I'm so excited to announce this very special, all-inclusive fall workshop. I'll be taking a group of eight photographers to one of the world's truly great cultural celebrations in one of my favorite locations.
I've had a ton of people ask me how much climbing, packing and hiking will be required in the August Mount Rainier Workshop, so I cut this short video to dispel any such concerns. Mount Rainier National Park has incredible lake, forest, steam, and ridge-top vistas all accessible from a beautiful network of roads all around the mountain. We'll explore them in comfort with optional hiking for those who desire it. A full moon sets just after sunrise during the workshop and the wildflowers should still be blooming in the high country. August is a great month to explore this amazing national park. I hope you'll join me for the adventure.
In this video I talk about how handy continuous output LED panel lights are for both still photography and video. Below are links to the Genaray and Dracast light kits I showcase. Both of which are one sale at B&H Photo...
Genaray daylight 3-light kit (on sale for $525)
Dracast daylight 3-light kit (on sale for $537)
I've been passionate about creating ultra-high resolution panoramas since the film days and I'm excited to share some of the techniques and insights I've discovered along the way. In this book I showcase how to create wider-angle, higher resolution images with the tools you already have. If you've dabbled in panoramic capture, or if you're just curious about it, this book will help.
I want to give a huge shout out to my friend Rick LePage at Complete Digital Photography for helping to make this project something I'm really proud of. For those of you itching to tackle advanced panoramic captures like multi-row, moving subjects, HDR and more: That book is coming soon.
May 4-6, 2018
I'm excited to announce this 3-day May workshop on Oregon's wild southern coast. In this small, 10-person photo adventure we'll split time between the classroom and field honing your photographic skills and creative vision through training, shooting, editing and critiques.
Bandon is one of my favorite coastal locations. It's a really fun town with easy access to lighthouses, wildlife, amazing beaches and incredible sea stacks and rock formations. We'll base ourselves in a classroom location right at some of my favorite sea stacks and head out to other locations with a big Mercedes Sprinter van. It's going to be a blast, and I hope you'll consider joining us.
April 13-17, 2018
I'm pleased to announce this spring workshop in Charleston, South Carolina. This spectacular city's unique blend of history, architecture, food, and wetland wildlife make it the perfect destination for a 5-day workshop. We'll join my good friend and longtime local Charleston photographer and musician David Archer to explore this epic location while boosting your photographic skills both behind the camera and and in post-production. From our classroom in the historic heart of Charleston we'll branch out to swamps, plantations and even a charter boat trip to Bull Island. Space is limited to 10 participants. It's going to be a blast, and I hope you'll consider joining us.
I've had a lot of questions from Photographers (and photographer's family members) about what would make a good holiday stocking stuffer. Here's a fun list of books, gear and training materials that will make any photographer on your list happy this holiday season.Read More
I just returned home from Moab to see my good friends at ON1 have released Photo Raw 2018 and they're offering a 30-day free trial. I've been using the 2018 Beta for a while and loving it. Here's what's new and exciting about the software.
- HDR processing: that is easy, intuitive and capable of generating a really natural looking linear HDR file.
- Versions: The software has tremendous power to process and finish edit your RAW files, now you can edit each file multiple ways without creating extra physical files.
- Noise Reduction Brushing: The ability to paint noise reduction into problematic shadows with precision masking on raw files is really exciting and a huge time saver from my old workflow.
- Panoramic Mergers: You can select your panorama files and merge them right from Browse with a few simple clicks.
- Masking Enhancements: My favorite thing about Photo RAW 2017 was the ability to do precision masking non-destructively on my raw files. Photo RAW 2018 takes that to another level with simple sliders for the density and feather of those masks along with improved luminosity masking controls.
- Speed and Stability: Overall things just seem faster and more stable. I can honestly say I haven't had a crash using Photo RAW 2018 even in it's Beta forms.
If you, or someone you know is looking for an intuitive, powerful, full-function photo editing and organizing platform, then you should download the 30-day trial and take it for a spin.
I can't wait for this weekend's workshop to kick off Friday. The place is special. Silver Falls State Park in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is known as the crown jewell of our state park system. I grew up hiking and swimming in it’s lush canyons and it remains one of my favorite places to photograph to this day. At 9,200 acres it’s Oregon’s largest state park and it’s trail of 10 waterfalls is surely one of the most beautiful hikes in our very scenic state.
Silver Falls is nestled into the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade mountains just east of the picturesque town of Silverton. The famous rolling farmland and vineyards of the Willamette Valley spread out from Silverton to the west. Inside the park multiple road access points intersect the 7-mile Trail of Ten Falls which winds through Silver Creek’s densely forested, rocky canyons and even traverses through caverns behind some of the larger waterfalls on the route.
We finally have some much needed rains falling right now to recharge the waterfalls and help the firefighters up north in the Gorge, but the forecast is for sun and partly cloudy skies this weekend. The group of students coming is a blend of new and old friends that I can't wait to back photographing with. There are two spots remaining. If you have the time and would like to join. Feel free to email me for more information.