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on Sep 14, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

The Polarizer “Blob”

There are times when we need a polarizer to remove reflections that when applied, adversely effects the sky. Polarizers work using physics and when it comes to the sky, when those physics aren’t perfect, you see a dark blob in the sky where the polarizer is only effecting part of the sky (2nd image). Seeing this in the viewfinder can be at times, difficult and others, impossible. One real easy way to see the “Blob” is using the LiveView on your camera. You can see above the simple example. The LCD shows off the “blob” really dramatically making it really easy to see it. But we still need to remove the reflection so what do we do? Using the LiewView, we polarize fully and then slowly rotate the polarizer to “unpolarize” as much as needed to remove the “blob” while maintaining as much reflection removal on the subject. You might be wondering if there is a post processing fix. Sure, but it’s so painful it’s not worth your time...

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on Sep 6, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

It’s a Tool – Artistically & Professionally!

The magic that light brings to a scene, a photograph, is always fleeting! It would be nice if it hung around until everything was perfect and those times it does, well you know the rewards that brings. There are times though when you can see the photograph slip away as an obstruction blocks what your passion is screaming to capture. A good example is the gorgeous landscape you’re all set up to take and then just at the right moment, that person walks right into your scene. Know what I’m talking about? You have a couple of options. The one I recommend is just wait as people like that are normally gone within minutes. But if you can’t wait because the magic in the light, then go click and use a tool to deal with it in post. While this seems obvious to some, I’m still surprised how many folks either don’t own Photoshop or won’t use it for this purpose. Now of course, this is your choice because...

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on Aug 23, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Carry-On Still Has Limits

Yep, our MP V2 Photopacks fit in all but one overhead compartment (upper deck 747)! Even with lenses like my 800mm and carrying big camera bodies like the D5. In fact, you can fill the photopacks with so much gear, they can weigh over 50lbs (the most I’ve done is 51lbs in testing). I while that still fits in the overhead of a plane, there are still weight limits with our carry-ons. In the US, we don’t sweat out the overhead weight limits (we can’t forget them) but if you travel overseas, watch out! For example in Australia where we just traveled, the limit is 7kg/15lbs for a carry-on. On some domestic flights, carriers literally have a scale at the plane door and you have to weigh your gear right then and there. So while the our bags fit in the overhead, you can seriously overpack them going grossly overweight. What do you do? First, understand the weight limit is in place for our own safety. Those overhead bins...

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on Aug 5, 2016 in Moose Adventures

Workshop Scorecard

We have a couple of openings in our upcoming workshops Sept 09-11 ’16 K&M AirAdventure ND 1 spot Sept 30 -Oct 02 ’16 Mono Lake Weekend, CA 2 spots Nov 01-06 ’16 TX Coastal Bird Photography FULL Mar 15-20 ’17 FL Bird Photography 2 spots April 03-07 ’17 Grouse & Chicken 1 spot 26-30 June ’17 Madera Cyn, AZ 1 spot Our workshops are limited to a small group to provide you one on one instruction as you shoot, while you shoot, in the vehicle (we call drive together), at meals and during breaks. One of the many challenges is knowing the question you want to ask to get the answer you need to help you. All this time together provides you the opportunity to get that answer and so much more. Come, join us for fun, learning and great shooting! Call Sharon today...

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on Aug 2, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Bang – Light!

Light, it’s such an important and potent partner in our storytelling. The subject has to smack the viewer between the eyes in our photograph and light is a quick and effective way of making this happen. We have two basic lighting sources, ambient (sun) and artificial (flash, LED, etc). Ambient light can come in different flavors like full sun, overcast, etc., and each one of these cause us to make judgement calls about the quality and quantity of the ambient light in regards to our subject and storytelling. Here comes the issue we all face, when working with ambient light, when does it need the assist of the flash? What are the qualities and quantities of the ambient light in telling our story and are they sufficient to move the eye through the frame to tell the story? Ever been in this situation? These RAF Reinactors at EAA AirVenture were killer! Not just their authentic aviator’s gear was spotless, their accents and knowledge impeccable, but they were hilarious! When...

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on Jul 13, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Great, Simple, Quick Advice

There is a great warchest of information created just for YOU and you might not know it exists. Nikon put all of us USA Ambassadors in a small room with a video camera (just that sounds entertaining if not nuts!) and asked for 30sec photographic tips. You simply head to an individual’s page and click on their mugs shots. Even yours truly has two tips there for you. As you watch them, just think about how they were filmed. Ambassadors crammed in a small room, all staring at you while you talked on camera. Someone has a helluva bloopers reel somewhere! Enjoy! Note: If you have other questions such as about registration and other Photoshop World needs, please contact KelbyOne. I’m just the host of this merry band, not the logistics guy...

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