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Create Stunning Color, HDR and Monochrome Images

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy discounted pricing on my three complete guides to the Nik Collection plug-ins for Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture. These guides are end to-end user manuals for the three most popular plug-ins: Color Efex Pro 4, HDR Efex Pro 2, and Silver Efex Pro 2. These plug-ins are my go-to tools for enhancing color, contrast, details and creating fine-art HDR and monochrome images.

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Also be sure to check out my newest video workshop, Mastering Monochrome with Silver Efex Pro 2.

Photographing Street Art

Creative tips for photographing urban art

Cars pass in front of a colorful warehouse in Miami, FL
Cars pass in front of a colorful warehouse in Miami, FL

If you live in or near a major urban area, chances are you will come across interesting street art. I’m not talking about random graffiti, I’m talking about serious art, sometimes offered in areas to create a unique urban setting. Whether you’re on a casual photo walk or planning a comprehensive shoot, the colors and textures of urban art can be a really fun subject to photograph.

I always find it a little bit tricky to take photographs of other people’s artwork. At what point does a photograph of art become art itself? For that reason, I like to employ a variety of creative techniques when I’m out shooting street art. Here are some tips for creating unique photographs of urban art: Continue reading Photographing Street Art

Enjoying Life at 50 (Millimeters)

The 50mm lens used to be the standard "kit" lens with many film SLR cameras.
The 50mm lens used to be the standard “kit” lens with many film SLR cameras.

When I got my first SLR camera, it came with a 50mm f/2 prime lens. For many years, this was the only lens I had, and so I used it for just about everything. I photographed people, sports, and stuff around my backyard with that 50mm lens. Nowadays, the 50mm prime is often an afterthought, as zoom lenses dominate photography. If you could add just one lens to your bag for creative fun, you should consider giving the  “nifty fifty” another look. Continue reading Enjoying Life at 50 (Millimeters)

POTD: Dragon Girl

Street art in Denver's RiNo Art District
Street art in Denver’s RiNo Art District

Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph street art in the River North (RiNo) Art District, Denver, Colorado. This image is a composite of two shots that I captured with my Nikon D810 and 24-120mm f/4 AFS G VR zoom Nikkor lens. The first shot was just a standard hand-held still. For the second shot, I set the camera ISO to its lowest value and stopped down to f/22, resulting in a 1/13 second exposure, during which I rotated the camera. I blended the two exposures together in Photoshop layers and finished the composite in Lightroom CC 2015.

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POTD: Spinning into fall

Fall colors in Colorado
Fall colors in Colorado

I wanted to have a little fun so I went out with my Nikon D810 and 50mm f/1.4 AFS G Nikkor lens. For this image, I stopped down all the way to get a shutter speed of 1/15 second. I rotated the camera while dragging the shutter. For a finishing look, I applied a Flypaper Texture (discount code: JASONO).

Learn more about how you can use long exposures to create dynamic images in my complete guide, Stretching Time.

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