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2nd Annual Marsha Fox Memorial Fundraiser

2nd Annual Marsha Fox Memorial Fundraiser

(Click on an image to see a larger version)     “Angelic Light” CLICK HERE TO ORDER It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since I lost my wonderful wife to Multiple Sclerosis.  I decided each year to choose one image and release it as a limited edition print, with all profits going […]


The Orton Effect – the Wayne Fox method

The Orton Effect - the Wayne Fox method

(Clicking on any image in this article will offer a much larger version. Additionally reducing the size and resolution of images for the web affects the quality of the final effect.  I encourage you to try this on your own images to appreciate the results) The Orton Effect is named after it’s creator, Michael Orton, […]


Marsha Fox Memorial Fundraiser New Product

Marsha Fox Memorial Fundraiser New Product

I’ve decided to add a couple options for this Fundraiser, offering some lower price options for those interested in contributing.  I have had some high quality fine art card stock and matching envelopes donated for use in this fundraiser, so I’ve come up with three sets of fine art cards. One set contains 5 cards of the […]


Marsha Fox Annual Memorial MS Fund Raiser

Marsha Fox Annual Memorial MS Fund Raiser

    I have decided to use one of my better images from each year to raise money to help fight against the disease which took my wife, and affects millions of others each day.  I will use all of the same materials and techniques to create the finished pieces, but will offer them at […]


Is Photography “art”?

Is Photography "art"?

Don’t read too much into the title of this post – I don’t have an answer to this unanswerable question. I’ve read many online debates about this, and though I rarely chime in on those debates I do have my own opinions.


PSB files and Lightroom … a workaround.

PSB files and Lightroom ... a workaround.

“The Subway” Arca Swiss Rm3di with Phase One IQ180 back and Rodenstock 40mm HR lens, 7 seconds at f/16, iso 35 Two shot stitch by shifting back 12mm each direction, back is horizontal Recently I was able to make the hike into one of the most iconic locations in my home state of Utah, the Subway in […]


A twist on Lightrooms automask feature of the adjustment brush.

A twist on Lightrooms automask feature of the adjustment brush.

A little different twist on the automask feature of the adjustment brush in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw … more like using a masking tool in Photoshop.  Doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s quick and easy.


My new Mac Pro

My new Mac Pro

So I’ve had my new Mac Pro a little over a month. It’s running flawlessly … here’s a little write up about it so far.


Bellagio with the Sony a7r and Leica Elmar 24mm

Bellagio with the Sony a7r and Leica Elmar 24mm

A little test using a Leica Elmar 24mm on my Sony a7r …


A Moment Frozen in Time …. or not.

A Moment Frozen in Time .... or not.

Is there a point where manipulation in post processing so too far? I struggle with this sometimes, but I also think sometimes you can’t show your vision with a single “frozen moment”


Sony a7r … Houston, we have a problem!

Sony a7r ... Houston, we have a problem!

Does the shutter in the new Sony a7r cause vibrations? Many talking about it and it’s pretty obvious there is an issue …


Online images – 500px, 1x, and Pixoto

Most photographers like to post their work online, and at some point in time, many begin looking for something better than “Flickr”.  Pinterest has received a lot of attention, but the problem with Pinterest is they are about everything, and photography is just a small part of what they offer.  It’s hard to not get […]


Neutral whites … video

I had a few people ask me about more detail in some of my neutral white technques from my last blog post, so I thought I would dust off the video skills and do a new screencast for fun. There’s some other ideas here as well, such as using an extra layer and modifying it […]


Neutral “whites”

Neutral "whites"

  There really isn’t “white” in most photographs.  Areas of white are actually areas of gray, the value based on how much light they receive.  These gray tones should usually be pretty close to neutral, but often they have a color bias. Sometimes the bias is too strong and it needs toned down, or even […]


Sony RX100 – the new king of pocket cameras?

Sony RX100 - the new king of pocket cameras?

Many photographers are constantly seeking the “perfect” pocket camera … something which can record a decent quality image suitable for printing in some larger sizes such as 16×20.  I’ve tried many of these little cameras and have written about most of them.  I started with a Canon G9 moving up to a G11 before switching […]


Facebook fan pages … why don’t I see their updates?

Facebook fan pages ... why don't I see their updates?

  Facebook has become sort of a norm for many people.  Some seem to spend far too much time, most just post some interesting things about themselves or that they see, some just hang out there and don’t post anything.  Others like myself try to use Facebook to follow things they like.  This originally was […]


Retina Macbook Pro

Retina Macbook Pro

I’m sitting in front of the TV watching old shows, but also doing something I haven’t done in a  while … writing an article for my blog.  It seems like a couple of times each year I take a hiatus.  It’s nothing intentional,  I just seem to get busy doing other things and suddenly it’s […]


DxO tests show Nikon d800 is better than a PhaseOne IQ180! Really?

DxO tests show Nikon d800 is better than a PhaseOne IQ180! Really?

I see plenty of buzz on forums lately about the new “king” of digital photography, the Nikon d800. Some claim, based on the DxO overall rating of 95, it means the d800 is better than the PhaseOne IQ180 (an 80mp medium format sensor), which “only” scores a 91. Unfortunately those which do so show how […]


Solar Eclipse May 20th

Solar Eclipse May 20th

We’ve been asked by several customers if Pixels was planning a workshop for the solar eclipse on May 20th.  After some discussion we decided not to try and put one together.  This is such a unique event which none of us have any experience in and it’s just a little too far away to take […]


First Look at the Canon G1x

First Look at the Canon G1x

I’ve always been one to try and have a camera with me.  Recently the point and shoot category has been getting significant pressure as camera phones have improved.  For me at this point in time, the 8mp camera in my iPhone 4s (along with the software behind it) is pretty amazing and for quick shots, […]


Protecting your images with Digimarc.

Protecting your images with Digimarc.

Images on the website have been digitally watermarked with ownership and usage information. Digimarc and the Digimarc logo are registered trademarks of Digimarc Corporation. The “Digimarc-Enabled” Web Button is a trademark of Digimarc Corporation, used with permission. As long ago as Photoshop version 5.5 (and maybe earlier, I don’t recall) a filter choice was available […]


Digital vs. film …

Digital vs. film ...

Sometimes I see photographers claiming film is superior to digital capture when producing fine photographs. Unfortunately those making these claims are either ignorant of the science of both technologies, or do so in an effort to position their work as superior.  In fact great photographs can be created with either technology, and neither are “superior”. […]


New Galleries at Zenfolio

New Galleries at Zenfolio

For the past year or so I’ve been experimenting with a service to host my gallery.  I researched several of them, and decided to try Photoshelter.  The main attraction for me was the tight integration to my Graph Paper Press themed WordPress blog.  Click a button, and Photoshelter will load all the elements of a […]


What I found behind me …

Those who have followed by blog might remember “Hey … turn around!”.  Like most I forget to look behind me often, despite my bringing it up all the time.  In an attempt to liven up my blog a little bit (and make it worth checking into more often), when ever I come across this circumstance […]