ON1 Inspiration — Episode 15: Making the Time

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.

I was recently in northern Arizona and spent a day the Grand Canyon. Of course, I had my camera and tripod in tow. However, the visit was not a photo trip. It was part of a family vacation. And I’ll bet you can guess what that means – daytime hours at the canyon and harsh light. Certainly not the golden light of sunrise or sunset.

The Grand Canyon is such a great subject, there’s awesome photos to be had at any time of the day. Also, spending time with my family made the trip very fun. Yet, after our time at the canyon the photographer in me wanted more. I wanted my golden hour photo.

On our last evening in Arizona, I decided I was going to get my Grand Canyon sunrise photo. At 2am, I dragged my bones out of my cozy hotel, drove the 90+ minutes to the canyon, and hiked another 30 minutes to Yaki Point. The sun rose a little after 5am and it was an awesome experience. One of my favorite photos, the one I share in this video, I actually took during my hike before the sunrise.

I made the time for my photography and left Arizona with great photos and great memories, both as a family guy and as a photographer. Was I tired the rest of that day? Absolutely! But I’m not tired anymore. Was it worth the sleep deprivation? Unquestionably. If I hadn’t made the time for my photography, I’m sure I would have felt regret later.

I hope you enjoy the video.

12 comments on “ON1 Inspiration — Episode 15: Making the Time”

  1. On August 27, 2016 at 8:29 am Tim Cuneo wrote:

    I enjoyed this video as Scott demonstrates the way to use, isolate layers and use effects to improve an image.

  2. On August 28, 2016 at 4:52 am Anthony wrote:

    Thank you for this video showing interesting and useful techniques.

  3. On August 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm Paul Young wrote:

    Scott, not a lot here that I don’t already know, except for one thing, workflow and yours, well titled. I have a tendency to develop workflows, look at images and decide on the workflow. I did it today and shortcut it, then I watched your video. I could have used layers. The image was in JPEG from an iPhone that a friend took, it was a truly great image. First I wrote it off, then I processed it anyway, just too good an image, and that’s the point, I did it lazily because it was an iPhone and JPEG, in a fast workflow. What I did was OK, better than I thought and she may be pleased. It’s just a freebee right, wrong, it’s is great photo, I should have made more time. The upshot here Scott, is that, there are small moments and big moments in life. I enjoyed the video, it’s well made, clear and precise and deserving of respect for your knowledge. But, it contained an underlying message for me…”take your time”…that’s a “big moment” in my life for which I thank you, if you hadn’t made the video…

    1. On August 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Glad you found value in the video, Paul. Thanks for watching and sharing your experience.

  4. On August 29, 2016 at 6:50 am keith simpson wrote:

    Another good and useful video Scott. I didn’t know that one could stylise individual layers. Great stuff.

    1. On August 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Hey Keith… yeah… stylizing individual layers is a very cool feature. Thanks for watching!

  5. On August 29, 2016 at 9:06 am ulrich tutsch wrote:

    Wow, what an inspiring tutorial. I’ve been using PS and LR extensively and On1 just as an icing on the cake, but now I will do my major work in On1. I just have to play with it more intensely and watch more tutorials. Great stuff Scott!

  6. On August 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm Raymond Volluz wrote:

    Since there is no automated Multiple Exposure merge capability in ON1 Photo, this was very valuable. For those of us who do not use Lightroom, it would be helpful to see how to do all of the steps in ON1. Thank you

    1. On August 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm Scott Davenport replied:

      Thanks Raymond. I think a good way to do all of this in ON1 would be to adjust one image in Enhance and save the settings as a Preset. Then, apply that preset to your other exposures. Once that’s done, bring them all into a single document and do whatever blending is necessary. HTH.

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