Category Archives: Workshops/Training

Online Training Event: Cooking with Color Efex Pro

Sunset in Cades Cove

Join me for a live, interactive online training session Saturday, May 26th 10-11:30am Mountain Time (GMT -6) as I explore the emergent properties of combining filters in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 to create dynamic digital images.

You’ll learn about the kinds of filters you can use to produce effects that range from the realistic to the surreal. Because this is a small class (15 people max), I’ll be able to answer your questions directly via the voice teleconference system.

To register, visit the workshop page.

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Mastering Silver Efex Pro 2.0 Class Saturday, April 7th

Join me for Silver Efex Pro 2 Training

I’ll be teaching a live online class, “Mastering Silver Efex Pro 2.0” this Saturday, April 7th. Here is your chance to get live training without having to leave the comfort of your living room. My online classes are not like traditional “webinars,” because I allow all participants to directly ask me questions over the audio system at any time. I will be covering all the fundamentals of SEP2, plus creative topics like solarization and grain effects for color images.

All participants receive a copy of the presentation notes for reference (PDF).

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Time: 9-11am Mountain Daylight Time (11-1pm Eastern)


  • Image Pre-processing from RAW
  • Global Adjustment Control Sliders
  • Local Adjustments with Control Points
  • Converting landscapes
  • Converting portraits
  • Creating Presets for Landscape and Portrait images
  • Adding Borders and Effects
  • Working with Photoshop Layers to create advanced creative effects

To register, please visit my workshop page at

System Requirements

I use WebEx Meeting Center for my online training. You will be able to see my computer screen and ask questions directly using either a telephone or a computer microphone. Check the system requirements here.

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Creative Outdoor Photography Workshop & Safari

Join me in Colorado Springs June 17-21, 2012

I’m pleased to be leading a unique photo workshop in Colorado Springs, June 17-21, 2012. The objective of this workshop is to explore outdoor photography in ways that go beyond traditional landscape techniques. For many of us, photography is a hobby; something that we do when we can find the time. That means encountering situations where the light just isn’t quite right. As photographers, we learn to recognize “good light.” But what do we do when we encounter bad light? All too often, we’ll end up putting the camera away.

On the Creative Outdoor Photography workshop, we’ll look at ways to keep shooting, even when the light is less than perfect. We’ll explore HDR, monochrome, and texture blending techniques using the latest plug-ins from Nik Software. Our locations will include the iconic Garden of the Gods park and the lesser-known Cheyenne Canyon State Park. We’ll also do a photo walk in downtown Manitou Springs, and check out the antique mining equipment at a nearby outdoor museum.

Learn more about this workshop here.

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Photo of the Day: Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee, Rio Grande Valley, Texas (click to enlarge image).

The Great Kiskadee is a large flycatcher that is found mostly in Mexico and into South America. However, the northern edge of its range touches the United States in the southern tip of Texas. I photographed this individual from a blind in 2007. This is just one example of why photographing from the private blinds in south Texas is so much fun. You get great close-up shots of species you’re unlikely to encounter at home.

Join me May 30- June 3 for an exclusive photo safari in south Texas

Image Specs

  • Nikon D2x with 200-400mm AFS VR G zoom Nikkor lens and TC-14E teleconverter.
  • Image processed in Nikon’s Capture NX 2 software.
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