Friday, June 05, 2009

Finish the Sentence...with Martin Evening

[this week we feature the international edition of our show]
"It's time once again to ask a well-known photographer, instructor or otherwise interesting person the same 10 questions and ask them to Finish the Sentence! This week the sentences are finished by.... Martin Evening.

Martin, please Finish the Sentence..."

My favorite photography accessory (lights, modifier, bag, tripod) is
is the tethered cable that allows me to connect the camera to the computer. It's such a simple thing to pick I know. At first I was reluctant to shoot tethered, but it has made such a difference to the speed at which I can now shoot in the studio and approve shots on the monitor

I’ve learned the most from..
Jeff Schewe. Jeff was one of the first Photoshop gurus I got to meet in person when I started traveling over to the US to do seminars and we have become good buddies ever since.

If I could go anywhere in the world it would be_____ because….
the Democratic Republic of Congo because my father spent his early adult life out there and helped build a large church right in the heart of the then Belgian Congo. Ever since the sixties there has been a lot of unrest in the Congo and it is still not really safe for Westerners to travel there. I'm not keen to put myself in danger, but I would one day like to visit the Congolese villages where he lived and worked.

My most-used Photoshop add-on, plugin, action set (etc) is
the Web Gallery styles designed for the Lightroom Web module. Matthew Campagna has created a whole bunch of Gallery styles for Lightroom and I use these all the time. The photo pages on my photography website were all created directly out of Lightroom using one of Matthew's Galleries.

I love the fact that Photoshop
has made such a huge difference to the way I shoot and finish off my photographs.

I hate the fact that Photoshop
doesn't always integrate so well with the Lightroom way of doing things and vice versa. Often this is down to legacy code that can't be changed so easily in Photoshop and it's unfair to criticise, but it would be nice if both products shared similar protocols.

If I could turn back the clock 10 years
there would be no Camera Raw, no healing brush, no Lightroom! How on earth would I survive?

In 10 years
I'll be living in our dream house in the British countryside, growing our own produce and being driven spare by our teenage daughter who'll probably be wanting us to move back to busy London.

If I could give one piece of advice it would be
lways keep an open mind. With Photoshop I have had to continually reevaluate how I work with the program, been willing to adopt new approaches to certain Photoshop tasks and throw out the old favorite techniques. Technology is constantly evolving and we must be prepared to evolve too.

Your readers can find out more about me
at and

Ladies & Gentlemen, let's hear it for Martin Evening!!
Martin Evening is a London-based advertising and fashion photographer and noted expert in both photography and digital imaging. Martin is the author of the best-selling book The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers (Adobe Press, 2008). In addition, he wrote the book Adobe Photoshop CS4 For Photographers (Focal Press, 2008) and Adobe Photoshop CS4 For Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop, which was co-written with Jeff Schewe (Focal Press, 20089). Martin is sought after for speaking and lecturing, including in the U.S., including Photoshop World. Martin also works with the Photoshop and Lightroom engineering teams, consulting on new feature development and alpha and beta testing. He is also one of the founding members of PixelGenius, a software design company producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop.


JVL said...

I Completely agree with the use of the the Turning Gate plugins for Lightroom - I just purchased my first few (though many are available for free) - and I don't know why I waited so long!! For $5-$10 you get an automated output that looks fantastic. EVERYONE exporting their pictures to the web should pick these up.

Sascha Njaa said...

should be mentioned, to make it easier for people to find, that the plugins are found at not just