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The new Photoshop CC plugin I can’t get enough of is called Shape, and it is awesome. 

It combines all the features I love about NEXT, but also provides the boost of color I always added after applying the NEXT effect. It also smoothly combines global contrast with local contrast in a speedy live preview. There are controls for sharpness, and sliders to protect the shadows and highlights, so forget about halos.

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The ability to control so many adjustments at once and preview them live makes SHAPE easy to use even for photographers new to Photoshop. Shape will change how you process your images. I can’t stop trying it on everything, from city scapes to portraits. 

For experienced Photoshop users, Shape puts a lot of power and control into very few steps. For those of us who already use the Know How Transfer plug-ins, SHAPE significantly reduces workflow time while adding even more stunning results. I love my new SHAPE! You can try it here.

I previously praised the Know How Transfer Vitamin BW plug-in and I still use it for every BW conversion. Check it out too, if you haven’t already.

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Why The Golden Ratio Is Better Than The Rule Of Thirds

May 18, 2018

Sharing this post from PetaPixel about composition. I often use the Golden Ratio overlay in Lightroom to see how images align with it. Enjoy… A long time ago I was a young art student, being told about the “Rule Of Thirds.” I was told it’s one of the most important fundamentals of art and photography, […]

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If You Don’t Think Photos Are Important, Wait Until They Are All You Have Left

May 16, 2018

I saved this Petapixel post by Missy Mwac a long time ago, but it’s just as important today. She describes herself on her Tumbler page as “photographer/eater of bacon/drinker of vodka and your guide through the murky waters of professional photography.” She preaches the same sermon I have shared with so many friends and clients – if a […]

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Useful shortcuts for cropping in Lightroom

April 9, 2018

Lightroom shortcuts are easy to remember for those tasks I do all the time. It is harder to remember these useful shortcuts that make crop tool so helpful – my favorite is cycling through the different grid overlays (Letter O). For my benefit and yours, here are the Crop Tool shortcuts, compiled from various online resources. Now we have […]

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India trip update

October 24, 2017

Nearing the end of our journey through Rajasthan with another fantastic group. It is difficult to post images from here, so I am sharing just a few for now. We can’t thank our hosts and guides enough for all they’ve done to make this a successful and meaningful event for all of us. 

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Abundant Adventures in Rajasthan

March 7, 2017

The February tour of Rajasthan, India exceeded all expectations for adventure and great opportunities for photography. Following in the footsteps of the legendary photographer Steve McCurry, we explored a number of the places where he took some of his most famous images. Highlights included visits to a household preparing for a Hindu wedding, a school tour, […]

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2017 India Trips Sold Out

November 9, 2016

Both the trips to Rajasthan, India next year are now sold out. We look forward to both trips with the individuals who are signed on to join us. Contact us about the 2018 itinerary which is taking shape now.

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Featured on Know How Transfer Website

June 1, 2016

I am so excited to be featured on the Know How Transfer website for my black and white photographs. Vitamin BW is the Photoshop plugin that makes my black & white images look so amazing. I also use the ALCE and Wow! apps they offer. All the plugins are fantastic, and so are the instructional videos. I abhor […]

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Grateful for being honored tonight

May 10, 2016

  I’m really grateful for being part of a group of women photographers recognized last night by Rick Solberg, a Redpoint Collective member and excellent photographer in his own right. Rick sponsored the National Geographic Live lecture yesterday evening by photographer Ami Vitale at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The other photographers Rick honored this evening are Carol Barlau, Patty […]

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