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  • Category Archives Photography

    Tonight I'm trying something I've never done before --- a live online photography talk called "Connecting with Cuba" which is about my recent photo trip to Havana, Cuba (see yesterday's blog for some shots from my photo book). It's free and everyone's invited to join me live tonight at 6:00 pm ET as I talk about everything from the challenges of shooting in Cuba to my impressions of the Nikon D800 after my first serious shoot with the camera (along with my one major gripe with it). My friend, photographer RC Concepcion will be interviewing me as part of the presentation, and I'll be talking about lens selection, travel photography tips, how to get to visit Cuba yourself, the wonderful spirit of the people of Cuba, the music, the food, the images, my Lightroom post processing of the images from the trip and the frustration…

      It's a place I'd never thought I'd actually get to go, but when a good friend invited Kalebra and I to join of group of their friends (14 of us in all) for a Cultural Exchange trip to Havana, we were all over it. I always just thought it was all but impossible for an American to visit Cuba without skirting all sorts of official rules (going through mexico or Costa Rica first, and then kind of slinking in without the US State Dept. knowing), but there were Americans EVERYWHERE down there. I even ran into a National Geographic Photo Tour down there, and once we were there we learned that our tour guide had taken our friend Laurie Excell's photo workshop there earlier this year. Small world, and getting smaller every day. Havana is such an amazing place! Absolutely beautiful and very…

    When I take a vacation (or working trip in this case), I always try to make a photo book from the trip, and here's a look at the one I made from my "Week in Paris with Jay Maisel" online class taping trip. Because I was either interviewing Jay or taping my own class on travel photography, I didn't get to shoot all that much, but at least I got enough to make a small book. Here are a few of my favorite pages from the book. I have so much more I want to share about the trip, but I'm on a tight timeline right now, so I hope to have some behind-the-scenes stories and photos on Friday (well, that's the plan anyway). Hope you enjoyed the layouts here, and I wish you a fantastically French Tuesday. :)  

    http://youtu.be/dg27fAhBAE4 Here's a short video I did to celebrate the launch of the latest edition of my book, 'The Photoshop CS6 for Digital Photographers" (the book is already written, edited and is getting its final prep before it heads to the printing press). This video is all about those cool little features, tweaks, and enhancements in Photoshop CS6 that don't get all the big headlines (like Content Aware Move, and Adaptive Wide Angle), so a lot of folks don't know about them, but they are pretty darn sweet! Plus, I threw in a tip or two along the way. By the way, just in case (ya know) you can pre-order my book at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, or wherever cool books that have some really cool stuff in them (including a really helpful majorly updated chapter on Photoshop's built-in HDR, and a brand new…

    It's in the train station Gare de Lyon, and we were able to do a video interview with Jay Maisel for our online class (and Jay and I got to have a pretty yummy breakfast during the taping), and the following night I took my wife and our friends Barb and Mike for dinner there as well. It feels a lot more like dining at "The Louvre" or Versailles and a lot less like eating in a train station, eh? :-) NOTE: I was hoping to have a "Report from the G+ Photographer's Conference" for today but I'm still gather photos, so hopefully I'll be running it alongside "Free Stuff Thursday" this week. Have a great Tuesday everybody!

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    The shot above was taken inside the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. I had never been, and was really taken with the fact that it's all stained glass (and tells a story, reading from left to right, bottom to top in each pane of the stained glass). While it's looks really large here, I'll bet it's not 100 feet deep from end to end (but the ceilings are really high). NOTE: make sure you click on these to see a much larger version. Above: Here's the view if you turned 180° around from where I took the other shot. Again, the same amazing stained glass, and shot hand-held (it wasn't as bright as it looks here --- I had to brighten it up a bit in post).  Above: Here's a different church --- this one is the St-Germain-des-Prés in Paris, and we filmed a small part…

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