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March, 2012

Welcome to my share page. Each month I'll try to bring you an enlightening thought, quote or tip. Questions or feedback is always welcome at: roger@imageinations.com


One tool that is available in Photoshop that is often overlooked is Blending Options. Although these are available inlayers several tools, including brushes, gradients, and clone stamp, here I will talk about the modes in the Layers Pallet. At the top of the Layers Pallet is the drop down menu containing the Blending Mode Options. These are only available when there are at least two layers present and refer to the way the upper layer blends with the lower layer. A layer can be blended with a copy of itself or with other different layer contents, such a another image, a graphic, or a Type layer. Keep in mind that you can always alter the opacity of the top layer that you are working with.

Below are a few examples of blending the portrait with the tree bark. Note that the modes are divided into sections. Only by experimenting can you get a feel for what these modes do. If you want a more technical definition, click HERE or Google Photoshop Blending Modes.

Also, keeping in mind that one of the best ways to lighten or darken an image is to copy the layer and then blend the image with itself. To darken, use the Multiply Mode. For less darkening simply lower the opacity of the top layer. To lighten, use the Screen Mode. For less lightening simply lower the opacity of the top layer. To just lighten or darken a selected area (dodging and burning) of the image simply add a layer mask.

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Andre Kertesz

Mr. Kertesz was known for his drive and enthusiasm. At 90, he produced a portfolio of new pictures and showed it to the photographer Susan May Tell. When she asked him what it was that kept him working, he replied, "I am still hungry." - Andre Kertesz - This was included in the obituary of Kertesz written by John Durniak, NY Times, 30, September 85.

If you want to write you should learn the alphabet. You write and write and in the end you have a beautiful, perfect alphabet. But it isn't’t the alphabet that is important. The important thing is what you are writing, what you are expressing. The same thing goes for photography. Photographs can be technically perfect and even beautiful, but they have no expression. - Andre Kertesz, Visions and Images : American Photographers on Photography by Barbaralee Diamonstein Page: 191

I just walk around, observing the subject from various angles until the picture elements arrange themselves into a composition that pleases my eye. - Andre Kertesz - Margaret R. Weiss, Saturday Review – World, January 1974 [cited in: "Creative Camera" May 1974, p. 148]

To see more Andre Kertesz's images, click here


I'd like to share with you a paragraph written by David Schonauer, Editor in Chief of American PHOTO Magazine from to September/October 2001 issue:

What qualities make a photographer a master? Is talent enough? Is it a matter of cultural influence? Artistic longevity? Lacking meaningful statistics like lifetime batting averages, we are left to contemplate photographic mastery-and draw inspiration from it-in our own, personal ways. ...Photographic mentoring is, at its best, a subtle process; we learn not just by studying f-stops and shutter speeds, but by looking, listening, and sensing the sheer enthusiasm that shapes the effort of making a fine picture.

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