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New Companion Video for HDR Efex Pro 2.0 Users

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of a high-definition video companion to The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro 2.0 (eBook site)

In this video, you get over two hours (159 minutes, actually) of in-depth training on creating fine-art HDR images with Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2.0. I’ve gone through the entire HDR workflow, starting with image capture and RAW conversion and moving through all the steps you use in HDR Efex Pro 2 to create amazing HDR tone-maps. Continue reading

Ten Simple Tips for Digital Photographers

If you’re going to fly, you’ll need wings and a full tank of fuel.

In today’s digital world, we have unprecedented access to high-quality photographic equipment. Just ten years ago, most photographers had a basic camera, sent their film off for processing, and got back a set of slides or 4×6″ prints to enjoy. Early digital cameras were either too expensive or too limited in quality to really be adopted by the average consumer. Now, you can get a 24 megapixel camera like the Nikon D3200 with a zoom lens for under $700!

Think about that for a second. Today’s digital cameras have enough resolution to rival medium format film cameras of the past. Back then, the only people I ever met who used medium format were studio portrait photographers. A medium format system was completely unrealistic for most photographers; they were harder to use and cost a fortune.

With so many people having access to amazing digital photo technology, there’s a feeling that anyone can be a great photographer because they have a great camera. I see it when I talk to wedding photographers about how their clients don’t want to pay for prints or albums because “uncle Joe” has a DSLR and will shoot their wedding for free. I see it when I browse Google+ or Facebook and see mediocre images posted as “works of art.” Friends, a mediocre 24 megapixel snapshot is still mediocre. You just have more resolution to display your mediocrity. With that, here are five fundamental tips for anyone who has recently picked up a new DSLR (or even an older one) and wants to improve their photography. Continue reading

Excerpts from Mastering Silver Efex Pro 2 (video)

I’ve posted some excerpts from Mastering Silver Efex Pro 2.0, my 2+ hour video companion to The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro 2. You can find the excerpts (and more videos) over at my YouTube feed. Note that these videos are presented at lower resolution than the downloadable version of Mastering Silver Efex Pro 2.0, which is presented in 720p HD format.

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2011 Photo Safaris with Jason P. Odell

Reflections of fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

I’ve recently added some new and exciting photo safaris to my workshop schedule. I’m deliberately keeping the attendance low at these events so that you will get maximal contact time. We’ll not only be photographing some wonderful places, but you’ll have time for personal image review/critique sessions and post-processing instruction. I hope you can join me on one of these exclusive tours this year.

Fine Art Landscapes in Colorado Springs, May 13-15, 2011.

Photograph Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods May 13-15, 2011

This “landscape weekend” will have us photographing Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods park at sunrise. We’ll also learn how to do panoramic photography and HDR. We’ll also cover post-processing techniques for making fine-art images and prints. This class is limited to only six (6) participants, so you’ll get extra instructor attention– perfect for beginners!

South Dakota Badlands Photo Safari, June 9-12, 2011.

Photograph Badlands National Park June 9-12, 2011

On this trip, you’ll photograph some of the most unusual and interesting scenery in the western USA. We’ll be based out of Wall, SD, and we will cover all major digital landscape techniques, including HDR, Panorama, and Black & White. I’ll also be covering several Nik plug-ins, including HDR Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro 2. Limit 10 participants.

Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September 18-22, 2011

Photograph Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park Sept. 28-22, 2011

This class is limited to eight participants, and we’ll be photographing the stunning landscapes and wildlife of Rocky Mountain National Park. We’ll have five days of shooting in amazing alpine locations, including Bear Lake, Moraine Park, and the cabins at the Holzwarth historic site. You’ll have opportunities to master all the necessary field and post-processing technique for producing fine-art landscape images in one of the most amazing places on Earth.

To register for any of my upcoming workshops, please visit my workshop page.

See you in the field!

Lightpainting in Garden of the Gods

After what has seemed like an eternal winter, the weather here in Colorado is finally warming up.  Moreover, we seem to have shaken the 60 mph winds that made photography difficult last week.  I finally got out to attempt a project that I’d been previsualizing for some time; lightpainting the Siamese Twins formation in Garden of the Gods.

I’ve photographed this formation before during the daytime; it’s a popular spot to catch the juxtaposition of the twin rock towers with the summit of Pikes Peak between them.  But I’d never hiked to it at night.

The Siamese Twins, in the classic daytime capture.

Lightpainting is a technique whereby you artificially illuminate your subject with a flashlight or lantern.  This technique enables you to control the exact placement of light in the scene and you can use it to selectively illuminate subjects of interest.  I headed up to the Siamese twins with my gear in a Think Tank “Streetwalker Pro” bag.  I had my D3s, 16-35/4, 24-70/2.8 and a 70-200/2.8 VR II.  I also had my Gitzo tripod and a couple of strong flashlights.  I reached the formation about 20 minutes after sundown and I set up.

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