Lights, Cameras, Action . . . Seminars, Workshops, Demos: Florida Here I Come!

Just added to this post: Write a caption for this photograph. Suggested by Josh on facebook. My caption: Look! There is a photographer who is not using a Canon camera!) Post your comment here so all can see.

I'm looking forward to my March 2011 seminars and workshops in Florida. Always great fun!

Here is what's on the schedule. I hope you can join the photo fun - and photo learning!

Saturday, March 26

Sunday, March 27

Monday, March 28
(Before/After Photoshop and HDR Live Demo. Example Below.)

Tuesday, March 29
Please don't call my cell phone. Taking a break :-)

Photoshop World Schedule

Wednesday, March 30, 6:15 PM

Thursday, March 31, 1:15 PM

Friday, April 1, 2:15 PM

Also: Juan Pons and I will be recording stuff for our DPE Podcast. Stop us anywhere (except the men's room) and ask us questions for the podcast.

For the Tampa workshop, you'll need:
• Camera, wide-angle and telephoto zoom lenses, tripod and flash. If you have a reflector/diffuser kit, bring that, too.
• Back at your home, I suggest your process your HDR pictures in HDR Efex Pro or Photomatix Pro. Info here.

I hope to see you in the "Sunshine State."

Explore the Light,

P.S. Click the tabs on the top of this page for info on my workshops and seminars in the US and around the world.

Making Pictures at PhotoFest Japan 2010

Yesterday's PhotoFest Japan events were focused on making pictures - as opposed to simply taking pictures. We walked through the streets of Tokyo and set up people pictures against cool backgrounds - illustrating the point that the background can make or break a picture.

Above is a shot I took of the coolest dude we found – right within the ranks of our workshop participants. Bob graciously posed for us (I guess after a workout), helping us make a picture.

We could have taken the shot straight on, but the photograph would have looked flat. Rather, we shot from an angle to create a sense-of-depth in the image.

For the above image, my favorite shot from the shoot, I set my Canon 24-105mm IS lens (on my Canon 5D Mark II) at 24mm. I shot at f/7 and focused 1/3 into the scene to get everything in the scene in focus. To spice up the image, I added a touch of Topaz Adjust (Spicify effect).

Below is another image from the day's shoot that illustrates the same basic shooting and processing technique.

Below is a behind-the-scenes look at one of our shoots. Juan is assisting with a reflector; Hal is off camera leading another group. The guy in the red shirt is Scott Hards - the dude who heads up PhotoFest Japan.

Below is my shot from the above shoot - with Spicifi added. Although I did not shoot at an angle, this picture has a sense of depth because the steps lead off into the background.

Explore the light – and try to create a sense of depth in your images.

P.S. For info on Topaz adjust, as well as other plug-ins, and discounts on some plug-ins, click here.