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on Mar 12, 2012 in WRP Ed Zone

What’s Moose Teaching at PSW?

Photoshop World is just a week out and we can’t wait. There simply is nothing better, funner or down right more energizing then PSW! I’ll be there doing all sorts of fun. The PreCon will be like NOTHIN we’ve ever done before but like normal, it was sold out the day it was posted. You can find me at the Image Wizards booth when the floor is open most of the time if you wanna ask any questions. I’ll also be in the Peachpit Theater Saturday @2 and in the Wacom booth (there is no rest for the wicked). And really early in the morning (go firgure), I’ll be teaching three classes.

Dang, I want to Get Started in Wildlife Photography!
If you read my book, Captured, you probably got disappointed when you read my statement, “If you want to play with the big boys, you gotta have 600mm!” But I started with a 400mm and that was my longest lens for my first 5 years. That focal length taught me all the main lessons I depend upon today to be successful. You have a basic DSLR and a 70-300 or a 100-400. I’m going to share with you all that my 400mm taught me, permitting me to get where I am today. These are all techniques, tricks and tips you can apply to your photography to get you way beyond “started in wildlife photography.”

The Blessings of the Pixel
You might have read or heard me say, “If I spend more than two minutes with an image in post, I will abandon it.” That might just make you scratch your head and ask one or two things. “How do you do that or how can I do that too?!” I’m going to take every minute of my hour to explain how I do this, which starts at the camera and ends when I click Save. This includes everything from arranging elements in the viewfinder (which most call composition) to metering to drama to Curves, Color Efex Pro and the end point of sharing that image.

The Art of Aviation
There is an art of flying metal. These speed machines that defy gravity bend light just as gracefully. But how do you take these gas fueled machines and make them a piece of art? This is basic photography of light, exposure, focal length, moving the viewer’s eye around the image, manipulating it while you tell the story. The subject might be “just” a plane, but the techniques, tricks and final results must make the heart fly. Don’t let the title fool you. There is a lot more to this than just airplanes, we are talking romance!

I’m very grateful to all of your who get up early and join me in class, I have new programs and plan on entertaining you at the very least. Be sure that you make it to the Art of Digital presentation where eight of us share nothing but our photographic passion with you. Now I’m there FOR YOU! SO if you see me, stop and introduce yourself, say hello and if you have a question, ask it. Look forward to meeting you all!