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Focal Length is not just a Zoom Change!

July 14, 2010

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Focal Length is not just a Zoom Change!

Not all that long ago in photography, everyone shot with single focal length lenses and not zooms. Zooms have not been around all that long in photography, plus at first, they really were awful in quality. Today, none of that is true anymore. Zooms have outstanding quality and they have become ubiquitous in photography. Every […]

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A Light Mantra

July 5, 2010

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A Light Mantra

I think one of the challenges that all photographers face is how to separate the subject from the photograph. A photograph can only be a representation, an interpretation of a subject. If we focus too much on the subject, we can miss the photograph. This is especially common with landscape photography. I once had someone […]

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Two Worlds in HDR: Day 5 – Getting Ready for International HDR Day

June 24, 2010

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Two Worlds in HDR: Day 5 – Getting Ready for International HDR Day

It’s Day 5 of Two Worlds in HDR . . . leading up to International HDR Day, on June 26th. Click here for more information (prizes, etc.) on International HDR Day. Trey Ratcliff’s tip for today’s image: Reflections of Fitz Roy – The light and texture of mountains and sky are sometimes more easily realized […]

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Two Worlds in HDR: Day 4 Getting Ready for International HDR Day

June 23, 2010

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Two Worlds in HDR: Day 4 Getting Ready for International HDR Day

It’s Day 4 of Two Worlds in HDR . . . leading up to International HDR Day, on June 26th. Click here for more information on International HDR Day. Trey Ratcliff’s tip for today’s image: The Bamboo Forest – Magical places sometimes require magical techniques to capture. Rick Sammon’s tip for today’s image: After creating […]

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Cool Workshop in Hot ‘lanta!

June 21, 2010

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Cool Workshop in Hot ‘lanta!

Hot ‘lanta – a.k.a. Atlanta, GA – here we come! DPE’s Rob Knight and I are running a totally cool workshop in Hot ‘lanta in August. Click here for details. We have some cool door prizes. With such a small group, you have a good chance to win! 1 copy of Nik Software’s Color Efex […]

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Grand Tetons Landscape, HDR Stitched Panorama

June 18, 2010

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Grand Tetons Landscape, HDR Stitched Panorama

I am not much of a landscape photographer, I tend to concentrate more on wildlife, but sometimes the landscape is so majestic, as it is in the Grand Tetons, that it is hard to make a bad image. I made this image (MAKE SURE to click on it to enlarge it) last week during my […]

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A No-Cost Dramatic Effect

June 16, 2010

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A No-Cost Dramatic Effect

A very simple effect — the “starburst” around a bright light. This has been around so long that I sometimes forget that everyone does not know it. It is a great addition to images with bright lights in them. You may have seen this effect with rays of light coming out of the sun or […]

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Rick’s Southwest Photo Caravan: Day 5

June 3, 2010

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Rick’s Southwest Photo Caravan: Day 5

We arrived at Bryce Canyon, Utah late yesterday afternoon. We shot for a while and then hit the sack early – because we got up at 4:30 AM today to catch the sunrise. Getting up early paid off! Today’s tip: Shoot HDR when shooting into the sun. For the top shot, my exposures were: EV0, […]

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Rick’s Southwest Caravan: Day 2

June 1, 2010

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Rick’s Southwest Caravan: Day 2

I think there were 87 people in this scene when I took a series of three images for my HDR image of Double Arch in Arches National Park, Utah. Photomatix did a great job “crunching” the images. And . . . Photoshop CS5 ‘s Content Aware Fill did an amazing job removing the people, most […]

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Rick’s Southwest Caravan: Tomorrow We Start!

May 30, 2010

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Rick’s Southwest Caravan: Tomorrow We Start!

My Southwest Caravan officially starts tonight in Moab, UT with a welcome dinner. Each day I’ll try to post a shot and a tip. On the trip from Zion to Arches, we stopped along the road that runs through Zion. Here’s a shot I took (Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40mm lens) at Checkerboard Mesa, […]

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