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Got myself a new Chromebook! This is the acer CB3-111-C4GD, an entry level chromebook. While the specs are very basic it still works like a charm. I like using these kinds of small computers while I'm at work so I don't have to lug around my regular laptop. This fits the bill nicely doing almost everything I need.

Ideally I'd like to have a Microsoft Surface again but with MS making the non-Pro version full laptops again it makes it more expensive and scary to carry. :P With the chromebook, if I lost it or it broke down I just log in with a new one and I'm all set to go.

No, this isn't a full laptop, but while I'm out running around that isn't what I'm looking for anyway.
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My daughter working away at her homework.
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Where there's pain..........for sure ma man, it'll be gain!!
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Yikes! That is one scary looking Photoshop edit!

How do companies look at edits like this and think they are a good idea??
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How can anyone think of going to a barber shop when it's 2°?!? I'd need all of that warmth. ;)
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My wife and I out for lunch after our first round of Christmas shopping. I'm pretty sure lunch was a bribe to get me to go shopping. :P
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On Halloween night I found myself wanting to play around in Photoshop.  Exciting life, right?!  

Below is the before and after, side by side.  The shot was done in my basement which doesn't have a lot of background options. :P

Lighting
I lit this using a 24" softbox at 45 degrees up and just to the right of the camera.  I also had a light behind me (me the model, not me the photographer) which basically did nothing <shrug>.  The light was too low and I'm a tad large-ish.  I also had a reflector to camera left to fill in a bit of detail on the right side of my face.

I should mention at this point I hadn't planned on making a thing out of this shot.  I was really just playing around with lighting and figured if I'm going to be in front of the lens I might as well mug it up.

Editing
The editing was a bit of an evolution that just kind of happened.  I started in Lightroom to desaturate. sharpen, and generally play around with the image to get close to what I wanted.  I didn't try to apply any effects in Lightroom at this point, just editing to move toward the dark and creepy look.

An important step here was to sharpen the image...well, actually, over sharpen the image and then use luminance to reel that sharpening in.  I do this to give it that painted, posterly look.  You can certainly do this in Photoshop...I'm just a PS newb, so I do it in Lightroom.

After this is done it's off to photoshop by right clicking the image and choosing "Edit in/Photoshop".

This is going to be light on details because there are others out there that can teach you Photoshop much better than I can but this is a quick idea on how I edited.

In Photoshop I had to get my new background ready first.  I used a photo I took of a cobblestone road in Ireland and darkened it and added it to my libraries.  I then masked out the background in my image and added the new background.  There is a fair bit of messing around with the background to make sure the size and position is right and then adjustment layers to give it the lighting you want.  I actually just used a brush to darken the outside rather than using something as pretty and round as a radial filter.

Once I had the background and foreground together I then applied a gradient layer to add the slatted light look.  I had to create the gradient but it's pretty simple as it's just alternating white and black.  I used the radial dial to angle the lighting affect and used softlight as the blending mode.  Lots of messing to get it how I wanted it but that's the long and short.

I did an additional gradient to add a colour cast to the whole photo.  It's a good idea to do something with a gradient or overlay at the end because it can bring the background and foreground together to make them blend more.  I'm sure the Photoshop pros out there would have a better way to do this...but this is what I did.

Now it's back into lightroom for the final work.  I created a gradient to darken the left side of the frame and use a vignette to darken the corners.  I then did the sharpen/luminance thing again to enhance that painted kind of look so that it looks like it was make as a rendition.

That's about it!  It's actually a lot of fun learning how to make photos into something more.  No, it doesn't look like a photo anymore but I'm looking to make art...not snapshots.  :)

If you have any questions or suggestion, fire away!!
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I spent the evening playing with Photoshop. Learned some cool techniques... even if I didn't perfect them. ;)
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PEOPLE!! It's "could have", not "could of".

I see this one all the time. Clearly it drives me a bit batty. 
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Good point. :D
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This is my daughter, Emma. She was helping me out testing my new (old) lens.

I used my rather old Sony NEX camera and a 35 year old Minolta zoom lens. The lens is a 70-210mm affectionately known as the beercan lens, with this shot being at the short end. Not bad for a camera you can buy for $150 used and a lens you can buy for even less!

I decided to get this lens after seeing +Jason Lanier mention it in one of his videos. It's a fantastic lens! Thanks for the tip, Jason!
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Another day without shooting. :/ I'm dying to try out my new (used) lens but life gets in the way. Hopefully....tomorrow...
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Product shot!
Well...it isn't actually a product. My team in Toronto won this customer service award and I wanted to make sure the whole Canadian group saw this pin in all its glory! That reflective surface is my tablet and I played with lighting from my cellphone flash. Hey, I was on my lunch break!!
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What a rollercoaster ride! I bought this used Minolta 70-210mm lens and have been waiting for it to arrive. It's affectionately known as the beercan lens and it produces wonderful images without breaking the bank.

So, today I got notification that it had arrived but no one was there to accept it, so I thought I'd have to wait another painful day. After taking a walk to the mailbox it turns out they left it there for me. Woo hoo!

I snapped on my Sony la-ea1 adapter and connected the lens and... wonderful!! Was working like a charm!

But the love fest didn't last long. Once I tried changing the aperture I couldn't get it to go back to f4. Ugh! So, I'm stuck not knowing if the lens is defective of the adapter and I don't get to start shooting right away. :(

I'm hoping Henry's will let me test on a new adapter to see if that is the problem. If so, then I'll have to hunt down the person I bought the adapter from and get my money back.

OK, I have to go cry into my pillow now. Night. 
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Ya, the test images so far are wonderfully sharp! I testing with a new adapter and maybe I over reacted on the perceived problem. Can't wait to take some portrait shots!

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Microsoft MVP (Windows Phone), 2010, 2011

Live in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.  Durham Region.
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Married 21 years, 3 truly great kids, a sweet dog and...a cat.
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