Bringing Still Images to Life with Stop-Motion

Over the winter break this year, the kids and I were looking for a fun creative project that we could work on indoors together through the colder months. After a little thought, we decided to enlist a few Lego figures and start working on a small stop-motion video project.

Several days, hundreds of frames and zillions of tedious movements later, we found ourselves with a few minutes of final footage..

Personal projects are an excellent way to stretch and develop useful skills we might never acquire in the normal shooting routine. Read more

Windswept Hayfield


Sunset view over the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke VA.

Sunset Hayfield along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke VA.

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Removing Unwanted Distractions with Adobe Camera Raw

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When I have an image unavoidably plagued with not-so-flattering distractions – such as the utility lines used in this example – sometimes there is no option but to remove them entirely. Here’s a quick video to help remove any unwanted objects and significantly clean up a composition by way of Adobe Camera Raw and the Spot Removal tool. Watch video

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Grandin Road Parade


A few shots of the Woodrow Wilson Middle School band from the Grandin Road Christmas Parade this past Saturday morning (Roanoke VA). Metal instruments on a bright sunny day always inspires an HDR composite or two. Our son Caleb plays the saxophone in the band and can be found among the red-hat-wearing brass brigade.


Admittedly, it took a while to personally appreciate the benefits of HDR processing. The more I learn, the more I find it to be an invaluable tool for creative expression. These are single exposures processed initially with HDRsoft PhotomatixPro and finished by way of Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.


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