Focus Stacking with Photoshop and Elements

Focus stacking lets you extend the depth of field by combining multiple images, each each of the same scene, but with a different focus point.  Photoshop and Elements each have their own way of combining the multiple images into a single photograph. [Continue Reading…]

This is pretty funny.  Daniel Hashimoto, is an after-effects artist at DreamWorks.  He’s created a series of short YouTube videos ( called Action Movie Kid in which he adds special effects to videos of his 3-year-old son. In this one, the boy finds a “real” Light Saber at Toy’s ‘ R Us.

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There are lots of stories about photographers having their pictures stolen from their websites and used by others without permission. If you want to track down some of your pictures, there are a couple of free services that can help using something called reverse image search. Google Image Search, for example, lets you either type in the url for the picture you want to search or upload a copy of it.  The search engine then returns results showing where the image appears on the Internet. is another free service that does the same thing. Sometimes the results for both services include pictures that only resemble your photos.

I did a search on a few of my images and only found authorized uses.  I was both glad and maybe in an odd way a little disappointed.  I mean, hey, my stuff isn’t worth stealing?  Hmpf.

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Winter Sunset at Paine's Creek by John Tunney

Winter Sunset at Paine’s Creek

It’s a little quiet around here this time of year, which makes it a good time to shoot. Winter has its own special photographic opportunities and challenges. Here’s some quick tips: [Continue Reading…]