October 20, 2014

Daily Exercises for Better Photos

I recently came across an article with several, seven to be exact, suggestions to apply daily to your photography with the promise that your pictures will improve. Jeff Meyer posted his ideas in "7 Daily Exercises That Will Make You a Better Photographer".
  1. Use spot metering for more exposure control
  2. Check the histogram to verify exposure
  3. Shoot with a prime (fixed length) lens
  4. Choose a specific white balance
  5. Create a custom white balance setting
  6. Use manual exposure mode
  7. Post one image every day
 I like these suggestions, but I'd make a couple of additions.


October 14, 2014

The Output Workspace in Bridge CC

Bridge CC comes with several different work spaces which provide a variety of ways to display your photos. However, Bridge CC does not include a workspace I used frequently in Photoshop CS5 and CS6: the Output workspace.

Bridge CC Output Workspace showing a custom 3x3 contact sheet

Adobe has recognized this oversight and published instructions on how to add the Output workspace to your copy of Bridge CC. It works for both Windows and Mac systems. Follow the link below for instructions on how to add this useful workspace to your copy of Bridge CC.

Adding the Output Workspace to Bridge CC


October 7, 2014

New Missoula Night Classes Ready For Registration

My next round of night classes at +The Lifelong Learning Center are available for registration. These courses begin in November and conclude in December before the holidays.

Here's what's coming up:
  • Tips for Shooting with Wide-Angle Lenses
  • Exploring Photo Ideas (a class in creative seeing)
  • Photoshop Elements Workflow, Parts 1 & 2
See my web page for course details. To register, visit www.TheLifelongLearningCenter.com or call 406-549-8765.

October 6, 2014

Using the Contact Sheet II Plug-in in Photoshop CC

I wrote a new post for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, this time on how to use the Contact Sheet plug-in for creative ways to print multiple pictures per page. You can read the full text here.

The Contact Sheet option is also available in earlier versions of Photoshop as well as Photoshop Elements.