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Using Workspaces in Luminar 2018

By on Jan 21, 2018 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

One of my favourite features about Luminar are the workspaces. I also find that many people are not really too sure what to do with them. As you progress with your learning and ability using Luminar, you may become less reliant on Presets. However, with so many functions and filters inside of Luminar it maybe hard to find a good starting point for editing your images. Workspaces help by putting what you need right where you need it. Utilizing workspaces can greatly increase your workflow and make you less reliant on presets as a one-size-fits-all solution. The reason that I say this is that anytime you use a preset it may not be 100% the right fit for every image. Starting off with them may get you into the right area but often we just think that it’s “good enough” and move on.  Workspaces give you the tools but they do not apply them to the image. So you can add what...

Finding the Perfect Loop in Cinemagraph Pro

By on Jan 9, 2018 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

One of the hardest things to achieve when creating a cinemagraph is the fabled “perfect loop” which is created when you cannot define the start or end point of the movement in the cinemagraph. It is a complicated process in some cases as creating the perfect loop depends on a number of factors. Fortunately, using software like Flixel’s cinemagraph pro helps reduce some complexity quite a bit. That being said, we do have to go over a few things to get you off on the right foot. Find the Right Movement or Subject Getting the perfect loop is based largely on a repeated movement where the in and out points are similar, if not exactly the same.  Looking for this kind of movement helps you get started on the right track. Any sort of back-and-forth movement is perfect for this. Movements that have no distinct directionality are good as well. I would like to emphasise that...

Welcome 2018, Goodbye 2017

By on Jan 3, 2018 in Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

It is the evening of January 2nd as I write this and I have had a slow but productive weekend. In many ways it was reflective of the past year.  I would say that 2017 was a defining year for myself and my photography. It went by unusually fast but had its share of ups and downs. Without boring you too much, I will go through them as best that I can. At the beginning of the year, I took the blog in a new direction and focussed more on learning than I did in the past. The purpose was to give the blog a stronger focus and align it more to my learn.jasonteale.com page that is designed to actually help people learn photography and editing. I dialed in a number of ideas about the theory and business of photography as well as the travel side of things. Little did I know that 2017 was to become one of the hardest years of my photography career. At the beginning of the year, I launched a new...

Black Friday Deals and My New Preset Pack

By on Nov 28, 2017 in Photography | 0 comments

Time is running out on my Black Friday Campaign. However, I have extended it until Friday to make sure that no one misses out on the savings. I know that it sounds like a plug but to be honest, I really want people to check out these courses. Over the last few months, I have been doing a number of photowalks and a lot of people have been asking about editing and cinemagraphs. I’ve realized that not many people know about the courses that I have available. Click and use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY55 to get the discount The one thing that I am proud of is my new preset pack. I put together a number of great presets… 12 of them in fact! I made sure to keep these as “usable” as I could. Meaning that I have bought a lot of presets that are just terrible and I do not know who would actually use them. What I put together are a series of presets that are one-click...

Fall Colours of Korea

By on Nov 26, 2017 in Korea, Photography, Technique Tuesday | 0 comments

If you talk to any Korean over the age of 40, they will no doubt tell you about the “4 seasons of Korea” and look a bit astonished when they realize that places like Canada also have four seasons as well. This concept comes up in a lot of older textbooks and even my Korean language books as well. While it may seem strange, Korea does not disappoint when it comes to the seasons. Fall in Korea is beautiful and that is why so many people are proud of the season here. The beauty of fall is that there is a vibrant burst of colour before the long grey period of winter. I love the colours of fall, especially at the Buddhist temples around Korea. The trick to capturing great colours is to really make good use of the light. I find that you can stretch the shooting times out a lot more on the clear days. Not to mention that the bright mid-morning light often works best for these...

Basic Workflows for Luminar

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 5 comments

Since my last post about Luminar, I have altered how I process a lot of my images. The reason being that Luminar has for the most part provided such a creative solution to making photos pop in every way possible. However, if you are new to photography and editing, Luminar may seem a little complicated. Trust me, it gets easier with practice. However, to get you going I have chosen two very simple workflows for you that can help you get your photos looking amazing! Start with a Preset If you absolutely have no idea what you want from your image then I would suggest starting with a preset and see where that takes you. The reason that I say that is because at times, we just don’t know the capabilities of our image and the presets not only give a starting point but the set up the workspace as well. From here you can tweak the settings, as many times the initial preset effects may not...

Faces of Seoul Workshop with David Guttenfelder

By on Aug 11, 2017 in Korea, Photography, Theory Thursday | 0 comments

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a lecture and workshop with the esteemed National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder. If you are not familiar with his work then you should really check out his site and his instagram. David is probably one of the most interesting photographers that I have had the pleasure of meeting. His accomplishments are amazing and the stories that he told during not only his lecture but the workshop were unlike anything that I’ve heard before. I will leave the fanboy gushing for a later time and just let you read his about page to fully understand how awesome David is. The lecture It was interesting to see the different people that collected in the Seoul City Hall building on that Saturday afternoon. From mother’s to longtime expats like myself, it was a great collection of creative minds. It was inspiring to hear how dedicated...

How to Accept Criticism as a Photographer

By on Jul 18, 2017 in Photography, Theory Thursday | 2 comments

Last month, Chase Jarvis recently gave an in depth answer to a question of mine. He peeled back the layers of my website and tutorials and gave some hard advice to something that I have been struggling with for a long time. That show has since been added to a recent podcast of his as well. Now, this has put my photography, my site and even myself in a slightly harsh light. Due to the popularity of the show, it has opened up the door to a number critical comments. However, it has been one of the best things that I could have ever asked for. Here is how I deal with criticism as a photographer. How could someone be happy about a random stranger saying “I looked at your site and your photos and many of them are certainly amateurish” as one person stated on my most recent youtube video. The reason is that I am learning from these comments and you should too. Great comments and...

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