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Hal Schmitt - who has written 8 posts on The Digital Photo Experience.

Hal "Bull" Schmitt is a former FA-18 pilot and two-time TOPGUN (Navy Fighter Weapons School) instructor. He is the Director and Lead Instructor of Light Photographic Workshops. Hal's courses and photo tours are recognized worldwide as the "Best of the Best." Follow Hal and Light at

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The Ultimate Pano / Gimbal Head (great for video too!)

September 16, 2010


The ultimate panorama and gimbal head is shipping very soon. The PG-02 from Really Right Stuff is awesome. I had the opportunity to test the PG-02 prototype during my yacht-based photo tour to Alaska this past spring. As many of you know I do not beat around the bush with most of my opinions and […]

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Creating a Time Lapse Movie

July 21, 2010


A great tool to have in your kit for creative or documentary purposes is time lapse. Time lapse photography is essentially capturing multiple images over a relatively long period of time and then playing them back over a relatively short period. Whether shooting a sunset, a boat trip, a soccer game, or a dessicating piece […]

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Lightroom Week: Sharpening Saturday

April 3, 2010


Welcome to Sharpening Saturday! Follow along as I describe Lightroom’s sharpening features and functionality. We will build a solid workflow to execute an effective and efficient input sharpening workflow. Hope to meet all of you at the California Photo Festival later this year! Check out the DPE gang who will be attending Fiat Lux! […]

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Expanded Depth of Field

March 24, 2010

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Depth of field (DOF,) or the area of your image acceptably in focus, is a great tool for photographers. Through our selection of aperture, focal length, and focal distance (this is a very complicated subject so we will limit to these three variables) we can control the DOF for all of our images. knowing the […]

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Essential Camera Support – The L-Plate

February 16, 2010


I wanted to take a quick post and describe a piece of camera support gear worth it’s weight in gold but often overlooked by most photographers. Regardless of subject, a stable shooting platform will give you the ultimate in sharpness as well as other tremendous benefits. Most discussions center around the need for a stable […]

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Lessons from a Fighter Pilot That Make You a Better Photographer!

February 3, 2010


Can a fighter pilot’s experience help you to be a better photographer? I had a student ask me that recently, and at first I wasn’t sure how to answer. You see I used to work as an FA-18E Super Hornet pilot and two-time TOPGUN instructor. Now I teach photography and digital imaging at Light Photographic […]

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Stitching Together Your Panoramas using Lightroom and Bridge/Photoshop

January 19, 2010


Stitching of panoramas can be a tricky and confusing, but it does not have to be. You may have seen my previous post titled, Basic Stitched Panorama Guidelines which outlined the steps needed to capture images ready for stitching. In this screencast I show you, step by step how to stitch those images together using […]

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Basic Stitched Panorama Guidelines

December 31, 2009


The stitched panorama is an excellent tool to have at your disposal for several reasons. Whether you need to boost megapixels or capture a scene beyond your lens’ field of view the following guidelines will help you build a solid workflow. Camera Setup Constant White Balance You may use AWB but before the components are […]

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