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Field Report: Caribbean Photo Cruise

A Caribbean Photo Adventure

Well, that was fun!

I’m back from leading a week-long travel photography workshop to the Caribbean aboard Liberty of the Seas. Many thanks to Dancing Moon Travel for organizing a fantastic itinerary for the tour group!

We departed the port of Galveston, Texas and crossed the Gulf of Mexico for two days. At sea, we explored photo opportunities aboard the massive ship, and I offered classes on creative composition, long exposure, and HDR capture techniques. Continue reading Field Report: Caribbean Photo Cruise

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2017 Western Caribbean Photo Cruise & Workshop

Join me onboard Liberty of the Seas January 22-29, 2017 for an all-inclusive photo cruise and travel photography workshop!
Join me onboard Liberty of the Seas January 22-29, 2017 for an all-inclusive photo cruise and travel photography workshop!

7-night Western Caribbean Photo Cruise
January 22-29, 2017

Now this is going to be a blast for anyone looking to pair photography with cruising… I’ve arranged for a 7-night Caribbean cruise aboard Liberty of the Seas, where we will visit Cozumel, Mexico, Belize, and Roatan, Honduras.

We will have privately led photo tours at three major ports of call:

  • Cozumel, Mexico: Includes trip to the Punta Sur Eco Park and the famous lighthouse at Punta Celerain. Opportunities for wildlife and bird photography, and long exposures of the surf and lighthouse
  • Belize: We will have a private excursion into the jungle where we will photograph the Mayan temple and ruins at Lamanai, including the Jaguar, Mask, and High Temples.
  • Roatan, Honduras: We will explore the historical sites of this island, including fishing villages and the surrounding jungle island scenery. We’ll also have the opportunity to photograph the numerous rusting shipwrecks that are famous here, and have a local tour aboard motorized caucus (kind of like canoes).
  • On our days at sea, I’ll be presenting a variety of photo workshops including long exposure, monochrome, HDR and creative travel techniques that you can use on the trip. We’ll also have group parties, image review sessions, and more!
Non-photographer companions are welcome aboard!

There will be a discounted option for non-photographers who do not wish to participate in the photo excursions but want to come along on the cruise for a fabulous vacation to the Caribbean.

Learn more and reserve your cabin here

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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.

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A weekend with the Fujifilm X-T1

SR-71 Blackbird, Museum of Flight
SR-71 Blackbird, Museum of Flight. Fujifilm X-T1 with 14mm f/2.8 lens.

Spring break is upon us, and that often means family vacations. I took my son to Seattle for a short weekend adventure, and I brought the Fujifilm X-T1 and two lenses; the 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 and 14mm f/2.8. Yes, a very small kit. Because I was with my son, I knew I’d be mostly taking snapshots, so I figured this very small kit would do. The first thing I noticed was how easy it was to put everything underneath the seat in front of me on the plane, which was a CR-J regional jet. Continue reading A weekend with the Fujifilm X-T1

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Workflow Thoughts: RAW+JPEG Revisited for Travel Photography

If you’re on vacation and want to travel light, consider capturing RAW+JPEG with your camera to let you play with the JPEGs on a tablet and leave the laptop at home.

A long time ago (as in 2005, when I got my first DSLR), I routinely shot RAW+JPEG when I traveled. The big reason for this was because at the time, most laptop computers were just not capable of rendering RAW previews fast enough to make browsing lots of images feasible. Since then, computers got faster, and software got better, and a RAW-only workflow became a viable option for travel.

Fast forward to today, and I find myself considering circumstances where RAW+JPEG might not be a bad idea when traveling. The proliferation of tablets and smart phones and their on-board editing apps creates a situation where you might consider shooting RAW+JPEG combined. (Continued after the jump) Continue reading Workflow Thoughts: RAW+JPEG Revisited for Travel Photography

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