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.
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.
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
Choosing an infrared conversion filter type
Setting White Balance in Lightroom/ACR via a custom camera calibration
RAW adjustments in Lightroom/ACR
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.
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.