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Author Archives: T. Michael Testi

Photographer, writer, software engineer, educator, and maker of fine images.

New Software Spotlight: Adobe Elements 13

Adobe Elements 13

The new bundle contains consumer-level Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Elements 13 all for under $100. Read More »

New Software Spotlight: Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites 2015 Ultimate: Part I

Autodesk Creation Suite 2015 Ultimate

The main star in this part of the package is 3ds Max. The performance updates alone should be welcome to most users and the additional features make this a very worthy update. Read More »

Software Review: Corel Painter 2015

Corel Painter 2015

Brush tracking, real-time previews, a 64-bit Mac version, and other updates make Painter 2015 a solid upgrade. Read More »

Book Review: ‘From Basics To Fine Art’ by Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar

From Basics to Fine Art

The new standard on how books on photography -- or the creation of any artwork for that matter -- should be written. Read More »

New Software Spotlight: Adobe Creative Cloud for Web June 2014

Adobe Creative Cloud for Web June 2014

Adobe's latest update includes valuable improvements to Dreamweaver, Edge Animate and other applications. Read More »

Software Review: ‘Exposure 6′ from Alien Skin Software

Exposure 6

If you want to bring back the look and feel of analog film to your photographic creations or if you just want to pump some creative juice into your work then I highly recommend 'Exposure 6.' Read More »

New Software Spotlight – Adobe Creative Cloud for Designers June 2014

Creative Cloud for Designers 2014

Adobe is coming out with a major update to its Creative Cloud platform. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Coming Home’ by Kimberly McKay

Coming Home

If you are looking for a motivating story of love, of life, and all it has to offer, then I very highly recommend this book. Read More »

New Software Spotlight: Adobe Creative Cloud for Video 2014

Adobe Creative Cloud 2014

With Adobe Creative Cloud now passing its one-year mark, the company is coming out with a major update to the platform. Read More »

Video Training Review: ‘PHOTOGRAPHICS – A Journey of Light, History, & Art’ by Gavin Seim


A journey across the western United States is the occasion for an exploration of light – the way it works, and how it changes – with the goal of learning to create great photographs. Read More »