iPhone Photos, Photoshop Express, and more fun stuff …

  Got an iPhone, iPad or a Smartphone? Been playing with the Camera and Photo Apps? Been intrigued by the power of your phone camera? Wanna share your favorite pics, apps and social sites? Wanna participate in smartphone photo contests with prizes?  You’ve found the place…  This is “just for fun”, but we can also learn something about photography & Photoshop … Smartphone and tablet cameras (and particularly the iPhone) have done quite a few things for photography – Just think: Your camera is always with you, and the simplicity of the cameras and apps allow us to get back

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A Video on Photo Judging at the San Diego County Fair …

This is really cool – Thanks to David Poller,  www.davidpollerphoto.com,  for putting this together (and he’s a pretty darned good judge, too!) – As a fellow judge, I found this fascinating … Cheers, John 🙂

One RAW File vs. An HDR Composite?

Here’s a letter from one of my clients: Hi John, Thanks much for the post on HDR – that looks like wonderful software!  A question: If I shoot in RAW, isn’t there enough dynamic range in one RAW file to achieve the same results?  Just wondering… Ann S. Great question, Ann! The short answer: No. Even shooting in RAW, one file cannot get the full dynamic range available to you in a composite HDR image. To further explain, let’s talk about the dynamic range of the sensors in most modern digital cameras… A typical D-SLR has a dynamic range of

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“HDR – The ‘Missing Link’ in Photoshop and Digital Imaging?”

For those of us from the “old school” of photography, one of the things we miss most about film was the large Dynamic Range that was available to us – – It’s just missing in most DSLR’s and digital images.  How to make up for this?  Explore High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography! High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images could very well be the “Missing Link” in Photographic Digital Imaging; I believe that it’s the way photography is headed in the future – With HDR, you are able to overcome the lower tonal dynamic range of most 16-bit images, giving them a

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My Photoshop and Color Management Seminar Schedule at the San Diego County Fair

It’s time for the San Diego County Fair Exhibition of Photography, and this year I am again honored to be a judge. This year, I am going to be giving a number of Photoshop and Color Management seminars – – If you are in Southern California during the fair, come on by – – I’d love to see you there! Click Here to download a PDF of my schedule … By the way, there are quite a few excellent seminars by other presenters, such as Jim Cline, Dave Gatley, Will Gibson, Karl Grobl, David King, and others – – Check

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Just Added: Free Webinar on Photoshop Curves…

I just added a new free Webinar on Photoshop Curves – – Come and explore the power of Curves, and enjoy a whole new dimension to what you can accomplish! Here are the other subjects being covered right now: Photoshop – Keep It Simple! Color Management 101 What’s New in Photoshop CS4 Layer Masks Working with RAW Images To see what it’s all about, see a short sample video and to sign up, Click Here – – And remember, It’s FREE!!! Cheers, John 🙂

Free Live and Interactive Webinars…

  01/04/21 – Updated – – see this link: https://www.wattsdigital.com/San_Diego_Meetups.html _______________   Hello there! By popular request, I am now offering Free Live and Interactive Webinars on subjects related to Photoshop, Digital Printing, and Color Management. These webinars will allow you to watch the desktop of my computer “real-time”  and listen to me as I explain what I am doing.  At the same time, if you have any questions, you can type your question, and I will answer it!  I will be doing a minimum of 2 webinars per week. These webinars are “browser-based” on your computer, and are limited

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The Photoshop E-Book is Available for Download…

My Photoshop E-Book, “Photofinishing with Photoshop”, is now available for purchase and immediate download. It is reasonably priced at $30. Click Here to Purchase and Download the E-Book… Have you ever wanted to learn how to make stunning photographic prints at your home or office? Have you tried, but not been happy with the results? Then this unique E-Book is for you. This is not just another Photoshop E-Book: It is unique because I focus on what makes a good color print, and I will show you how to use the basics of Photoshop to achieve your desired printing results,

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The Deadly “I’ll-Just-Fix-It-In-Photoshop” Syndrome…

Howdy to all… Here’s a great read from Kevin Michael Reed’s ExposingFashion Blog entitled “Stop this ‘Fix It In Photoshop’ nonsense!” I get a sense of righteous anger from Kevin that is well-placed….I blogged briefly about this last year on this post, but Kevin, as a working photographer who has to deal in the sometimes surrealistic and admittedly vain world of fashion photography, puts it even more succinctly. It is definitely a more in-depth analysis on why this trend of “I’ll-Just-Fix-It-In-Photoshop” has to stop!!! (Oh, and Kevin must be a great guy – after all, he quoted me in his

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Test Targets for Digital Printing Evaluation

Howdy to all! Here are links to pages where you can download test targets – I’m very partial to the Photodisc Target myself… These are great for evaluating your printer’s output and how it compares to your monitor, among other things – Enjoy! Inkjetart.com Dry Creek Photo Colormanagement.com So, do you know of others you like? Let me know! Cheers, John 🙂