400 Megapixel Art Documentation Examples

Here are a few examples of some works documented at 400 megapixels. These were captured in a single shot without stitching. Please click, zoom to 100% and pan around to appreciate the detail in these images.

Polarization Samples

A 4 point lighting system at a low angle of incidence reduces glare and provides even illumination. While most works look great in this lighting, some artwork shows glare at every angle of incidence. These works benefit from polarization. Here are some samples showing the unpolarized version on the left and the polarized version on the right. Please click on these and view them at 1:1 to fully appreciate the differences. From our experience, polarization is absolutely necessary and we've developed a calibration technique for it that ensures precise tonal reproduction. Because content…

Quick 2019 RAID Evaluation

I had a chance to setup a few new RAID systems last week at different client sites. I always like to do a Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and thought it would be fun to share. Manufacture’s speed claims are one thing but real world performance is another, and much more meaningful.  Here’s a Drobo 5D3 connected via Thunderbolt 3 on a new, maxed out iMac. This 5 bay enclosure costs $678 without drives and comes with two Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and one USB 3.0 port. DiskSpeedTest Drobo 5D3 via TB3 on a maxxed out 2019 iMac Another client asked me for a recommendation prior to purchasing and…

30 years of Photoshop and counting

I just realized it's been 30 years since I first got my hands on a Photoshop beta in 1989 at MD Anderson's Imaging center in HTX. I never saved that beta but have kept every copy of Photoshop I've ever used since. Here's a screen grab from my application folder: Every copy of Photoshop since the betas They kinda screwed up the alphanumeric sequencing with CC but heck, I want to see what happens next.

Breathing Color Podcast

Yours truly featured in today's Breathing Color Podcast #20 talking about RIPs, printer drivers, nesting, layout, workflow and the big "to RIP or not to RIP" question.

Workshops for University Faculty

I just finished a private workshop in Marfa, TX with 15 faculty from the AT&T Learning Studio's Faculty Enrichment program at ACU. Not only did the university photography instructors come, but also several designers, cinematographers and those working in modern “media” forms (eBooks, video, web, etc). I really loved the diversity of this group, and the workshop provided them a chance to get out of their comfort zone and apply their creativity in ways that was different from what they were used to. They were enthusiastic, open minded and energetic. We had a ball. With photography changing so…

Workflow Audit with Lightroom CC Training

I've spent over 20 years traveling internationally visiting with pros in their studios, reviewing their process and getting them started on the right foot with modern workflow procedures. Choosing software, training, calibrating equipment, lighting implementation, paper choice, print presentation, image critique and setting up one's work environment are all a part of this process. Smart workflows allow people to spend more time making images and less time at the computer. I encourage image-makers to reduce their dependency on Photoshop and rely more heavily on

Night Portraits of Night Photographers

I think it's important to show your work to your peers and get feedback, especially when it's new work you're experimenting with. In this spirit, I thought I'd share a few night portraits I've been experimenting with. At this year's Night Photography Festival in Mono Lake, CA, I had a blast teaching an advanced class and making images side-by-side with so many people. But it was all the guest speakers, instructors and fantastic night photographers all in one place that was so unique about this gathering. Lance and I reserved Bodie State Park for two nights instead of one this year so that our…

New Stack-A-Matic script now optimized for night photography image stacking

Night Photographers use a process called "image stacking" that allows us to (among other things) make extremely long, 1-8 hour exposures that would otherwise be impossible due to overexposure. We take several images that are "stacked" or combined into a single, composite image. Over the years I've used a variety of applications to stack these images together including Keith's Image Stacker, Startrails,exe, LR/Enfuse, "Open in Photoshop as Layers" and older versions of Dr. Brown's Stack-A-Matic script. Limitations of these processes were frustrating and super slow which made it difficult to…

Luminaria Exhibition

If you're in San Antonio this weekend you won't to miss Luminaria - the citywide arts festival. Downtown goes nuts for this and Hemisfair park will be full of performances, music and exhibitions. It's a celebration of the city's artists and artwork be it visual, performance or literary. I have a few 3x5 foot prints up at the Instituto de Mexico in an exhibit curated by Kathy Armstrong at the Southwest School of Art.