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Branden Frederick is a San Jose-based nerd, technology manager, and photographer.

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forest green lightroom preset: color grading

forest green lightroom preset: color grading

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21 Nov 2020
Lightroom (despite Adobe's attempts to sabotage it) remains the best photo workflow and editing software in existence. A recent update replaced one of the most powerful tools, Split Toning, with an even more powerful tool, Color Grading. I go through the steps of using this tool to create a new preset called "Forest Greens" (which you can freely download). Read more.

Windows 10 cranky setup checklist

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11 Sep 2020
Because of my poor life choices, I have to frequently install operating systems on my computers. Out of the box, Windows 10 comes loaded with booby traps, unwanted software, the worst default settings imaginable, and shitty design choices. Here is my secret recipe for neutering the worst parts. Read more.

how to: set up a classroom cart of MacBooks

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18 Oct 2018
My task is to set up a portable classroom set of 26 MacBook Airs so that each user always has a clean logon. To accomplish that, I take advantage of the Guest user logon on MacOS, which is a special logon which is always reset on logoff. The difficulty is, how do you customize a user account that never saves changes? These are the steps, as of MacOS Mojave. Read more.

how to: install Miva Empresa on linux

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17 Oct 2018
Miva is not the most glamorous web technology – by today's standards its 1995 origin makes it ancient. But it is still actively maintained and developed, and can be used to make web apps. Read more.

photographing a performance

photographing a performance

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20 Apr 2018
I was asked recently to photograph "Play on Words", an event where performers do dramatic readings of short stories. Here's how I did it. Read more.

hip to be square

hip to be square

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23 Feb 2018
I love using my Fujifilm X cameras to make square photos. I learned to love squares through Instagram and medium format, and I was happy to discover that square photography is built right into my Fujifilm digital cameras. To help this, here are the Fuji X equivalent focal lengths for 6x6 medium format. Read more.

metering without machines

metering without machines

a manual how-to

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3 Dec 2014
So you've got one of these old cameras from the days of yore, and you've figured out how to get the film in it and where to point the dang thing, but uh-oh, how do you know what numbers to set for the aperture and shutter speed? Read more.

the photo process

the photo process

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24 Nov 2014
This is my process; this is how I make a photo. Read more.
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