Software and Techniques

What everyone ought to know about cold weather photography

Fall color has peaked and gone. Spring flowers are just an anticipation of things to come. Winter is upon us and many photographers have hung up their equipment for the frigid season of the year. And these photographers will miss out on the magical season. Why are so many photographers reticent to venture out into […]


Lightroom on the Road

Ok, I am back from teaching at Chincoteague Island and have some posts to share. Today I wanted to share a workflow for getting your images from Lightroom on your laptop to Lightroom on you main computer.. So someone, maybe me, has convinced you to use Lightroom and now you are using Lightroom also on […]


Tripod Comparison

I have been shooting for the past 2 weeks with a Feisol CT-3372 carbon fiber tripod. This is one of their Large tripods with the largest leg diameter that they make. This is not my first carbon fiber tripod, as I have 3 Gitzo carbon fiber tripods and a Really Right Stuff carbon fiber tripod. […]


HBO Day for shooting

Cold. Wet. Raining. This is the kind of day that John Shaw (nature photographer extraordinaire and author of John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, John Shaw’s Closeups in Nature, John Shaw’s Landscape Photography, John Shaw’s Business of Nature Photography and several eBooks on Lightroom Workflow and Photoshop Techniques) would call and. HBO day. So what […]


Last Chance

The color in east TN has been spectacular this year. It still has not peaked along the Cumberland Plateau except for areas with high elevation. I have been back and forth between the Smoky Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau and the Cherohala Skyway. For my money, this year, the Cherohala Skyway and the Cherokee and Nantahala […]


Reflections on Water

Fall is a great time to look for reflections in water. Especially on a bright, sunny day when photography can be a little more difficult. Tip: Look for water in shade and trees or color on the bank in sunlight. This gives you some of the more intense color for reflections. Another tip: Consider doing […]


7 Tips for Landscape Photography

Scout with your camera! This is for all those people who use a tripod, which should be everyone. So many people tend to look at a scene, plop their tripod down and get their camera out of their bag and start shooting. Without giving enough thought to lens, angle, vantage point and composition. I start […]


Montage Fun

In my Smokies Fall color report, I mention Mark Johnson and his website. I have been playing with some of his techniques in Photoshop and wanted to share them with you. Most are his Multiple-Exposure Rotate and Zoom in Photoshop. I talked a little bit about the in camera technique yesterday and showed you some […]


Smokies Fall Color Report

Ok, I just got back from cruising the Smokies, checking out the color. I started at Clingmans Dome at sunrise. It was a nice sunrise with fog down in the valleys. It wasn’t cold (about 50˚F) and clear skies. While up there I played with some multiple exposures, in camera. The Mountain Ash have lost […]


Combining Images

I am probably going to tweak someone’s sensibilities, but the ability to combine images into one vision is a strength of digital photography. I will talk more about panoramic images later, but today I wanted to show off one of my favorite pieces of software. So as the rain comes down and my cat snores […]