...a blog of photographic resources
How to use the Select and Mask Tool in Photoshop CC 2015.5
http://f64academy.com/how-to-use-the-select-and-mask-tool-in-photoshop/ by Blake Rudis, F64 Academy.
Use lenstag to protect your gear and your images
Lenstag is a free service which creates an online register of your photography gear and also your exif copyright data. If your gear or your pictures are stolen, lenstag tracks the web for evidence of your metadata appearing on the web, which may allow you to retrieve your gear or challenge the copyright of your images if they are used by others. Visit the Lenstag website.
"It was on the basis of this presumed truce between photography and painting that photography was—grudgingly at first, then enthusiastically—acknowledged as a fine art. But the very question of whether photography is or is not an art is essentially a misleading one. Although photography generates works that can be called art—it requires subjectivity, it can lie, it gives aesthetic pleasure—photography is not, to begin with, an art form at all. Like language, it is a medium in which works of art (among other things) are made. Out of language, one can make scientific discourse, bureaucratic memoranda, love letters, grocery lists, and Balzac's Paris. Out of photography, one can make passport pictures, weather photographs, pornographic pictures, X-rays, wedding pictures, and Atget's Paris. Photography is not an art like, say, painting and poetry. Although the activities of some photographers conform to the traditional notion of a fine art, the activity of exceptionally talented individuals producing discrete objects that have value in themselves, from the beginning photography has also lent itself to that notion of art which says that art is obsolete. The power of photography—and its centrality in present aesthetic concerns—is that it confirms both ideas of art. But the way in which photography renders art obsolete is, in the long run, stronger. "
Susan Sontag - On Photography
Blend Modes in Photoshop
Blake Rudis explains blend modes, with a template to add to your resource folder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRatgj4GfYI&feature=em-subs_digest-g-vrecs and here are Adobe's explanations.
5 Reasons to Print Your Photography
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9 photography rules that should exist but don’t
And then there a t rules which you can break, once you understand why the rules are there in the first place!
Understanding HSL adjustment layers in Photoshop
Here's a useful short (five minute) video which explains simply how this adjustment layer works: http://everydayhdr.com/saturation-adjustment-layer-in-photoshop/?mc_cid=c3a8df0b32&mc_eid=ce7aea6d49
The art of photography
Ted Forbes is a photographer and filmmaker. He started producing the Art of Photography as a podcast in 2008 and the show has since grown into a popular YouTube channel and resource website providing a 360° view of photography to a global audience. http://theartofphotography.tv