Images in show at Triton Museum

The Triton Museum of Art, in Santa Clara, CA, will be featuring four of my images in their exhibition “Selections From Our Permanent Collection: Photographs” which runs from August 17th until October 27th.

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Don’t use black backgrounds for editing photos

While dark environments, such as Apple’s Mojave, or the default settings for Photoshop & Pixelmator Pro, may look fashionable, they are terrible for editing photos. Why? Because they screw up your ability to see tones properly. Using a dark background will trick your mind into producing a print that has clogged up shadows, and is overall too dark. Don’t believe me? Check out the image below.   See that grey.. Read More

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On copyright (US)

on copyright. First: INAL (I’m not a laywer.)I have, however,  read and closely followed copyright for a decade or more. Here are some quick, general points: “Prior to what year are works in the public domain?”1923. (It’s 2008 now, and with extensions, copyright attaches for 95 years.) In general, for works created on or after January 1, 1978, the term of copyright is the life of the author plus seventy.. Read More

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Solo show at the Triton

“Contiguous: Line of Sight” is my  solo show at The Triton Museum of Art, in Santa Clara, California. It runs from Feb 10 to May 13, 2018. You are cordially invited to drop by at any time.

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MPC Art Gallery show

The Monterey Peninsula Art Gallery exhibition (myself and my wife) actually started on October 3rd, but  the opening was on the 13th. I’m just back, and a friend took this picture of my wife’s presentation. Thought I share it.  

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Fast, excellent raw file viewer

Need a fast and accurate camera raw file viewer? This one, cleverly named “FastRawViewer” is well worth a look, not to mention the extremely modest fee: http://www.fastrawviewer.com/ Scroll to the bottom of the page for some reviews by names you’ll likely recognize. The same folks wrote RawDigger, so they know whereof the speak… (so to speak…) Highly recommended. Tracywww.valleau.gallery

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DPI, PPI, pixels and size

It’s surprising how often I see a call-out, a request, for a digital image something like “2000 x 3000 @ 72 dpi”. That’s actually nonsense. A digital image’s size is its size, period. “2000 x 3000 @ 72 dpi” or “2000 x 3000 @ 300 dpi” is not going to change the size of the file. The file is 2000 x 3000. What it does do is say “If I print this.. Read More

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Monitor checking / test

Here: http://www.aardenburg-imaging.com/monitorchecker/ is a great Photoshop file, with several layers, each of which you can view on your monitor as an aid in determining how well your monitor is calibrated and profiled. Highly recommended. Free, but requires an email sign-up. I joined them several years ago, and get an email once every blue moon. (Oh, and if you’re of a mind, join and make a contribution while you’re there…)

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Yeah, but is it Art (transcript)

Well, a journey that began a year ago has finally arrived at its destination, and I have at last posted the text (as a PDF) of my talk at the Center for Photographic Art in January of this year. The zipped file is here: http://transfer.pronet.link/transfers/Yeah-but_is_it_Art-.zipand the unzipped pdf is here: http://transfer.pronet.link/transfers/Yeah-but_is_it_Art-.pdf Fair warning: this is not a “light read” – the PDF is 37 pages and over 13,000 words long… Read More

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Fixing over-sharpened images in Photoshop

Here are two approaches to fixing over-sharpened images in Photoshop. Both rely on the blending mode you are using. The first is “before the fact” – that is, if you have not sharpened the image yet, do this: 1) duplicate the image, which will place an identical copy above your base layer. 2) do your sharpening on that duplicated layer. If the sharpening produces the dreaded white halo, do this:.. Read More

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