By coincidence two photographers recently showed me gorgeous surf shots of a spot named Jaws on the North Shore of Maui. Randy Hufford brought it up because he has been using Blow Up to make huge prints of these monster waves. He explains his technique here and you can find plenty of other photography advice on his blog. One of his shots is at the top of the newsletter and many more are at his art site.
At almost the same time, Chris Schonwalder stopped by with prints of the same location he made using Snap Art. Chris used the Impasto filter on the picture here with two surfers. Chris and Randy don’t know each other, but when I showed Chris a photo of Randy he laughed and said he had seen him while shooting. Small world!
© 2010 Chris Schonwalder
Over $10,000 Donated to Haiti
Last month we had a sale to benefit Haiti’s earthquake recovery. In the end we donated over $10,000 which includes sale proceeds and a donation made early in February. Thanks to everyone who participated for their generosity and to everyone in the press who helped promote this project! For details about the charities involved, you can read the original announcement here. Cameron Davidson just posted new photos on his site including aerials of Port Au Prince.
Unrelated to the sale, we also donated to the American Red Cross fund to help the victims of the earthquake in Chile. This succession of tragedies just goes to show that there are always people in need. Let’s all develop a steady habit of donating blood, time, or money to the Red Cross or another charitable organization.
© 2010 Cameron Davidson
You’ve come a long way, baby!
It was fun to see Alien Skin Software mentioned in Mac|Life’s 20 year history of Photoshop. In it David Biedny pointed out that we released the first Drop Shadow filter in 1994. Ah, good times. The early days of Kai Krause and .com era frenzy were fun, but I’m also enjoying today with the shift to digital photography and computers that have lots of memory.
Real World Snap Art
Deborah Sandidge is a pro who knows how to get beautiful results from Snap Art. She uses it in one of her classes at Better Photo where you can see some nice examples. If you want to see more real world Snap Art results, our customers have built up a nice collection in our forums. And of course you can try it yourself free for 30 days here.