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The Science of Wildlife Photography with Moose Peterson

Take your wildlife photography game to the next level! Join Moose Peterson as he shares the wisdom he’s earned from 30 years in the field photographing critters. By understanding the biology of your subject and its environment you’ll do a better job of creating photographs that make a difference.

In this class Moose shares how he got started and the early lessons he learned, the importance of using the gear you already have, why dressing in the field for comfort in function is key, how to become a wildlife detective, why you need to get your camera settings nailed down so you can focus on what’s in front of the camera, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll be itching to do your homework as you plan your next wildlife photography adventure!

In Case You Missed It: A Beginner’s Guide to Wildlife Photography

Join professional photographer Moose Peterson in this Beginner’s Guide to Wildlife Photography. Moose walks through the gear you’ll need and offers tips and techniques to put it all together to get the shots you want, right in your own backyard.

By starting out in your own backyard, you have the greatest access to your subjects, the best opportunity to influence your environment, and the most amount of time to put your knowledge into practice.

The skills and techniques you develop in your own personal wildlife studio can be applied to any other destination you choose in pursuit of all types of wildlife. This class is perfect for a beginner interested in wildlife photography.

Fix Your DAM Life This Year: Do As Little As Possible

Digital Asset Management is like finding the perfect backpack for most photographers. Close, but there’s always just this one problem… Well maybe this next one. We think it exists. We want it to exist. Well maybe this one, with this… Ugh.

I can’t help you find that perfect backpack, every photog knows that’s a deeply personal decision. I can however get your DAM life in order. That’s actually not a personal decision. Not as long as your idea of the perfect workflow is the one that requires the least amount of, you know…. work.

As it turns out, doing as little as possible is the best solution. Finally!

That’s because you’re the problem! Sorry, no offense, but it’s true. I am too, probably more so actually. We’re creative creatures though, and we make mistakes. Now, while we make small mistakes, computers allow us to make really big ones! But they’re consistent! That’s critical. Anyone who fixes anything for a living will tell you consistency is everything.

We’re accurate but not consistent. We’re the variable. Which folder do these images go into this time? Which keywords apply here? Is this a 3 star or 4 star image? Tomorrow… different answers. Like your alarm clock you set to be 5 minutes fast… consistency, not accuracy.

You’re also slow. Man, sorry again. Not stupid, slow. You can get to California from New York by walking but there’s a better way. Machines, automation, you get it. Much faster.

So, your DAM solution? The least amount of work possible, and the least amount of you possible, equals the fastest, most consistent workflow. I’ve yet to meet a student of mine who’s argued with me on this.

So, your DAM solution? The least amount of work possible, the least amount of YOU possible, equals the fastest, most consistent workflow. I’ve yet to meet a student of mine who’s argued with me on this.

How about 1 click fast? And an image management system that requires no decisions at all.

Let’s get started so you can move on with your DAM life. Sorry, last time.

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For #TravelTuesday this week I, Dave Williams, want to give you a quick twilight tip. It’s only for those of you with patience, mind!

I just visited Zermatt, Switzerland, which is made entirely of chocolate! Okay, maybe it’s not made of chocolate, but it’s on that same league of fantasy. The town itself is a beautiful, Alpine skiing paradise, and it’s car-free which makes it all the more exciting. Everywhere you go requires walking unless you want to take an electric taxi (think more golf buggy) or ride a bike. It meant I had to walk up the slopes to the edge of the village to get this selfie: –

And it’s this selfie which inspired me to get this shot: –

But here’s the thing—and if you were watching my Instagram story you’ll know already—this isn’t one shot.

The key to this scene is that the upper half was taken during golden hour, and the lower half was taken during blue hour. It’s a simple process but it involves patience! I found my spot, got my composition sorted, and from that point on I couldn’t move my camera one bit.

I found a fence post, which was sturdy and out of the way, so if any tourists appeared (which they did) I wouldn’t have to move out of their way. I needed my frames to line up exactly and if there was the slightest deviation it would ruin the entire process. I stuck my Platypod Max on the post, securely holding my Nikon D810 and Tamron 24–70mm f/2.8.

The process from here on is simple. First, I took a shot for the sky, using a 10-stop filter to smooth out the clouds (though they were barely moving), and when I had the shot I wanted I simply had to twiddle my thumbs for a little while and wait for the darkness to fall and the lights of the village to come on, then get my second shot without the filter. The removal of the filter was a little tense; I was so scared of moving the camera! But when it was done I was left with these two images: –

All that was left to do was open them in Adobe Photoshop, place one image on top of the other on separate layers, and then use a layer mask to select the components I wanted from each image. Following this, I used the adjustment brush to paint some highlights onto the Matterhorn and the Toblerone mountain in the background, and then straightened everything up using the church spire as my guide for this.

Simple! Taking separate shots at twilight to combine golden hour and blue hour works wonders on an urban scene, and I strongly recommend working on your patience and trying it yourself.

Much love
Dave

Lightroom Workflow on the Go with Clifford Pickett

Learn how to use Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom cloud together for a streamlined workflow that you can take with you anywhere you go! Join Clifford Pickett as he takes you through his steps for automating your import workflow into Lightroom Classic, use keywords to help you find your photos, group them into collections, and set up your Lightroom Classic catalog to sync with the cloud. From there he walks you through the steps for importing photos into the Lightroom cloud app on your mobile device when you are in the field, and how to use the mobile app for making selects, editing, and sharing your photos from where ever you are. Clifford wraps up the class with a look at how to manage your Lightroom Classic catalog and cloud storage when you return home.

In Case You Missed It: Lightroom Mobile From Start To Finish

Expand the power of Lightroom desktop to your mobile devices! Join Scott Kelby for an in-depth look at Lightroom Mobile. In this class Scott will help you get set up on the right foot, show you how to view your photos on mobile, how to add new photos from your camera roll, how to edit with the updated editing interface, how to share photos on the web, and so much more! All along the way Scott shares tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the experience. By the end of this class you’ll be able to use Lightroom anywhere you are, and on any device.

That was our topic yesterday on our podcast ‘The Grid” and our guest was photographer and author Marc Silber. Lots of really great info (sadly, I didn’t bring much to the table on this one, but Marc, Erik and our viewers added a lot and make it a great, really helpful episode. I embedded it below in case you’re looking for something to listen to tonight that will help move you forward photographically this coming year.

Hope, you can give it a look (a listen)? :)

Have a great weekend everybody, and here’s to a more creative 2020!

-Scott

Photo by Jan Schrieber

Like many of you, every weekend, and most days, I’m out with my camera exploring. Today’s post is about how those shoots are always more fun with fellow photographers by your side. That’s what a Photowalk is all about, right folks?

Photowalking And Friends

Photowalks are such a great way to get out of the car and see what the world really looks like. You just notice things when your camera eye is open that you don’t at other times. Things like big and little details, crazy signs, unusual buildings and people (hello street photographers) that seem way more interesting than when you’re soaring past them at 20 or 30 mph.

Jefferson Graham hams it up with photographer Ginger DiNunzio of Sandprints Photos on a photowalk of Morro Bay. Credit: Jefferson Graham

For instance, I have visited the city of Orange, California (5 miles from Disneyland) many times, and love the nostalgic feel, antique stores, vintage cars and old-time Grand Circle in the heart of the town. But it wasn’t until I met up with another photographer, Jan Schrieber, for our Photowalk and we started exploring together, with our cameras by our sides, that we began to realize a trend. “Everything’s orange,” Jan said, at lunch. The street signs. The fire hydrants. The chairs at local restaurants.

This neither of us had noticed in our drive-bys, and it gave us a theme to have fun with.

Anthony Quintano (left) and Jefferson Graham capture a giant airplane landing near LAX airport and the Westchester In-N-Out restaurant, popular with plane spotters, and part of the Hidden LAX Photowalk video. Photo by Anthony Quintano

And as I note in the above video, when you get other photographers with you, instead of just your two eyes, you’ve got several of them to work from. The enthusiasm is infectious and it just makes for a great day.

Plus, having that new or old friend by your side produces a way more lively lunch break.

Jefferson Graham and Joshua Kalev compare notes at a Los Angeles deli during the L.A. deli Photowalk.

For the past two years, I’ve been producing a series of travel videos for YouTube called Photowalks (inspired by my friend Scott Kelby and his amazing October event!) where I aim to bring the viewer to great places and show them around, through my eyes and others.

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