Nik photo editing plug–ins are FREE!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2017 by kodamax enterprises

Google’s Nik Collection of desktop image editing plug-ins is now free! Yes, free! Nik’s Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine apps are all available as a free download from Google, which used to charge $150 to buy it.

Click here and then click “download” to get your free version of Nik photo editing software..

Nik’s applications put a focus on ease of use and accessibility, compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. The company was purchased by Google in 2012, and prior to that each program cost around $100 for a total of up to $500 for the software suite.

I just found out about this and downloaded it for my Mac.

Here’s a copy of a photo I did in about 2 minutes.

Nik is also good for converting black and white photos and making them look like they are shot on film.

I know it sounds too good to be true. But I did it and you can too.

You’re welcome.

 

 

Week one and DONE!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2017 by kodamax enterprises

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Yay, me! Made it through my first week of “Paul’s May Makeover Fitness Quest.” lol

“The Quest” consists of two daily gym visits, an hour of outdoor cardio (when possible, indoor when not possible)  and more attention to my water intake, diet and nutrition.

On Saturday, I did body measurements and weight to give myself a point of reference for body sculpting.  Areas of concentration are: biceps, waist, buttocks, chest, calves and back.

My home digital scale crapped out so I have to use the gym scale to chart fluctuations in my weight. Obviously, I can’t weigh myself naked on the gym scale, so i have to factor in my t-shirt, shorts, socks and shoes. I figure that’s about a pound or so.

The exciting thing is that I’ve let myself go so that I weight more than 280 pounds! It should be easy to melt about 10 pounds of that in a week or two just because I’ve eliminated any beer for the month of May.

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One of the keys to good nutrition begins with drinking lots of water. I need to drink about a gallon a day. I good indicator that you’ve had enough water is that your pee is clear and not yellow.

Iced waterPlanning on taking an official ‘before” picture of portly self today. You know, one of those godawful somber looking pictures of the perspective dieter looking slouch-shouldered, frumpy and depressed. Or … maybe not. Maybe I will choose to have my “before” picture to be of me dressed as sword-wielding black Ninja! 

Yes, I believe I might do that, since I’m a photographer and have my very own photo studio and a ton of swords, guns, knives, cross-bows, maces, and other weapons of individual destruction. Don’t want all of that hand-to-hand combat training I had in the Marines go to waste. 🙂

Note: I’ll be posting more personal blogs every few days to chart my success, and document my body sculpting and fitness adventures. Feel free to follow me as I can use  support and encouragement on this new life path. )

Happy Left-Handers’ Day!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2016 by kodamax enterprises
Today, Aug. 13, is International Left-handers’ Day.
There are many people who share this special trait that once was taboo in many societies. I’m a left-hander and proud of it. If you’re a left-hander, you’re in good company.
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Here are a few famous left-handers you may have read about: Albert Einstein, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, Aristotle, Neil Armstrong, Henry Ford, Marie Curie, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller
Presidents: James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama.
Actors: Leonardo Da Vinci, Kim Basinger, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Judy Garland, Whoopi Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Val Kilmer, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Sylvester Stallone, Chewbacca the Wookie.
Musicians: David Bowie, Celine Dion, Eminem, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sting.
The list goes on and on.
Feel free to add the names of any left-handers you admire below (other than me, of course) lol

I (heart) exercise!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2016 by kodamax enterprises

It’s been a full month since I began my quest for improved health and fitness in 2016. As a new year’s resolution, I bought an 18-month gym membership and have made it a point to get to the gym every single day in January.

To keep track of my progress and commitment, I attached a red  heart sticker on my desk calendar after each day I went to the gym.

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That doesn’t necessarily mean that I worked out every single day in January. But I made it a point to at least check in at the gym. Some days, I worked out at home with our free-weights and recumbent bike. Other days, I walked one mile to the gym and one mile back. And when it was too cold or rainy, I would drive to the gym.

Now that February has arrived, I plan to use the same heart-sticker system as a source of motivation. This month, I’m using different color hearts for variety.

The reason I’m using hearts is because exercise is good for the heart. The heart also is the universal symbol of love. I’m going to the gym because I want to share a long, happy life with my wife, Tammy.

She made a commitment to health and exercise more than six years ago and she’s still working hard and staying fit and eating healthy. She’s a rock star in the gym and my major source of motivation. You can follow her blog on Facebook by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=lifting%20my%20spirits

Note: Tammy and I tied for “Biggest User” at Anytime Fitness Red Rock/Cold Springs! We each checked in 33 times in January, besting all other members. Most of the time we are at the gym at different times of the day, but occasionally we go together  — a gym date, if you will. Biggest User Jan. 2016

 

 

 

Eating MORE OFTEN is key to weight loss!

Posted in Health and fitness, Nutrition, Personal musings on January 8, 2016 by kodamax enterprises
shrimpThe hardest thing for me to remember is to eat more frequently. I often skip breakfast and sometimes even lunch. My goal is to eat six times a day.

1.) Breakfast — most important meal of the day. Re-kindles the fire from 8 hours of digesting.

2). Morning snack — just a coupe hundred calories to maintain a high metabolism. (When you stop eating for a few hours, your body goes into starvation mode and burns less energy.)

3.) Lunch: A lite lunch is good for maintaining energy levels and again stoking the body’s furnace. Too big of lunch will make you sleepy and decrease your brain’s activity for a couple of hours.

4.) Midafternoon Snack: Fruit like apples, oranges, mangoes, kiwis will help with digestion and the fructose will give you a slight sugar buzz.

5.) Supper: This should be your second biggest meal behind breakfast. Proteins like meat, chicken, fish and beans .

6.) Evening snack: a fudge-cycle, ice cream bar or something sweet will help reduce your hunger. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day also will help with digestion.

 

A New Day Dawning

Posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2016 by kodamax enterprises

I hate new year’s resolutions! There, I said it.

In the past, I’ve avoided making resolutions like the plague.  I’ve also been have been quick to criticize people who vow to lose weight, quit smoking, be kind to small animals and children, or any other addle-brained schemes that last a couple weeks and then fizzle out faster than the bubbles in a cheap bottle of champagne.

That said, this year feels like the year to toss my proverbial gym shorts into the ring,  join the masses and transform myself into a burly, brawny manly man.

Truth be told, I’ve already begin the adventure. I started on Dec. 31 to get a 1-day head start on a monumental, life-changing, awe-inspiring new & improved me. Excited when I think where I will be in my fitness quest when we ring in 2017!

For the past 9 days, I’ve been routinely going to the gym, I’ve started eating healthier and more frequently. The result:  I’m already 6 pounds lighter!

I WILL stick with it!  Don’t have much of a choice. I’m publishing this blog and it’s no longer a secret.

Similar to how my wife, Tammy Hansen White, began her journey to a miraculous lifestyle transformation in 2009, I also will be writing a blog and journal to document my own progress.

This is me and Tammy at the new Anytime Fitness gym near our home in northwest Reno.

See you at the gym! 🙂

 

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Building model careers at KodaMax Photography

Posted in Uncategorized on October 6, 2015 by kodamax enterprises

Got some amazing photo shoots scheduled in the next few days at KodaMax Pro Studios:

Two of them are beautiful teen-model portfolio workups with Isis and Janae. We’ll be doing head shots and poses with a variety of wardrobe changes with both girls in a professional studio session. Their best images  will become part of printed business cards, model comp cards and a model bio for publicity packets.

Also doing a commercial marketing session centered around 4 Disney princesses including Cinderella, Snow White, Bella from “Beauty and the Beast” and Ella from the movie “Frozen.” Should be a fun and interesting shoot with all that royalty in KodaMax Pro studio at once time. 🙂

Professional model workups help aspiring models and actors create a professional-looking press kit with photos, business cards, head shots and comp cards with biographical information. I have worked with hundreds of models and helped many of them get a jump start on a professional career.

I’m very good at coaching models with poses. Helping them feel at ease in front of a camera and learning how to engage potential clients, who are eager to take a chance on someone who knows how to present themselves.

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