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Using One Location

By on Nov 28, 2018 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

This past fall, I found myself in this beautiful river valley just North of Ulsan, South Korea. This was probably the most beautiful spot for fall leaves in the area. I wanted to make the most of the location as I felt that it was perfect. As I looked around, I saw so many possibilities with just one small area. Wide Angle I first went for the obvious “safe shots” which are the ones that people expect from a location like this. The wide shots showing the morning light and the falling leaves. Shots like these really are best to start off with as they get your head in the game. They get you into the “photography mode” and not thinking about anything else. These shots give a while perspective on the area and what I am looking at. I am not doing anything too creative here, just making sure that I have the area covered. Think of these shots are your “first...

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...

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...

Luminar Neptune First Look

By on Jul 3, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 2 comments

With the sad and slow death of my beloved NIK Efex, there is a light on the horizon. That light is coming from Neptune. Not the planet but the recent iteration of Macphun’s editing platform Luminar. Recently, this platform has been creating a ton of buzz around the photography world and I decided to give it a look. Now I must make it clear that I love lightroom and I am not looking at something to replace it. What I am looking at with Luminar is a way of taking my photos to the next level. By that I mean that I want to create images that are detailed, colourful, and evoke some sort of feeling. This means that I am not looking to simply document a moment like a street photographer but rather create an image that reflects the vision that I have. If you are looking at simply taking pictures of people waiting for their bus in black and white, read no further. Preparing for Blast Off...

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