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Category Archives: Tutorials

Shooting Tethered With Adobe Lightroom or Bridge

Note: Updated November 2014 for Adobe Bridge CC and Lightroom (LR3, LR4, LR5) Shooting tethered to a laptop is something I fought against for years. Last Fall all of that changed. This is a tutorial on how to shoot with a DSLR camera tethered to an Apple Macbook Pro (MBP) laptop (or other Mac running Continue Reading

A Few Ways To Learn PhotoShop

updated January 07, 2016 Originally this post was a book review of my friend Dan Moughamian’s 100 Essential Techniques for Lightroom, Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw. It offered a unique way to learn, but much has changed since it was published. We are now in the cloud, and we have mobile workflows. Dan hasn’t published Continue Reading

Just 1 Tip: Avoid Overuse of Presets

Just 1 Tip: Avoid Overuse of Presets

click to enlarge Oceanscape. Half Moon Bay, CA Last week Gadgetwise, a blog by The New York Times wrote a piece titled “Ten Photo Editing Tips From A Pro” using Adobe LightRoom. The Internet is a library of tips and tutorials on photography, and I’ve learned a significant amount of info from many of them, Continue Reading

How To Hang Mounted Photos

How To Hang Mounted Photos

One of the most rewarding experiences in photography comes from receiving a print order. Here are some recent gems that came in this week that were mounted on sintra and gatorboard. Go to the bottom to learn how to hang photos without a frame and without looking like a complete cheapskate by mounting your work. Continue Reading

Tutorial: Diptychs in Lightroom

Tutorial: Diptychs in Lightroom

Here is a video tutorial on how to build diptychs in Adobe Lightroom. I was hit with a few emails asking about how this is done, and wanted to share some of my discoveries and workarounds. Man, I wish I had something like this years ago. Cumulatively I have wasted years doing this in Quark Continue Reading

Things Your Momma Should’ve Told You About Art School

Things Your Momma Should’ve Told You About Art School

Derrick going frontside at Pacifica Skatepark. © Jay Watson Photography One responsibility in being a photographer involves teaching other photographers. This occurs through either working with assistants, or actually working as an instructor. Like kung-fu, any photographer worth their own salt has both learned from another photographer and mentored other photographers. Since 2002 I have Continue Reading