Happy Holidays

  As both the 12 days of Christmas and the 8 days of Hanukkah start on the same day this year, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all my friends of both faiths. And for everybody, have a happy holiday [...]

Blogging Alternatives: Vlogs, Podcasts & Images

Alternatives to a Written Blog How to Use Non-Writing Forms of Blogging Video Blogging, or Vlogging In our first class on blogging, Why Blog?, we focused on writing for blogs. Today, class, let’s look at three blogging alternatives. Gary, you’re the [...]

From Idea to Blog Post – My Blogging Tools

Experimenting with Research, Writing, and Editing Software In the past couple of years of blogging, I've tried a large number of writing, note-taking and organizational tools. Some have been successful experiments, some less so. These have included mind mapping tools, [...]

GIMP releases new version 2.8.6

The Free Open Source Graphics Program Gets an Update The folks that create the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) celebrated the beginning of summer with a new update to the stable version of GIMP. This update features bug fixes [...]

Using Irfanview to Run Photoshop Plug-ins

Using Photoshop Plug-ins without Photoshop, Part 1 What’s the deal about plug-ins, Photoshop or not? One of the advantages of using Photoshop is the large collection of free and commercial plug-ins that work with the program. Some of these may [...]

Frugal HDR Photography Tools

Bethlehem, PA's old steel works are a great place to experiment with HDR photography. This photo was created from three exposures -2/0/+2 and processed in Photomatix. HDR Impressions Back in the (HDR) Saddle Again I’ve been neglecting my [...]