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See Denver in a Whole New Light

Join me in Denver, Colorado September 22-25 for a creative photo safari!
Join me in Denver, Colorado September 22-25 for a creative photo safari!

Creative Photo Safari: Mile High Cityscapes

September 22-25
Denver, Colorado, USA

Join me to explore the artistic side of Denver as we photograph the art and architecture of Colorado’s capitol. You’ll learn creative composition, texture blending, and post-processing techniques while exploring the photogenic downtown Denver area.

RSVP Deadline: August 22nd, 2016

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POTD: Approaching Storm

Approaching storm at the Cape Florida Lighthouse, Bill Baggs State Park, FL
Approaching storm at the Cape Florida Lighthouse, Bill Baggs State Park, FL (Click to enlarge)

Last week we took the workshop group to Key Biscayne, Florida to photograph the Cape Florida lighthouse. We had about 20 minutes to work with before a nasty thunderstorm rolled in.

Tech Specs

Nikon D810 with 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 AFS G VR zoom Nikkor lens
1/100s f/11 ISO 64

Processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop using Silver Efex Pro 2 and Color Efex Pro 4.

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Kauai Daybreak

Sunrise on Kauai, Hawaii.
Sunrise on Kauai, Hawaii (click to enlarge).

I recently returned from a family vacation. Although I mostly took snapshots, I did bring my Gitzo 1-series tripod for the occasional sunrise photo. Here’s the eastern shore of Kauai at sunrise, captured with my Fujifilm X-T1 and 10-24mm f/4 OIS Fujinon lens. The combination of the 18-135mm and 10-24mm lenses made for a great travel kit. Most of the time I shot with the 18-135mm, but in this instance I used the wider zoom to get the great perspective of the sky and ocean. Because I had my tripod, I was able to stop down to f/11 and get a 1/30s exposure, causing the motion blur in the waves. I really like the way the water blurs just enough to give this image a dynamic feeling.

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Traveling with Lightroom: Moving images between two computers

When I’m on the road scouting locations or leading workshops, I use my MacBook Pro as my field computer. I store my images on a portable USB 3 hard drive and I use Lightroom on my laptop to manage, keyword, and process images.

The challenge with this approach is that Lightroom by its very nature is a single-user application. Unless you store your Lightroom catalog file on a portable drive, it means that you’re going to have to set up two catalogs: one on your main computer and one on your laptop. Keywords and adjustments are not stored in your images unless you use DNG files, so simply copying the images from the laptop to your desktop computer won’t preserve all your Lightroom adjustments. Continue reading Traveling with Lightroom: Moving images between two computers

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New Workshop Series: Digital Underground

Odell_20130110_3676_HDR-Edit-2I’m pleased to announce that I’ve teamed up with Deborah Sandidge to develop a series of urban-oriented creative photography workshops that we’re calling “Digital Underground.” In these workshops, we’ll explore interesting locations with an emphasis on creative techniques and twilight/evening shooting. We’ll take a fresh approach to popular locations using long exposures, HDR, monochrome, infrared, and other creative digital techniques. We will also explore each location to include both popular and lesser-known shooting spots.

The best part of these workshops is that we’re deliberately keeping them small; ten photographers is the limit. That means you’ll get lots of personal attention from both myself and Deborah in the field, and we’ll be personally reviewing each photographer’s images during and after the workshop.

To kick off our 2014 series, we’ve chosen a really dynamic location: fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada! We’ve created a tremendous itinerary exploring not only the lights of the Las Vegas strip, but also some other cool locations like a ghost town and a private night photography session at the Neon Museum Boneyard.

Join Jason Odell and Deborah Sandidge for Digital Underground: Las Vegas
April 10-13, 2014

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