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Adobe Stories: Photography as Another Type of Medicine

Dr. Patricia Hinz is a family physician that practices as part of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Santa Cruz, California. She’s also an accomplished photographer. She started out hanging some of her work in her exam room, and after lots of positive feedback from patients and staff, eventually she was invited to decorate the entire clinic with her artwork.

Image by Dr Patricia Hinz

Image by Dr Patricia Hinz

She explains:

“I took the project on and put my heart and soul into selecting the right pieces for each specialty department. I tried to select images that would create a certain feeling for the patients while they were there. For example, most people are quite anxious when they go get their blood drawn, so I decided to put images of the Redwood Forest in the lab waiting area because I know how peaceful and grounded I feel when I’m amongst the Redwoods.

I’ve felt guilty in the past about working only three days a week as a family physician so that I can travel and dedicate more of my life to my photography. But through this project I realized that I am still “healing” people through my artwork…and on a much larger scale!”

What’s Dr Hinz’s secret sauce? Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. “My favorite part of Photoshop has been being able to enhance the colors and create textures so that my resultant print resembles the magic that I saw and ‘felt’ when I first took the photo! I have always been so frustrated by the blunting and flatness that was returned to me when I developed film, but now I am able to recreate what I actually saw….. Lightroom has also allowed me to organize my images into categories, quickly optimize them, review, delete and rank photos, and export them.”

You can read Dr. Hinz’s complete Adobe Story here, and visit her photography website here.

And if you’re inspired, please tell us what inspires you to create! You just might see your story featured here on our blog.

Adobe Stories: One Artist, Many Tools

Graphic designer and freelance animator Lee Daniels has a sly sense of humor that comes out as soon as you look at his still images and animated cartoons.

Lee’s Adobe Story begins and ends with the Adobe Creative Suite, or as he puts it, “all and everything I need to be a fully-functioning media creative competing in the modern world.” As a solo freelancer, the Suite gives Lee flexibility to jump in and out of many different programs while working on a project, all right from his small home studio. Maybe more importantly, with the Suite Lee can express his creativity.

“There’s no easy way to describe why the need to create is there or why it makes you miss your desk, like no other occupation, when you’re not sat in front of it,” he explains.

You can read more of Lee’s story here, and enjoy his video “Clearance” below.

If you too are inspired, come share your story with us, you just might see yourself featured on this blog one day!

Adobe Stories: How My Love for Photoshop Began

Do we give enough love to our teachers? Joseph B wrote his Adobe story about an art teacher who asked him to learn new software to help design the school’s yearbook. Although Joseph says he “did not have a knack for painting, sculpting, drawing, or anything else for that matter…”, the sheer act of his teacher sitting him down in front of a computer with Photoshop back in the 10th grade, may have been why he’s a graphic designer today. Cool stuff. Read more of Joseph’s story here.

Congratulations to the Adobe Stories contest winners

Following up to the first round of Adobe Stories contest winners, three more storytellers have won a tablet of their choosing for sharing their Adobe Stories with the world.

Congratulations go out to:

John Hattan
John is a long-time game developer based in Texas. He’s successfully made the transition from developing games for the desktop to making games for the web and now for mobile using Adobe Flash. Read more of John’s story here.

Alan Scott
A California resident, Alan enjoys unleashing his personal creativity using the Master Collection, switching from app to app to help flesh out his digital dreams. The rest of Alan’s story is here.

Patricia Hinz, MD
Patricia is a family physician and photographer who uses her nature photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom to create a better mood for patients while they’re receiving treatment at her medical clinic. Dr Hinz’s full story is here.

image by Dr Patricia Hinz

image by Dr Patricia Hinz

Our Adobe Stories contest may be over but the storytelling goes on! It is not too late to share your Adobe Story with us and the world. Tell us why you create, and you just might see your story featured here on our blog:

A Conversation with the Youngest Application Developer in Europe

Me, Jordan, and my colleague Scott

Me, Jordan, and my colleague Scott

During my trip to Cannes Lions last month, I was fortunate to meet with many Adobe fans and customers who stopped by our tent to take a picture with the Adobe  Ampersand. Perhaps my favorite encounter of the week was with 12-year old Jordan Casey. Jordan is the youngest application developer in Europe. He was a speaker at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. And, if you’ve had the chance to play Alien Ball vs Humans or its sequel, Alien Ball vs Humans 2: Holiday, you’ve experienced a Casey-developed app. I was awed by Jordan – his talent, drive, and humility at such a young age is truly inspiring. I wanted to share Jordan’s story with all of you, so we interviewed him on our Digital Media blog. Check it out – you will be inspired!

You can check out Alien Ball vs. Humans in action below, and get in touch with Casey Games on Twitter @Casey Games.

Adobe Stories: How InDesign Changed One Life

We’re continuing to receive inspiring Adobe Stories submissions and we have you to thank for that! In the latest installment of our Adobe Stories series, we shed some light on designer Scott Citron (@scottcitron) and his story of how Adobe InDesign changed his life.

Citron was first introduced to Adobe InDesign by a friend in 1999.

“Back around 1999 a friend told me about a new product from Adobe, InDesign 1.0. At the time I mostly dabbled as a designer, while working full time as a television producer and post-production specialist. In those days I was a whiz at PageMaker, and QuarkXPress. I bought InDesign and proceeded to teach myself how to use it. Learning InDesign wasn’t hard because it looked a lot like Illustrator and Photoshop, which I already knew well.

“Before long a friend in the NY publishing scene asked me if I wanted to design a book about a well-known NY Yankee baseball player. By then I had moved to New York from Los Angeles with a failed network TV series and was seriously thinking about quitting Hollywood and trying to be a professional designer. The lure of making my hobby my profession was what I’d always wanted. I took the job.”

Book design created by Scott Citron with Adobe InDesign

“Game Day” book design created by Scott Citron with Adobe InDesign. Image source:

From there, he had the honor of designing the box art for InDesign 2.0, conducting training sessions and much more. Scott reflects on his time working with us:

“Adobe needed help designing some layouts to be used on the back panel of the soon-to-be released InDesign 2.0 package. When asked if I was interested in the job I, of course, agreed to pitch in. Not long after someone from Adobe called me again, asking if I’d be interested in conducting over twenty free-to-the-public InDesign training sessions in the New York and Connecticut areas…. As they say, the rest is history.”

Learn more about Scott and his work by visiting his website and read his full Adobe Story here.

Now it’s time for us to hear from you! Share your story with us for a chance to win a tablet computer of your choice. Hurry – the sweepstakes ends July 13, 2012, just a few days from now! (See official terms and conditions).

Adobe Stories: Inspiration in the Far Frozen South

In our continuing series sharing some of the most inspiring Adobe Stories, we wanted to spotlight John Paul Caponigro (@jpcaponigro) for a story focused on his passion for the remote and beautiful continent of Antarctica.

John Paul has been visiting Antarctica for years, photographing its natural beauty, and using his images to raise awareness about the region and its ecosystem. His tool of choice for processing his photos is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Caponigro explains:

“Because the nature of my first Antarctica project was editorial, I was interested in working within stricter limits and Lightroom’s limits fit those. Lightroom also offered the promise of greater organizational capabilities and productivity, which was very useful while handling a high volume of images made on an extended voyage. Lightroom delivered….

My Antarctica project and Lightroom brought me back to basics. This shift in focus encouraged me to further strengthen both my camera skills and my storytelling practices, and consequently my vision as a whole. This opened new avenues of discovery, encouraging me to think about still images even more cinematically.”

Beautiful, haunting Antarctica

Beautiful, haunting Antarctica

You can see much more of his amazing work at his website and read his full Adobe Story here.

Have a great story like Caponigro’s that you would like to share with us? Submit your Adobe Stories today for your chance to win a tablet of your choice. (See official terms and conditions here.)

Adobe Stories Show the Power of Imagination

The extent of stories and range of creativity displayed on Adobe Stories has been a real joy.

One unusual story we’ve come across is that of Jeff Fina, a military veteran who, by perfecting his digital abilities with Adobe Photoshop, was able to successfully transition out of the armed forces and into a new life as an artist and owner of a digital print service in Orange County, New York.

Jeff tells us:

I started photography in 2004 in Iraq as a way to feel more at peace with being 19 years old and separated from my family and fiancé (now my wife)…. I would stay up late and spend any time off photographing and playing in Photoshop CS2….. Iraq (and Photoshop) became the foundation for my future in visual arts.

After safely coming home in early 2005, I knew I didn’t want to do anything else but study Visual Communications of any sort.

Jeff in Iraq

Jeff back then

Jeff's workspace today

Jeff’s workspace today

Read Jeff’s Adobe Story in its entirety here and check out some of his recent work on his website.

Interested in writing your own story? We’d love to read (or watch) it and possibly share it on our blog, Twitter channel and Facebook page! And remember, by submitting your Adobe Story, you may have the chance to win a tablet of your choice (official terms and conditions).

Jeff’s story is just one of the many Adobe Stories that we’ll share, so keep checking back!

Congratulations to the first Adobe Stories winners!

We’ve been amazed by the breadth of Adobe Stories that we’ve received over the past weeks! From those stories to date, we’ve drawn three lucky winners to receive a tablet of their choice.

Please join us in congratulating the following three storytellers:

Siobhan S.
Siobhan has drawn on her creativity in a lot of situations, from helping children with disabilities learn art to pursuing a career in architecture. Read more about her story here.

Juli sees creativity in every facet of her life from cooking to walking down the street to her days full of Illustrator and InDesign. Her full story is here.

drMikey is a game developer who exercises every part of his brain producing creative games from his one-man studio. Below is a look at a trailer from his word game, Conveyor.

Don’t forget – there’s a second round of tablets to be awarded on July 13, so it’s not too late for you to go share your own Adobe story with us and the world.

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Your Adobe Stories Making Our Headlines

When we re-launched our Adobe Stories site with the question ‘why do you create?’, we had no idea what kinds of tales we’d get or how “global” the stories would be. Well this one, from Martin Ngugi (artist mchoraji) got our attention immediately. He is from Nairobi, Kenya and born without forearms. For me, his work jumps off the screen and has a spark of “aliveness” that makes me want to see more…and we can! Check out more digital drawings on Facebook. Below is an image from the stories site, as well as part 1 of a local news piece on Martin.

Interested in writing your own story? We’d love to read it (or watch) it, and maybe we can promote it too. Martin’s story is just the first of the stories we’ll share with the community on this blog, on Twitter and Facebook. So keep checking back!

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