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Christmas Town 2020 - a Pandemic Project - Part 1
Every year, I set up a Christmas village, compiled from little houses left to me by my Dad, to ones I have purchased over the years. A tradition started by my Dad and one I proudly and lovingly continue. Setting up Christmas Town signals the start of the holiday season for me. It gets me in the mood, sets my frame of mind for the coming weeks. And every year, it is a challenge to find a suitable spot to set things up. In the past couple years, I have found myself curating my collection of Christmas houses, pulling out only a select few to set up in the space I can create in our home. With the pandemic eliminating any work travel this year, I had more time at home and more time to tackle some projects. One such project I set for myself, with my wife's encouragement, was to create a display space for the village that would be stable, but also easy to set up and easy to take down.
December, 2020
Christmas Town 2020 - Part 2 - Making the Movie
This article is about the post-production workflow I used to create my Christmas Town holiday video. I am not a video pro, nor do I pretend to be, but working on little projects like this help me gain confidence for this storytelling medium. I hope - after reading - you will see the benefits as well, and hopefully learn a thing or two.
December, 2020
Using Stock Imagery to Illustrate the Written Word
Many years ago, I wrote a Christmas story, A Midnight Clear. It remains one of the favorites I've written. I have shared it as a text-based web story and PDF over the years, during the holiday season and it's been well received by those who read it. But...I always felt it was missing one key element - illustrations. I do not have the wherewithal or skill to create actual illustrations, and while I have a large photographic collection, I had no hope of using my work to properly visualize this story. Enter stock photography and illustrations, specifically Adobe Stock. As both a creative professional and contributor to Adobe Stock, I saw an opportunity to do the story justice with proper, professional imagery and to truly showcase how stock assets can enhance and support the written word...
November, 2020
Outward Bound - A Sunrise Photo Shoot for Stock
This article talks about a recent sunrise photoshoot I did to build up my AdobeStock portfolio.
August, 2020
Replacing Color to Remove Brand Identity
Recently in my drives around the Kawartha area near the cottage, I’ve been fortunate to be able to capture not just gorgeous fields of wheat and rye, but also to view the harvesting process. I captured some great images, but quickly realized that to be acceptable for Adobe Stock, I would need to remove branding elements from the machinery. What I didn’t realize at the time, was how far that process would extend.
August, 2020
Webcam and Lighting Tips for Remote Workers
You’ve been asked to work from home amid - oh let’s say - a serious global health crisis. This includes limiting or eliminating your business travel and in-person meetings with customers or suppliers. But you still have to run your business as effectively as possible. Welcome to Telecommuting and more specifically, virtual meetings and conferences. This guide is designed to help you get the most out of your teleconferencing webcam experience, without breaking the bank in the process. I initially wrote this short guide at the request of my manager, to assist those new to web conferencing (or perhaps not new but indulging in bad habits) how to make the most out of their webcam presence in a conference, without blowing the budget.
March, 2020
Making your (water)mark in Lightroom Mobile
Here's a brief tutorial on how to configure your watermark when using the recently updated (December 2019) version of Lightroom Mobile.
December, 2019
Guerrilla Marketing with Adobe Stock & Adobe Portfolio
There is a somewhat symbiotic relationship between Adobe Stock (Adobe's stock content service, integrated into Creative Cloud) and Adobe Portfolio (quick and simple web site creation tool and hosting service for creatives). In this article, I’ll share with you a couple of techniques that can help generate more awareness (and sales) of your Adobe Stock contributions.
November, 2019
Using Design Templates and Presets to Get Started, Fast
Creating a new project in Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, can sometimes be a daunting task, confronted with a blank canvas, or an idea you're not sure how to bring to life. To help get those creative juices flowing, you can instead choose from a wide variety of design templates from Adobe Stock. Templates often include assets and illustrations or special effects that you can build on to complete your project. When you open a template in Photoshop, you can work with it just as you would work with any other Photoshop document.
November, 2019
Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries
Recently, I've been writing a series of articles on the connections between Creative Cloud Libraries and Adobe Stock. I'm very pleased to say that I've completed the series, as Spark Page projects!  Initially, I had written one very long article on the subject. But, Spark Page does not support any kind of internal page navigation (liked named anchors) I decided that it would be easier for people to focus in on their specific challenges by breaking up the article into segments. This idea also inspired another article, focused on collaboration. I'm adding links to all four projects here.
August, 2019
Searching with Sensei
Adobe Stock just broke the 150-million asset ceiling this March, but a huge collection of great content doesn't mean much if you can't quickly find what you need. With that sentiment in mind, I dig deep into searching for assets on Adobe Stock and talk about the various ways that Adobe's Artificial Intelligence, Sensei, can help you find what you need, fast.
March, 2019
Using Adobe Stock with Creative Cloud Libraries
Ever wondered about the connection between Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries? Well, wonder no more; check out my latest article about this integration.
June, 2019
What a Rush!
Recently, I participated in a video training workshop at Adobe in San Jose CA, geared towards making us more comfortable not just with video-editing software, but also the process of making videos. All the Digital Media Solutions Consultants (SCs) and Customer Success Managers (CSMs) took part in this training. Hands down, this training was one of the most relevant and effective uses of my professional development time, to date, at Adobe. Let's face it, to the novice, creating videos can be quite intimidating. But this 2-day workshop opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of video.
January, 2019
Using a Custom Domain Name in Adobe Portfolio
Recently, I decided it was finally time to switch from the Adobe Portfolio domain name - jimbabbage.myportfolio.com - to one of my custom reserved domain names; jimbabbage.photography. I mean, why not? I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think to do this sooner.  The process for making this happen - while a little geeky - was not particularly difficult and that is where this tutorial comes in.
February, 2017
Working with Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix
August, 2015
From Analog to Digital - Retouching the Film
I've recently started digitizing my decades-old slide collection. One of the challenges I've had is dust/dirt/residue on the film itself. This project shows the improvements I've been able to make using Lightroom and Photoshop to clean up the images.
February, 2015
Digital Me - Assignment 3 - Logo
The past week was packed with travel for work, so I did not have the time to create a new logo for myself. However, I did go through this exercise just over a year ago (maybe longer) and I did still have all the original files. I decided to try creating the social media logos using just mobile tools.
April, 2017
Lightroom Mobile Workflows
I recently learned of some new integration between Lightroom Mobile on iOS (at least), and many of Adobe's mobile apps, such as Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix, Adobe Comp, Adobe Capture, the new newly released Adobe Spark storytelling apps, and Lightroom Desktop. I'm going to walk through these workflows in this tutorial and also share some other tidbits I've discovered.
June, 2016
Lightroom Smartens Up
If you weren't paying attention last week, something crazy cool happened to Lightroom. It's learning to see. Read on to learn more about Technology Previews within Lightroom.
March, 2016
Star Light, Star Bright
July, 2015
Don't Delete it; Dehaze it!
I've been reviewing some of my images lately, from trips taken in the past couple years and - as I do from time to time - have reprocessed several. In some cases it was to do b/w conversions, in other cases it was to see how new features in Lightroom might help. In yet other situations, it was to totally reconsider the initial rejection of an image for either aesthetics or some other lack of visual impact.
February, 2016
Social Media Imagery with Adobe Post
A few months ago, Adobe released a new and free mobile app called Adobe Post. Simply put, Adobe Post is a fun and fast way for anyone (and I mean anyone) to create stunning social graphics. You pick a photo, add text, and apply some design filters to instantly create beautiful designs. 
February, 2016
Working with Adobe Fuse, Lightroom and Photoshop
December 1st, 2015 was a little like Christmas morning for many creatives; Adobe released huge updates to many of the Creative Cloud apps. I'll talk about one of the new releases called Adobe Fuse (Preview). What I find really interesting, is its integration with Photoshop! What follows is the overall workflow I used from start to finish to blend a newly created 3D character with one of my existing photos. I won't go into exhaustive detail on how to build a character, but will outline the process of how I got to my final scene.
December, 2015
Working with HDR - a progression
April, 2014
HDR Processing with iPhone, Photoshop and Lightroom
May, 2014
Moonrise Over Lake Ontario - A Photo Composite Project
May, 2014
Creating image collages in Lightroom
August, 2014
Same image, 7 years apart
August, 2014
Lightroom Processing and Virtual Copies
August, 2014
Before and After - Revisited
September, 2014
From iPhone to Lightroom to Lomo
September, 2014
iPhone Panoramic to Lightroom Beauty
October, 2014
October, 2014
Experimenting with Photoshop Mix
October, 2014
Experiments with Adobe PaintCan
February, 2015
Getting the "right look" with Lightroom CC/6 HDR
April, 2015
From Day to Night - A Lightroom CC/6 project
April, 2015
Super Moon Composite Tutorial
August, 2015
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