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on Nov 17, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone, B&W Photography

Luminar … More Than Just Something New!

You’ve probably received the email and said something like, “Oh, something new for the digital darkroom” and then deleted the email. I’m here to tell you, that might was a BIG mistake because Luminar available today has at least ONE thing you need to own! My challenge is to explain all that Luminar from MacPhun is all about in a blog post, and I can’t. You’re going to want to head to here after reading this post to at the very least learn more but let me tell you why you’re going to do that. What is Luminar? You might rightfully so think Luminar is a stand alone Raw file processor because it is. What you won’t understand until you start to work with it is that it’s a Raw file processor with layers, effects and so much more. And it not only works its magic on Raw files but you can use it on layered PSD files, that’s right, PSDs. To understand how all of that works, you...

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on Nov 15, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Entertainment For Your Long Nights

I was looking up some trivia for a book I’m writing and the search engine took me to my own class on KelbyOne. Ya, it was a laugh out loud moment when I looked in my own class for my own answer! Now my first class on Landscape Photography was filmed way back in 2007, my section on a polarizer still holds true today. And while the lessons on the old Win box might use old software, the techniques and the reasons behind them are still valid. So during the long nights of winter fast approaching, here’s the offerings that might stir the imagination and get the juices flowing for the daylight hours. (from first to latest) Landscape Photography – Ground Work Landscape Photography – Part 2 Photographing Florida Birds Yellowstone Big Game Photography Nature Photography – Shorebirds Romancing the Landscape – Part 1 Romancing the Landscape – Part 2 Romancing the Landscape – Part 3 Aviation Photography – The Airshow Shooting Fall Landscapes A Beginners Guide to Wildlife...

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on Oct 19, 2016 in Friday Thoughts, Moose's Print Lab

Moose Print Lab Weekend

Dates: 25-26 March, 2017 Time: 9am – 4pm Location: Westin Resort, Mammoth Lakes, CA Price: $395* Limit to 20 participants What to bring: Camera gear, computer, images and passion Registration: Sharon Peterson 661.204.1506 *2 nights stay at Westin required for this...

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on Oct 17, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

When 1/8000th Isn’t Enough

I’ve been shooting with the new 105f1.4 AFS a lot in situations you’d normally not think meant for the 105f1.4 like above. Most pigeon hole this lens for portraits but if you expand your definition of “portrait” you might find what I’m finding. Shooting with the 105mm at f1.4 is darn cool producing very unique results! But here’s the hitch, go out shooting at highnoon like I did this weekend at the Nut Tree Air Fair at f1.4. You’ll see 1/8000 blinking at first, then have little red flames around it and finally it just yells … OUCH! At ISO 100, even at 1/8000, the shutter speed isn’t fast enough for the right exposure when shooting at f/1.4 in this scenario. And if you dial in any exposure comp, you’re in more of a world of hurt (and going to L1 doesn’t help). What to do? The solution is actually real simple, just attach a polarizer! That instantly cuts down two stops of light, permits you to still see...

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on Sep 30, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

The Business is Photography?

At our last K&M AirAdventure a few weeks back, I had arranged with one of my favorite editors, Chris, to have a “little contest” amongst two of our very talented students. It was kinda simple, they just needed to take a photograph and write a 500 word news brief about the Soldier Tree Memorial dedication and the best would get published. Both “contestants” had an hour flight with the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s Spitfire MkIX and Harvard. From that and doing some homework on their own, they had to come up with the ONE photo (all I would permit to be submitted, talk about pressure) and text to submit to Chris at Flypast magazine. What you see here is the “winning” photograph though both were winners because they accepted the challenge at the risk of rejection. And while this was a contest I had arranged, it was really a real world lesson about the business of photography. Because it’s about craftsmanship, storytelling and so much more wrapped up in...

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on Sep 29, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

So You Want to Be A Professional

It is the greatest profession there is IMHO! But surviving the long term is not what you might think, certainly not what I’ve seen written by most. You have NO idea how many emails, Facebook Messages and other means folks contact me and say “look at my images, my website and tell me how I can make money.” Or my favorite is the email that says, “I want to be a professional photographer, can you tell me how” after I look at their Flicker account. My first reaction is, “Do you really understand what you’re asking?” I’ve been doing this photography thing since 1981 and I wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING! At the same time, when our son Jake said he was going into the profession, mom & dad tried everything at the beginning to talk him out of it. If anyone knows the ups and down of this industry is Jake who, is doing great at the business of photography. But he had NINETEEN years of exposure to...

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