A Photographic Case Study in Color

Henri Matisse - Woman with a hat - 1905

The following post is by Portland-based photographer, Tyson Robichaud, who discusses the concept of complimentary color in photography. Learn more about Tyson at the end of this post.

Applying the concepts of complimentary color contrast in a photographic sense can provide a handy compositional tool. When looking at various forms of visual art, we can draw from the creative talents of those who’ve perfected their craft. In this case, I wanted to explore Henri Matisse and his use of bold complimentary color. Visually wandering through one of his paintings and revisiting the basic concepts of color (I basically printed out a color wheel), I’ve been looking at just how much it can help direct a viewer’s eye. [Read more...]

Adobe Photoshop Hits Twenty

Adobe Photoshop 1.0

Adobe Photoshop turns 20 tomorrow, February 19, 2010.  It’s kind of amazing to think that it’s been around for that long.  While DSLRs really just began to flourish 5 or 6 years ago, Photoshop has been kicking for four times as long.  There is a whole lot of celebrating and special events coinciding with Photoshop’s 20th anniversary.  There are plenty of links in the press release below that can point you to ways to connect with the Photoshop community if you’re interested. [Read more...]

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Announced

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3

Corel has announced the latest version of its PaintShop software for digital image post-processing.  PaintShop Photo Pro features a new organizer for rating and tagging photos, as well as RAW image conversion, along with a number of other features.  The new software retails for $100. Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details about PaintShop Photo Pro X3′s features in the press release below. [Read more...]

Happy Holidays One and All

Teddy Bear has a Message For You

Just a quick message from me to all of you readers letting you all know that I wish you have a safe, fun-filled and happy holiday. Thank you for making this year awesome.

Those we forget in the cold

And also please keep in mind and try to help those less fortunate than us. It’s their holiday too even in these harsh economic times and even worse weather.

6 Tips for Beginner DSLR Users to Keep in Mind

There are certain things that people constantly and always tend to mess up when they first start using a DSLR after moving up from a point-and-shoot. Afterward, they tend to look at their images and wonder what went wrong. These are things that shouldn’t be looked past and in order to get the maximum cash value from your DSLR, you should keep these starting tips in mind while shooting.

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Shape Collage – Free Automatic Photo Collage Maker

Shape Collage is one of those programs that makes you go: “Cool!”  I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this program before I received an email today from the Shape Collage creator.

You can watch the above video or read Vincent’s explanation of the program below. [Read more...]

Build a Better Photograph [New Book]

Michael Stern’s new book, Build a Better Photograph, has just been released by Rocky Nook through O’Reilly Media.  Build a Better Photograph focuses on the creative process of photography.  Stern has been a professional photographer for 30 years and has worked with Disney, Warner Brothers and Universal Studies among others.

Build a Better Photograph carries a retail price tag of $34.95; however, it can be found on Amazon.com for $23.07.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]