Where to find me…

I have received a few comments lately that reminded me that this blog even exists. I have three websites that are current and contain more up to date information. Please visit these sites for articles and info from the current century 🙂





April Schedule

OK… one more trip and I’ll be in the shop for a while! I’ll be in Seattle, WA for the National Tattoo Convention April 15-19. I will be working the 14th. After this trip I’ll be in the shop Wed-Sat noon till 10:pm until July.
If you’re in Seattle mid-month, stop by the convention and say ‘Hi’.


March Schedule

I will be out of the tattoo shop a bit in March. I am leaving for Costa Rica on Friday, February 26th. I will be back to work on March 10th. I will be in Orlando, FL at the Photoshop World convention March 24-27. Mark your calendars… I hope to see you when I AM in the shop.


Costa Rica!

Spring is coming, and that means it’s almost time for my photography workshop in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. There will be plenty of activities and free time to explore the beaches of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Montezuma and more. We will have daily photo classes and tips on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. We will cover the tools and techniques for HDR photography as well. It will be a blast and I hope you can join us.

Complete itinerary and online registration at Edge of the World Workshops

Update your links

I am going to make future blog entries at my new site… www.DphotoA.com. This is a new site for information about my photography workshops and photo tips.

Starting this month I will be contributing Lightroom tips to dpexperience.com. Depending on my schedule there, I might still post tutorials on the DphotoA.com site.

So if you get to this site and notice that it hasn’t been updated in a while, please click on the links above to see what I’m up to.



Lightroom bits and pieces

I wanted to do a post to address the Lightroom info that people are searching for lately. There are a few questions that seem to come up regularly. Here are a few of those questions, and some things I’ve helped my friends with lately.

This is a simple thing, but it had a friend of mine stumped. Have you ever been using the adjustment brush or spot removal tool and lost the cursor? You can see it over the panels and the rest of your computer screen, but not over your image? Make the brush bigger. If you make the brush too small you will not be able to see it over your image. I have only had this problem on my MacBook pro, since you can scroll with 2 fingers on the trackpad to change the brush size. With one swipe of the trackpad your cursor disappears!

Another frequent question about the tools in the tool strip is how to hide or show the ‘pins’ that show where the brush or gradient begins. Simply press the ‘H’ key to hide the pins, and again to show them. This also applies to the dust removal tool as well. Press ‘H’ to show or hide the circles where the dust was removed. To show or hide adjustment’s mask, or areas that are being affected, press the ‘O’ key. Press shift+O to change the mask to a different color. For example, if your image is mostly red, you would want to change the color of the mask so you could see the mask against the image.

Keep an eye out for more quick tips like this in my column on the DP Experience website. This new site features a great podcast with Rick Sammon and Juan Pons, and lots of info about shooting and processing your digital images. The site officially launches on December 1.

Please email me with questions or ideas for more quick tips.

My take on “the Grip”

It’s funny how much energy photographers have expended debating this topic. I will admit that when I see someone holding their SLR camera like this…

I assume that person is a novice. Mainly because most “pro” photographers have figured out how to hold their camera for maximum sharpness. I’ve read articles that mention HOW to hold a camera, but very few mention WHY this is the best way to use an SLR…

When you hold your camera in your right hand with your left thumb under the lens you are supporting all of the camera’s weight with your right hand. This means that you are pressing the shutter release and holding the camera still with the same hand. In other words, you are MOVING your support hand slightly every time you press the shutter release. See the problem?

On the other hand (pun intended), if you hold the camera with the lens (or bottom of the camera) resting in the palm of your left hand, you are supporting the weight with one hand and pressing the shutter release with the other hand. This way you can introduce as little vibration as possible when you press the shutter release. Oddly enough, this is similar to target shooting with a hand gun- Most of your grip should be in your support hand so you can press the trigger with your trigger finger and not pull the pistol off target.

The point is this… it is more stable to support the camera with one hand and press the shutter release with the other. More stable means sharper photos and more keepers. This is especially important if you’re using longer exposures. If someone tells you you’re holding your camera the wrong way, they aren’t making fun of you (well, most people aren’t), they are trying to help you. When you’re ready to get REALLY serious about your grip, check THIS out… Da Grip

Now go take some sharp photos!