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Adventures in Long Distance Digital Recording

  [Originally published in The Coloradoan on 8/3/12] As a kid, some of my fondest memories are of my grandfather playing piano when I walked into his house. He was one of my biggest musical influences. The music he played then still shapes my musical tastes as an adult. After Gramps decided to sell his baby grand piano because it needed a lot of work done on it, he invested in a digital piano and some high-end speakers. His idea was that he would use his Mac desktop computer and software called Finale to transcribe music he had written years earlier, along with some new arrangements of...

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August/September Artist Exhibition: J Brook Photography

FCDW is proud to be exhibiting a solo show of fantastic digital art by Jeff Gibford of J Brook Photography. A prolific and popular local photographer, you may have seen his work hanging recently at Café Vino, Poudre Studio Artists and Gallery, Café Ardour, and more. Gibford will be showcasing his vivid, eye-catching photography at FCDW from August 1–September 30. The exhibition will be on display for all of our students throughout the month, and will be available to the public by appointment. All of the pieces on display will be for sale. For more information on J Brook Photography, click...

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Adobe Lightroom©, Photoshop©, or Photoshop Elements© – Which One is Right for You?

Adobe© is known for being the “big dog” when it comes to digital corrections and changes to images. In recent years, Photoshop© has even become a verb: for example, “Look at that photo – I bet they ‘Photoshopped’ it.” However, with so many software products out there, it seems to harder and harder to know which Photoshop© program will work best for us. Let’s take a step back and weigh the pros and cons of each program so you can decide which will work best for your needs. The Classic: Photoshop© Photoshop© has been around for the longest amount of time, and it is still the go to program for...

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Adobe Photoshop© Tutorial: How to Perk Up Your Digital Images

As a Photoshop© instructor, one common complaint I get a lot from older photographers is that their digital images just don’t have the “snap” and “color” of their film images. In the days of yore when we shot only with film, we would sometimes even pick up certain brands of film for those special looks. In fact, it was said that if you wanted good-looking portraits, you used Kodak. For landscapes, it was Fuji film. With today’s digital cameras you no longer have different films, but you can still get just the look you want – either by using the dialed-in settings on your digital camera or by...

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More Options to Break into Digital Home Recording

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 5/31/12] Being a musician and computer guy, I often face a difficult dilemma when listening to studio music recordings. On one hand, I’m a music purist who loves the sound of analog recordings. There’s a certain warmth to the sounds of the older ways of recording, pressed onto vinyl and reel-to-reel tape. Some of my favorite music comes from eras when instrument tracking was a crazy, new technology. On the other hand, I love what digital technology has brought to the music industry. It has revolutionized how music can be recorded and listened to....

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