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I’m exhibiting my first metal prints!

My metal prints are produced by Blazing Editions with Epson dye-sublimation technology on ChromaLuxe aluminum panels at very large scales in very limited editions. These materials offer a unique ability to hold and reflect light at expanded scales that increase their impact even further. Viewer’s early responses have been exciting!

You can see my new metal prints at two separate events.

I’ll be speaking at both events.

Come visit!

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October 25 – 27, 2018

PhotoPlus Expo

New York City – Jacob Javits Center

Reception on October 25th from 5:30 to 7:30pm

This is a joint exhibit with NYC Dance Company’s Ken Browar and Deborah Ory.

RSVP here!

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November 9 – December 31, 2018

Blazing Editions

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Reception on November 9th from 5:30 to 7:30pm

This is a joint exhibit with Joyce Tenneson

RSVP here!

 

Austin Kleon offers a collection of pearls of wisdom drawn from his books Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work.

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My newsletter Insights is out!

This issue features valuable techniques for making selections in Photoshop easy.

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Find out about my Maine Fall Foliage Photography Workshop here.

Maine is beautiful! And it’s never more beautiful than in the autumn during harvest season. The air is crisp and the place comes alive with color. It’s extraordinarily picturesque. Here are a few highlights to look for this fall.

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Mountains of color

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Color on the water

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Color in the air

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Color on the ground

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Fields of late season wildflowers

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Blueberry fields so red they look like they’re on fire.

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Sometimes they actually set the fields on fire.

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Rocky quarries

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Tumbled beach stones

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Playful cairns

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Quaint lighthouses

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Working harbors

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Rugged island life

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Mysterious misty mornings

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Rich evening after glow

And this is just the beginning. There are so many more reasons to visit Maine in autumn! Who knows what you’ll find.

Find out more about my Acadia Maine Fall Foliage Photography Workshop here.

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 Get sophisticated selections quickly.

Photoshop offers two great selection tools that use pattern recognition to make the process easier and faster – the Magic Wand tool and the Quick Selection tool. They get complex jobs done quickly and the results they generate can be quite sophisticated. But which one do you choose?


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The Lasso tool is best for defining highly irregular selections manually.

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The Polygonal Lasso tool is best for defining rectilinear shapes.

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The Magnetic Lasso tool uses pattern recognition to define existing contours.

Photoshop’s Lassos (Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, and Magnetic Lasso) are go to tools for drawing irregular selections.

Which Lasso tool you choose depends on the job you need to get done.

The Lasso tool is best for defining highly irregular selections manually.

Just click, hold and drag to define a selection. Draw selections in closed loops from beginning to end; if you let go of a selection half way through a shape you’re drawing a straight line will automatically be drawn from where you let go to where you started; on rare occasions this can be useful.

The Polygonal Lasso tool is best for defining rectilinear shapes.

The Polygonal lasso tool differs in that it only draws straight lines. Click, don’t hold, drag to the point you’d like to draw a straight line to and click again, then repeat until you define a closed shape. While drawing a selection, you can alternate between the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso tools by holding the Option key.

The Magnetic Lasso tool is best for taking advantage of pattern recognition to define existing contours.

The Magnetic Lasso tool is different; it uses edge detection to draw. You simply guide it roughly along a contour you’d like to define and if the contour has enough contrast the tool will find it. (Using an adjustment layer, you can temporarily boost the image’s contrast, while making a selection to help the Magnetic Lasso tool find edges more easily ... and then delete the adjustment layer after the selection is complete.) If you draw too quickly with the Magnetic Lasso tool it becomes less accurate. If you find you’d like to refine the line it defines you can press the Delete key to eliminate the anchor points it makes along the way, one at a time, in the order they were made.

Remember, if you plan to feather a selection substantially you don’t need to be precise; close enough will do, so don’t waste your time making perfect selections for very general applications.

Read more about masking here.

View more in my DVD Drawing With Light.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.


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