Valley of Fire Shoot (and some news)



Hi everybody, and greetings from Photoshop World Las Vegas. :-)

Yesterday afternoon I snuck out for a shoot at the Valley of Fire National Park, about an hour or so outside of Las Vegas, and it was really a blast. I was invited to the shoot by Canon’s Steve Inglima (who runs Canon’s Explorer of Light Program–that’s Steve back in the cave), and we were joined by two other Explorers of Light; renowned landscape photographer Steven Johnson (on the far right in the hat), and the amazing Eddie Tapp, along with Judy (Eddie’s sweetie, who happens to be just a wonderful photographer, specializing in portraits of children, and mother/child shots), next to me.

I took around 245 shots on our 3+ hour hike/shoot and the photos above were taken with a Canon 5D, and a 16-35mm f/2.8 lens (click on it for a much larger view). It was processed in Lightroom, sharpened in Photoshop, but has no color enhancements at all (Just exposure, shadows, recovery, etc.—no Saturation or Vibrance boost, or other color tweaks—it’s just so colorful already). I haven’t had to chance to really go though the entire shoot yet, but on a quick glance, the top shot was one I liked. I’ll post more when I get a chance.

I had a really great time (and awful lot of laughs), and it was an honor to get to shoot with such amazing photographers and genuinely nice people. Now, onto the news:

  • Terry White sent me a link to a very interesting article on C| about Geotagging; how to organize your digital photos by where they were taken; not just when. It’s definitely worth a read (here’s the link).
  • I ran across this blog last night, and I really like it because it has tips, and little videos, articles, hints, etc. on a wide range of stuff for creative people. It’s called Creativetechs, and there’s some very clever, and interesting stuff there (including some mini-workshops). Check it out right here.
  • Jeff Schewe (over at, has posted a load of photos, and a “play-by-play” of my Chicago Lightroom Tour, and he really did a great job giving you a look at the day (complete with captions for each photo), but also giving you a behind-the-scenes look as well. Here’s the link to the article at Also, Dan Ablans did a two-part review of the day on his blog, starting while he was sitting in the class itself, and he then did a follow-up after the seminar. Here’s the link to Dan’s report.
  • I mentioned the special session tonight in Vegas called Capture & Creativity (on Portrait and Wedding photography) that is a tribute to Monte Zucker, featuring Clay Blackmore and Jane Conner-Ziser. Well, after Photoshop World they’re taking their “show on the road, with a nationwide tour. Their tour sounds fantastic (I’m going to try and sneak into one of their stops myself). The full info on their tour is right here.

That’s it from Vegas, baby! I’ll try to blog at some point tomorrow, but it’s kind of crazy on opening day, with the keynote, and I’ve got a session, and the Expo floor opens, and….well, it could easily be “No Blog Thursday.” But ya never know. :) Have a great one everybody!

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