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Okay, I know there’s a ton of holiday gear lists out there. But I haven’t found a good one for landscape photographers specifically. So, I recently went through my camera bag/closet/gear and found the stuff I think has been essential for me over the last year for outdoor and landscape photography. If you know a landscape photographer then here’s some ideas. If you are one, then forward this to your family members with a “hint, hint” attached. Most things are pretty reasonably priced too so it won’t break...read more
Happy Black Friday everyone! If you’ve been holding off on getting Lightroom or know some one who has, now’s the time to pull the trigger because you can get it for $109.99. Last week I posted about Adobe’s $9.99 Cloud price, where you get Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 a month. It’s a great deal and if you’re reading this you probably already have Lightroom, so the upgrade ($75) is the cheapest way to go if you’re not going to the Creative Cloud. But some people just want Lightroom. My mom is a great...read more
Over the years I’ve learned to never believe the weather forecast. I looked at my weather app the morning I was getting up to shoot Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe and this what I saw. Clear skies forecasted for sunrise. Now, I would never let that stop me from going out shooting. But it sure does help me reason to myself to sleep in for an extra 15-20 minutes thinking there’s no clouds in the sky to catch any color during twilight/pre-sunrise time. Luckily, it was my first morning on the west coast so my internal clock had me awake and...read more
I’m getting ready to teach my Lightroom seminar today in Sacramento. We have almost 400 photographers signed up so it looks like it’s going to be a great day. I arrived earlier in the week, on Wednesday, and drove up to Lake Tahoe to do some shooting. Whenever I do a seminar, I try to figure out what’s nearby and plan an extra day to go shooting. Since I was already flying across the country, I figured I’d make the most out of it and hit Lake Tahoe, which is only about 2 hours from Sacramento. The Gear I went with an...read more
I’ll admit it, I’ve always said when it comes to landscape photography I rarely ever shoot at any f-stops other than smaller apertures (f/11, f/16). Those smaller apertures help to get more depth of field, from front to back in the photo, so that everything is in focus. But, as it is with just about anything, there’s always exceptions and I thought this photo was a great example. Sometimes it helps to think of landscapes in some of the same ways we think of portraits. Typically with outdoor portraits, there’s a strong...read more
A few weeks ago I recorded a Long Exposure photography class for KelbyTraining.com online. As the class gets closer to the release date, I wanted to write a quick list of my gear for long exposure photos. Camera Body: Doesn’t matter. You don’t need high ISO. You don’t need high frames per second. Just a camera that let’s you control the shutter speed manually (which most DSLRs do). Lens: Mostly wide angle (16-35, 18-35, 24-70) Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-33. You definitely want something sturdy. Your camera will...read more
Earlier this week I got the chance to use the newly announced Sony a7R. It’s Sony’s new 36 megapixel monster mirrorless full-frame camera, and it’s definitely getting it’s share of buzz. In fact, I couldn’t get near it at Sony’s booth at PhotoPlus the other week. Anyway, I got the chance to put it to the test at a Ben Folds concert that Sony hosted the other night, and I thought I’d give you my quick first impression of two of my favorite features. I’m In Love With Focus Peaking Over the last...read more
I just wanted to let you know that my fall photography field guide class is live on Kelby Training. Yeah… I know it’s a few weeks late. All I can say is don’t shoot the messenger Nonetheless, it’s up and hopefully there’s still some fall color left for some of you out there. Not to mention, I think there’s lots of good overall tips for shooting outdoors so make sure you check it out even if you don’t live in a fall-ish place. Here’s a link to the class to see the lessons. Overall, I started out...read more
I’m in New York this week for the annual PDN PhotoPlus Conference and brought my camera along in case I got the chance to shoot. Well, if you didn’t know already, I’m a sucker for a good long exposure scene. For me, anything with a strong (and not moving) foreground and a cool background, along with some moving water, makes a great long exposure photo. Finding a Location After doing some research on 500px.com, I stumbled across a location at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Not really knowing much about it, I hopped on the subway...read more
Hey everyone. I’ll be teaching a class called Photoshop Compositing Secrets at PhotoPlus in New York later this week. It’s on Thursday from 4pm-6pm. And the folks from Photoplus were kind enough to let me give away a free ticket to the class. So, all you have to do is leave a comment and I’ll do a random drawing at the end of the day. If you’re going to the conference, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, and iconic image maker (and super nice guy) Brian Smith, put together a “Best Of” list of classes not...read more