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Weekend photo workshops with today's top pros.
Weekend photo workshops with today's top pros.

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Here's a great topic for all landscape photographers!
Tune into our October +Photofocus® Lightroom hangout on October 29th (time is localized to your time zone on the event page). Our topic this month is all about tips and tricks for creating panoramas and HDR images. We'll start in Lightroom, but also use other software to complete the final image. We're super psyched to have +Ron Pepper as our special guest for this episode! Ron is an incredibly talented photographer, and especially gifted when it comes to HDR and panos. Check out his site for some killer examples of his work: http://www.panoramanetwork.com/

We've got some great prizes to give away, but you've got to be watching live to win! 

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We're working on a Pacific Northwest Waterfalls trip for 2015 where this app will come in real handy!
My latest article on +Photofocus® is  Calculating Exposure with Slower Shutter (from +Mike Wong).  
http://photofocus.com/2014/09/28/calculating-exposure-with-slower-shutter/
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We always try to get to popular locations early to secure good spots, but +Brian Matiash is right that you can't grow roots in that spot and wait for the world to come to you. Sometimes you need to move around (and look behind you) to really work a location.
A Quick Photo Tip - Use Your Feet

The impetus for this photo tip came from standing at Oxbow Bend in Grand Tetons National Park last week during sunset. I had come to learn that this area is very popular for photographers because of the way the Snake River meanders through, while also providing a picturesque reflection of Mount Moran. On this particular afternoon, though, it was quite clear that sunset was likely not going to be a jaw-dropper. We had a really thick layer of low-hanging clouds that ended up blocking a good amount of the sun’s glow. Still, we were steadfast in capturing whatever we were given.

About 30 minutes before the actual sunset, though, I noticed a firing line of photographers begin to form around me and some of my fellow workshop attendees (we had gotten to the spot about 90 minutes prior to sunset). What surprised me was that once these photographers placed their tripods down, that is where they would stay. Now, I fully understand the importance of securing a good location to frame up a strong shot… if the conditions were looking to be ideal. However, when it is clear that the sunset isn’t going to amount to much, why not work on diversifying the photos you take home from that shoot?

If there’s one thing that creates a wave of disenchantment over me, it’s coming home, importing my photos, and seeing that 98% of them… are exactly the same. That’s why, as I was standing here at Oxbow Bend, I made it a point to try different spots. Even if it meant giving up the perfect location, I’d rather have variety. So, my simple advice to you is to keep a mental clock going in your head. Unless you absolutely have to be standing in the very same spot with a very good purpose, keep a timer going and after so many minutes, try moving around. You never know what you may end up seeing as a result.

This is a three-exposure HDR image created by converting them into a 32-bit TIFF file using Photoshop’s HDR Pro and then saving it back to Lightroom for editing. Kudos to +Rob Sylvan for showing me that trick. I used my +Sony A7r and Sony FE 24-70mm lens on my +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. The height that this tripod afforded me allowed me to clear my view of the distracting objects in the foreground. Stylization was done using Analog Efex Pro 2, part of the +Nik Collection by Google.

Source with more info & links: http://bit.ly/1sP5zmf

‪#‎GrandTetons‬, ‪#‎PhotoTip‬, ‪#‎Landscape‬, ‪#‎SonyA7r‬
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+Nicole S. Young, our guest instructor for our upcoming trip to Moab (and yes there is still room), shared some behind-the-lens shots from our Tetons workshop last week. Enjoy! 
Lots of behind-the-lens images and airplane shots, but I think that Google+ did a cool job of piecing together my trip to Wyoming this past week. :) Auto-backup FTW!

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Happy birthday +Brian Matiash!  
Happy birthday +Brian Matiash ! I had an awesome time hanging out and shooting with you this week for +The Digital Photo Workshops. Really looking forward to seeing you and +Nicole S. Young  in Moab! Safe travels! 
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We had great light this morning! Our guest instructor +Brian Matiash captured this stunner on our way out.
Sunrise over Mormon Row

Well, we arrived at Jackson Hole, WY late last night, got a few hours of shut eye, and made our way out to photograph sunset at the historic barns on Mormon Row in Grand Tetons National Park. Given that this is my first time in the state of Wyoming, I couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions. We had just the right amount of cloud coverage to let the rising sun’s warm, peachy color reflect off of and afterwards, the sky filled up with these gorgeous, wispy clouds for some long exposure fun. I’m here as the guest instructor for The Digital Photo Workshops that kicks off tomorrow (http://www.thedigitalphotoworkshops.com/tetons/). The weather is looking awesome and I’m really excited to be joined by workshop leaders, +Randy Van Duinen and +Rob Sylvan, as well as my wife, +Nicole S. Young! Our attendees are certainly in for a treat this week!

As for this photo, I took it with my +Sony A7r and Sony A 70-400mm lens sitting on my +Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55 tripod. I was able to add some really nice contrast in the sky by also using my +Formatt-Hitech 105mm circular polarizer coupled with my 3-stop soft grad ND filter. I kicked off the stylization by applying a VSCO preset and then finished things up in Lightroom.

#GrandTetonsNP  #DPWTetons14 #SonyA7r #MormonRow #Landscape   #Sunrise   #Photography  
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Out scouting locations with +Randy Van Duinen, +Rob Sylvan, +Brian Matiash, and +Nicole S. Young for the upcoming Tetons workshop.   
I'm at the Great Tetons with +The Digital Photo Workshops, getting ready for an awesome week. We already had a beautiful morning at a sunrise barn shoot.

This is my Fuji X-T1 set up with the 18-135mm lens. It's my first time traveling with the Fuji, and I'm looking forward to using this system more and more. It has already pretty much replaced my existing Canon gear, just waiting on a few lens released from Fuji to make it official. :)
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Great tips to keep in mind on our Tetons trip this week! Still have an open slot for our October Moab trip. Details here: http://www.thedigitalphotoworkshops.com/arches-canyonlands-national-parks/
Improve your composition by using obstacles

My latest Photofocus post just went live! This article goes over some ideas on how you can improve composition by incorporating obstacles within your frame. Enjoy!

http://bit.ly/1o9xKoA
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Just posted on my blog Studio Photoshop about my wildlife photography experiences at Teton National Park with some images from The Digital Photo Workshops . If you want to join Brian Matiash, Rob Sylvan and myself in the Tetons we have a few spaces still open.

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There's still a few seats left for our Tetons workshop with +Brian Matiash September 25-28, 2014 - sign up now! www.thedigitalphotoworkshops.com
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