Two-Part On-Line Class: Transform Your Home Into a Pro Studio

Transform Your Home into a Professional Studio Part 2 is live! It's my latest (and 13th) KelbyOne class.

Before you watch Part 2, see Part 1 - Transform Your Home into a Professional Studio. Start with the basics, then move on to some more advanced techniques.

You'll also find some portrait/people photography tips in my latest book, Creative Visualization for Photographers.

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It's "Hey Rick, What's your f-stop?" Friday #1

"Hey Rick! What's your f-stop?" That's the question I get asked most on my photo workshops. I reply, with a smile, "My friend. What is your creative vision, what is your goal?" Those are the important question - for photographers to ask themselves.

In this blog series I will share with you my goal and camera settings for some of my favorite recent photographs, which will be featured in my next (#37) book, Evolution of an Image (September 2016 publication).

Here goes.

Location: Iceland.

Goal: Convey the beauty of the grounded icebergs – gems of frozen water – framed by the slow and graceful moving surf, and positioned against a background of powerful, crashing waves.

Thought process: Compose a scene that includes the icebergs, the beach, the waves and the sky. Experiment with different slow shutter speeds, from 1/60th second to several seconds, to convey the power and beauty of nature.

Tech info:
Camera: Canon EOS 5Ds
Lens: Canon 24-105mm IS lens.
Filter: Tiffen 0.9 ND filter.
Tripod: Really Right Stuff tripod and Really Right Stuff ball head.

Camera settings: 
• Manual focus – to maintain sharp focus, because the moving waves could change the AF focus point, as well as slow down the auto focus process;
• High frame rate ­­– to capture the subtle differences in the flow and position of the waves;
• ISO 100 – for shooting at long shutter speeds, f/20 – for good depth-of-field, 1/6th second – to blur the movement of the water. EV -0.67 – to prevent highlights from being washed out.

I hope you can participate in one of my photo workshops, where no question is too basic or too simple.
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For more tips, tricks and techniques, see my current best-selling book, Creative Visualization for Photographers. Also check out my KelbyOne on-line classes.

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Gear Recos for My 2016 Mt. Rainer Photo Workshops

Hey All

I'm super excited about my 2016 Mt. Rainier photo workshops. Click here for info:

In preparation for the workshops, I thought I'd put together a gar reco list. Here goes!

Digital SLR or mirrorless camera, extra batteries, extra memory cards and charger. Laptop with charger; Photoshop and/or Lightroom loaded.

Keep in mind that this is a photographing and processing workshop. We'll have time for both, and both are great fun!


17- 40mm lens - to capture wide views.

70-200mm lens - for isolating subjects in a sweeping landscape.

Study tripod - to steady your camera for HDR and low-light photography.

Polarizing filter - to darken a blue sky.

Variable neutral density filter - please make sure you have the right filter diameter! Or better yet, a set of ND filters.

Lens cleaning cloth - to remove dust from the front element of your lens.

Nik's HDR Efex Pro or Photomatix Pro. Info on my Plug-in page.

Backpack-style bag - for trekking up and down hills.

NEOS overshoes, for shooting in water. You probably will not need them, but they are always good to have handy.

Wide-brim hat - to shade your face from the sun. Sunscreen, too.
Head-mounted flashlight - so you can see what you are doing in the dark - before sunrise

See you soon in Mt. Rainer - where we will be up before sunrise and stay out until after the sun sets. We'll carpool to the different locations, so we'll get to know each other a little better, and at the same time save gas.

Please shoot me an email if you have any questions.

Explore the light,

P.S. Check out my latest book for tips on landscape - and many other types - of photography.