Category Archives: Workshops/Training

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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Find Your Light

luminescence |ˌlo͞oməˈnesəns|

the emission of light by a substance that has not been heated, as in fluorescence and phosphorescence.

When I was looking for a name for my photography website in 2004, I chose the word “luminescence.”

While nature doesn’t emit light, it certainly can be captured, photographically, in ways that sometimes makes it seem so. How you choose to capture the luminescence of nature is part technical skill and part creative process. In fact, I think that’s part of the reason why so many people from diverse backgrounds enjoy photography. “Right-brained” individuals find joy in the creative outlet that is photography, while “left-brained” individuals will often marvel at the technology and optics that go into today’s camera systems. Photography offers people from either background a uniquely common ground.  Continue reading Find Your Light

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2012 Photo Safaris with Jason Odell

Join me on a photo safari in 2012 and you might get images like this one.

I’m pleased to announce my photo safari schedule for 2012. On my trips, you’ll get to visit some wonderful locations, meet new people, and get some amazing images. Enrollment is limited to 10 people, which allows me to maximize my time with each student. In addition to field instruction, I also provide classroom sessions on image processing, workflow, HDR, and black & white conversion. I also provide one on-one image critique sessions for each participant. The following photo safaris are confirmed; check back to see if more dates are added.

2012 Luminescence of Nature Photo Safari Schedule

To register for any one of these photo safaris, please join Luminescence of Nature Photo Workshops at Payment is required for RSVP. Fees for each workshop cover all field and classroom instruction; meals, lodging, and transportation to the field sites are the responsibility of each participant.

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