Category Archives for "Tips: Photoshop"

50+ Links to Photo-Related Stories, Events and Tutorials Plus an Upcoming Workshop in NJ

I’ve slowly been building a list of links on my Facebook Fan Page over at There’s quite a range of topics there that I’ve found interesting or enlightening, from installing a backup generator, to some incredible photos that I came across on

I like the way that Facebook makes it easy for people to make quick comments and to “Like” specific stories. I will be incorporating some of that functionality into my sites soon because it helps others find content that their friends are reading/watching when they are browsing various Facebook pages and the Web.

Full Day Lightroom Printing Workshops in NJ-8/28 and 8/29, 2010

I’d like to mention an upcoming full day Lightroom printing workshop that I’m giving in Berkeley Heights, NJ on Sat/Sun Aug. 28 and Aug. 29, 2010. Both workshops are the same, and are limited to just 7 attendees each day. I’ll be covering the newest features in Lightroom 3, and attendees will go home with at least one print prepped by me in Lightroom and output on a high-quality paper of their choice. I’ve done about 20 similar workshops at NJ Media Center and I’m really looking forward to this one. For more info and pricing, visit this page, or feel free to send me an e-mail through this page if you have any questions for me.

Readers of The Imaging Buffet who register by August 20 and who mention that they saw the workshop announced here will also receive a 30 minute phone consult with me after the workshop ($100 value). Just send an e-mail through this contact form after you register, and I’ll set up a session with you.


Adobe Creative Suite 5 Launch Streaming Live 4/12/2010 at 11am EST

I thought I’d send out a quick announcement that the Adobe CS5 Product Family launches today, Monday 4/12/2010. A streaming webcast launch begins at 8am PST (11am EST), and requires a free registration, which you can find a link to here. When you register, you’ll see some “sneak peek” videos of what’s inside (screen shot below). These and other sneak peek videos are also available here.


I’m looking forward to trying out Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5, primarily for quickly extending backgrounds. It’s very common for me to have to extend a background to create a more panoramic look, or just to add some background to achieve a 4×6 ratio for a client who wants pictures in that very popular size.

Below are direct links to the ten Creative Suite 5 press releases with the headlines of each one linked to the release on (I think that reading the releases is one of the best ways to see some of the highlights of what’s inside each Creative Suite bundle).

1. Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 5 Product Family
2. Adobe Delivers Creative Suite 5 Design Premium
3. Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5 Web Premium
4. Adobe Debuts Creative Suite 5 Production Premium
5. Adobe Launches Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended
6. InDesign CS5 Powers the Transition to Digital Publishing
7. Adobe Releases Illustrator CS5
8. Adobe Introduces Flash Catalyst CS5
9. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Redefines Nonlinear Editing
10. Adobe Helps Prepare the 21st Century Workforce with Creative Suite 5

For a great 45 minute overview of Photoshop by Terry White of Adobe, including a look at the new “mini Bridge,” which is an embedded version of Bridge available as a panel inside Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended), and a new Edge Detection tool for selecting challenging images (it looks especially good for hair), click here.

And for a directory of videos covering CS5 applications, visit this page on


Hands-on Review: Epson PowerLite 1735W Multimedia Projector

As a photographer and educator, I’ve been using multimedia projectors for more than 15 years. They are, in my opinion, magical devices that can essentially turn a small laptop into a huge “slide projector.” But in many cases, you never quite know what the results will be until you connect to a projector at a company or educational institution. And not too long ago, any projector in the $1,000-1,500 range was either too heavy to carry around, or was just not worth using for projecting images.

All of the Epson 1700 Series Projectors, including the 1730W and 1735W look like this from the front. A sliding lens protector is hidden when the projector lens is exposed (control for it is located just above the lens). Photo courtesy Epson Inc.

Enter the Epson PowerLite 1735W Multimedia Projector. In this review, I’ll give an overview of the 1735W as well as a similar widescreen projector in the line (the PowerLite 1730W), and I’ll cover the topics I believe are most important to photographers and video professionals/aficionados. I’ll end with some overall Pros and Cons and give my thoughts on the product as a whole.


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