Workshop Report: Joshua Tree Desert Landscapes

Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park, California
Sunrise in Joshua Tree National Park, California

I’m back from a brief weekend workshop photographing landscapes in Joshua Tree National Park. We explored creative compositions and spent some time working through image processing, including the use of Luminosity Masks and Color Efex Pro. In all, everyone came away with some nice images and ideas for improving their photography going forward. I really enjoyed working with the group!

My upcoming field workshops and photo safaris are posted here.

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A Different Kind of Bird (Up the Irons!)

Boeing 747-400 "Ed Force One" on final approach to Denver International Airport, April 12, 2016.
Boeing 747-400 “Ed Force One” on final approach to Denver International Airport, April 12, 2016.

It’s not every day that Iron Maiden comes to town in their custom jet! I had the opportunity to watch the 747-400 “Ed Force One” arrive in Denver yesterday afternoon. For those of you unfamiliar with the jet, it’s piloted by the lead singer of the band, Bruce Dickinson, who’s a licensed commercial pilot.

Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/4 AFS G VRII Nikkor
1/1000s f/5.6 ISO 64 (hand-held)

My recommended gear for photographing aircraft and airshows

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Luminosity Masking Tutorial Now Available

Mastering Luminosity Masks CoverI’m pleased to announce the immediate release of Mastering Luminosity Masks: A Photoshop User’s Guide. This new tutorial is available as a printable PDF eBook and includes my custom Photoshop actions for creating and managing luminosity masks. If you are a Photoshop user, this is the reference you need for learning these powerful enhancement techniques.

Luminosity masking is one of the most powerful image enhancement techniques available today for Adobe Photoshop. Target color, contrast, and tone enhancements directly to specific image tones, with masks that are perfectly feathered every time without using brushes.

Along with the step by step instructions for creating and using luminosity masks, I’ve included my custom set of Photoshop actions that you can use to create 23 different luminosity masks with just a simple mouse click.

Mastering Luminosity Masks is available immediately via electronic delivery from Luminescence of Nature Press.

 

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Just Released! Cooking With Color Efex Pro Video Workshop

Unlock the secrets of Color Efex Pro 4 from the Nik Collection with Jason Odell.
Unlock the secrets of Color Efex Pro 4 from the Nik Collection with Jason Odell.

I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of my latest video workshop, Cooking with Color Efex Pro.

If you missed the live class, here’s your chance to sit down and learn the fundamentals of one of the best photo filter packages out there. I’ll walk you through how to run the plug-in from both Lightroom and Photoshop, and give insights on the best workflows for using this tool from Googles Nik Collection.

Download Cooking with Color Efex Pro here

See all my complete  guides to Nik Collection plug-ins

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Nikon Pulls D500, Cites Lack of Pre-orders

Is the DX format party officially over?
Vaporware… Is the DX format party officially over?

Is DX format finally dead? I pre-ordered the Nikon D500 the day it was announced.  I was informed today by my dealer that all Nikon D500 pre-orders have been cancelled. The long-awaited flagship DX body is apparently no more, after suffering from supply chain delays and production disruptions and what appears to be lack of interest in a body that just didn’t have the ISO performance of the new D5 FX flagship.

This disappoints me… no, make that this MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL! Ever since I had a D300s,  I was absolutely looking forward to using the new D500 at 10fps and ISO 51,200 with my Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E VR lens, which in my estimation would be the best damn wildlife combo out there.

In the meantime, I’ll just muddle through  using my D810 and D750 bodies with crop mode and hope that pre-orders can convince Nikon to re-think their position on the role of DX format in professional photography.

Update: At least one shop is still offering  pre-orders for the Nikon D500 here. Perhaps we still have time to change Nikon’s opinion?

Enjoy your day! 😛

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