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Prints on display: “Capture the Moment” group photo exhibition

Reception: March 13, 2015 at University House Issaquah

You can see some of my recent photographs in a group show at University House in Issaquah, WA. The show is up from March 13 to June 6, 2015.

The gala reception is on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. If you plan to come, please RSVP to 425-557-4200 by March 11. See you on the 13th!

University House is at 22975 SE Black Nugget Road in Issaquah, Washington, USA. (See location on Google Maps)

I am also honored that one of my submissions, “Dancing Sunset at Golden Gardens Park,” was selected to be the promotional image for the exhibition.

Flyer for Capture the Moment photo exhibitionClick to download the “Capture the Moment” flyer and reception details (PDF file, 1.5MB)

The show also includes photographs by Kristine Anderson, Alex Brikoff, Debbie Cahn, Monique Catino, Sarah Dalton, Ron Hammond, Jack Johnston, Jerry Kaufman, Dave Ko, Cathy Loftus, Paul Mongillo, Catherine Simpson, and Betty Spann.

Thanks to June Sekiguchi and ERA Living for presenting this exhibition.

Which Size Graphics Tablet Should You Buy? — CreativePro.com article

A graphics tablet with a pressure-sensitive stylus is an essential purchase for many creative professionals. Once you decide to buy one, a big question is which size you should get: Small, medium, or large? The answer is not always obvious, so I discuss your options in an article I wrote for CreativePro.com.

The article is about graphics tablets that replace your computer’s mouse or trackpad, not the pen displays that let you draw directly on the screen or standalone tablets such as the Apple iPad.

Want the whole story? Click the link below to read my article at CreativePro.com:
Which Size Graphics Tablet Should You Buy?

Which Size Graphics Tablet Should You Buy?

Read my review of Blurb Book Creator in InDesign Magazine

InDesign Magazine, Issue 70: Inspired Designs

The Blurb book publishing service provides several tools for you to design your own self-published book, but you may feel that those tools are limited. If you’d rather create a Blurb book using the full range of professional design and production capabilities in Adobe InDesign, the Blurb Book Creator plug-in may be for you. I reviewed Blurb Book Creator for InDesign Magazine (February 2015). I think it’s a great tool that simplifies Blurb book creation, and can help spot and resolve problems before they turn into costly printing mistakes.

Click the link below to read the article at InDesign Magazine:
InDesign Magazine, Issue 70: Inspired Designs

It’s a pretty strong issue overall, with lots of well-researched and informative content like Justin Seeley’s article on using Adobe Muse, Sandee Cohen’s article on the many ways to place graphics in InDesign layout, and David Blatner’s article on using RGB images for prepress.

The article is part of an issue of InDesign Magazine that you can buy as a single issue or as part of a subscription. InDesign Magazine is a bimonthly periodical devoted entirely to Adobe InDesign and to the thriving community of InDesign professionals. With editorial direction by page-layout guru and author David Blatner and CreativePro.com editor in chief Mike Rankin, InDesign Magazine brings you the in-depth features, reviews, and tutorials you need to master Adobe InDesign. You can download a free trial issue.

Lightroom Map Module bug fixed in OS X 10.10.2

If you use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 on OS X Yosemite (10.10 through 10.10.1), you might have noticed that the Map module may load slowly or fail to load at all. According to an Adobe statement at Photoshop.com (Lightroom: Issue with Map module in OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)), the problem was in OS X network code Adobe was using to get map data from Google Maps; Apple has confirmed to Adobe that this bug is fixed in OS X 10.10.2 which is now available.

After you install the OS X 10.10.2 update, the Lightroom Maps module should work properly. You can update using the Mac App Store (click Updates) or download an installer from Apple (OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update tech note; or use this direct download link: (OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Installer).

Lightroom Maps module with missing map sections in Yosemite

Got a glitchy photo? Don’t give up!

You’ve got a photo that looks great on the camera display, but when you open it on your computer the image looks ruined, as if someone applied a glitch effect to it. Don’t panic! You might be able to save the picture. When I photographed the ruins of an 1950s air raid siren on a tower, I returned to my computer and one of the images I liked the most appeared like this in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: First corrupted image import This is not good. When you see a pattern of strangely colored rectangles over part or all of a digital photograph, sometimes with rough stripes running through them, that’s a sign that the image data is corrupted. It’s messed up and unusable. I didn’t panic, because after thinking it through I realized that there was a chance that the file corruption happened while reading the card or transferring the image to the computer. If that was true, the original image data on the card might be OK, and the photo might transfer properly if I try again. And that’s what I did. I copied the photo from the card to the computer again and got this: Second corrupted image import At first, that looks like bad news. This one’s also corrupted. But wait a minute: It isn’t corrupted in the same way. That could mean that the corruption really isn’t in the original, because if it was, I’d expect the result to look exactly the same. This encouraged me to give it another try: Third image import is good Aha! As they say, the third time’s the charm. The image was perfect. The hope I had clung to was correct: The original image was good after all, I just needed to complete a successful transfer of it. What went wrong? I’m still not sure. If it had continued to fail I might have tried my other card reader to see if it did any better. As it is, I don’t know if it was the card reader, the cable, or what. There are a few lessons to take away from this.

  • Verify your images after the shoot by looking through them on a computer or other device. If they are camera raw images, look at the previews generated by your raw processor. For the images above, the JPEG preview image attached to the raw file by the camera looked fine; it wasn’t until Lightroom read through all the raw data and produced its own preview that the problem was evident.
  • If it looks like you might have a corrupted image, it might be worth it to keep trying to copy it off the card until it works.
  • To preserve the option to copy the image again, you must not erase or format the camera media until you verify the images on your computer. If I had formatted the camera card immediately after import and before I discovered the problem, I would not have been able to go back and try again.

The card I used is relatively new, so there is still a chance that there’s something wrong with it. My next step with the card will be to format it in the camera. Hopefully that’ll help fix whatever went wrong. If it starts happening again, I’ll have to troubleshoot using process of elimination to find out whether the problem is in the card, the card reader, or the USB cable.

Update: I’ve isolated the problem to a defective USB card reader. I switched card readers after the errors became more frequent, and the new card reader produces no problems reading the same cards while connected to the same USB cable.