Above: Mail car, South East Railway Museum. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. This is an HDR image. For HDR, I recommend Photoimatix. Click here to get a discount on Photomatix.
Registration is open for my fall 2015 Canon EOS Destination Workshop: Capturing the Classics: Old Cars and Antique Trains. I can't wait to return to our two awesome locations: Old Car City and the South East Railway Museum - which are nearby to Atlanta, GA.
I'll be teaching: composition, lighting, HDR - and how to use reflectors, diffusers and a speedlite when photographing a model. My friends from Canon will be there with the latest gear to photograph some of the oldest cars in the country. We'll also have plenty of time to process our images. And, you'll even get to make a print or two on Canon printers.
Above: Lounge car, South East Railway Museum. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 15mm lens.
HDR image created in Nik HDR Efex Pro. For now, here's a look at some of my favorite photographs from my previous trip to Old Car City and the South East Railway Museum.
Above: Old Car City. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens.
I removed some of the reality from my images in this post either by using a fish-eye lens, by altering the true color of a scene, by applying a plug-in, by shooting HDR, by selectively blurring parts of an image - or by using a combination of all these techniques.
I can show you how to apply digital enhancements during the workshop. Of course, I'll show you how to get awesome straight shots, too.
About removing some of the reality from a scene: When we remove some of the reality from a photograph, the photograph can - but not always - look more artistic.
Photoshop, Lightroom and plug-ins make creating artistic images relatively easy - if you have a creative vision.
Speaking of creative vision, check out my new book, Creative Visualization for Photographers.
And speaking of plug-ins, I'll be teaching plug-ins at Photoshop World this August in Las Vegas. All my seminars are listed here.
Above: Old Car City. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm lens.
Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements. On my workshops I stress light and composition, the topics of my two latest classes on Kelby Training. The picture above of our model Hanna illustrates the benefits of shooting on an overcast day, when contrast is low. It also illustrates creative composition: shooting at an angle creates a sense of depth in an image, the Bel Air insignia adds a sense of place to the image, and shooting at eye level helps the viewer of the photograph relate to the subject.
Above: Old Car City. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.
Another element of photography we talk about on my workshops is the importance of cropping. In the above photograph, the extremely tight crop (I know it's extreme) emphasizes the fins and tail lights of this cool Caddy.
Above: South East Railway Museum. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro.
Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.Yes, the railway cars and old automobiles were awesome subjects. But hey, I especially enjoy photographing people on location. That is why I was so glad we had a great model. Thank you Hanna for doing such a wonderful job.
As you can see by reading the captions in this post, I did not use a ton of gear on this shoot: one Canon 5D Mark III camera body, three Canon lenses and a travel tripod. As usual, I like to keep it simple, and I recommend keeping it simple when you shoot.
All my gear is listed on My Gear page - where you can find great prices on cameras and lenses.
When it comes to plug-ins, they can help you awaken the artist within. Check out the ones I use on my Save on Plug-ins page.
I hope to see you at Old Car City and at the Southeast Railway Museum - where we not only make good pictures, but where we also have a ton of fun.
If you can't make that workshop, all my workshops are listed here.
Explore the light,