One of my favorite things about celebrating the 4th of July is watching the spectacular fireworks show that the city of Portland puts on. In this video, I’m going to show you how easy it is to combine the best fireworks explosions into a single photo using ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5. The result will be a memorable medley of light and color that you’ll want to share with family and friends.
Category: ON1 Inspiration
Every year I take some time to look at my portfolio from the years passed. I look at how I post-processed my images back then and see if I have improved. Most of the time, I can say my process and style has changed for the better, but when I want a real confidence booster, I go way back!
In a day and age where photos are no longer “a dime a dozen,” but more like “a dime a billion,” you really need something special and unique to pull viewers into your frame. Every choice you make from subject and composition to exposure and camera settings- all should be done for a purpose and with reason. The same holds true with post-production. Join me for this ON1 Inspiration video about visual storytelling and ON1 Photo RAW 2017. Learn some of the tricks that I use for capturing the unique visual story for this image from Death Valley National Park. These steps are easy to follow along with and replicate to create your own unique visual story.
I’m very happy to return to ON1 Inspiration. My sincere thanks to the team at ON1 for inviting me back to share another photo with you. As I write this, I am “armchair traveling,” browsing through photos of past travels to Asia. It has been more than 10 years since I’ve visited Asia. I am excited to return to this area of the world in the summer.
My family and I took a little impromptu trip the Beach over spring break. Just as I type the word beach, I’m realizing I should probably clarify, the Oregon coast. Which is really more of a windy, not so warm beach. I took my camera along in hopes that we would get a break in the weather to be able to take a few photos. I knew I did not want a formal session of my kids but instead photos that captured the experience. Taking photos on the beach can be tricky but approaching it with a documentary style in mind really changed the expectation and instead resulted in fun little details that shared the experience just as I had hoped.
In March, Hudson Henry and I took a trip to Moab to scout and shoot Arches National Park. Like any photo adventure we had good times, we had some turbulence, but we walked away with some stellar images. We both left speechless by the beauty of Arches National Park.
When I sit down to post process an image, I have a concept of what the final photo will look like. However, getting to that final image is rarely a straight path. Actually, the path to most of my finished photos is very crooked. There is experimentation involved, and sometimes our vision of an end photo changes as we craft a scene.
A prevalent theme in my photography is water. Whether I’m walking along the beach or walking through a city center, I’m drawn to water. Oceans, lakes, reflecting pools, rivers, fountains – I see one of these, and I reach for my camera. And the photo I share in this ON1 Inspiration episode is no exception.
I have always been a fan of Ansel Adams. As a matter of fact, in High School we were given and artist emulation assignment where we were to photograph something like a great photographer of the past. Whether it was irony or fate, I have yet to determine; my teacher assigned me to Ansel Adams. At first, I thought he just had a funny name, but then I analyzed his work and realized he was a true master of the craft. Needless to say, emulating his style was not an easy task for a High School student.
Hi everyone! It’s great to return to ON1 Inspiration. My sincere thanks to ON1 for having me back. For those that don’t know me, I’m a landscape photographer and photo educator based in San Diego, California. The photo I chose for this installment of ON1 Inspiration is a reminder to me to make the time for my photography.
It’s so important for photographers to have a good grasp of what ideal conditions are for the type of photography you are setting out to create. When I’m heading to a waterfall, all I can think about is having a socked in, overcast, grey sky with a little rain. As far as I’m concerned, that’s some of the best shooting conditions for my surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and when those conditions are present during a shoot, I am completely in my element.
One and a half miles, climbing 300 feet, in the darkness, with nothing but headlamps. Only one out of the twelve of us knew what to expect at the top. We were worried about bears, and moose and wolves. But we were in a group, so it was ok.
Admittedly, I don’t visit my family back in New York City nearly as often as I’d like to. One thing leads to another and the next thing I know, half a year has gone by. So, when I do get the opportunity to visit, I want to make the most of the time I have with them. Recently, I was able to fly out to NYC for a few days of downtime. On one of those days, my sister and I spent all of it roaming around various parts of downtown Brooklyn, which was a wonderful change of pace seeing as we normally default to visiting Manhattan.
The digital age of photography has brought with it plenty of amazing advances in technology that have made our lives as photographers easier. Autofocus systems are better and much more accurate then they have ever been before, the dynamic range found in my full frame Sony a7R II nearly rivals medium format cameras and the ISO sensitivity of sensors these days is leaps and bounds ahead of anything we had just five years ago. However not all changes into the world of digital have been positive.
I’ll never forget the first time I visited Little Zig Zag Falls, located near the base of Mt. Hood in Oregon. On one hand, the winding trail and creek that leads you from the parking area to the waterfall is absolutely stunning.