Koken, Website Publishing for Creatives.

A Review of Koken, a Responsive Website Platform for Photographers. Before I start my review of Koken I want to announce that the sixth version of paulkerins.com ( V6 ) is completed and is now live. All three sections, the main site, the blog, and the store have had been reworked or have been completely redone. The main site has the biggest change over all. I have moved it from a static html site to Koken a new content management system ( CMS ). Both my store and blog are already running different content…Read more …

How to Retain Highlight and Shadow Details for Print.

How to Use the Targeted Adjustment Tool on the Curves Adjustment Layer, to Get the Widest Tonal Range for Your Prints When you are editing your photographs to be viewed on your computer or to be uploaded onto a server to be see by the world on various devices that have access the internet, from desktop to hand-held then highlight and shadow detail while important is not exactly crucial. Often simply auto-adjusting brightness/exposure is usually good enough for viewing images on a computer monitor, especially since you should upload images optimized for websites…Read more …

How to Convince Your Client to Choose the Best Photographs

Convincing the Client, How to Convince Your Client Which Photographs are the Best Choices. I personally have no idea how many images I have created to date, let alone how many photographs I have edited to find the best ones; several hundreds of thousands at least. In the past scouring over contact sheets fresh from the lab with a loupe, a red grease pencil and a cup of strong coffee. More recently editing choices on a computer screen using colour coding to select the best choices on my Capture One Pro  RAW conversion software,…Read more …

Photoshop Performance Preferences

How to get the best performance out of Photoshop. The first thing everyone should do after installing Photoshop is set up their performance preferences. On a PC  go to menu "Edit", "Preferences" > "Performance", or "Photoshop" "Preferences" > "Performance" if you are using a Mac. The fastest way to access preferences is to use the keyboard command CTRL + K which will bring up the general preferences dialog box, then select "Performance" from the menu on the left side of the dialog box. Memory Usage In the "Performance" dialog window you will have…Read more …