Category Archives: Workshops/Training

Coastal California Birding & Wildlife Workshop

Master bird photography Jan. 15-19, 2020

Join me in San Diego, California January 15-19 to learn the secrets of bird and wildlife photography
California sea lions near La Jolla

Join me in San Diego, California for a bird and wildlife photography workshop. This exclusive instructional photo safari is limited to six (6) participants for a personal experience that you can’t get from the big tours. I offer “ask me anything” instruction during the safari to ensure you’re getting the best quality images. Because of the small group size, I’m able to offer a more intimate instructional style that allows each participant to get the knowledge they need to succeed.

American Coot

This safari is perfect for beginning to intermediate photographers who wish to capture portraits of birds and wildlife, plus hone their skills on photographing birds in flight. We will have the opportunity to photograph numerous species, including pelicans, cormorants, gulls, and terns. We will also likely encounter sea lions and other wildlife on the beaches, and have the opportunity to get some nice sunsets and environmental shots.

Each day, we will download and process our images together as a group, get critiques, and learn new techniques to make your photos into fine-art masterpieces. I will work with you to capture and process the best possible images into beautiful finished products.

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Mastering Luminosity Masks

Live Training Saturday, Nov. 9th
1-3pm US Eastern Time

Join me to learn how to create and use luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop

Luminosity Masks are a unique tool that allow you to target tone, color, and contrast adjustments to specific tone ranges in your image. Because luminosity masks are unique to each photograph, they allow your adjustments to blend in perfectly every time.

In this class, I’ll show you how to get creative with advanced luminosity masking techniques using my custom actions. You’ll learn curves adjustments, layer blending mode options, and how to work with zone masks to improve your tricky images.

All registrants will receive a copy of my custom luminosity mask actions for Photoshop, plus a video replay download to watch offline.

Learn more about luminosity masks with my eBook!

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Tips for the Traveling Photographer

These little tidbits will save a lot of headaches if you travel with your camera

In October 2010, I made the decision to pursue my photography career full-time. Since then, travel has become an important component of my business. As you might imagine, traveling with your camera gear adds a layer of complexity to any plans you may have. Whether its dealing with airport security or just figuring out how to pack everything so it is safe, there are lots of little things that can make your travel experience easier. Here are some of my favorite travel tips.

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The Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs To KNow

Live Training Sunday, October 20th

12-3pm Eastern Time

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While Adobe Lightroom Classic is a powerful image editor and workflow management tool in its own right, there are certain things that it cannot do. To go beyond Lightroom, you need a pixel editor such as Adobe Photoshop.  In this class, I will teach you how and why to utilize Adobe Photoshop alongside Lightroom.  I will present a coherent Lightroom/Photoshop workflow strategy and take you through the features of Photoshop that every Lightroom user should know, including:

  • How to prepare images for Photoshop in the Lighroom Develop Module
  • Sending images from Lightroom to Photoshop
  • Understanding Layers/Adjustment Layers/Layer Masks
  • Cloning/Healing/Content Aware Fill Tools
  • Adding text to your images
  • Using Plug-in software in Layers and as Smart Filters
  • High-Pass Sharpening
  • Working with RAW Smart Objects in Photoshop
  • How to finish Photoshop files in Adobe Lightroom
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Wildlife of Panama Photo Safari

Discover the diverse rainforest birds, mammals and insects in Panama!

Photograph the biodiversity of Central America as we photograph the wildlife of western Panama. On this unique photo safari, you’ll photograph rainforest birds, mammals, insects and more. Observe colorful birds from a 65′ high observation tower, tour the rainforest with experienced naturalist guides, and enjoy home-cooked meals at our airconditioned eco lodge retreat.

When: April 5-11, 2020 from Panama City, Panama
Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced photographers
Maximum Group Size: 8 photographers

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