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Digital Darkroom

I've come a long way since the days of my first black & white print magically appearing in a tray of developer. Now Photoshop is where it's at....and it's a million times better than the traditional darkroom. Not only is the darkroom not dark, but it's enlarger can play music CDs, play DVD movies, read every newspaper in the world, and it's even portable. Burning and dodging a print happens in multiple dimensions and with an infinite number of variations. It's black & white, color, sepia, cross processed...what ever you want.


Being able to retouch and enhance my own photographs has been a great benefit to my clients and me. At first I did simple stuff, like local color correction, power-line removal, spotting, that kind of thing. Then I made a few composites. This one of the climber was my very first photoshop adventure. It really worked for me. The sky image was the kind of image I would have thrown away in the past. Being able to enhance the sky the way I did has had a lasting impact on the way I now shoot on location.

Raw Chickens

On a hotel shoot, my client had me photograph their head chef and his brand new rotisserie oven. No problem, I was glad to work for them. The photograph turned out fine, except for the raw chickens. Which looked, well, raw! I figured out out how to cook those birds in photoshop. I've been cooking in photoshop ever since.

Better Bun

Have you ever tried photographing a hot dog? The hard part is not the grill marks, not the mustard, or the relish. The hard part is the bun. All buns look like #%*#!!!... well, maybe not that bad but they have wrinkles, and cracks, and a ton of them! I paid my dues on this bun retouch. What I thought would take a few hours took me a week. This was done in Photoshop 4 which was long before the fancy "healing brush tool" that came along in version 7.

Inside the swamp cooler

I did a great deal of research tracking down a location for this image. I wanted a waterfall in the background and a rock for the model to sit on in the foreground. The location had to be close to Denver as there was no budget to put the crew up overnight. The location had to be easily accessible by my photo crew and model. After all the research was done, I picked this location, even though it had a drain pipe right in the middle of the falls. We crossed a rushing stream with all the photo gear (including a ladder) to get the perspective I wanted. We waited for the sun to drop so the sky would be the main lighting for the shot. It was COLD. The shoot took place in late October and the first snowfall of the week before had just melted. We wrapped our meditating model in a sleeping bag after each shot to protect her from the cold. The waterfall spray made us all feel like we were standing inside a swamp cooler......which a course we were!

Photoshop CS

Now we're at a version of Photoshop called CS, which is version 8. The big deal with Photoshop CS is that almost every tool works in 16-bit mode. This is a big deal...as in big...and bigger! Not only is the retouching better but the size of the files is twice as big. This means you need twice as much storage, a bigger, better and faster computer too. When will it ever end?

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