Password security

Remember, back in the early days of the internet, we were all told to never write down our passwords anywhere?  The fear was, I guess, that thieves would break in to our homes and steal our passwords. Well, back in those days we didn’t have many logins for...

The Caps Lock Trap

Sometimes you’ll find that your brush tool cursor in Photoshop or Elements has turned into a crosshair.  You’ll be changing your brush size like a maniac, and wondering why nothing is happening!  Then you’ll click with the brush tool, and paint an...

Low key and high key photos

From time to time I see confusion about low key and high key photos.  Some photographers think they can simply underexpose a photo and it will be “low key”; or over-expose a photo and it will be “high key”.  But that’s not right. Both low...

Weddings: A plea to all photographers

In my line of work, I receive quite a number of emails that go like this: “I hope you can help us. We got married in [insert month/year here] and our photos are really bad. They’re [insert flaw here – blurry/dark/etc]. How much does it cost for you...

Free texture files – old leather

When you keep a pommel horse in your back yard … … its leather inevitably starts to deteriorate.  I was looking at it today (thinking about re-covering with all-weather canvas) and I realized that the old leather is as charismatic as anything! Well, I...