The Beauty of the Badlands (Webinar)

I first set foot in the South Dakota Badlands in 2005, when I went there on a Nikonians photo safari. My intent at the time was to capture dramatic landscape photographs. In 2011, I returned to this enlightening place as a full-time professional photographer

Part of growing as a photographer is seeing your subjects in new ways. In this presentation I show how focusing on specific elements like light, color and textures, and using creative techniques like infrared and HDR enable me to capture the beauty of this majestic landscape in new ways every year.

If you have ever wanted to step into an alien world and discover diverse photographic opportunities for landscapes and abstract photography, then join me and Deborah Sandidge in the South Dakota Badlands.

New Video Tutorial: Infrared Processing with Lightroom & Photoshop

Digital Image Processing with Lightroom & PhotoshopI’m pleased to announce the immediate release of my latest training video tutorial, Digital Infrared Processing with Lightroom and Photoshop.

This three-part, high-definition QuickTime video set teaches you the fundamental approaches to working with raw infrared image files in Lightroom/ACR and includes a printable PDF notes companion.

Topics include:

  • Setting white balance in Lightroom/ACR
  • Processing color and monochrome infrared images in Lightroom
  • Removing hotspots in Lightroom and with Viveza 2
  • Processing color and monochrome infrared images in Photoshop and plug-ins
  • Blue-sky effect (channel-swapping)
  • Color tinting
  • Color Efex Pro 4 effects
  • Texture blending

Digital Infrared Image Processing with Lightroom and Photoshop is available exclusively from Luminescence of Nature Press.

Let’s Talk Bird Photography!

Bird photography is probably one of the most challenging activities for a nature photographer to tackle. I started out like most people, trying to take a photo of a bird in a tree with a short (200mm) telephoto lens. When I look at my old photos, I sometimes have to squint to see the bird in them! Now I’m very happy with my bird photography, and as you’ll see it takes skill, patience, and a little bit of luck to really get a dynamic bird photo. I recently presented a live online webinar on bird photography, during which I shared some of my favorite photos and shared camera settings and tips on gear and processing. If you have some free time, I hope you can check it out.

See my upcoming bird photography workshops here.

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.

Photo of the day: Key Biscayne

Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL
Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, FL (click to enlarge)

I grew up in South Florida, so I have a special attachment to the places I remember visiting when I was young. I really enjoy going back now that I’m older and approaching some of these places with a creative eye.

This image is a 164-second exposure that I captured using a Nikon D810, 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom Nikkor lens, and 15 stops of Singh-Ray Mor-Slo ND filter. The 15-stops of filtration allowed me to shoot at f/8 for maximum sharpness and still get nearly a three-minute long exposure.

To bring out the textures in the clouds, I used Intensify Pro from Macphun software. I also applied the Sunlight and Dynamic Contrast filters in Color Efex Pro 4. Final adjustments to contrast and sharpness were made in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Join me and Deborah Sandidge in Miami Beach October 12-16 for a 4-day creative photography tour!

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