This is a small excerpt outlining my certifications and trainings dedicated to art and education. Mixed with other artists' letters and descriptions, it's meant to evoke creativity and craft. Have fun! 


I know what love is
— Ansel Adams

Composition - A strange thing happened to me today.

Black and White - I saw a big thundercloud move down over Half Dome, and it was so big and clear and brilliant that it made me see many things that were drifting around inside of me.

Exposure - Things that related to those who are loved and those who are real friends.

D7000 - For the first time I know what love is; what friends are;

D800 - and what art should be.

Lenses - Love is a seeking for a way of life;

Natural Light Portrait - and what art should be.

Lens-Reversal Macro Photography - Children are not only of flesh and blood — children may be ideas, thoughts, emotions.

Insights on Photojournalism - The person of the one who is loved is a form composed of a myriad mirrors reflecting and illuminating the powers and thoughts and the emotions that are within you, and flashing another kind of light from within.

Elements of Effective Photographs - No words or deeds may encompass it.

Flash - Friendship is another form of love — more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptance of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality.

Advanced Craft Photography - Art is both love and friendship, and understanding; the desire to give.

Photography Copyright - It is not charity, which is the giving of Things, it is more than kindness which is the giving of self.

Photo Selection - It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit.

DYI Photographer - It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world;

Your Style as a Photographer - the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these.

Gear and Workflow for the road - I wish the thundercloud had moved up over Tahoe and let loose on you; I could wish you nothing finer.


Photoshop tools description
— Wikipedia

Photoshop - The Clone Stamp tool colours one part of an image over another part of the same image or another part of any open document that has the same colour mode.

Lightroom - The Color Replacement Tool allows you to change the color, while maintaining the highlights and shadows of the original image, of pieces of the image.

ACR - The eyedropper tool selects a color from an area of the image that is clicked, and samples it for future use.

Efex Pro - The move tool can be used to drag the entirety of a single layer or more if they are selected.

Shooting and Processing HDR - Selection tools are used to select all or any part of a picture to perform cut, copy, edit, or retouching operations.

Retouching Faces - The quick selection tool selects areas based on edges, similarly to the magnetic lasso tool.

Wacom - The crop tool can be used to select a particular area of an image and discard the portions outside the chosen section.

Recolorizing - The "slice" and slice select tools, like the crop tool, are used in isolating parts of images.

Retouching Beyond Skin - Photoshop provides an array of shape tools including rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, polygons and lines.

Retouching Fashion Editorial - The lasso tool is similar to the "marquee" tool, however, the user can make a custom selection by drawing it freehand.

Photoshop Optimization - With the Camera Raw plug-in, raw images can be processed without the use of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, along with other image file formats such as JPEGs, TIFFs, or PNGs.

Photoshop Creative Cloud - Photoshop includes a few versions of the pen tool. The pen tool creates precise paths that can be manipulated using anchor points.

Photo Compositing - The magic wand tool selects areas based on pixels of similar values. One click will select all neighboring pixels of similar value within a tolerance level set by the user.

Photoshop Curves Mastered - The Eraser tool erases content based on the active layer. If the user is on the text layer, then any text across which the tool is dragged will be erased. The eraser will convert the pixels to transparent, unless the background layer is selected.

Cropping Photographs - The marquee is a tool that can make selections that are single row, single column, rectangular and elliptical.

Lightroom Management - In Adobe CS5 Extended edition, video editing is comprehensive and efficient with a broad compatibility of video file formats such as MOV, AVI, MPEG-4, and FLV formats and easy workflow. 


The skills of Leonardo da Vinci
— Letter to Sforza

Color Management - I have plans for very light, strong and easily portable bridges with which to pursue and, on some occasions, flee the enemy, and others, sturdy and indestructible either by fire or in battle, easy and convenient to lift and place in position. Also means of burning and destroying those of the enemy.

Profiling - I know how, in the course of the siege of a terrain, to remove water from the moats and how to make an infinite number of bridges, mantlets and scaling ladders and other instruments necessary to such an enterprise.

Inkjet Printing - Also, if one cannot, when besieging a terrain, proceed by bombardment either because of the height of the glacis or the strength of its situation and location, I have methods for destroying every fortress or other stranglehold unless it has been founded upon a rock or so forth.

Planning and Staging an Exhibition - I have also types of cannon, most convenient and easily portable, with which to hurl small stones almost like a hail-storm; and the smoke from the cannon will instil a great fear in the enemy on account of the grave damage and confusion.

Color Correction: Low Contrast - Also, I have means of arriving at a designated spot through mines and secret winding passages constructed completely without noise, even if it should be necessary to pass underneath moats or any river.

Color Correction: Extreme Color Cast - Also, I will make covered vehicles, safe and unassailable, which will penetrate the enemy and their artillery, and there is no host of armed men so great that they would not break through it. And behind these the infantry will be able to follow, quite uninjured and unimpeded.

Color Correction: Dark Color Cast - Also, should the need arise, I will make cannon, mortar and light ordnance of very beautiful and functional design that are quite out of the ordinary.

Color Correction: Advanced Projects - Where the use of cannon is impracticable, I will assemble catapults, mangonels, trebuckets and other instruments of wonderful efficiency not in general use. In short, as the variety of circumstances dictate, I will make an infinite number of items for attack and defence.

Improved Inkjet Printing Skills - And should a sea battle be occasioned, I have examples of many instruments which are highly suitable either in attack or defence, and craft which will resist the fire of all the heaviest cannon and powder and smoke.

Epson R3000 - In time of peace I believe I can give as complete satisfaction as any other in the field of architecture, and the construction of both public and private buildings, and in conducting water from one place to another.



How to train an animator
— Walt Disney

Bass - Many men do not realize what really makes things move – why they move – what the force behind the movement is

Electric Guitar - I think a course along that line, accompanied by practical examples of analysis and planning, would be very good

Acoustic Guitar - In other words, in most instances, the driving force behind the action is the mood, the personality, the attitude of the character – or all three

Piano - Therefore, the mind is the pilot

Ukulele - We think of things before the body does them

Singing - We also do things on the spur of the moment by reaction to stimuli that are telegraphed to the mind by the nerves, etc

Choir - There are also things carried out by the subconscious mind – reflexes, actions that have become habit through repetition, instincts

Music Theory - In other words, the subconscious mind is an assistant often times in carrying out things that may or may not have been taught, Examples of that are sleeping, lighting a cigarette and throwing a match away without any thought, whistling, walking, running, sitting, etc

Notation - It’s not necessary to think of those actions

Harmony - But certain actions we do think about – certain actions we deliberately plan

Improvisation - We plan them very quickly in our mind

Composition - The point to bring out here is that when a character knows what he’s going to do, he doesn’t have to stop before each individual action and think to do it

Songwriting - He has planned in advance in his mind

Soundtracking - For example – say the mind thinks, "I’ll close the door – lock it – then I’m going to undress, and go to bed"

Band Leading - Well, you walk over to the door – before the walk is finished, you’re reaching for the door

Orchestration - before the door is closed, you reach for the key

Re-Harmonization - before the door is locked, you’re turning away – while you’re walking away, you’re undoing your tie – and before you reach the bureau, you have your tie off

Song Analysis - In other words, before you know it, you’re undressed – and you’ve done it with one thought, "I’m going to go to bed"

Production - A lot of valuable points could be brought out to the men in showing them that it is not necessary for them to take a character to one point, complete that action completely, and then turn to the following action as if he had never given it a thought until after completing the first action

Music Concert Directing - Anticipation of action is important


My heart almost stood still
— Helen Keller

EQ and Filters - I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony"

Mixing in Pro Tools - I do not mean to say that I "heard" the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony

Logic Pro X - It was a great surprise to myself

Compression and Dynamic Processing - I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere

Remixing in Logic Pro - I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but I did not dream that I could have any part in their joy

Izotope RX - Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations

Unconventional Recording - He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm


Audacity - What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibrations, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me

Mixing in Logic Pro - I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roll of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison

Midi Replacement - How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and plowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voice leaped up trilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices

Audio Synthesis - I felt the chorus grow more exultant, more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still

Logic Virtual Instruments - The women's voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound

Recording - The great chorus throbbed against my fingers with poignant pause and flow

Studio Management - Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth—an ocean of heavenly vibration—and died away like winds when the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes


Confessions of an advertising man
— David Ogilvy

Premiere Pro - I have never written an advertisement in the office. Too many interruptions. I do all my writing at home.

Video Production and Editing - I spend a long time studying the precedents. I look at every advertisement which has appeared for competing products during the past 20 years.

Screenflow - I am helpless without research material—and the more "motivational" the better.

Camera Control Pro - I write out a definition of the problem and a statement of the purpose which I wish the campaign to achieve. Then I go no further until the statement and its principles have been accepted by the client.

Final Cut Pro - Before actually writing the copy, I write down every concievable fact and selling idea. Then I get them organized and relate them to research and the copy platform.

Quicktime - Then I write the headline. As a matter of fact I try to write 20 alternative headlines for every advertisement. And I never select the final headline without asking the opinion of other people in the agency. In some cases I seek the help of the research department and get them to do a split-run on a battery of headlines.

Zoom Meetings - At this point I can no longer postpone the actual copy. So I go home and sit down at my desk. I find myself entirely without ideas. I get bad-tempered. If my wife comes into the room I growl at her. (This has gotten worse since I gave up smoking.)

Webex - I am terrified of producing a lousy advertisement. This causes me to throw away the first 20 attempts.

Google Hangout - If all else fails, I drink half a bottle of rum and play a Handel oratorio on the gramophone. This generally produces an uncontrollable gush of copy.

Skype for Business - The next morning I get up early and edit the gush.

Adobe Connect - Then I take the train to New York and my secretary types a draft. (I cannot type, which is very inconvenient.)

DSLR Video - I am a lousy copywriter, but I am a good editor. So I go to work editing my own draft. After four or five editings, it looks good enough to show to the client. If the client changes the copy, I get angry—because I took a lot of trouble writing it, and what I wrote I wrote on purpose.


Management & Web Tools

Advice to those living in 2088
— Kurt Vonnegut

Managing Small Projects - It has been suggested that you might welcome words of wisdom from the past, and that several of us in the twentieth century should send you some

Managing Your Time - Do you know this advice from Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet: 'This above all: to thine own self be true'? Or what about these instructions from St

Insights from a Business Coach - John the Divine: 'Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment has come'? The best advice from my own era for you or for just about anybody anytime, I guess, is a prayer first used by alcoholics who hoped to never take a drink again: 'God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference

Becoming a Triple-Threat Project Manager - Our century hasn't been as free with words of wisdom as some others, I think, because we were the first to get reliable information about the human situation: how many of us there were, how much food we could raise or gather, how fast we were reproducing, what made us sick, what made us die, how much damage we were doing to the air and water and topsoil on which most life forms depended, how violent and heartless nature can be, and on and on

Persuasive UX: The Power of Self-Image - Who could wax wise with so much bad news pouring in?

Public Speaking - For me, the most paralyzing news was that Nature was no conservationist

Xmind - It needed no help from us in taking the planet apart and putting it back together some different way, not necessarily improving it from the viewpoint of living things

Small Business Identity Redesign - It set fire to forests with lightning bolts

Focus on Your Skills - It paved vast tracts of arable land with lava, which could no more support life than big-city parking lots

Microsoft Office - It had in the past sent glaciers down from the North Pole to grind up major portions of Asia, Europe, and North America

Google Drive - Nor was there any reason to think that it wouldn't do that again someday

Google Docs - At this very moment it is turning African farms to deserts, and can be expected to heave up tidal waves or shower down white-hot boulders from outer space at any time

Advanced Spreadsheet - It has not only exterminated exquisitely evolved species in a twinkling, but drained oceans and drowned continents as well

Google Suite - If people think Nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy

Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP - Yes, and as you people a hundred years from now must know full well, and as your grandchildren will know even better: Nature is ruthless when it comes to matching the quantity of life in any given place at any given time to the quantity of nourishment available

Wordpress - So what have you and Nature done about overpopulation? Back here in 1988, we were seeing ourselves as a new sort of glacier, warm-blooded and clever, unstoppable, about to gobble up everything and then make love—and then double in size again

Wordpress: SEO - On second thought, I am not sure I could bear to hear what you and Nature may have done about too many people for too small a food supply

Facebook for Musicians and Bands - And here is a crazy idea I would like to try on you: Is it possible that we aimed rockets with hydrogen bomb warheads at each other, all set to go, in order to take our minds off the deeper problem—how cruelly Nature can be expected to treat us, Nature being Nature, in the by-and-by?

Future of the Music Industry - Now that we can discuss the mess we are in with some precision, I hope you have stopped choosing abysmally ignorant optimists for positions of leadership

Social Media - They were useful only so long as nobody had a clue as to what was really going on—during the past seven million years or so

Squarespace - In my time they have been catastrophic as heads of sophisticated institutions with real work to do

YouTube - Am I too pessimistic about life a hundred years from now? Maybe I have spent too much time with scientists and not enough time with speechwriters for politicians.

Professional Roles

Letter to my nephew Harry
— David Ogilvy

Teacher - You ask me whether you should spend the next three years at university, or get a job. I will give you three different answers. Take your pick.

Academic Director Assistant - Answer A. You are ambitious. Your sights are set on going to the top, in business or government. Today's big corporations cannot be managed by uneducated amateurs. In these high-tech times, they need top bananas who have doctorates in chemistry, physics, engineering, geology, etc.

Academic Director - Even the middle managers are at a disadvantage unless they boast a university degree and an MBA. In the United States, 18 percent of the population has a degree, in Britain, only 7 percent. Eight percent of Americans have graduate degrees, compared with 1 percent of Brits. That more than anything else is why American management outperforms British management.

Art School Manager - Same thing in government. When I was your age, we had the best civil service in the world. Today, the French civil servants are better than ours because they are educated for the job in the postgraduate Ecole Nationale d'Administration, while ours go straight from Balliol to Whitehall. The French pros outperform the British amateurs.

Bass Player - Anyway, you are too young to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. If you spend the next few years at university, you will get to know the world - and yourself - before the time comes to choose your career.

Guitar Player - Answer B. Stop frittering away your time in academia. Stop subjecting yourself to the tedium of textbooks and classrooms. Stop cramming for exams before you acquire an incurable hatred for reading.

Music producer - Escape from the sterile influences of dons, who are nothing more than pickled undergraduates.

Audio Engineer - The lack of a college degree will only be a slight handicap in your career. In Britain, you can still get to the top without a degree. What industry and government need at the top is not technocrats but leaders. The character traits which make people scholars in their youth are not the traits which make them leaders in later life.

Photographer - You put up with education for 12 boring years. Enough is enough.

Webdesigner - Answer C. Don't judge the value of higher education in terms of careermanship. Judge it for what it is - a priceless opportunity to furnish your mind and enrich the quality of your life. My father was a failure in business, but he read Horace in the loo until he died, poor but happy.

Photo Retoucher - If you enjoy being a scholar, and like the company of scholars, go to a university. Who knows, you may end your days as a Regius Professor. And bear in mind that British universities are still the best in the world - at the undergraduate level. Lucky you. Winning a Nobel Prize is more satisfying than being elected Chairman of some large corporation or becoming a Permanent Undersecretary in Whitehall.

Editor - You have a first-class mind. Stretch it. If you have the opportunity to go to a university, don't pass it up. You would never forgive yourself.


Inspired by

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
— Isaac Newton

Brian Taylor - The Creative Spark: Brian Taylor, Handmade Photography

Nick Onken - The Creative Spark: Nick Onken, Travel and Lifestyle

Bruce Heavin - Creative Inspirations: Bruce Heavin, The Thinkable Presentation

Richard Hoci Hernandez - Creative Inspirations: Richard Hoci Hernandez, Multimedia Journalist

Douglas Kirkland - Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Storytelling through Photography

Grant Skinner - The Creative Spark: Grant Skinner, Interactive Developer

Iyeoka - The Creative Spark: Iyeoka, Recording Artist and Poet

Tony Cruz - Tony Cruz's iPhone Surf Photography: Start to Finish

Brian Kaufman - The Creative Spark: Brian Kaufman, Visual Journalist

Jason Bentley - Jason Bentley's Twilight Remix: Start to Finish

Brooke Shaden - Brooke Shaden's Conceptual Photography: Start to Finish

Krista Donaldson - The Creative Spark: Krista Donaldson, Social Innovation Designer

James White - The Creative Spark: James White, Visual Artist and Designer

Alberto Sirocco - The Creative Spark: Alberto Scirocco and the Motion Graphics of leftchannel

Lauren Lemon - The Creative Spark: Lauren Lemon, Creative Portrait Photographer

Grammar Girl - Creative Spark: Grammar Girl, Changing Writing One Word at a Time

C.C. Chapman - C.C. Chapman: Content Marketing and the Art of Storytelling

Katrin Eismann - My Photoshop Story: Katrin Eismann, Photographic Educator

Bobby Owsinski - Michael Beinhorn with Bobby Owsinski: Herbie Hancock to Alt Rock

Aaron Draplin - Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge

NY Penumbra Foundation - Tintype Photography at New York's Penumbra Foundation