Software and Techniques

Wilderness Medicine- Trip Planning – Weather Digital

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Weather! Cold, hot, rainy, windy, lightning.. It all effects whether we will go out into the wilderness and how we will dress and prepare. But other than your local weather person (they really have gotten better at making predictions!), how do you know what the weather will be where you are going? Rebecca hates the […]


Your own Vision

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  Had a great birthday yesterday.. Finally got around to processing images from our kayaking trip to GA, which included Cumberland Island. That day I took only my Nikon Coolpix 100 AW which is a waterproof UW point and shoot.. I was able to take some images to put together as a pan and they […]


Timelapse and Nature

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FOR BEST VIDEO, Wait a couple of seconds to allow download to start before pushing play! With photography we are limited to a slice of life equal to the shutter speed. Anywhere from 1/8000 of a second ( even shorter if you are using high speed flash) to maybe several hours (think star trail images) […]


Out Damn Spot: Lightroom’s new Spot Removal Tool

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  No matter what you do, sometimes you can’t avoid the lamppost in the background! Donegal, Ireland My last session on Lightroom explained that LR5 was great for helping see and remove dust spots. (Previous Post if you Missed it: Click Here) Methinks that Lady MacBeth requested this new addition to the Spot Removal Tool. […]


New Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 : Visualize Spots

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Sunrise Mt Evans, CO When Rob Sheppard first started talking to me about Lightroom (LR version 1), I told him that I was very comfortable with Photoshop and really didn’t want to change over. Besides, Lightroom could only do a limited amount of what Photoshop could do. But by version 2, I was learning Lightroom […]


Creative Photography Page 6: Multiple Exposure Rotate and Zoom

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Expanding on what we learned with Multiple Exposure Rotate. You still need a lens with a tripod collar. Mount the lens to your tripod. Compose your image.   Technique: set ME to On: Autogain on; Number exposures 8. ( you notice that I use 8 images a lot, but you can use whatever number you […]


Creative Photography Page 5: Multiple Exposure Rotate

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Today’s technique will expand your multiple exposure toolbox.. This one is rather simple but it does require a lens with a tripod collar. (Sometimes, I’ll show you one freehand shot with 16mm fisheye!) To use this technique, find a subject you like ( bright colors and striking patterns work well). Compose your image. Now, set […]


Creative Photography Page 4: HDR Effects

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While I was going through some of me images from Ireland, I came across image of a cross with an abbey in the background. I had shoot this as a 3 image HDR. When I was putting them together, I was playing with the different renderings and what to show how different each one could […]


Creative Photography Page 2: Multiple Exposure

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My first installment talked about drive by shootings, slower shutter speed images taken out of a moving car ( like texting, this is not something you should do while driving). We will be exploring the various methods of using multiple exposure over the next several installments. Today we will begin with a simple 2 exposure […]


Creative Photography Page 1

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We all would like to be as creative as possible when taking images. Sometimes you just don’t feel the creative juices flowing and it seems that your images are bland. Any time I travel to a new place, it talks a day or 2 or 3 before the novelty of newness wears off and I […]


HDR. Is it a special effect?

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I have many friends who poo poo the idea of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography? “It’s not real.” “It doesn’t look real.” So, what is real? We all process information differently, even colors mean something different to each one of use when viewed with our eyes (and brain). Our eyes alone don’t process color, it […]


Creative ideas for fall color

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While you are out shooting fall color this year, think about stretching yourself creatively. I have covered shooting HDR in previous blog (pointer back to HDR). This will be a jumpstart to other creative methods that I used last year during the fall and am continuing to play with these techniques. 1. Multiple Exposure Monet- […]


Light painting with lasers

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This past week I had a chance to play with light painting and lasers while camping in Linville Gorge in NC. I have been going back and forth to Morganton, NC to work with Seth Hawkins, MD on his Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship (URL). More on that project later. I got to go camping with […]


Shooting for HDR

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HDR. It is not your typical grunge HDR anymore. HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging can represent anything from artistic grunge to an image that no one will recognize as HDR. The premise of HDR is combining multiple images so the information from the dark areas is not all black and the information from the light […]


Less is More

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After a 14-year presence in multiple sites on the Web, I decided to consolidate my presence (and my life). I had a website to premiere my images, a website to present my workshops, a website to sell my books, a presence for my video, a website to sell prints, and a blog to talk about […]


Rebecca’s Reverse Clarity Technique

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This is going to be a quick note. I just came back from a trip to Mt LeConte in the Smokies with a friend of mine, Eric Bowles. We had a great trip but it showed me how much out of shape I was. Now to try to correct that over the next 3-4 months […]


Quick Tips for Video with dSLR

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I will be using the Nikon D4 as an example (the d800 is set up the same way) for shooting video with a dSLR. Shooting mode– You will want to shoot in M (Manual) Mode. Why? Because if the light varies much, your shutter speed will vary and shutter speed is related to frame rate, […]


My Nature Photography Day Shoot

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To celebrate Nature Photography Day, I initially was going to Colditz Cove on the Cumberland Plateau. Then I realized that I had plenty of subjects in my own front yard in our wildflower garden. So, about 630am, I proceeded down the steps with a 200 Micro lens, Nikon D4 and my tripod. At first, I […]


How to Paint with Light

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Photography derives its name from the “painting with light”. But the term light painting has come to mean using external sources of light (flashlight, candle, etc) to paint in light on a subject at night. The method I use in Light Painting requires a flashlight and some way to color the light. First, choose a […]


iPhone for Scouting

iPhone for scouting I have always carried my phone with me when shooting, Especially when hiking. I really don’t want to be one of those people who call 911 when I run out of water or get lost, but if something bad happens when I am alone, I will use it to facilitate a rescue. […]


Spring Flower Tips – Lenses and composition

When we talk about composition, we usually talk about “Rule of Thirds” and foreground/ background, diagonal lines, leading lines, repeating elements and so forth. Have you ever considered the composition effect that changing lenses would have on how your subject relates to its surroundings? I started doing Closeup Wide Angle images at least 15 years […]


Spring Flower shooting tips- Multiple Exposure

Spring has come to the Smokies extremely early this year. I am hearing from friends around the country that they are experiencing an early spring also. Some teaching tips for spring wildflowers from today’s shoot. Consider using multiple exposure to achieve a dreamy look to go along with your images. Flowers images look good when […]


Color workflow – Image Editing and output

In the previous segments, we have discussed color spaces and profiling your monitor. Now we will discuss how to set Photoshop and Lightroom for best color space use. First, Lightroom. Lightroom actually doesn’t use a colorspace profile for an image until it is exported to a different image editor. So the setting of a profile […]


Color Management- Monitors

Monitors have come a long way from the first monitors I used that would show only text and were one bit. The CRT (think your old television set before they went flat screen) was the way to go until the early 90’s when the TFT LCD screens starting coming out (TFT= Thin Film Transistor, LCD= […]