Category Archives: Workshops/Training

Master the Art of Sharpening in Capture NX 2

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of a brand-new video workshop from Luminescence of Nature Press™.  Sharpening Techniques for Capture NX 2 is a comprehensive instructional video in crystal-clear 720p HD that covers all of the major sharpening methods in Nikon’s Capture NX 2.  I’ve even made the QuickTime movie file easy to navigate, because I’ve added chapter markers to it.  The 1280 x 720 resolution of the video file means that you’ll have no trouble whatsoever seeing the menus and other screen items as I walk viewers through all the sharpening techniques in Capture NX 2.

In this training video, you’ll learn:

  • How sharpening works
  • USM Tool
  • High Pass/Overlay filter
  • Advanced control over sharpening with blending modes
  • Selective/Creative Sharpening Techniques with brushes/control points
  • Practical examples of landscape, portrait, and high-ISO sharpening in Capture NX 2
  • How to perform output sharpening for print and web destinations in Capture NX 2

To learn more about Sharpening Techniques for Capture NX 2, please visit Luminescence of Nature Press

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Everglades Birding Photo Safari 2011

Join me for a bird photography safari in Everglades National Park!

Join me in the Everglades for bird photography!

Dates: March 13-17, 2011

Location: Florida City, Florida (Hotel TBD)

Register Here

This safari is limited to 10 participants to maximize instructor time. Tuition is $899 per person, and includes instruction and image critique sessions.

Meals, transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the participant; I will arrange a block of rooms at a discounted group rate at a local hotel.

We will be based in Florida City, Florida, for quick access to the park. I’ve deliberately scheduled this itinerary to be during weekdays to minimize crowds in the shooting locations.

Itinerary (tentative)
Day 1: Meet at 12pm at hotel; orientation followed by evening shoot at Anhinga Trail
Day 2: Morning shoot at Anhinga Trail, Afternoon Image Critique; Sunset Shoot at Pah-hay-okee
Day 3: Morning shoot at Eco Pond area/ Flamingo; Sunset Shoot TBD.
Day 4: Shark Valley Trail (morning); Group Image Sharing (Evening).
Day 5: Depart for home

What you will see:
Double-Crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Purple Gallinule, Snail Kite, American Bittern, Little Blue Heron, American Alligator, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Palm Warbler, Roseate Spoonbill, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Cardinal…maybe more!

What you will need:

  • DLSR with 300mm or longer lens
  • Tripod
  • Flash (optional)
  • Laptop with photo editing software for image critique
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Sunrise at Mesa Arch (Canyonlands NP)

The early bird catches the worm.  The early photographer catches the sunrise.  This is the world-famous Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, near Moab, UT.  I shot here this morning to tune-up for the workshop I’m leading with Rick Walker today through Sunday.  I’m thinking we’re going to have some great shooting!  More shots will be posted here on my Flickr stream as I get through them.

Next time, I hope you can join me on a workshop!

-Jason

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Stepping outside the comfort zone

Small strobes DO produce big results!

There’s a reason I shoot wildlife and landscapes.  Birds and deer don’t ever complain that I didn’t get their “good side,” or ask me to retouch their photos.  Also, most outdoor photography is all about natural light.  I admit, I’m a big fan of The Hot Shoe Diaries and I’m amazed at what can be done with the Nikon CLS system.  I just don’t have many opportunities to try out the fancy techniques.  That changed on Saturday when I attended my friend David Tejada’s Small Strobes, Big Results workshop.  Even though I had a reasonable understanding of flash technique, David’s class brought everything together in a studio/location setting.

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