Even with the onslaught of motion controlled timelapse videos that have become a popular trend in the last few years, there is something about watching ordinary traffic, growing plants, or stary landscapes sped up and matched to music that just never gets old. [Read more…]
Photography is a visual medium and many aspiring photographers are visual learners. I wanted to share a few resources that help teach photography principles in a visual way. [Read more…]
Sometimes when photographing a subject on a white seamless paper backdrop or fabric drop cloth, wrinkles can show up and cause an eyesore. I’ve attempted many different techniques for smoothing, smudging or doge & burning out those wrinkles but the frequency separation method I show in this video seems to work the best.
You can download the frequency separation Photoshop action I use in the video here.
There are a few images in my portfolio that always seem to provoke people to ask the same question. Those images are of waterfalls and the questions I always get is: How do you get silky smooth water when photographing waterfalls? Here’s some tips to get smooth water in your shots. [Read more…]
***Update*** – If you like the matte look, checkout my new premium preset collection, Vintage Matte.
One popular post processing look that I’ve seen come and go over the past couple of years aims to imitate the look of film photography developed onto Matte finish photographic paper. I have to admit, there are times when this type of look can add a warmth and feeling that you sometime lose in the ultra crisp, clean, contrasty look that high resolution digital cameras give us. The key is to not take it to far. Subtlety will go a long way in selling this effect. I’m always a fan of post processing that doesn’t draw attention to itself. Add the effect because it will help the story of the photograph, not because the effect is cool and you hope it will help improve your otherwise underwhelming photo. [Read more…]
This is the second part of a post on How to Photograph Stars in the Night Sky.
About the Shot
This last weekend I had the opportunity to visit Elkhorn Campground in Southern Utah for a family reunion. Elkhorn is in the middle of nowhere. No cell service. No Walmart. You’re lucky if he nearest town has a gas station. It’s really remote and a perfect location for photographing the night sky. This year I lucked out with a new moon that didn’t rise until the early morning hours. By 11:00 pm the sky was dark enough to make out the Milky Way with your naked eye. [Read more…]
I’ve spent the last week in Busan, South Korea photographing a corporate event with over 5,000 attendees and world class entertainment and stage performances. One of my favorite performances was by a Korean drummer, Choi Suri. In this tutorial I will go over how I shot and post processed this image for the above result. [Read more…]
This tutorial will teach you how to photograph stars in the night sky. Few sights are as inspiring and humbling as looking up during a dark night and seeing the infinitely vast field of stars visible to our naked eye. For me, being able to capture and share this spectacular display is what photography is all about. Trying to photograph stars can be frustrating if you don’t know what settings to use or how to get started. [Read more…]