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Night Sky Workshop in Moab August 28-31

Join me in Utah August 28-31st for a night sky photo workshop
Join me in Utah August 28-31st for a night sky photo workshop

Join me in Moab, UT for a 3-day night sky photography workshop! The rock formations and dark skies of eastern Utah are perfect for photographing star trails and the Milky Way. This is a small group experience (max: 6) and includes both field and classroom instruction. RSVP by July 29th to ensure your spot on this trip!

Sign up here: Night Sky Photography Workshop Moab

Interested in night photography? Check out The Night Sky Photography Handbook, a printable guide to creative night photography techniques.

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Opening for Colorado Wildflower Workshop

Colorado wildflower & macro workshop July 20-23, 2016

Due to a cancellation, I now have an open seat for my Colorado Wildflower & Macro Workshop, July 20-23, 2016 in Crested Butte, Colorado. Summer wildflowers are always a wonderful subject here in Colorado; I hope you can join me!

Update 10 May: The workshop is currently full. Contact me to be added to the waiting list.

Register here via 

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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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Google Makes Nik Collection Free

Today, Google announced that it is offering the complete set of Nik Software plug-ins for free. That’s right, the suite that used to cost over $400 is now freeware. That’s excellent news for anyone looking to get these professional image editing tools (and maybe not so excellent news for those of us who purchased them for full price). However, as stated in their announcement, Google will offer anyone who purchased the Nik Collection in 2016 a full refund:

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

Nevertheless, Google continues to support this software, and I still think that it’s the best out there for certain applications. I use Color Efex Pro 4 all the time, and Silver Efex Pro 2 is still one of the best monochrome editors around. Viveza is incredibly useful if you are into digital infrared photography. All the Nik plug-ins feature Control Points for making local adjustments.

The Nik Collection Includes:
  • Analog Efex Pro (Film effects)
  • Color Efex Pro (Color and monochrome effects)
  • Silver Efex Pro (monochrome conversion)
  • HDR Efex Pro (HDR tone-mapping)
  • Viveza (color & contrast adjustments)
  • Sharpener Pro
  • Dfine (Noise reduction)

Visit this page to download the Nik Collection by Google

Master the Nik Collection Plug-ins: 25% off through March 31st
Download my complete guides to Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, and HDR Efex Pro here.
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“Beauty in Ruins” Photo Contest

"Beauty in Ruins" Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.
“Beauty in Ruins”
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA.

I’m honored to have been selected as the judge for View Bug’s May/June photo contest! The theme is “Beauty in Ruins.” and is open to shots of old buildings, ruin, and other forms of urban decay.

You can get the full details and enter your images here; there are lots of great prizes for the winners. I look forward to seeing your shots!

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