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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...

It’s Time to STOP Hating HDR

By on Jun 30, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

Around 2007, a friend introduced me to this “new technique” called High Dynamic Range photography or HDR for short. He had just gotten into it and was making some truly epic images. one of my first few HDR images We sat on the banks of the Taehwa River in Ulsan South Korea, looking at what is now my current home. He showed me how to bracket the images and then edit them with this program called “photomatix” and from then on I was hooked. HDR also increased in popularity soon after. Propelling photographers like Trey Ratcliff to stardom. His free HDR guide was hugely popular and so was the rest of his Stuck in Customs site. His HDR images even hang in the Smithsonian. With the rise in popularity also came legions of haters.So why do so many people hate this style of photography? In The Beginning… Not all people were as good as Trey and so not all HDR images...

How to Shoot a Sunrise: Part 1

By on Jun 25, 2019 in Photography, Tutorials | 0 comments

I love a good sunrise. I don’t mind getting up and driving through the night to catch one. In fact, it takes me back to when my dad would wake me up to go duck hunting. There is always a sense of excitement as you never really know what you are going to see that day. However, with all that anticipation also comes a bit of skill that needs to be cultivated over time. No two sunrises are the same and they all need careful attention and experience. Understanding the finer points of this style of photography will help you come back with more images that you are proud of. It does take a bit of planning too. I typically start to organize my shoots the night before, if it is a location that I am familiar with. If I have never been there before, I will take a bit of time to plan and scout the location at least virtually anyway. Peter West Carey has a decent overview of the process over...

Under The Influence of Trey Ratcliff’s New Book

By on Jun 13, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

If you are like me, you may find Instagram a little confusing. Not so much with regards to how the app itself works, but more on how a photo of an egg can beat out Kylie Jenner. Trey’s new book “Under the Influence – How to Fake Your Way into Getting Rich on Instagram: Influencer Fraud, Selfies, Anxiety, Ego, and Mass Delusional Behavior” dives deep into the dark areas of Instagram fame and then pulls back the curtain for us all to see. The only way that I can describe the kind of truth that Trey’s book details is that it makes Instagram look like what a nightclub looks like on a Sunday morning when the cleaning crew arrives. That hot and happening place now is a grungy space with a sticky floor. The new days light shows that the amazing people might not be who you thought they were as they stagger back home. This book is probably best described by the...

Editing a Seascape with Peter DeMarco

By on Jun 1, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

Recently, I had the chance to be a special guest on one of Peter DeMarco’s webinars. This was a great experience and one that really got me thinking about how we all see images differently. The first image that we worked on was taken by my friend Richard Bates and it is a really good one. I was also with him when he too the image. Suffice to say that I have a little insight into his shot. However, despite being there and actually taking the exact same image (see mine below), we both approached it differently. This made the webinar that much more interesting to me. As Pete worked on the image initially and then handed things off to me, I realized that we both had a few similar things in mind but went about them in entirely different ways. Despite wanting to achieve the best looking result for the image we both had different ideas about how to achieve it. It was really interesting...

How to Import Your Presets into Lightroom Classic

By on May 28, 2019 in Photography, Tutorials | 2 comments

I haven’t done one of these tutorials in a while, so I thought that I would give Fleeq a go and see how well it does on the blog. Fleeq, by the way, is the software that I used to assemble this tutorial. It is just something that I am experimenting with at the moment. With that being said, on with the tutorial! For this tutorial, I used Peter Mckinnon’s presets that I just picked up. I wanted to start with a fresh set of presets to show you the whole process from start to finish. Press “D” to Enter the Develop Module Once you are in the develop module, you can click on the “+” icon above your currently installed presets and then click on the “import presets” option. Find and Unzip… Your Presets Once you navigate to the folder with your unzipped presets, it is as simple as clicking on the folder and hitting “import” to...

Buddha’s Birthday 2019

By on May 18, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

So I have been a little preachy in these last few posts, so I thought that I would get back to basics and just talk about one of the best times of the year here in South Korea and one that few travels really know about. I am talking about Buddha’s Birthday. I was shocked that when I started posting my images, that there were a lot of people that were living in Korea that had limited knowledge about the event. With so many temples around Korea, I was a little put back by the messages that I received. I think many people just thought that the lanterns and elaborate decorations were limited to Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. Fortunately, they are not and many of the temples outside of Seoul have far better events and celebrations. Tongdosa At the entrance to Tongdosa This year is a particularly sad year for this temple as one man’s impatience and road rage lead to 1 death, another...

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