The Image Doctors #159

Interview with Tony Sweet, Part 1: Creative approaches to iconic locations

This week, we had the distinct pleasure to interview photographer and workshop leader, Tony Sweet. Tony has been leading photo workshops for over two decades now, and in this part of our interview, we talked about dealing with iconic (and sometimes over-photographed) places, including Iceland, and Washington’s Palouse region.

Infrared Photography From Start to Finish

Master Class in Tucson, AZ Feb 23-26, 2023

Master the art of digital infrared photography with Jason Odell & Rick Walker Feb 23-26 in Tucson, AZ

Join me and Rick Walker in Tucson, Arizona for an infrared photography master class that goes far beyond the basics and teaches you the skills to truly master infrared processing. This workshop includes field photography sessions in the Tucson area, where we will photograph subjects that are ideal for infrared capture, plus in-depth classroom time to learn how to work with digital infrared images.

Learn how to create channel-swapped, and “blue sky” infrared images directly in Lightroom Classic on your digital raw files!

Rick and I have spent the last year developing a unique processing workflow for infrared digital images using only Adobe Lightroom Classic and, to a lesser extent, Adobe Photoshop. In this class, you’ll learn our secrets for processing raw infrared images exclusively in Lightroom/ACR, including channel-swapping and color infrared.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to set up ACR/Lightroom with a custom camera preset for your own infrared converted camera
  • How to adjust white balance on digital infrared images using ACR/Lightroom Classic
  • How to adjust infrared images from cameras with different spectra (590-720nm)
  • How to correct hot-spots in infrared images
  • How to perform channel-swapping directly in ACR/Lr
  • How to create the “blue-sky” effect on raw digital infrared images directly in ACR/Lr
  • How to create dramatic monochrome infrared images in Lightroom and using Silver Efex Pro (Nik Collection by DXO).
  • How to fix common artifacts including banding and noise
  • How to create unique creative infrared styles using plug-in software

What’s Included

  • Field and classroom instruction with a student-teacher ratio not to exceed 5:1
  • Custom camera profile for processing infrared images in ACR/Lr that is specific to your personal camera that includes our unique channel-swapping settings
  • Custom ACR/Lr presets
  • Custom Photoshop actions

Workshop Itinerary

Required Materials

  • Infrared-converted digital camera (We recommend a converted camera from LifePixel or Kolari Vision)
  • Laptop computer
  • Current (2022 or later) versions of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic installed
  • Nik Collection plug-ins by DXO (you can use a trial version if desired)
  • You are expected to have a fundamental understanding of editing raw photos in ACR/Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop.

Register by Nov. 1, 2022 and save $100 off your instructional fee.

Discovering the Wildlife of Panama

A tremendous diversity of birds, reptiles, and mammals in a protected setting

Discover the diverse wildlife of Panama’s Caribbean island regions

In 2019, I visited a private eco lodge on Isla Bastimentos, Panama. This protected island is home to a huge number of birds and other wildlife. Join me as I share my experience photographing the rainforest wildlife of Panama, and learn how you can join me on a photo adventure there in 2023.

The Image Doctors #158

Who Influenced Your Photography the Most?

It’s easy to point to big names and famous photographers, but more often than not, your love of photography probably started at home. This week we look back and remember some of our personal influences and how they sparked our creativity and love of the craft.

This week’s podcast is dedicated to the memory of Lelo Carter (1926-2022)

The Image Doctors #157

Photographing an Air Show

We had the opportunity to photograph the Pikes Peak Regional Air Show last weekend here in Colorado, and we’ll share our gear, settings, and what we learned. We’ll also offer our hands-on look at the new Topaz Photo AI plug-in, which delivers astonishingly good results for sharpening, noise reduction, and upscaling digital images.