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Gear Review: Mindshift FirstLight Photo Backpack

Photo Backpacks Designed for the Outdoors

The MindShift Gear FirstLight photo backpacks are designed for hiking and outdoor use.
The MindShift Gear FirstLight photo backpacks are designed for hiking and outdoor use.

I recently received an evaluation copy of a new series of photo backpack from MindShift Gear. MindShift Gear is a sister company to ThinkTank Photo, whose bags I have been using for years.

The FirstLight series of backpacks come in three sizes: 20L, 30L, and 40L. The number indicates the bag capacity in liters. I was able to get a production copy of the FirstLight 40L to evaluate. Continue reading Gear Review: Mindshift FirstLight Photo Backpack

Creative Techniques for the Traveling Photographer

When we hit the road, photographers are often faced with less than ideal conditions for photography. Often times, we can’t be at a location at the perfect time of day, or with the perfect weather and light. However, the well-prepared photographer knows how to work within the confines of the conditions at hand, and has a virtual camera bag that helps them deal with a variety of lighting conditions. In this presentation, I discuss how I’ve learned to adapt to a variety of conditions in the field and still come away with creative photographs by using both in-camera and post-processing techniques.

New Video Tutorial: Infrared Processing with Lightroom & Photoshop

Digital Image Processing with Lightroom & PhotoshopI’m pleased to announce the immediate release of my latest training video tutorial, Digital Infrared Processing with Lightroom and Photoshop.

This three-part, high-definition QuickTime video set teaches you the fundamental approaches to working with raw infrared image files in Lightroom/ACR and includes a printable PDF notes companion.

Topics include:

  • Setting white balance in Lightroom/ACR
  • Processing color and monochrome infrared images in Lightroom
  • Removing hotspots in Lightroom and with Viveza 2
  • Processing color and monochrome infrared images in Photoshop and plug-ins
  • Blue-sky effect (channel-swapping)
  • Color tinting
  • Color Efex Pro 4 effects
  • Texture blending

Digital Infrared Image Processing with Lightroom and Photoshop is available exclusively from Luminescence of Nature Press.

Let’s Talk Bird Photography!

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.

See my upcoming bird photography workshops here.