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  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:17 pm on September 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Macintosh, Night The Apple store, ,   

    Apple Store at Night 

    The Apple store is eerily empty at night. It’s only populated by reflections from the other side of the street.

    apple-store-reflections

    A typical Mac user is camping out even though there is no special event tomorrow.

    typical-mac-user

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 3:22 am on October 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cassandra, , , dominant player, Dot matrix printer, , , Macintosh, , , , , Trojans, X   

    Being Dead Wrong 

    I like to think that I have a great intuition and am very good at predicting things. I also sometimes feel that I suffer from the Cassandra syndrome, as people don’t listen to my prediction as much as I would like them to.

    This made me think about the times when I made ridiculously bad predictions. Here’s a list of what comes to mind off the bat:

    1. When I was young I thought that programmers will soon write a computer program for writing computer programs, and that computer programming as a profession does not have much of a future.

    2. I thought that architectural drawings will always have to be done by hand, as you can’t print out plans on dot matrix printers (the only printers I’ve seen at the time). I thought, sure, you can program some straight lines and such, but you’ll never get beautiful detailed drawings with all kinds of details.

    3. I thought that Handspring would become the dominant player on the handheld market the same way that IBM did: by opening up the peripheral standards.

    4. I thought that Diamond Rio would be huuuge and that Diamond Multimedia would become the hottest company ever because they were first on the market with an mp3 player.

    5. I thought that Apple would just shrivel up and die, and if not, that I would certainly never completely switch to Macs.

    Whewww, man. Those are some doozies. How about you, my readers?

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:16 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Acclaimed photographer, , , Adobe Photoshop version history, , , , Black and White, Digital Imaging, , Director of Engineering, , , image processing, internationally renowned photographer, Macintosh, Marc Pawliger, Martin Evening, , , Professional Image Editor, , Raw image format, raw image processing controls, Scott Kelby, , the black and white conversion tools   

    Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor’s Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh 

    Master the power of Photoshop CS3 with
    an internationally renowned photographer by your side.

    Adobes Photoshop CS3 comes with powerful new features with huge payoffs. But it can be overwhelming to learn, even for professional photographers, graphic designers, keen amateurs, and others who already have an initial grasp of Photoshop. Acclaimed photographer Martin Evening, who wrote the best-selling previous books, ‘Adobe Photoshop for Photographers’, makes it easy with this new, thoroughly updated edition.

    * Illustrated throughout with before-and-after pictures more than 750 professional, color illustrations!
    * Practical techniques and real-life assignments
    * Step-by-step tutorials
    * Keyboard shortcut reference guide

    Includes FREE DVD with:
    * QuickTime movie tutorials for MAC and PC
    * Searchable tips on tools, palettes layer styles, and shortcuts
    * Includes images selected for you to experiment with to get you up to speed with everything in the book, including the new Photoshop CS3 features, fast!
    * Updated Camera Guide to help you decide which will best suit your needs, plus bonus Digital Capture chapter in printable PDF format

    Uncover quickly exactly what Adobes CS3 now offers photographers. New tutorials focus on the key features introduced in CS3. You lose no time in finding out how to put your ideas to work with:

    * Adobes Camera Raw 4 plug-in that can now also process TIFFs and JPEGs
    * New Align controls for combining HDR images; Photomerge; new Clone Stamp; Curves dialog that now incorporates Levels functionality; and improved controls for Brightness/Contrast to match raw image processing controls
    * The latest on Black and White adjustment, which provides all the black and white conversion tools you need for optimum monochrome conversions
    * A pros scoop on choosing from among dozens of Photoshops image adjustment methods to get the results you want
    * Tips on Bridge 2.0 and Lightroom when you should use each
    * Top tactics for successful composite images, insider guidance on editing shadows and highlight adjustments, and lessons on how to preview and re-edit filter effects as many times as you want without complex workarounds

    Get the preeminent advice from one photographer to another as Martin completely updates you on the core aspects of working with Photoshop, digital workflow, and improving accessibility. Real-life examples, diagrams, illustrations, and step-by-step explanations ensure that youre up to speed with the next generation of digital photography in no time!

    Foreword by Adobe Systems’ key Director of Engineering, Digital Imaging, Marc Pawliger

    * Over 750 professional, color images make this book stand above the rest
    * New DVD! Searchable info explains tools, palettes & layer styles, also includes invaluable QuickTime movie tutorials
    * Master the power of Photoshop CS3 under the instruction of an internationally recognised Photoshop expert & Adobe alpha tester

     
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