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Marshall Point Lighthouse

Dawn at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine.

Photography Tip:  Find out the twilight times for the place you are shooting. Photos that require a strong mix of ambient and artificial light are best shot in the nautical to civil twilight periods. My favorite twilight times and more prediction app is PhotoPills: http://bit.ly/OUxGxk

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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Ocean Point Sunset

Sunset colors fill the sky above Ocean Point, Maine.

Photography Tip: Color photography is all about finding beautiful colors. When I am out working with my color digital camera, I am continually on the hunt for the best light that I can find and ultimately that's what shapes my color compositions.

This is one of the locations that we will visit this October during my Coastal Maine Photography Workshop at the +Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa.

We will float from island to island in our own private motorboat each day while out photographing beautiful harbors, remote lighthouses, and working lobster boats. This is a terrific opportunity to improve your photography while enjoying the cuisine and hospitality of Maine’s finest resort.

More information about this unique small-group learning opportunity at http://bit.ly/CoastalMainePhotoWorkshop
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Squirrel Island Sunset

Sunset over the small harbor at Squirrel Island in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Photography Tip: If you are going to shoot directly into the sun then try closing your lens down to its smallest aperture.

Shooting directly into the rising or setting sun with your smallest aperture will create a starburst flare pattern. To make this effect more noticeable try to hide the majority of the sun behind a solid object. Hiding part of the sun minimizes the pure white hole that it creates in your photo and it makes the starburst pattern more pronounced.

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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California Flowers

Flowers line the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean near Fort Bragg, California.

Photography Tip: Fill flash is not just for portrait photography. Here I turned the power of my camera's hot shoe flash way down and used it to add just a hint of light to the flowers in the foreground.

Too much flash looks unnatural. Too little does nothing. The key for me is to shoot image after image and to reduce the flash's power each time until I get it right.

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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Spring Flowers

Sunset clouds float past balsamroot, and other wildflowers, along the shores of Flathead Lake, Montana.

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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Moon & Aurora

The moon rises over a frozen pond while the Aurora Borealis dances across the sky in Churchill, Manitoba. Night at the edge of the arctic is a magic experience.

Photography Tip: Smartphone apps like +PhotoPills make it easy to predict exactly when and where the moon will rise. The Aurora here is luck but the position of the moon was something I planned. More on the fantastic Photopills App (iOS) at http://www.photopills.com/

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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Snowshoe Hare Tracks and the Aurora Borealis

The full moon this week put me in the mood to dig back through my image library looking for "moonlight shots." I found this one from a magic night up at the +Churchill Northern Studies Centre while flipping through my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Catalog!

Have a great weekend everybody and get out and enjoy some moonlight.

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com

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Aurora Borealis Over The Old Blast House

Back in the day, this area was an active rocket range. A strange place by day. Even more hauntingly beautiful on a clear winter night when the moon shines and the Aurora dances.

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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Full Moon Over The Soldier's Chapel

The full moon sets over the Soldiers Chapel in Big Sky, Montana.

Photography Tip: This image is a high-dynamic range composite that I built from two exposures using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC's Merge To HDR feature. The new Merge To HDR within Lightroom is capable of producing incredible clean photo-realistic results without the need for additional tools or plugins.

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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Moonrise: Glacier National Park

The full moon rises over the trees and mountain peaks of Glacier National Park, Montana.

Photography Tip: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom's Graduated Filter is a blessing for landscape photographs like this one. Lightroom's Graduated Filter is a great way to add drama and color to the sky. This is a fantastic tool when we want to change one side of our image without altering the entire picture.

Learn more about my digital photography workshops and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training at http://focusphotoschool.com
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