The Digital Photo Guy

Veterans Day 2010

by on Nov.11, 2010, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements

How to Really Honor Our Vets

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?  George Canning

Every year, on one day out of 365 days, the United States pauses to drink beer, barbeque and carry on like any other weekend. Sure, there are still parades in some small towns and old geezers at VFW halls grumbling about “back in the day”. Somewhere, someone is reading Ragged Old Flag (see video below) at some public gathering.

But, along the way, we seem to have lost the meaning of Veterans Day. It’s not about those (like me) who served a tour, came home and picked up where they left off. It’s not about the dead although they certainly deserve our respect and gratitude. It’s not even about those currently serving in some God-forsaken hellhole though they should never be far from our hearts and minds.

For me, it’s about those who came home in pieces, mentally and/or physically. Those who struggle each and every day to piece together their shattered bodies, minds and lives. It’s for these survivors that I commemorate Veterans Day. It’s for John who, at age 17, watched his platoon sergeant die in his arms. It’s for Eric who, at age 19 had his arm torn off during a POW rescue mission. To all the men and women for whom their service has never ended, I salute you, today and every day.

Also, for me personally, I salute the memory of CMSgt John Altizer and Colonel Truman, men who helped shape me into the person I am today. Men who went out of their way to turn a 17 year old kid into an adult by entrusting him with adult responsibilities and decisions.

Flash Photography Workshop – 1 Spot Left

Pin-up model will be present to practice flash portrait photography.

I have 1 spot left for the Flash Photography Workshop this weekend at Deer Park Winery. Former students and San Diego Meetup Group members are eligible for a 10% discount. In just three hours, you’ll learn how to control, adjust and set your flash, lighting in both auto and manual modes. Multiple flash setups and Canon 7D wireless remote controls. Click this link for more details and to register.

Pseudo High Key in Photoshop

I’ve always loved high key fashion photography but never took the time to learn more about the techniques involved. While researching it this past week, I came across a way to fake it in Photoshop. The technique was written for CS4 and doesn’t translate well into Photoshop Elements but I’m working on a different technique for PSE so stay tuned. I’ll share both techniques at the Flash Photography Workshop this weekend.

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