Category Archives: Workshops/Training

Florida Birding Safari Report

Bald eagle with prey, Merritt Island NWR, Florida (click to enlarge image)

I’ve returned from leading my annual birding workshop in Florida, and it was a great success. We had the kind of weather that makes people like me want to live in Florida in the winter… mid 70’s and partly cloudy skies– perfect for sunrises, sunsets, and the diffuse front-lighting that makes for amazing shots of the white birds.

We had a couple of special treats on this trip, in addition to the great weather. We were joined in the field one evening by Nikon Pro Deb Sandidge, who talked about infrared photography. Deb even was so kind as to bring a couple of IR converted DSLRs along for the students to try out. A few people took home autographed copies of Deb’s book, Digital Infrared Photography Photo Workshop, a must-read if you want to explore IR photography. Continue reading Florida Birding Safari Report

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Best Practices for Packing Your Gear

Think Tank Photo Airport Security Roller 2.0 with goodies

My Florida Birding photo safari is less than a week away. Two really good practices when you’re getting ready for any photo trip are to use a checklist and to start packing early. While I’m not going to be getting on the plane until later this week, I’ve already begun to pack. Here’s my ThinkTank Photo Airport Security Roller bag, loaded for birding. What’s inside?

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Early Bird Registration for Summer/Fall Photo Safaris

I’m pleased to announce that early-bird registration is now open for my summer/fall photo safaris! By registering early, you’ll save significantly on tuition while also ensuring your spot alongside other like-minded photographers in search of that perfect shot.

South Dakota Badlands June 10-14

Clearing thunderstorm, South Dakota Badlands

One of the most amazing locations you’ll ever have the chance to photograph, especially if there are thunderstorms in the area. We’ll cover color, black & white, and HDR techniques. Tuition includes personal image review and critique, and all field instruction.

Register by March 31, 2012 and save

Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak

Yucca blooms in Garden of the Gods, Colorado

A stunning natural park right in Colorado Springs, with fantastic views of Pikes Peak at sunrise. I’ve timed this safari to coincide with the yucca blooms. We’ll also take a trip to Cheyenne Canyon for wildflowers and waterfalls, and learn HDR techniques photographing antique mining machines at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Tuition includes field instruction, personal image review/critique and software training.

Register by April 15, 2012 and save

Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park

Bugling elk, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Elk, aspens, and breathtaking mountains. What more could you ask for? How about alpine lakes, taking in a sunrise at 14,000 feet, and enjoying one of Colorado’s most famous locations? Tuition includes software training, image review/critique, and all field instruction.

Register by June 30, 2012 and save


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Just Released: Layers of Creativity video tutorial

I’m pleased to announce my newest training video, Layers of Creativity: Going Beyond Realism with Photoshop & Nik Plug-ins.

In this video tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to leverage Photoshop/Elements layers to create digital artistry, starting with the basics and moving up from there. I cover the fundamentals of layers and layer masks, and include demonstrations of Adjustment Layers and Smart Objects.

Example images are shown in crisp 960 x 540 resolution so you can clearly see all the on-screen menus as I edit each image. I work through several examples in this tutorial, including:

  • Exposure Blending (creates a natural “HDR” effect, perfect for landscapes and interior shots where you don’t want exaggerated contrast)
  • Hybrid HDR
  • Grunge Portrait using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 plug-in
  • Creating textures on color images using Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Using Plug-ins on Smart Object layers
  • Adding flypaper texture layers to images and exploring blending modes
  • Combination image: HDR/Color Efex Pro 4/Flypaper Texture using all the techniques together

Layers of Creativity is available exclusively as a direct download in QuickTime (.mov) format from Luminescence of Nature Press. The video is viewable on both PC and Macintosh computers using QuickTime Player (free download), and the video has chapter markers for easy indexing. Windows Media Player is not supported. For full details, visit the Layers of Creativity product page.

Explore digital artistry in my new educational video for Photoshop/Elements users
Learn how you can make hybrid HDR images that combine grunge with clean skies in my new training video

USA/Canada residents save 15% off your entire order at Nik Software (excluding 3rd-party products)

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Fall in the Rockies 2011: Student Images

Late last month, I set out with ten photographers who joined me on the 2011 Fall in the Rockies photo safari in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had some wonderful shooting opportunities for both wildlife and landscape subjects. At the end of the workshop, I asked the class to submit some of their images; you can see them below.

I’ve already reserved space for this photo safari in 2012. If you’d like to go, you can get details at my workshop page.

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