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You Don’t Need an Exotic Location for Great Photography

By on Aug 18, 2019 in Getting the Shot, Photography | 2 comments

I often get jealous when I scroll through facebook or Instagram and see the amazing places that people travel to. For some, I am living in an exotic location. However, I feel that I don’t travel as much as I would like these days. I have been here in Ulsan so long that it has become my second home. After 15 years here, there are not too many places that I have not shot. So how do I keep things interesting? How do I find places to photograph? Details We often look at the big picture of exotic locations. The sprawling cityscapes from Dubai or New York. Yet we often forget about the details of our own areas that make life wonderful and the reason why you life where you do. During a recent shoot in Gyeongju, I realized I stuck to just one area. I focussed on the details which in this case were the lotus flowers. There were some many things to photograph. From the people enjoying the...

Colorado Tripod Highline AL Ballhead Review

By on Aug 6, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

Full Disclosure: I DID NOT receive this product as a tester in exchange for a review nor am I an affiliate. I purchased this ballhead with my own money. This review is as unbiased as I can make it. a great looking ball head Buying anything off of Kickstarter is a hit and a miss. When articles started popping up for a weird looking titanium ballhead from a an unknown tripod company, I sort of rolled my eyes. After the Yashica Y35 Camera, I sort of gave up on Kickstarter. I have been using a 3 Legged Thing Travis travel tripod since I dropped my Manfotto and got the runaround from their customer service center. All I needed was a sturdy ballhead to replace the damaged one. When I saw that Colorado Tripod Company had a decent-looking aluminum ballhead for $79 on Kickstarter, I shrugged and ordered. Jump to last Friday when the doorbell rang and there was a box waiting for me outside my...

What Makes Luminar Flex 1.1 So GOOD?

By on Jul 25, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

I have been a fan of Luminar for a number of years now. The editing style and the technology that they are putting into their product is amazing. However, I am also still a fan of Lightroom. It keeps everything organized and it handles large amounts of photos better than other editors. With Luminar 3 and soon 4, that have a library or a digital assets manager (DAM), not something everyone wants if they are already invested into Lightroom. Actually, when Luminar 3 came out, I was not too excited. I wanted something that would work with Lightroom, not replace it. Flex was the answer. Not to mention that when Luminar 3 came out, there were a lot of performance issues. Matt Seuss talks about what happened in the beginning of his article. For me, Lightroom is what I have been using for many years and I don’t really feel like switching over at this point in time. However, I do love the...

5 Ways Photowalks Can Make You a Better Photographer

By on Jul 13, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

I am not the most social person, especially when it comes to meeting new people. However, there is just something about a photowalk that decreases the awkwardness of social interaction and allows you to meet people on a different level. Recently, I hosted a photowalk here in Ulsan, South Korea. This is sort of training for an upcoming project that I have in the works. Photowalks in this area are a hit and a miss at times. However, this one was great as it brought together some great people and it was a great time. One of the larger photowalks that I lead in Gyeongju. Why Photowalks? I never really understood it until I started looking back on all the years that I hosted the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. People came out not because they wanted to be a part of a worldwide photography event but rather because they wanted to be a part of a group of photographers in (usually) a great...

How To Shoot a Sunrise: Part 2

By on Jul 6, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. You can read Part 1 here. In this part we are going to look at how to edit your sunrise shots. I feel that his is an integral part of the process. While some out there may spout that “It looks photoshopped” rhetoric, editing your photos properly is essential in getting the look that you want. Also for my answer on how I feel about critiques on HDR and similar edits, check out my recent post. The Vision This is not about “fixing” an image but rather enhancing it. If you have ever burnt your dinner and tried to cover it up with spices or ketchup, you know that it is in vain. It just tastes like burnt garbage. It is the same with a photo. You can’t fix a crappy photo. For the most part you can’t “un-blur” an out-of-focus image simply or easily. Get it right in camera first. This is more about achieving the...

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