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Category : Classes & Workshops

21 Aug 2021

Iceland always lives up to the hype

I just got back from another exciting workshop in Iceland. It was my seventh trip there and it never gets old. Covid cancelled my last two planned workshops there and a lot had changed since Feb. 2020. Some roads had moved, more roundabouts were created and access had been made easier to a couple of my favorite locations.  I had hoped to watch the newest volcano flow down through the valley but it wasn’t as active as it was earlier […]

13 Aug 2021

Seeing Fagradalsfjall gurgle in Iceland

I’ve been watching Fagradalsfjall, Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption for the past few months, hoping it would still be flowing for my trip this week. It is one of the more unique volcano flows, it started in a valley and the lava flowed down between small mountains. That meant people could hike right up to the edge of the flow or climb higher and look down into the bubbling crater. Some magnificent photos and videos have been created and I was […]

01 Nov 2020

Video: Chimping, Blinkies and Histograms

Getting the proper exposure is a constant challenge for photographers. In this seminar I talked about Chimping, Blinkies and Histograms..

15 May 2020

Will Iceland be the safest place this summer?

It looks like Iceland will be one of the safest places to be this summer. As of Tuesday there were only 15 active cases in the whole country with one person in the hospital and no new cases in five days. https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2020/05/12/fifth_day_of_no_new_covid_19_cases_in_iceland/. The country has been testing people even before the virus was in the country and has been a model for dealing with the virus. Check out this CNN interview with the Prime Minister https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2020/05/12/katrin-jakobsdottir-amanpour-iceland-coronavirus-testing-tourism.cnn.   They also announced they are […]

07 May 2020

Video: Light Painting Objects Small and Large seminar

One of my favorite things to do in photography is use a flash light to light paint objects. They can be small objects like flowers or big things like bridges or waterfalls. In this one hour seminar, I show the techniques I use and how the results can be rather surprising.

30 Apr 2020

Video: Eliminating objects in Photoshop

There are times when we just can’t get rid of obstacles in our photos and that is when Photoshop comes to the rescue. In this online seminar I show some basic ways to use Photoshop to eliminate things that just don’t belong in our photos. 

17 Apr 2020

Focus stacking photos in Photoshop

There are times when you can get everything in focus that you want, especially when shooting macro, you can’t get the depth of field that you want. Photoshop to the rescue. Make a set of photos focusing on different areas within the scene. Bring your images into your computer. It is easiest if you put all your images to be stacked in a separate folder. In Photoshop on the “File” menu, go to “Automate” and then choose “Photomerge.” This opens […]

16 Apr 2020

Video: Pixels, Resolution and Your Digital Files seminar

There doesn’t seem to much more confusing when dealing with digital files than image resolution and pixel sizes. When you are posting, sharing or printing your photos the proper resolution is key to getting the look you want and speedy transmission. In this online seminar I talked about image resolution, knowing how big your files are, what size they should be and how to make them that size. Enjoy the video. 

15 Apr 2020

Beth Payne talks about using photography to be more resilient

During my workshop in Cuba last month I was lucky to have Beth Payne as one of the participants. Beth retired from the State Department and now does training to help people become more resilient in their lives. As the covid-19 crisis was shutting down the U.S. and creeping into Cuba, Beth provided valuable assurance to the group, both in dealing with what was unfolding back home but also that we would be able to get home. I asked Beth […]

09 Apr 2020

Video: Converting Photos to Black & White

Using Lightroom to convert photos to Black &amp; White is a great way to add drama, depth and power to your images. During this one hour seminar you’ll see how I use many controls in Lightroom to make my Black &amp; White image pop! <iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/4EMnJ_mqB_Q” width=”900″ height=”503″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span></iframe>

29 Mar 2020

Video: Introduction to Lightroom

Lightroom has become the dominant photo organization and editing program. Its ease of use and power make it essential for most photographers. Here is a two hour overview of what it does.  

25 Mar 2020

Video: Exposure Modes

As part of my free monthly photography seminar series, here is Exposure Modes. 

25 Mar 2020

Photos from Cuba

So much happened in Cuba with the coronavirus hanging over our heads, even there was very little evidence of it in Cuba but there was the constant concern that we may be delayed coming home. But the week was magical and we made some great photos. I didn’t do a great job editing, so here are a bunch of photos I shot. If you click on one it will bring up a larger version and then you can use the […]

27 Feb 2020

Video: Printing Your Photos

As part of my free monthly photography seminar series, here is Printing Your Photos. 

22 Feb 2020

Iceland just keeps on giving

I have to admit that before I went to Iceland I was thinking that maybe I have been there too much and had seen it all. This was my sixth trip in the last two years and I take new workshop participants to the same places, knowing there will be exciting photos there for the photographers. My main goal for workshops is not to make pictures for myself, it is to help others make great images. But I like to […]