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Enjoy this collection of photographs by Ansel Adams.

Read a collection of quotes by Ansel Adams.

View documentaries of Ansel Adams.

Explore 12 Great Photographs by Great Photographers.

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My free March desktop calendar features an image from Antarctica’s glorious La Mer Channel.

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Resonance in Blue and Gold IA

Originally designed for color grading film and video, Photoshop’s Color Lookup feature offers novel ways to adjust color that will quickly reveal new possibilities in your images. Capable of performing extremely complex calculations extraordinarily efficiently, color lookup tables (LUTs) work by looking up a source color in a table and using the replacement color specified in the grid to transform it for the final destination.

Like Match Color and Gradient Map adjustments (See my last two articles for Digital Photo Pro.) the color effects Color Lookup generates are so complex they are not easy to previsualize. Like anything new, this takes practice. And these are new! Experiment and you’ll find many rich possibilities. Unlike Match Color, Color Lookup is loaded with presets that will allow you to quickly explore many different effects, ones that are far more sophisticated than Gradient Map presets. In this way, using them can be as easy as using many smartphone app effects.

You can also generate your own Color Lookup presets. To do this create a color effect you like with any with any combination of adjustments layers, Opacity and Fill, Blend If sliders, blend modes. (Layer masking and transparency will not be included, because alpha channel information in alpha channels is not included in the recipe.) Then go to File: Export: Color Lookup Table, name the file, and click OK. (I recommend the titles you give your presets include the color space you created them in.) These files are stored in Photoshop’s Presets folder or if they’re saved as ICC profiles in your operating systems Profiles folder. You can now use your custom preset at any time on almost any file by making a Color Lookup adjustment layer and choosing your preset. You can share your custom Color Lookups with others by giving them these exported files. Color LUTs created in Photoshop can even be used in other programs such as After Effects, Premiere, SpeedGrade and other applications that use color LUTs.

Using Photoshop’s Color Lookup you can choose to create color effects as subtle or dramatic as you like. This game-changing color adjustment tool may seem exotic at first because it offers a new way of thinking about and seeing in color. Once you become more familiar with this mindset you’ll truly begin to see with new eyes. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Read more on Digital Photo Pro.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

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Here’s a collection of some of my favorite photographs by Sebastiao Salgado.

Read a collection of quotes by Sebastiao Salgado here.

ViewSebastiao Salgado’s TED talk here.

Learn more about Sean Kernan here.

Find his book Looking Into The Light here.

View my video conversation with Sean Kernan here.

Read my conversation with Sean Kernan here.

Read 20 Questions with Sean Kernan here.

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The Exhibit

February 27 – May 10, 2015
The Southeast Museum Of Photography
Daytona, Florida

In 2008, the Southeast Museum of Photography was one of 183 institutions designated to receive a selection of Warhol’s photographs through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in honor of the Warhol Foundation’s 20th anniversary. In the spring of 2014, an additional donation of nine photo screen-prints were donated through this program. Through highlights from both donations, this exhibition showcases Warhol’s Polaroids, black-and-white prints, and photo silk-screens to provide a glimpse into the inner workings of this iconic figure in 20th century American art and his complicated relationship with the medium of photography.

The Opening

Friday, February 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Lecture, Book Signing and Exhibition Opening Reception with Catherine Zuromskis, author of Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images.

“An avid photographer, collector and photographic subject, Warhol incorporated photography into almost every aspect of his aesthetic and social experience.” – Catherine Zuromskis from Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images, 2013

Learn more about this exhibit here.

Learn more about the Warhol foundation and their programs here.

Explore quotes by Andy Warhol here.

Watch a BBC documentary on Andy Warhol here.

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You’ll be inspired by these great photographers and these collections of their classic photographs.

This list continues to grow. So come back!

Ansel Adams

John Paul Caponigro

Paul Caponigro

Josef Koudelka

Jay Maisel

Joel Meyerowitz

John Pfahl

Sebastiao Salgado

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Joyce Tenneson

Huntington Witherill

Explore The Essential Collection Of Photographers’ Quotes.

View Essential Photographers’ Documentaries.

Read my Photographers On Photography Conversations.

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Enjoy this collection of quotes by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

“My method is different from the one most photographers use. I do not go around and shoot. I usually have a specific vision, just by myself. One night I thought of taking a photographic exposure of a film at a movie theater while the film was being projected. I imagined how it could be possible to shoot an entire movie with my camera. Then I had the clear vision that the movie screen would show up on the picture as a white rectangle. I thought it could look like a very brilliant white rectangle coming out from the screen, shining throughout the whole theater. It might seem very interesting and mysterious, even in some way religious.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Fossils work almost the same way as photography… as a record of history. The accumulation of time and history becomes a negative of the image. And this negative comes off, and the fossil is the positive side. This is the same as the action of photography.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“When people call me a photographer, I always feel like something of a charlatan—at least in Japanese. The word shashin, for photograph, combines the characters sha, meaning to reflect or copy, and shin, meaning truth, hence the photographer seems to entertain grand delusions of portraying truth.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“People have been reading photography as a true document, at the same time they are now getting suspicious. I am basically an honest person, so I let the camera capture whatever it captures… whether you believe it or not is up to you; it’s not my responsibility, blame my camera, not me.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Humans have changed the landscape so much, but images of the sea could be shared with primordial people. I just project my imagination on to the viewer, even the first human being. I think first and then imagine some scenes. Then I go out and look for them. Or I re-create these images with my camera. I love photography because photography is the most believable medium. Painting can lie, but photography never lies: that is what people used to believe.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“It’s pre-photography, a fossilization of time, … Americans have done the Zen garden to death. I wanted to do something different.”

“I didn’t want to be criticized for taking low-quality photographs, so I tried to reach the best, highest quality of photography and then to combine this with a conceptual art practice. But thinking back, that was the wrong decision [laughs]. Developing a low-quality aesthetic is a sign of serious fine art—I still see this.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“If I already have a vision, my work is almost done. The rest is a technical problem.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Art is technique: a means by which to materialize the invisible realm of the mind.” — Hiroshi Sugimoto

“I’m inviting the spirits into my photography. It’s an act of God.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract attention―and yet they vouchsafe our very existence. The beginnings of life are shrouded in myth: Let there water and air. Living
phenomena spontaneously generated from water and air in the presence of light, though that could just as easily suggest random coincidence as a Deity. Let’s just say that there happened to be a planet with water and air in our solar system, and moreover at precisely the right istance from the sun for the temperatures required to coax forth life. While hardly  inconceivable that at least one such planet should exist in the vast reaches of universe, we search in vain for another similar example. Mystery of mysteries, water and air are right there before us in the sea. Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home; I embark on a voyage of seeing.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

Explore The Essential Collection Of Photography Quotes.

Find out more about Hiroshi Sugimoto here.

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Enjoy this collection of photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Find out more about Hiroshi Sugimoto here.


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