]

  • The Polaroid SX-70 Experience

    6 Lessonsin ,

    The Polaroid SX-70 Experience course is one like no other.  We are going to look at the Polaroid SX-70 camera, yep, the one from the 70’s.  I am not going to go out and use the camera, nor am I going to tell you to run out and buy the latest and greatest SX-70.  In […]

  • The Introduction to f64 Elite

    0 Lessonsin ,

    This Course has been replaced with a “Newcomer’s Briefing”. You can find it here:

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