Tag Archives: Jason P. Odell

Packing Tips for Photographers

Make sure you bring the right camera gear by following these packing tips.

Packing for a photo trip is never as easy as it seems. You either A) over-pack and make yourself miserable schlepping a 45-lb bag through airports, or B) forget some seemingly innocuous piece of kit that you wish you had.  Of course, there is also option C) you bring too much stuff and still forgot something important. Here are some packing tips that I still need to remind myself about from time to time, so I figured blogging it would help get me straight.

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Video Tip: HDR Efex Pro Zoom Tool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AipG3uNBnL0&hd=1

Here’s a quick tip on improving your on-screen previews in HDR Efex Pro. Once I figured this out, my images came out a LOT better because I wasn’t over-adjusting them.

Bonus: Download my new HDR Efex Pro preset “Hyper-realistic Interiors.” This preset gives a nice clean look that is very natural and crisp when used on indoor images.

Learn more about mastering HDR Efex Pro.

Online Workshop: Nik HDR Efex Pro

Under the Manhattan Bridge underpass (Click to enlarge)

Join me for a two-hour live online class on Nik Software’s exciting new plug-in, HDR Efex Pro.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010
Time: 3-5pm EST
Location: Virtual (you’ll see my computer screen live and will be able to ask me questions directly via teleconference)

Click here to register (limited to 15 students!)

In this class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of HDR and how the Nik plug-in functions, including:

  • HDR Efex Pro Interface
  • Global Adjustments and Tone Compression
  • HDR Methods
  • Local Adjustments with Control Points
  • Finishing Adjustments
  • Workflow options

You can download a free trial version of HDR Efex Pro from Nik Software, and if you’re in the USA you can save 15% off your online purchase by using discount code JODELL at checkout.

Master the Art of Sharpening in Capture NX 2

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of a brand-new video workshop from Luminescence of Nature Press™.  Sharpening Techniques for Capture NX 2 is a comprehensive instructional video in crystal-clear 720p HD that covers all of the major sharpening methods in Nikon’s Capture NX 2.  I’ve even made the QuickTime movie file easy to navigate, because I’ve added chapter markers to it.  The 1280 x 720 resolution of the video file means that you’ll have no trouble whatsoever seeing the menus and other screen items as I walk viewers through all the sharpening techniques in Capture NX 2.

In this training video, you’ll learn:

  • How sharpening works
  • USM Tool
  • High Pass/Overlay filter
  • Advanced control over sharpening with blending modes
  • Selective/Creative Sharpening Techniques with brushes/control points
  • Practical examples of landscape, portrait, and high-ISO sharpening in Capture NX 2
  • How to perform output sharpening for print and web destinations in Capture NX 2

To learn more about Sharpening Techniques for Capture NX 2, please visit Luminescence of Nature Press

Lightpainting in Garden of the Gods

After what has seemed like an eternal winter, the weather here in Colorado is finally warming up.  Moreover, we seem to have shaken the 60 mph winds that made photography difficult last week.  I finally got out to attempt a project that I’d been previsualizing for some time; lightpainting the Siamese Twins formation in Garden of the Gods.

I’ve photographed this formation before during the daytime; it’s a popular spot to catch the juxtaposition of the twin rock towers with the summit of Pikes Peak between them.  But I’d never hiked to it at night.

The Siamese Twins, in the classic daytime capture.

Lightpainting is a technique whereby you artificially illuminate your subject with a flashlight or lantern.  This technique enables you to control the exact placement of light in the scene and you can use it to selectively illuminate subjects of interest.  I headed up to the Siamese twins with my gear in a Think Tank “Streetwalker Pro” bag.  I had my D3s, 16-35/4, 24-70/2.8 and a 70-200/2.8 VR II.  I also had my Gitzo tripod and a couple of strong flashlights.  I reached the formation about 20 minutes after sundown and I set up.

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