Connor Glassett

Connor is one of my students studying independent digital photography this semester. He gave me permission to share these two images with you.






Connor posed models in different yoga poses and collaged the bodies with animal heads.

The lion’s background starts with a black and white (in the center), and works outward, each layer with a different edit to make the focal point pop.

The fox was placed on the left to balance the image, and on a dark night sky so there was contrast between him and the background.


Cole Rise

One of my students introduced me to the photographer Cole Rise. He has beautiful, simple photographs that often emphasize space. He uses texture layers to give the photos an old, scratchy feel to them, and adds vignetting to darken the corners of the image, helping draw the viewer’s eye to the center of the image.

Vibrance vs. Saturation


What is the difference between changing Vibrance and changing Saturation in Photoshop? This article, written on Digital Photography School (DPS) by British portrait photographer Elizabeth Halford, breaks it down.

Basically, the Vibrance tool is a little smarter because it can recognize which colors are already at a decent saturation, and which ones could be increased a little without going overboard.

Portrait Research

Digital Photography students:

Find 3 different portrait photographers who shoot in digital.

Leave me a comment with the following information for each photographer:

  • Their website
  • Describe what you notice about their editing style (it should be something common to many images… something that creates a ‘feel’ to their work)

Digital Photography – Intro to the Basics

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Independent Digital Photography Students: right click, download this photo onto your desktop, and start editing!

Remember to keep the original untouched and to layer all your adjustments on top.

Ethics and Photography

Journalists have to deal with ethics in their work all the time. Some things are considered an ‘ethical’ issue (is it morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’?), even if it may be legal (the law doesn’t say you can’t do it).

Please read this article regarding a photograph taken of a mourner praying in Newtown, CT and the discussion over ethics and photojournalists. Then come back to my blog and leave me a comment discussing your opinion on the topic. What do you think is appropriate in a situation like this?

Student Artwork: Water Droplet Photography

one of Ben M. and Nick G.’s water droplet photos

Two of my students, Ben and Nick, took these photos for their Independent Photography class. They were inspired by Jim Zuckerman’s post on this topic.

They said:

Our aim was it to make it as colorful and interesting as possible. Therefore we tried different lightings as well as multiple colors for the water. The key to success was a bright colored paper [in the background] which reflected on the water.

We took some of the pictures inside with bad lighting which as a result made us use a lower shutter speed. This made some photos susceptible to being blurry. But as soon as the weather enabled to go outside, we had better condition which made it possible to use a faster shutter speed to make the pictures more crisp.

Click here to see the entire album!

Aesthetic Education

Sir Ken Robinson gives a speech about changing the principles of modern education, accompanied by an awesome white board animation.

Averia – the Average Font

Typographers and mathematicians are sure to enjoy this article on a guy who created a font by averaging all the fonts on his computer together. The result: Averia.

Graphic Design Articles

Here are a handful of articles for beginning graphic designers:


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