iPhone 11 Pro Photography

For nearly a decade I have transported DSLR bodies, lenses, tripods and other gear to California each winter. This year I brought only the new three-lens iPhone. The images below were all shot and processed on the phone during January 2020. Some are straightforward photos, others have more processing, or even AI painting effects applied,Continue reading “iPhone 11 Pro Photography”

A Photo Tour of Solvang California

The village of Solvang is located in the Santa Ynez Valley, famous for it’s cool climate wines, such as Pinot Noir and Syrah. But Solvang does not follow the local motifs of Spanish Colonial or Cow Town styles. Instead it focuses on it’s Danish heritage. The results are interesting, amusing, and sometimes a bit jarring.Continue reading “A Photo Tour of Solvang California”

C. David Tobie: SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and its effects on Photo and Video Editors

Recent studies have found a new type of light sensor in the eye, in addition to the rods and cones we are familiar with for color, and black and white vision. This type of sensor has nothing to do with vision, but may have a big impact on photographers and videographers, as it relates toContinue reading “C. David Tobie: SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and its effects on Photo and Video Editors”

Changes to Lightroom Licensing: Adobe’s Other Shoe Drops

Adobe created a tempest in a teapot when they announced the subscription plans for most Adobe applications. Due to the heavy resistance amongst photographers, they crafted a special plan, at a very tempting rate, that offered just Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for $9.99 per month. That was enough to mollify many photogs, and overContinue reading “Changes to Lightroom Licensing: Adobe’s Other Shoe Drops”

iPhone 7/7+ Raw Capabilities

While the internet is flooded with negative articles about the iPhone 7 series and how little new they have to offer (a great way to get clicks, whether you have anything meaningful to say or not), there are, in fact, a number of very interesting new features, especially in the 7+. I will wait toContinue reading “iPhone 7/7+ Raw Capabilities”

What Photoshop Is Used For Today

We hear a lot about Photoshop being used to make models impossibly thin, or remove every sign of wrinkles from someone’s face. Photoshop is no longer the day-to-day photo adjustment app (that’s Lightroom’s job); but it is an invaluable tool for a certain type of photo related work: masking and compositing. The image below shows theContinue reading “What Photoshop Is Used For Today”

Warning: Major Data Loss Potential in Photoshop CS6 & CC2015

As an expert Photoshop user I am meticulous about my processes and I do not expect to lose work. Today I have lost the same job, not once, but twice, before I figured out what was causing the issue. Let me share this “feature” with you before it costs you hours of labor as well.Continue reading “Warning: Major Data Loss Potential in Photoshop CS6 & CC2015”

Creative Sunblocks

Shots into the sun can be a challenge, particularly with the more recent iPhones and their sapphire lens covers, which cause a lot of flare with shots incorporating a bright light source. Using sunblocks is one solution. When an object is available that can be used to block, or at least partially block, the sun,Continue reading “Creative Sunblocks”

Conflicting Color Palettes

Color palettes are groups of related colors, such as primaries, or pastels. There are palettes associated with certain holidays, or seasons. Conflicting palettes can create striking images that grab the eye, and demand further consideration. This can be valuable in locations where images compete for the eye. The image below includes two classic color palettes:Continue reading “Conflicting Color Palettes”

Amusing Signs

There are few ways to get more smiles, or more attention, than images of amusing signs. This can range from intentionally witty ones, to signs with poor grammar, to signs that seem normal in one location, but very odd to those from other places, to unintentional placement of signs. Stock up! C. David Tobie