Florida Photo Caravan 12th Shoot: South Beach

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We're still in South Beach - making pictures after sunset.

The idea here was to use a wide-angle lens to get the entire scene in focus, and to choose an aperture of f/22 to create the starburst effect on points of light.

Choosing a low shooting angle added to the impact of this photograph.

I used my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 17mm lens for this shot. To see all my gear, click here.

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I hope to see you on a future workshop.

Explore the light,
Rick

Florida Photo Caravan 11th Shoot: South Beach Sunrise

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This morning I helped the workshop participants makes pictures. I used a hose from the Avalon hotel to wet down the street to create some nice reflections. I also suggested using Topaz Adjust/ Spicify to make the images pop.

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Above is my original image.

For info on Topaz, check out my plug-ins page. Save a bundle on a Topaz Bundle while you are there.

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Speaking of Topaz Ajdust, I also suggested using some of the effects on some of our sunrise shots. Above I used the Venice Painting effect.

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Above: Exposure Correction effect.

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Above: original lack-luster image.

I hope to see you on one of my workshops... maybe in Florida in 2013.

Explore the light,
Rick






Death Valley Photography Workshop: Feb 23- 26, 2012


Photograph © Randy Van Duinen
If you like landscape, travel and HDR photography, my Death Valley Workshop is for you!

I'll be teaching with Randy Van Duinen and Jeff Leimbach – the guys who head up The Digital Photo Workshops - in one of the harshest places on earth . . .  which is also an incredible location for photography.

If you have been to Photoshop World, you know Randy and Jeff. And if you have been to PSW, you are probably a NAPP member - so you get $100 off the cost of the workshop.

What's more, all workshop participants will get onOne's Perfect Effects 3 for free! That's a $99 value.
Photograph © Randy Van Duinen
Randy, Jeff and I will be there to help you get great landscape photographs. We'll also help you improve your HDR, Photoshop and Lightroom skills. What could be more fun!

Speaking of HDR, I will be using Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro. If you don't have this cool plug-in, you can get a 15 discount on the Nik web site by using this code: RSAMMON.
Photographs © Randy Van Duinen
Click here for more info on the workshop. If you join the workshop, I recommend these two filters.

For now, here are my top landscape photography tips:
1) Try to get the entire scene in focus. Use a wide-angle lens, small aperture and focus 1/3 into the scene.
2) Use a polarizing filter to darken the sky and brighten white clouds.
3) Use a tripod. It will slow you down.
4) Keep the horizon line level.
5) Shoot from low angles - as Randy did in the first two shots here.
6) Remember that shadows add a sense of depth and dimension to your photographs.
7) Use a lens hood or shade your lens - watch for lens flare, which can ruin a picture.
8) Don't place the horizon line in the center of the frame.

We hope to see you in the desert!
Explore the light,
Rick


Florida Photo Caravan 10th Shoot: South Beach

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Last night's South Beach shoot started with the focus on nighttime photography.

I encouraged the students to work with reflections, as illustrated above.

Tips:
– The best time for nighttime photography is actually not at night, but at dusk, when lights come on and when there is still a bit of light in the sky.
– Use a sturdy tripod and a ball head for maximum flexibility.
– Go wide when it comes to lenses. (See all my gear here.)
– Use a low ISO to minimum noise.
– To streak tail lights, experiment with different slow shutter speeds, maybe between 5 and 20 seconds.
– Watch for noise and reduce it in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.
– Watch out for cars! Safety first.

Explore the light,
Rick

Florida Photo Caravan 7th Shoot: Model at the Colony

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Today was our first model shoot - at the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach.

We had a blast photographing or model and then processing our HDR images and straight image – and applying plug-ins for added creative effects. (We will be doing similar shoots on my Digital Delray Days  next week.)

Above: Nik HDR Efex Pro and Polaroid Transfer in Nik Color Efex Pro.
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Above: Film Noir filter in Nik's Silver Efex Pro.

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Above: Black and white conversion in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

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Above: Dynamic Skin Softener in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

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Above: Duplex filter in Nik's Color Efex Pro.

Click here to save a few bucks on the plug-ins I use.

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Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. If you want to learn more about lighting, check out my workshop in a couple of weeks in Oldsmar, FL.