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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.