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Photograph California’s Redwood Coast

Photo Safari May 15-19 with The Image Doctors

Join me and Rick Walker to photograph the majesty of California’s coastal redwoods and coastal seascapes. Photo ©Rick Walker

Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of California’s redwood coast, refine your photography skills, and create lasting memories with like-minded individuals on this extraordinary photo safari led by two photography experts, Jason P. Odell and Rick Walker.

Our journey begins in the coastal town of Crescent City, California, and will take us through majestic redwood groves. There, we’ll work on capturing a variety of forest subjects, including the redwoods, ferns, and other forest flora and fauna.

The safari also includes many shooting locations on the California coast, with excursions into southern Oregon. You’ll photograph rugged coastlines, waves, rocky outcrops and sea stacks. You’ll also get expert advice and field instruction along the way. With a student to instructor ratio of 4:1, this experience offers maximum learning.

This photo safari is limited to a maximum of eight photographers, so you’ll want to reserve your seat soon.

Fall Travel Photography Cruise: Canada and New England 2025

Join me aboard Enchanted Princess for a 7-night photo cruise & workshop experience!

Explore Canada and New England with me on a fun photo cruise and travel photography workshop!

Join me on an exciting 7-night cruise round-trip from New York City as we journey to Canada and New England aboard the majestic Emerald Princess. This all-inclusive photo cruise includes private excursions at four major destinations and on-board photography workshops where you’ll hone your travel photography techniques and image processing skills. Companions and smart-phone shooters are welcome on this tour, too!

Ports of call

  • New York City/Brooklyn (Embarkation)
  • Halifax, Canada
  • St. John, Canada
  • Boston, MA
  • Newport, RI

The Image Doctors #216

On the joys (and fears) of downsizing

This week, we’re joined by Dennis Mook, a former forensic photographer and longtime friend of the program. Recently, Dennis has been contemplating switching from a full-frame kit to smaller format cameras due to their smaller size and weight; something that we can all appreciate as we get older. But, are there compromises with using smaller-format systems, such as Fuji (APS-C) or Micro 4/3rds? We’ll get Dennis’ first-hand take on this, as he’s used Nikon, Fuji, and Olympus/ OM System cameras for many years now.

Be sure to check out our premium blog at imagedoctorsphoto.com, where we post tips, and bonus video episodes.

POTD: Christmastime in Prague

Wishing you all a happy holiday season 2023

I just got back after nearly two weeks in Europe for a Christmastime photo tour. We started in Prague, and then continued to Vienna, where we boarded a Danube river cruise. Christmas markets in this part of the world are simply magical. I want to wish everyone here a joyous holiday season, and I’m looking forward to what 2024 will bring!

Gift Ideas for Photographers

Salmon attempting the rapids, Ketchikan, AK

Treat your loved one (or yourself) to some new gear

It’s that time again! “Black Friday” has morphed into “most of November” for deals and sales on photography gear and software. Here are some items I strongly recommend for the photographer in your life (even if it’s you).

Photo Accessories

Many of the items on this list are indispensable when you’re in the field

Professional flash units that won’t break your budget

I recently picked up a pair of Godox flash units and a wireless (radio) controller for my OM-1 camera. They work really well, and are easy on your wallet. I recommend the TT350O for Olympus/OM users.

Computer & Travel Accessories

On the road? Consider upgrading your backup drive to a portable SSD. They are small, extremely fast, and have no moving parts. I use a 2TB SanDisk portable SSD when I’m on the road.

Most newer cameras can be charged directly via a USB-C cable. Save the bulk of packing your standard charging brick and consider a multi-port USB-C charger to charge both your camera and your smartphone. This 40W dual charger by Anker has enough power to charge the Nikon Z9 battery, either in-camera or using the charging cradle.

When it comes to traveling, I like to pack my gear in a rolling bag, then transfer it to a shoulder bag when I’m out shooting. The ThinkTank roller bags are my personal choice for carrying larger kits through airports. When I’m traveling light and just want a backpack, the ThinkTank/MindShift Backlight 18L or 26L backpacks are amazing. They can hold lots of gear, and open from the back, making them more secure.

Update: ThinkTank is offering 25% off their Freeway Long Haul Duffel bags through Dec. 9th.

More good bags

Image Editing Software

I personally use Adobe Lightroom Classic in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop. The newest masking features in Lightroom put it at the top of its class for raw image editors. I also recommend the following plug-in tools:

  • Topaz Photo AI: This suite of tools delivers some of the best sharpening and noise reduction I’ve seen; far superior to using Lightroom alone. The suite also includes the new Photo AI program, which is still evolving but bundles sharpening, noise reduction, and up-sizing images into one application. I have recently started re-thinking my triage criteria for “acceptably sharp,” as Sharpen AI (and Photo AI) can sometimes work miracles on slightly soft subjects. Any software package that makes me re-think my workflow deserves recognition.
  • Nik Collection by DXO: This suite is still my go-to “creative” editing package. I use Silver Efex Pro for monochrome conversions, and Color Efex Pro to add subtle but powerful adjustments to contrast and color in my photos.
  • DXO Pure Raw 3: This is my go-to tool for noise reduction and detail retention on high ISO images.

Infrared Conversion Services

Discover the world of infrared photography!

If you have an older camera, why not give it new life by converting it to infrared? Kolari Vision offers a variety of conversion options, but the most intriguing (to me, at least), is the full-spectrum conversion. When paired with Kolari’s clip-in filters (for mirrorless cameras), it means you can have one camera that can truly deliver a wide range of creative infrared looks.

Cameras and Lenses

If you’re really looking for an upgrade this holiday season, you can check out the holiday specials at B&H Photo.

Photo Safaris & Workshops

There’s no better way to get good at the craft of photography than by spending several days in the field. My 2024 photo tours and workshops are listed here. You can also contact me for one on-one online training.