Julianne Kost’s CS6 Lookup Adjustment Test File

“The new Color Lookup Adjustment Layer in Photoshop CS 6 has several options (3DLUT File, Abstract, and Device Link) that are used to load different “looks”. These looks are achieved by remapping every color in the image to a different one using a lookup table (LUT). I think that many photographers and designers will find their resulting color shifts quite interesting. You can think of these tables as a sort of meta-adjustment, a way to apply pre-packaged adjustments (sometimes lots of adjustments together) in one step.”
Julianne Kost has created a file that you can download free and test all the new CS6 Lookup adjustments on your image. Simply open the file and replace the contents of the Smart Object in it with one of your own images. It’s a great way to visually compare the various results in a ring around.
Find out more and download the file here.
Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

20 Questions With Photographer John Sexton

John Sexton provides quick candid answers to 20 questions
How do you know when an image doesn’t work?
I know an image is not successful for me when, after a period of time, it does seem to produce any sort of what I call a “magic quotient.”
How do you know when an image is good?
I know an image is good for me when I find myself wanting to look at it again and again.
How do you know when an image is great?
I know an image is great for me when I can’t get it out of my mind.
What’s the most useful photographic mantra?
Photographs are illusions.
Read the rest here.
Read other photographer’s answers to the same questions here.
Find out more about John Sexton here.

Monhegan Island Reveries

What is it about Monhegan Island that gets your creative juices flowing? Maybe it’s the how beautiful it is; ocean, cliffs, forests, gardens, island life. Maybe it’s the sense of getting away from it all; the island is 12 miles out to sea. Maybe it’s the creative community on the island; it’s had a long history as an artist’s colony. Whenever I’m on the island I give myself license to play – writing, drawing, photographing and dreaming.
Here’s a selection of my iPhone images made on recent excursions to Monhegan Island.
Find out more about my Monhegan Island photographic workshop here.
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Monhegan Photographic Workshop – June 17-19

Lobster boats, rocky shores, cathedral woods, cape houses, blooming wildflowers, hiking trails and fairy huts.  Ocean sunrises and sunsets. It’s quintessential small town Maine life all on one tiny island 12 miles out to sea.
Join me for a 4 night 3 day all inclusive, semi private (limited to 6), boutique photographic workshop on this extraordinary island.
Maine photography doesn’t get better than this.
Register here for this inspiring workshop

iResize Your Mobile Images With One Touch

When you want to make a mobile phone image smaller quickly, launch iResize. Why would you want to change the size of an image? There are so many reasons; to email it, to post it online, and/or to share it in social networks are just a few. And with smart phone images growing in size every year, the need to do this is only increasing.
iResize can also change the proportion of an image from horizontal to panoramic, square, or even vertical.
iResize is one of those apps that you can learn instantly and is so easy to use that you’ll quickly overlook how often you use it, which is exactly what makes a go to app.
Read more with step-by-step illustrations on The Huffington Post.
Find iResize on iTunes.

New Blur Gallery in Photoshop CS6 – Bryan O’Neil Hughes

Quickly create photographic blur effects using a simple new interface with on-image controls. Create tilt-shift effects, blur everything and then sharpen one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points. The Mercury Graphics Engine delivers immediate results.
View more Photoshop CS6 videos here.
Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.