Monday, December 28, 2009

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 public beta version

Several years ago Adobe released, to rave reviews, Photoshop Lightroom a software program that allows you to quickly import, process, manage your photographs. Adobe Labs has recently made Photoshop Lightroom 3 available as a public beta version.  I downloaded it the other day and just started playing with it. So far it seems like a great alternative to Photoshop especially for everyday normal adjustement's to your photographs.  At first try it seems pretty easy to use. I have never used Lightroom but have always heard great things about it and have considered buying it since it firsts came out.  At a list price of $299 for Lightroom 2, it's also a WHOLE lot cheaper than Photoshop CS4 at $699 for the basic edition and $999 for the extended edition .
The website states that the beta version of Lightroom 3 is scheduled to expire on April 30, 2010. I'm going to guess that the official release of Version 3 will be shortly after that date.Version 2 of Lightroom is still available and can be purchased directly from Adobe (
If you are intersted in downloading a beta copy of Lightroom 3 here is the link to the website:

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Saturday, December 19, 2009


I found this video on Greg Gorman talking about his style on YouTube. It is part of  nine short videos called The Voice of the Photographer, which was created for the Annenberg Space for Photography's inaugural exhibit L8S ANG3LES: Perspectives of Eleven LA Photographers, which was held March 29, 2009 - June 30, 2009.

Here is a link to the Annenberg Space of Photography's website:

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Paella Pan outside Denia, Spain

Between Denia and Javea, Spain, there is a hillside that is covered with wild rosemary and ruins of old windmills. While walking around the area, we came across this house that had a Paella Pan leaning up against the outside wall.

Photograph by Al Milligan
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

California Sunbounce

California Sunbounce  is a manufacturer of outstanding photographic reflectors and other light enhancing products.  They have an amazing website that is jam packed full of videos and other educational resources. The videos feature Greg Gorman, Guido Karp, David Mecey, Rolando Gomez and others using the product. In addition to the videos, you can find a PDF of their product catalog along with full descriptions of all their products. It is probably one of the best photographic equipment websites I have seen. Their products are easy to use and should be part of every photographers lighting kit.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The 2009 Body Form Photo Show - Body Form Studio and Gallery - Boulder, Colorado

Photo by Richard Cummings,

Rick Cummings is having another Body Form Photo Show at his gallery and studio in Boulder, Colorado, starting this weekend, December 4, 2009. Below are the details of the event.

The 2009 Body Form Photo Show
December 4, 5, & 6, 2009
at the Body Form Studio and Gallery
1045 Pearl Street, Boulder
contact Rick Cummings 720.352.4096

The 2009 Body Form show is an exhibition of fine art nudes from local photographers at the Body Form studio and gallery at 1045 Pearl Street in Boulder on December 4,5,6,
The opening is from 6:00 – 10:00 on Friday December 4, with viewing hours from 12:00 – 5:00 on Saturday and Sunday December 6 and 7.

See amazing work from photographers exploring the many different ways of working with the nude; from pure form with unique perspectives to a metaphor of the human experience. All the images in the show were done at the Body Form Photo Workshop, which encourages people to explore their own vision in photography with an emphasis on working with the nude.
Rick Cummings, photographer and director of the Body Form Workshops, says "there seems to be an endless ways to work with the body. I have been photographing nudes since 1988 and I still find new images all the time."

The Body Form Studio / Gallery is conveniently located in downtown Boulder at 1045 Pearl Street. The opening coincides with the first Friday gallery openings on – December 4 with viewing on Saturday and Sunday December 6 and 7 from 12:00 – 5:00.

For more information please contact Rick Cummings 720-352-4096

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Charis Wilson - Wife, Model, and Muse of Edward Weston dies at age 95

Photo courtesy of Edward Weston, Edward Weston Archive/Center for Creative Photography“Charis Wilson, 1941” by Edward Weston. Published on the website.

Charis Wilson, model, muse, and the last wife of Edward Weston, died recently at age 95. Last week, Ovation TV rebroadcast a special on her and Edward Weston called "The Eloquent Nude". It's a great program. Catch it if you can.

On November 25th, Kim Weston posted a very good article about her on his blog which is located at

Here are a couple of links to learn more about Charis Wilson:
- The Museum of Photographic Arts -
- Kim Weston's Blog -
- Kim Weston's Website -
- A Photo Editor -

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Burgos, Spain - Fiestas - June 2009

Photograph by Al Milligan
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Street performers in a parade in Burgos, Spain

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Crazy Spainards at the Fiestas in Honour of the Holy Blood - Denia, Spain, July 2009

Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan 2009

Spain is known for having a lot of festivals. This was shot during the Fiestas In Honour of the Holy Blood held in Denia, Spain, in early July 2009. On this particular night of the festival, people ran down the main street of Denia with fireworks blazing. The street was filled with wall-to-wall people and the fireworks started at about 12:30 am.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Rick Cummings

Rick Cummings of The Body Form Workshop and Fashionista Photo in Bouder, Colorado, had a birthday party at his studio last night, November 13th. He had some great new work on display from a couple of new projects he has been working on. If you get a chance, give him a call and see if you can stop by and see it. Better yet attend one of his workshops. A complete schedule for his upcoming workshops is posted on the Body Form Workshop website.

Here are links to Rick's various websites:
Rick Photo - Fine Art / Commercial Photography -
Body Form Photo Workshop - Photography Classes -
Fashionista Photo - Personal Fashion Shoots -

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Within The Frame by David duChemin

This is a great book on developing your photographic vision. Below is a link to videos that support the book.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Focus Magazine is BACK!

Focus Magazine is back on the newstand and it's fantastic and well worth the wait. I purchased my copy at Borders in Longmont, Colorado. Here is a link to their website:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Door in Sanabria, Spain

Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan 2009

Sanabria, Spain - Gate - 2009

Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

I could not resist putting this on the blog. My wife and I were on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado, last September 19th and there must have been over 100 people dressed up like Pirates. It was great fun.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Couple Of New Sections In The Blog

I just added a couple of new sections to the blog. If you look at the right hand column, you will notice the two new sections: Favorite Iconic Photographers and Favorite Photography Blogs.

These are some of the photographers who provide me with inspiration.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Steve McCurry Official Website

If you are not familiar with Steve McCurry, then you should be. Here is a link to his official website. Steve is best know for the photo of the Afghanistan girl that appeared on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic. If you get a chance to see if work in person, then do so.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Trees on Molokai - Hawaiian Islands

Photography by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Article on photograher Ed Coyle

I recently saw an ad in Black and White Magazine for Ed Coyle and his outstanding nude photography. It's great stuff.
Here is a link to an article that was in the Charleston City Paper about him and his work. I've talked via email with Ed at bit lately and have learned a lot from him. I hope you enjoy the article

Newspaper article -
Ed's Website -

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Great Source of Photography and Art Books

I saw an ad for this book in the latest copy of Rangefinder magazine and decided to check out the website of the publisher, Rizzoli New York (
They have a great selection of books on photography and art.

Five Beautiful Women
Written by Victor Skrebneski, Introduction by Hubert de GivenchyPub Date: February 2008Format: HardcoverCategory: Photography - Fashion; Photography - Individual PhotographerUS Price: $50.00CAN Price: $62.00ISBN: 978-0-8478-3114-2 (0-8478-3114-0)Publisher: RizzoliTrim Size: 10-3/16 x 12-5/16

Monday, March 9, 2009

More of the fortress at Sagunto, Spain

Photograph by Al Milligan
@Al Milligan

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Monastery Tree - Italy

An old monastery and a tree in Tuscany, Italy
Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spanish Cross

Photography by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hal Gould :A Retrospective - Show at The RedLine Denver

Hal Gould: A Retrospective and Places Like Us,
a contemporary photography show ( Shown concurrently ) Click Here for the invite Feb 19th-March 28thReception: Thursday Feb 19th from 6-9pmMember's preview Feb 19th from 5-6pm

RedLine, an urban laboratory dedicated to supporting the Denver artist community, hosts a major retrospective of the work of pioneer photographer Hal Gould. Gould, now in his 90th year, has been a practicing photographer for more than 60 years and is the owner/operator of Denver’s celebrated Camera Obscura Gallery. The exhibition will feature more than 70 portraits, landscapes, and abstractions taken by Gould over the course of his remarkable career.

Also included are images made by Gould at one of Denver’s earliest commercial studios, The House of Photography. In recognition of his importance to Denver as a presenter and advocate of photography, the exhibition will feature a display of works by many of Camera Obscura’s most notable photographers. A biographical video about Gould produced by RedLine artist-in-residence Rori Knudston will also be shown. Hal Gould’s career as a fine art and commercial photographer is remarkable in its scope and influence. Dedicated to employing meticulous composition, perfect light, and advanced darkroom techniques, his belief in the fine print adheres to that of Ansel Adams, who once famously said that “the negative is the score and the print is the performance.” Gould’s career as an advocate of other people’s work dates back to 1963, when he and several others opened the Colorado Photographic Art Center, a non-profit organization that is still active in Denver. In 1980 he opened his own commercial space, The Camera Obscura Gallery. Since then he has presented more than 300 shows, introducing some of the world’s most celebrated photographers to Denver.

In the adjoining Community Gallery, “Places Like Us” – an exhibition of contemporary photography from Colorado and beyond – presents works by four contemporary photographers who share much of Gould’s subject matter. Landscape, people, and environment are interpreted in distinct yet complimentary styles, sharing a focus on beauty but diverging as the contemporary artists address environmental concerns.Both exhibitions are curated by Rupert Jenkins. Jenkins is an independent curator living in Denver, CO, where he also works as editor for the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery.

The Byers-Evans House Gallery will host a companion exhibition entitled “Hal Gould: His Vision of the West.”. This exhibit will be shown February 6 – March 31, 2009. The Byers-Evans House Gallery is located at 1310 Bannock Street. Hours are 11 am - 3pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.
Information listed with permission of Sara A. Chaitin, RedLine Program Manager

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Spanish Bell Tower

Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sagunto, Spain # 3

Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sagunto, Spain # 2

Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sagunto Spain

Photograph by Al Milligan
@ Al Milligan

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New photography books listed in bookstore

I have once again updated the bookstore with books by Joyce Tenneson, Rosanne Olson, and Richard Avdeon. Enjoy.
Here is the link: