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Long exposure eBook: Table of Contents now online

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still working on finishing up my newest eBook, Stretching Time.

Until then, here’s a chance to get an early preview of the topics by viewing the table of contents (click the image to view a PDF version)

Preview what's coming in my soon-to-be released eBook, Stretching Time. Click image to download a PDF version.
Preview what’s coming in my soon-to-be released eBook, Stretching Time. Click image to view a complete  PDF version.
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Online Training: Process Infrared Images in Lightroom & Photoshop

Infrared image captured with a 590nm modified Fujifilm X-E1 camera and fisheye lens.
Infrared image captured with a 590nm modified Fujifilm X-E1 camera and fisheye lens.

Join me online next weekend as I teach digital infrared processing using Lightroom & Photoshop. Digital infrared photography is more accessible than ever, and it is a great way of exploring the world in a different light. In this class, I’ll teach you how you can create a variety of different looks with your digital infrared files using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Plug-ins.

When: Saturday, February 21st
12-2pm Mountain Time (2-4pm Eastern)
Where: Online (GoToMeeting) webinar

Topics Include:

  • Choosing an infrared conversion filter type
  • Setting White Balance in Lightroom/ACR via a custom camera calibration
  • RAW adjustments in Lightroom/ACR
  • Fixing hotspots
  • Black and White Conversion using Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Red-Blue Channel Swap (blue sky) technique in Photoshop and via Plug-ins
  •  Working with super-color IR files to create a variety of styles

All participants will receive a printable PDF copy of the class materials.

To join this online session, please RSVP here by Friday, Feb. 20th.

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New Companion Video for HDR Efex Pro 2.0 Users

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of a high-definition video companion to The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2.0 (eBook site)

In this video, you get over two hours (159 minutes, actually) of in-depth training on creating fine-art HDR images with Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0. I’ve gone through the entire HDR workflow, starting with image capture and RAW conversion and moving through all the steps you use in HDR Efex Pro 2 to create amazing HDR tone-maps. Continue reading New Companion Video for HDR Efex Pro 2.0 Users

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The Complete Guide to Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0

Introducing The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2, a complete reference for Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0 plug-in for Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of my latest book, The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2. I have completely re-written my original guide to cover the latest version of Nik Software’s amazing HDR tone-mapping plug-in. In this printable PDF guide, I’ll cover everything inside HDR Efex Pro 2 so that you’ll learn how to create amazing HDR images quickly and easily. You also get 40 custom HDR tone-mapping presets that are compatible with HDR Efex Pro 2.0. This book is over 200 pages of reference material and fine-art creative instruction that will set you on your way to making unique HDR images.

Topics include:

  • Camera settings for perfect HDR exposure sequences
  • Post-processing RAW files for HDR
  • How to launch HDR Efex Pro 2 from Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop, and as a stand-alone program
  • Alignment and ghost-reduction tools
  • HDR Method controls and image adjustment tools
  • Control Points and selective adjustments
  • Finishing effects and the new Graduated Neutral Density tool
  • Working with presets
  • Realistic HDR Settings
  • Hyper-Realistic HDR Settings
  • Artistic HDR Settings including grunge, bleach color, and old film styles
  • Monochrome HDR Settings, including selective black & white
  • Advanced creative techniques with Photoshop

Over 20 step by-step examples of HDR tone-mapping

I walk you through over 20 different examples of HDR tone-mapping with full color screen-shots.

In this book, I’ll walk you through the creation of more than 20 examples of HDR image processing, covering a wide range of natural and artistic styles. Each example includes step by-step screenshots to show you the exact settings I used to make each image. I’ll also show you advanced techniques with Photoshop layers for creating even more interesting creative images. Along with my examples, I give you 40 of my custom preset files that you can load into your copy of HDR Efex Pro 2 to get you started making HDR images.

Ordering Information

The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 is available here.

Ebook viewing System Requirements

Mac or PC with Adobe Reader 7.0 or later
iPad with iBooks or GoodReader*
eReader or tablet with PDF reader software*

The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2 is delivered via download in ZIP archive format. Because this product includes supplemental files, it is not possible to download the book directly to a tablet. Download the ZIP archive to your computer, and then transfer the book PDF file to your iPad or reader tablet via the sync utility (iPad users can use iTunes).

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I’m not that tough, really!

Don’t try this effect on your mom (click to enlarge).

Part of being a photographer is finding ways to express your creativity. I thought I’d experiment with a “selfy” shot that I did a while back to give it some more character. Ok, those of you who know me are probably saying, “dude, you don’t need any more character.” But I digress. Let’s have a little fun.

The original shot was done using my Nikon D3s and 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR Micro-Nikkor lens (a very good portrait lens). I used a single SB-900 Speedlight off-camera on a stand, controlled by the Nikon SU-800 commander. The out of camera result was this:

I used a single off-camera SB-900 speedlight for the original image.

I brought the image into Photoshop, where my goal was to apply plug-ins effects via layers for complete control. Now it was time to get down and dirty! I duplicated the background layer and I used single-image tone-mapping in Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.

Single-image tone-mapping in HDR Efex Pro 2 creates quite an extreme look.

Yes, this is extreme, but hang on… Continue reading I’m not that tough, really!

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