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on Apr 10, 2018 in Field Reports

Big Light, Small Source, Quickbox Micro

Shooting with flash when you’re alone, having a big light when you only have your hand and small flash available, is a challenge. Many of asked how I’m doing it so here’s a simple video with my thoughts, techniques and tools I use. They include the: Impact QuickBox Micro SB-5000...

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on Mar 27, 2018 in Field Reports

Dehaze Your Past

This blog post is really pretty cut and dry. Look at your past images, more than 18 months old and give them the DeHaze treatment. DeHaze in ACR / Lr have this little gem which can work some pretty darn cool magic in the right images. I put up this example of what I’m talking about. Below is the original finishing of this file, before DeHaze was introduced into our worlflow. Above is the same photo with just DeHaze applied. It really makes a difference especially in bringing out the head light. Here’s the “trick” as I see it using DeHaze. Whenever I use DeHaze, I always, always lower the Blue Saturation in the HSL/Grayscale tab (in ACR). DeHaze tends to crank it up so this simple touch permits you to use DeHaze and nobody will know it. It’s a great tool I use to help the eye see the subject. Pull out an old image and give it a...

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on Mar 13, 2018 in Field Reports

Glove Levels 1, 2 and 3

“My fingers are killing me, they are so cooled!” I hear this A LOT from photographers even though they have gloves. And if I got paid a dime for every time I’ve taken photographers to a store to get “better” gloves, well I wouldn’t need to write a blog anymore. Seriously, folks with tens of thousands of dollars in camera gloves have the cheapest, single pair of gloves, I just don’t get it. Many get those hand warmer packets which sometimes work but are always an environmental issue with me. Now I post this piece on Gloves every year but I see I didn’t connect the dots for many and wanted to do so now with a very effective way the group came up with in Yellowstone in January. Glove Levels! The gloves and mittens you see here, I don’t just own these, I take them ALL with me whenever I think it’s going to be cold. And when I go out shooting, I have the ALL with me...

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on Mar 6, 2018 in Field Reports

WD My Passport Wireless SSD

I’ve takin my WD 1TB My Passport Wireless SSD for its first road trip and I’m impressed! Cutting to the chase, ya, it’s fast! What makes this storage system unique is it’s both SSD and wireless. Why would you want this? Let’s say you have to go light, really light with tight space. You could use the WD 1TB or 2TB Wireless MyPassport along with an iPad Pro and easily handle all your photo uploads, finishing and sending. The Wireless MyPassport has a built-in SD reader that with the My Cloud WD app, you can do all your normal work with just these two devises. Now is it fast? Here are its specs: WD My Passport Wireless SSD Specs Storage Capacity 1 TB Connection Interface 1 x USB 3.0 (USB Type-A) Maximum Read Speed 390 MB/s but whether hardwire or wireless, it does fly, way faster than I thought it would be for sure. At the same time, they are rugged! They are about twice the size of a...

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on Mar 2, 2018 in Field Reports

ReBroadcast of Moose Live

We had a marvelous Live Broadcast last night, thanks to ALL who joined in live! I spent the 44minutes going over how I finish an image in ACR, Photoshop and Luminar. You can watch the rebroadcast here. It might just give you ideas about your landscape photography to help move it...

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