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on May 5, 2010 in B&W Photography, Digital Darkroom

New Technique = Blurry Eyes!

My eyes literally just can’t focus, wearing cheaters doesn’t even help! Photoshop CS5 packs a ton of new power, tools and possibilities and I just keep exploring them all in an attempt to find better answers for myself and ones I can share with you.

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I have three goals in this process: speed, flexibility and quality. Quality is a given because without that then it’s all a waste of time. Speed, that’s become more and more important as my shooting has vastly escalated and when clicking landscapes, digital darkroom time increases but that’s not where I want to spend my time. So a faster workflow is a must. And flexibility, well, I don’t want to be locked into anything a year from now that I’ve done today. My style and tastes do change! So as Sharon says, “You in Class?”

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With finishing images from our Monument Valley adventure and getting all the lessons written and recorded to finish off the classes a top priority, I’ve been chained to the computer. I am very excited to have found a new B&W technique that fits my goals, runs at 64bit speed (which just rocks!) and all of it comes from right in CS5! No pluggins, no giant files and it really takes seconds. Gotta thank my bud Scott Kelby for giving me the start and my brilliant assistant Stephanie for providing a pivotal step. I like the results. Best thing, I can vary it slightly to give me slightly different tones in the B&W like you see above. I can’t wait to test/share it with folks next week at DLWS. And it will be on video shortly at Kelby Training. Excuse me now though, off to working on new techniques and classes.

Photos captured by D3x, 24PC-E / 70-200VRII on Lexar UDMA digital film