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In preparation for my Alaska Adventure digital photo workshop, listed on my 2014 Workshops page,
I'm designation this week on my blog as Alaska Photo Workshop Week.
Each day I will post a few images, taken on my previous Alaska adventures,
along with some tips.
Hal Schmitt, my friend and lead
instructor at Light Photographic Workshops, and I are co-leading this
adventure. We will help you make and process wonderful images in Lightroom and Photoshop - and have
a ton of fun.
Day 4: Set Goals
I am big on setting goals, which is something I talk about in my recent interview on Kelby Training. When you set a goal, you'll have a greater chance of making meaningful images.
For example, my goal one morning on a past Alaskan Adventure with Hal was to get a full-frame shot of a bald eagle complete with its reflection in the water. Setting that goal, I only framed my shots in a relatively small, very calm section of the bay in which the boat was anchored. Shooting in one section of the bay reduced the number of variables, mainly differences in light, exposure, rippled/calm water and the background. Once the correct exposure was set, all I had to do was point, focus and shoot . . . in that small area.
While the bald eagles that I were photographing were landing in that section of the bay, many other bald eagles were flying around the boat. There were flying against different backgrounds, in different light and at different distances. Sure, I missed a few shots, but I did achieve my goal.