I just wrapped up leading a workshop to photograph a candlelit festival in Mexico. We went light and handheld relying on the incredible high ISO performance of our modern digital sensors with fast prime lenses. In this video I'll pass along some of the lessons we learned while taking you on a tour of Michoacan and it's Dia de Muertos festival. It was a blast.
When this episode goes live, I'll be teaching a workshop in Michoacan Mexico for Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). One of my favorite celebrations in one of my favorite places. Choosing what gear to pack for a big trip like this -- it's one of the hardest things we photographers have to do. Here I'll show you what I'm taking with me on a trip that combines handheld, low-light street photography with landscape and travel. All the gear I showcase is linked below.
Lets talk about noise reduction and sharpening. I've had a lot of questions about when to sharpen images as well as how to sharpen and do noise reduction both in Adobe's Lightroom and ON1's Photo RAW. In this video I'll talk about when sharpening makes a difference and show you my workflow in both Lightroom and ON1's brand new Photo RAW 2019 which I'm beta testing for them.
Eventually it happens to everyone, You get back from a shoot and find your images are littered with sensor dust. As an photographer of kiteboarding, mountaineering and desert adventures I have to constantly check and clean my sensor. With mirrorless cameras and their exposed sensors, the problem is even worse. In this video I'll show you how to clean your sensor and then take a question about slotted filters vs round filters.
If you follow me, then you know I think fluid heads are much better than ball heads for both stills and video. I'm frequently asked whether there is a lighter and/or more affordable fluid head solution. Well — I've found this Benro system that is both. At $350 for the carbon legs, leveling base and head, it's a screaming deal. At 5 pounds, it's surprisingly light for a solid fluid head that goes to eye level without raising the center column. At the end I cover a question about using step up adaptor rings with filters.
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Sometimes it's impossible to get a single sharp image from the foreground to the background even stopped down to a narrow aperture with a wide angle. That's where focus blending (or stacking) comes in. What is focus blending and how does focus breathing complicate using this technique? Watch and I'll demystify that and show how I overcome focus breathing in the process.
It's fall and the colors are changing here in Portland. I'll work through a focus blended fall color image to show how this technique works while answering some questions and giving a sneak peak of my new Syrp Genie II Linear motion controller.
Skeletons, candles, children on the street late at night -- no this isn't Halloween -- it’s Michoacan's Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. In this video I'll take you on a tour of this incredible place and cultural event while I cover how I created one of my favorite images of moving subjects handheld in low light. Spoiler alert: I had to leave an incredible margarita melting away to capture it. From equipment choice and settings to having the right state of mind, I'll cover how I approached this scene.
I'm headed back to Michoacan with a very small group of photographers in late October for a special, all-inclusive workshop. A last minute cancellation has left a couple of spots open. If you're interested, more details are here.
Here's how I captured one of my favorite panoramic mergers ever. Getting lost in dark, snowy woods, nearly stepping off a corniced cliff, barely sleeping , scaring my wife to death --- yeah that all happened on this trip and it was worth it. In this video I'll share the story of this adventure with photos and time-lapse while I detail the research, planning, equipment and technique that I used to capture a crescent moon rising over Mount Hood in winter.
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What a blast Blake Rudis of F64 Academy and I had in Moab last week! We had good weather, amazing scenery even some time with the Milky way. Blake and I most of our nights perched on little ledges shooting the milky way or hiking into position for great dawn locations. We got a bit of sleep cat napping between scouting sessions in the middle of the day. Aches National Park was our focus, but Canyonlands was obviously a place to come back and explore with more time.
I'll toss out a few preliminary pics below, but I have thousands to wade through later this month. No time now though. I'm off tomorrow to climb and ski Mount Whitney and then photograph Death Valley. I'll be posting on social along the way for those who want to follow the adventure.Read More
This is a new series of multimedia posts I'm launching to tell the stories behind capturing some of my favorite portfolio images. To accomplish that I'll mix it up with a blend of photographs, audio clips and/or video.
This is the story behind one of my very first digital panoramic images: a 3-frame merger of Mount Whitney in 2005 using my very first DSLR, a Nikon D70. That year was really a turning point for me. I bought both my first DSLR as well as my first backcountry ski-mountaineering gear. I was instantly obsessed with...Read More