A View Down the Canal


It’s been a long time coming, but here’s a view down the canal on my new East Rail replica layout. I’ve tried hard to keep the flavor of the old one while, at the same time, making some subtle improvements. Here’s the same shot on the old layout taken in 2009. Steel structures are relatively […]

The Photo Shoot


I’ve gotten a number of questions as to how the photo shoot in my last post was handled, specifically the lighting. Since the tripods were still in place, it’s easy enough to show. I used only ONE photo flood and turned all of the room lights OFF before taking the shot. Note the light position […]

Quick Start: Photoshop Elements


In a recent blog we discussed learning Photoshop Elements. The main points were: despite all of the tools on the screen, you only use a few of them over and over. Last time we discussed cropping, color correction, and adjusting lightness and darkness. Today we’re going to discuss the “selection tool”. As its name implies, […]

Quick Start: PhotoShop Elements


I have to say I’m impressed. I thought I’d have everybody running for the hills after my last photography post. A crucial step in getting better photos is becoming comfortable with photo editors. As a review, my suggestion was to steer clear of the expensive, highly advanced programs as they will just overwhelm you with […]