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From The Studio
I was recently selected as an “Adobe Influencer” and have been playing with CS4. There are a lot of amazing changes in the updated version and below is one of my favorites:Check out the “Content Aware Scale” Tool. Here is an image of my cousin with its original aspect ratio:
I am usually a full frame shooter and have significant content from edge to edge. I always hate having to crop a photo to fit standard frames (ex – 8 x 10 crop when a full frame image is 8 x 12 – bye, bye 2 inches of my image!). The brilliant technicians at Adobe came up with a tool that will intelligently crop your images analyzing which data can afford to be lost without effecting or stretching the important aspects of the image.
It took me about 1 minute to scale the image below to a frame proportioned 8 x 10. I just duplicated layer, went file – content aware square and made the crop. Powerful stuff!
I received special honors in the WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL (WPPI) 2009 Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition. Designed to recognize outstanding photographers, the judging was held in Las Vegas, NV on February 14 and 15, 2009. Hall competed against an international field of photographers to win such honors. The Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition awards are presented each year at the largest trade show, educational platform and convention in the United States for professional photographers. The 2009 competition included 2717 prints in 19 different categories submitted by photographers from all over the world. For more information please visit WPPI Website.
This May I will be giving a week long class with some of the most inspirational photographers in the industry: Gene Higa, Lori Nordstrom, and Jim Garner. At Texas School, I have heard that there is a lot of work and fun, but not much sleep. I actually enjoy delirium so I am looking forward to the adventure!