Posts in Category "Photography"

August 2, 2013

Feeling Blue

After reviewing the photographs that I’ve taken over the past few weeks, it looks like I’ve been feeling a bit blue. Perhaps confined as well.

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July 19, 2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico

I was lucky enough to take an extra day while teaching a class at the Santa Fe Workshops and sneak some quick pics near Ghost Ranch. New Mexico has such stunning landscapes.

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June 28, 2013

Photo Friday – Unavoidable Relationships

I thought that I would post a selection of images that I’ve taken over the past few months.

But it seems to me, that even if you place seemingly random images together, they create their own relationships and meanings…

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May 24, 2013

Photo Friday!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted photos so here are a few that I wanted to share from Central California.

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April 5, 2013

Photo Friday – Las Vegas

I am always a bit disconcerted by the visuals and atmosphere of Las Vegas.

It seems to draw loneliness like magnets do metal.

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March 29, 2013

Photo Friday – Series of Images

I enjoy creating series of images which, when shown next to each other, create their own, unique relationships between frames. The first photos were taken walking across a bridge from Kentucky to Ohio, the second were in Chicago and the third were approaching SFO.

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March 22, 2013

Photoshop and the Creative Composite at the Santa Fe Workshops June 26 – 29, 2013

I’m excited to be returning to the fabulous Santa Fe Workshops this year to teach a 4 day workshop on Photoshop and The Creative Composite!

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Somewhere between the decisive moment of still photography and the time compression offered by moving pictures lies the world of digital compositing—a place where multiple images captured at different times are layered together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. During our four days together, Julieanne helps you discover how to transform concepts and ideas into images. You master the tools used in compositing, including layers and masking, blend modes, adjustment layers, the properties panel, opacity, and clipping paths. Then you take these concepts to the next level using Smart Objects and Smart Filters, making complex selections using channels and the pen tool, and creating knockout layer effects using advanced blending options, clipping masks, Layer Groups, and the Refine Edge command.

Mornings are dedicated to instruction, with time set aside in the afternoon for you to work on your own images. This is the chance for you to reinforce your understanding of techniques applicable to your photography and engage in individual critique sessions. Using the most flexible, non-destructive editing process imaginable, Julieanne combines creative inspiration with image-manipulation techniques to help you rediscover your enthusiasm and unleash your potential. 

I hope you will be able to join us! Click here for more information about the class, and to view the entire Santa Fe Workshops calendar, click here.

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March 15, 2013

Photo Friday – The Colors of Mexico

While traveling in Mexico, I was overwhelmed with the incredible color palette of the region. So, when the group of (ridiculously talented) photographers that I was traveling with were given the challenge to submit an image to “best represent Cabo San Lucas and the surrounding region”, I decided that I’d better do something really different if I had any chance of winning the contest! Instead of realistically representing the location,  I focused on the colors, movement and spirit of the people – creating a blanket of the “Colors of Mexico”.

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If you have time and want to check out the other submissions, click here and vote for the image that you like the most. Certainly I don’t expect to win – although I do think “Colors of Mexico” would look fantastic printed 12 feet wide behind the registration counter)!     : )

 

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March 8, 2013

Photo Friday – At Least This Friday

I thought I would post some images today instead of a tip and technique to remind me why learning all of this is important – so that I can make images!

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(Plus, I’ve decided that instead of posting photos to facebook, each week I will choose some of my recent favorites and post them to my blog. That way, regardless of if you follow my “Personal” or my “Like” page of FB, everyone will see the same content.)

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March 1, 2013

Aerial Photography – This Time with the Doors Off!

Many of you know that I spend a lot of time in airplanes flying between events for Adobe, and in fact these flights were the motivation behind “Window Seat – the Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking”, but what I don’t always tell people is that I’m scared to fly. And it’s not a rational fear. I “know” that there are plenty of things that I do that are far more risky, but it’s the lack of control (and the fact that when flying, we are moving through the air at 500 mph in a fragile little metal tube and, as I learned from my father (who is an engineer), all metal has stress points that can fail).

However, I decided that I didn’t want that to stop me from taking photographs from a helicopter over the Great Salt Lake in Utah. So last summer when I was out for Adobe’s Educator Summit, I took the time to make it happen. Obviously I’m a little behind on my editing, but here are six of my favorite shots.

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February 8, 2013

Lightroom and Photoshop Special Pre-Conference Day Before Texas School

I hope you’ll join me for a special pre-conference on Saturday, April 27th 2013, 10am – 4pm at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas, TX. This class is the day before Texas School begins and will not interfere with your regularly scheduled class! Here’s the plan:

10am – 1:00pm Revitalize your workflow with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

See how you can save time while managing your photographs from import to export – as well as everything in between. We’ll start by learning how to streamline the import process, create a simple organizational structure, and edit a shoot quickly; all using the Lightroom 4 Library module. Then, we’ll discover the key tools in the Lightroom 4 Develop module to enhance your photographs, correct color and tonal values both globally and locally, customize your color to black and white conversion, and even add special effects such as selective coloring, split toning and vintage looks if appropriate for telling your story. Then we’ll master how and when to move images to Photoshop for further enhancements and discover how to easily create slideshows, photo books, post on social media sites, and create templates for printing.

2:00 – 5:00 Photoshop Techniques for Photographers

In the afternoon session, we’ll learn how Adobe Photoshop can help you refine your images to get superior results faster than ever before. I’ll demonstrate my favorite ways to add creative techniques to enhance your photography and express your own personal style. We’ll discuss compositing techniques, textural overlays and special effects. You’ll learn how to sequence multiple images and composite photographs to create a stunning single image impossible to create in camera. Plus, we’ll look at the smart Object/Filter workflow as well as create actions and droplets to increase your productivity and maximize your efficiency.

The cost is $47 for Texas School Attendees, $97 if not attending Texas School

For more information and to register, click here!

 

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February 5, 2013

Mobile Masters – Crossing the Threshold, by Dan Marcolina

I’m honored that Dan Marcolina included me  in his new iPhone app Mobile Masters – Crossing the Threshold. Click here to watch a video with more information…   or go to the iTunes store and search “Mobile Masters”.

 

 

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January 25, 2013

My Window Seat Photos Featured on Gizmodo!

Click here to find out why Gizmodo tells you to always ask for a window Seat…  : )

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Rainy Days in Iceland

Even when it rains in Iceland, it’s a photographer’s paradise.

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I’m sorry that I’m not going to be able to teach this summer with Focus on Nature, but I certainly would recommend contacting them if you’re looking for a trip of a lifetime. I made these photographs (and a few thousand more!) last summer.

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January 18, 2013

Images in Motion – A Personal Project

Over the holiday break, I worked on one of my personal projects – “Passenger Seat –  Images in Motion”.  I hope to write up the process one of these days when I have time. – Maybe it should be my next book project!

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