Learning Lightroom – A Skillshare Class Series

I’ve taught photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for many years in person, and put small, specialized lessons online, but I recently had the drive and time to put together a comprehensive series of Lightroom lessons.  In this Skillshare series “Learning Lightroom” we tackle the modules one by one, breaking down all the features and explaining how they may be relevant to any photographer.


This particular lesson focuses on the Library module, an amazing organizational tool with its own development features and special capabilities.  At the end I show you how an experienced Lightroom user would utilize all the components in a real world scenario.

Sign up for the first part of the series, “Learning Lightroom: The Library Module”, is here!

Fujifilm SQ10 Square Instax Road Test #2 with 7 models!

Hey out there! This is a followup to my unboxing/ road test with the new Fujifilm SQ10 Square Instax camera. I took it to LA to shoot with 7 models and address a few of your questions from the previous video. Also, we see a side-by-side comparison of an image shot with the Fuji Neo Classic 90 and the SQ10. More practice, more experience, more love for this camera despite its many quirks.

Walk Cycles In Adobe Character Animator – new Skillshare class!

It’s been a few months, but with the summer heat sweeping into Arizona I’m back in the lab cranking out tutorials – the first of which is Animating Walk Cycles in Adobe Character Animator!

JPEG image-388A994167A8-1.jpegThe walk cycle is one of the foundation principles of animation, and Adobe has recently added it to the arsenal of motion capture animation features of its Character Animator program. We’ll cover how to build our puppet in Photoshop, add walk behaviors, rig our puppet in Character Animator and create multiple kinds of motion.

Adobe Character Animator is a subprogram of After Effects, and it uses Adobe Photoshop to organize the file layers, so you’ll need those programs to get the full benefit of the class.

Sign up is here!

Lightroom Skillshare Classes

Entering my second year as a Skillshare teacher, I’ve been preparing several new photo/ video editing classes- until those go out, I wanted to let any interested people know my previous Lightroom-focused classes are still available on my channel!

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Retouching Portraits With Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom

In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best.  We cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!  Sign up is here!


How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video

Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work.  You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.

Sign up for this class is here!


Speed Up Your Workflow In Adobe Lightroom

In this class I’ll show how to speed up your editing process in Adobe Lightroom, taking your workflow time from hours down to mere minutes.  We cover syncing and auto syncing your actions, creating your own preset filters and brushes, effectively utilizing virtual copies and collections, and more.  Sign up is over here!

See you in class!



Sound Design An Ambient Vocal Soundscape – New Skillshare Class

This week’s new addition to my Skillshare channel is Sound Design #1: Ambient Vocal Soundscapes.


In this series on Sound Design we will focus on music, ambient textures, and sound effects used in filmmaking.  In Part 1, we cover how to create ambient soundscapes from human voices. These soundscapes are great for use in film, as prominently featured in the 2012 Dredd during slow motion sequences, or as stand-alone music pieces.

The program we are utilizing is called Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch and you can download the program here.

Sign up here!


Canon vs. Epson Printers

In the last few years I’ve been switching from the technology companies I’d always purchased from to greener pastures.  Nikon to Fuji cameras, Dell and Samsung computers to Mac, Android to Mac… it’s dawned on me that

A. not all tech companies are created equal

B. new innovation don’t always come from the same company.  Nikon had its heyday and now it’s in decline.

C. I may have just had an impression of a product because it’s all I’ve ever used.

My latest ship-jump has been from Epson printers and scanners to Canon.  When I was in college in the mid-2000s, all printers were Epson; we were told they had the archival inks on the 2200, and god forbid our crappy college work be printed on anything that wouldn’t last 200 years. I must have spent thousands of dollars on ink and prints that ended up in the garbage.  After my 1280 died, and my 2200 died, I decided to buy a smaller Epson printer all-in-one that was $60 on sale- the XP-400- and use it solely for printing stupid stuff like documents, and leave the quality photo printing to a company I ordered from in Oregon.

Here’s the thing with home printing:  it sucks.  Multiple inks that cost $12-$20 each from the store, screw-ups inside the printer that ruin your paper as it comes out, no way to really open them up and clean them yourself, “charging” inks each time you turn printer on or off that wastes ink, which makes you not want to turn off the printer, so you waste electricity, and leaving the printer on wastes ink anyways.  Epson also has two kinds of black ink which you switch back and forth depending on your surface.  Then the endless cleaning cycle, which chews up at least one of your ink cartridges;  when one cartridge is dead, you can’t print anything.  When the printer breaks it costs as much as the printer to fix it.  This has been my experience with Epson.


Then, in March of this year, I got a Canon MG7520 printer/ scanner.  I cannot say enough good things about the print quality and ink performance of this machine.  It’s fully enclosed, meaning dog/ cat hair won’t suck right into the machine.  I’ve had it for a few months, printed more than I normally would with my old Epsons, and haven’t had to change the inks once.  Of course it’s brand new, out of the box, but even with that caveat- the print quality kicks the ass of the cheap Epson up and down the street.  It’s box price is $200 but you can find it for around half that.

I can only dream of comparing the big-boy version of Canon vs. Epson, but it’s another category where switching brands has made a big difference for me.  Now I can be more “mixed media on the print” than I have been the last few years since I can actually print without guilt of having to run to Staples for ink all the time.  It’s worth examining your own brand loyalties and seeing if they currently work for us, because we shouldn’t be the ones working for the brands.

Fuji Neo Classic Instax Mini + the design of a Camera

One of my new toys is a Fuji Instax Mini camera.  It’s the Neo Classic, designed in a similar casing as my X-E1, retro with silver trim.  The other Instax series cameras are rounded and kind of goofy in appearance.  It’s important to me to take my camera seriously, which sounds somewhat shallow, but it’s the truth;  with a good looking camera I strive to make pictures worthy of the device.  I couldn’t ever take my lomo cameras, and the photography I did with them, seriously because they looked like/ felt like plastic junk.

The Neo Classic has a cool feature that allows background brightness (“L+”) and also includes Bulb and Double Exposure settings, justifying the $100 markup vs. other instax mini cameras.  Image

Instax Mini are 1/2 Polaroid size and that makes them easy for someone like me who is used to composing in a long rectangle aspect ration.  There’s no “hide it from the light for 30 minutes” like the overpriced Impossible Project films, and of course instant film is a lot of fun for the kids.

With upcoming trips throughout Spring and Summer, I had a strong desire to shoot hundreds of these little babies and get instant memorabilia to either give away or assemble collage style or do mixed media on immediately.  The Neo Classic is as stylish and creative a photographic tool as you’re likely to find.