In this Live Q&A Laurie Excell and I announce the Summer Photo Challenge winners and run through some of our favorite images. It was an incredible group of submissions everyone. Great job! If your image was chosen please send me a message in the Ask A Coach forum or send me a message with where to send your Black Rapid strap. We also talked a fair bit about this months subject of time-lapse photography, took some general photography questions and talked about some of our favorite locations and why we return to them year after year. We had a little technical glitch with our webinar software in the middle of the event which we apologize for. Thanks so much to those of you who hung in there while we got the system back online. We’ve cut that downtime out of the recorded version.
Laurie did a great video last week on capturing time-lapse footage with an iPhone. I wanted to showcase how I use my Android (a Pixel) to capture time-lapse and do a little comparison between the time-lapse output of a smartphone vs a big camera. It’s a short video, but somehow I manage to wander into a discussion of determining what interval to choose for your time-lapse as well as optimizing time-lapse shutter speeds. Below the break I added a little cheat sheet for the interval calculation:
That was amazing! The eclipse has come and gone and I’m still buzzed just remembering how cool totality was. The predawn rush to beat traffic and the 6-hour, 40-mile drive home were worth it. Now I understand how eclipse chasers catch the bug.
My goal from the beginning was to enjoy the eclipse with family, friends and my workshop students while capturing a composite landscape image of it moving through its phases over an oak tree. In the video above I explain how I photographed this and showcase the simple compositing technique I used in both Photo Raw 2017.6 and Lightroom/Photoshop. It’s really easy and it will also work for blending multiple night images into star trails.
Blake and I asked you in the Plus to community to give us a photo challenge and you responded by sending us out to photograph the streets of our own cities in no more than 24 frames. It was a tough challenge for a couple of photographers like us who normally photograph landscapes, wildlife and outdoor adventure. It took me back to the days when I did travel photography articles with film. That’s looking back a long ways now…
I cannot say enough great things about Hoya® Filters, both the company and products. You definitely need to check out the Solas Infrared ND Filters I talk about in this video.
Send us your RAW files!
We’re creating a new Your Photo Our Look video this month and we’d love to consider one of your images to edit. It’s easy to submit. Simply send us a link to your RAW file on your cloud storage service of choice like Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, or any other. We’ll be collecting them from the Plus community.
The address to send those links is:
Let’s see your absolute best image of this past summer! — Wait a second, no we haven’t forgotten our friends in the Southern Hemisphere. Just put “your summer is our winter” in the submission description. My friends at Blackrapid have offered to provide the overall winner with a Sport Breathe strap as well as Cross Shot Breathe straps for the second and third place winners. First place will also receive $150 in cash, while second gets $100. Laurie Excell and I will select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Long Exposure Challenge video at month’s end. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on what we are looking for from both of us.
We asked you in the Plus community to choose a reverse photo challenge mission for Blake and I this month and we were blown away by how many great suggestions you came back with. Again and again we heard a couple of themes pop up. Lots of you wanted to see us work with a limited number of frames. Still another group wanted us to focus on street or city photography. Blake and I got together and decided to combine these two great ideas into the City & Street in 24 Frames Reverse Photo Challenge.
Happy August everyone! Blake is our guest coach this month and he has graciously agreed to take on a reverse photo challenge with me. What is a reverse photo challenge? Well, most months we coaches set a photographic challenge for you guys to submit images on a specific theme. In a reverse challenge we turn that on its head and you get to send us on an assignment instead. That’s right, you as a community can challenge us to accomplish some photographic mission and we will each go out and tackle it while creating videos about the process and results. This is the call for you to submit those ideas for the challenge. Anything goes within the realm of the reasonable. Below are a few simple ground rules:
Let’s see your absolute best long exposure image. My friends at Hoya have been kind enough to sponsor this challenge by providing Solas 3.0 (10-stop) infra-red-neutral-density filters to the first, second, and third place winners. First place will also receive $150 in cash, while second gets $100. Matt and I will select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Long Exposure Challenge video we will produce at the end of the month. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on working with long exposures from both Matt and me.