Recommended Resources

Some great outside resources – software, hardware, tutorials. videos and sites of interest.

  • Alien Skin Software: Bokeh
    This is my current favorite "bokeh" plugin.
  • ColorEyes Display Pro DTP-94 Bundle
    This is the monitor calibration system I use - Get the bundle with the X-Rite DPT-94. X-Rite no longer sells this device directly but it really is the best hardware calibrator puck available and right now you can only buy it from Integrated Color Solutions.
  • FocalPoint 2 - onOne Software
    This is the other choice - some people prefer this bokeh generator because the interface has more control over the effect. Its worth trying both to see what you like – download the free trial.
  • X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
    If you do not have a ColorCHecker target get this! If you already have a Gretag Macbeth or X-Rite 24 patch ColorChecker then you can download free software to build camera profiles for ACR and Lightroom. A must have for the serious photographer!
  • Tutorial: Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3
    Here are my tutorials on – is a great resource for all kinds of software instruction besides my own so check it out!
    This is the light meter that I use - highly recommended. Download the latest software to go with the meter so you can take advantage of the custom calibration features.
  • Digital 1 to 1 - Digital Photography Made Simple
    A great education site about digital photography – Ken and Santino provide an entertaining yet comprehensive introduction to basic photography as it is practiced in the 21st Century! Invaluable to new photographers who might be intimidated by technological complexity – this dynamic duo breaks it all down into a simple straight forward presentation that is sure to improve your photography.

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