We Have A Winner!
Congrats to Ryan! The winner of this weeks caption contest! He will receive a free Think Tank Photo Retrospective LC2!
I recently had the pleasure of visiting my friend Chris Klapheke at Outdoor Photo Gear, in Louisville, Kentucky. After a few hours catching up, we decided to do a quick video to show you some of the gear that I use from OPG.
I display a number of shortlinks for the products we look at as the video progresses, but I’ll list them all after the video too.
Chris also gave us an incredibly generous 10% discount by using the code MBP10 until Sept 2012, so if any of this stuff, or anything else from Outdoor Photo Gear’s line up appeals to you, now is the time to pick it up!
Don’t forget to select the HD version under the cog-wheel in the video settings and go full screen, to enjoy the video to the fullest.
X-Rite is offering two free webinars September 11th!
Adobe’s new Lightroom 4 offers new options for editing and output that make this a must-have upgrade for Lightroom users. In this free webinar sponsored by X-Rite, host Joe Brady will explore both basic and advanced image editing techniques in this new update and the importance of solid color managed workflow to take advantage of the new features.
One of the new additions to Lightroom 4 is its ability to soft-proof. Now you can choose your custom printer profile and see what effects it will have on the printed image. This makes monitor profiling and accurate printer profiles an important part of Lightroom 4′s workflow. We will walk you through the process from creating custom monitor and printer profiles to applying them in your Lightroom 4 workflow. Register now to reserve your spot.
Check out the great X-Rite color management products we carry HERE
Remember the first time you jumped off the diving board? One of those pivotal moments where you overcame your angst and (finally) dove into the cool water of the unknown.
In preparation for this seemingly seminal moment, you likely watched others use the diving board, listened to them recount their experience, and, most likely, asked questions of those who used the board. All of this in attempts to better predict what your own experience would be like.
Humans are very inquisitive. Even more so when faced with an unfamiliar situation. Observing, listening, and asking questions enable us to formulate an expectation of what will happen. This baseline expectation plays a large role in what eventually compels us to act. In this case, jumping off the diving board for the first time.
The same behavior is exhibited in how people use the web. Although surfing the web may play a less pivotal role in your life, people still look to establish an expectation with regard to an action. In this context, one of the most common examples is clicking on a link and/or button.
In terms of how we interact with computers, people look for hints and cues that aid in the development of an expectation based on an action. Most commonly, this is in the text we see in the link and/or button. We commonly refer to this text as a label.
This past Friday, a San Diego photographer was mauled and killed while trekking through Denali National Park. The scene of the attack, a 200 square mile division of Alaska’s backcountry remains closed, this is the first known fatal attack in the park’s history. Richard White was backpacking by himself, and stood about 50-100 yards from the 6oo-pound bear as he snapped the shutter.
“The photographs in the recovered camera show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively. Spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin said the bear did not even appear aware of the hiker until the final photos, which show the animal looking toward the camera.”
Read the full story: Fox News
Photo by customer Jason Holzworth
Congratulations to the winner of our Macro Boot Camp Contest!
Kim Doyle Riley won a chance to attend a Mike Moats macro workshop of her choice. She’ll be attending the Schererville Indiana Macro Boot Camp.
We’d also like to say thank you to everyone the participated and we appreciate your support.
Be sure to keep up with OPG for additional contests and your chance to win great prizes!
For more info on Mike Moats’ macro workshops, click here.
These days, you don’t have to purchase pro video gear to get pro results. The equipment you already have can give you a heck of a result! Check out this video that a few OPG staffers helped produce. What did they use? A Canon 5D mark II, 50mm and 24mm lenses, an Induro tripod and head and a Westcott softbox. Chances are, you have most of the gear you need. Just add creativity!
Editor’s note: Frequent blog contributor and pro photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr. has kindly made his new ebook FREE for a limited time! See Robert’s post below for a description and for download details.
If you like what you see, check out Robert’s Acadia Autumn Adventure Workshop for 5 days of nature and landscape photography.
It feels great to announce the release of my ebook “Insights from Beyond the Lens: Inside the Art and Craft of Landscape Photography.” It’s based on many of my previous blog posts and rewritten to flow as a single short book. I’ve added new images with background information on how I made them, and an updated resources section that highlights other great books and websites for further reading and inspiration.
Two Versions Available
In addition to a PDF version, I’ve also created an iBooks multi-touch version. It contains full screen views of all the images (compatible with Retina display), interactive galleries, and two videos. You’ll need an iPad (any version) and the free iBooks app to download it from the iBook Store.
I used iBooks Author to create the ebook which was a fantastic experience and lots of fun. I love the interactive capabilities and options to create rich media, and I’m really excited about making new books with it in the future.
Best of all, both versions will be available for free for a limited time as my way of sharing with all of you. Your support on the blog has inspired me to keep writing and sharing everything I’ve learned over the years, so I hope you find it beneficial in your photography and life in general. While I write about photography, I think many of the concepts are universal and reflect my desire to live life as creatively as possible.
How To Get The Book
Both versions of the ebook are available completely free, no strings attached. If you find the book beneficial or useful 1) consider signing up for my newsletter if you haven’t already, and 2) share and pass it along to others you think can benefit from the ebook.
Check out Robert’s website for images, workshops, webinars and more: LINK
Mike’s Macro Boot Camps offer three days of intense instruction on how to be a successful macro photographer.
These fun and informative workshops also include shooting time. Mike brings his favorite macro subjects for you to shoot, so you are sure to get some great macro images.
Here is the Macro Boot Camp schedule, and the winner can pick a seat at any one of these!
I’ve seen many images posted in various websites of mixing oil and water and always thought they were really cool images. For what ever reason I never took the time to photograph oil and water. So I finally decided to take some time and give it a go. Here’s how to do it with simple basic household items.
1) Clear glass pie dish or clear baking dish.
I filled the clear glass pie dish with about an inch of water and add maybe a half cup or oil. I used a stool to set up my system on, but a small table will also do. The two tall drinking cups are placed underneath the pie dish at the outside edges to support the dish. You can see that below the pie dish I have a print of one of my fall multi colored leaves. You can also use fabrics or wallpapers that have lots of colors. I set up inside next to a window for lots of light, but you could do this outside as well.
Set up your camera overhead, and get the front of lens parallel to the water. I used an f/stop of f/8 and my shutter speed worked out at 640th of a second at an ISO of 1600. I wanted a fast shooting shutter speed that would help stop moving bubbles.
You can pour the oil on the water and get lots of bubbles. But in my case I only had grape seed oil on hand, and when I poured it on the water it just created a slick on top of the water, but not a lot of bubbles. I used a knife to swirl the water fairly hard to help create some more bubbles and create a swirl of lines and bubbles.
I would start swirling the water with the knife in a fairly quick whirlpool motion, and then pull out the knife and look through the cameras viewfinder and study as the swirling bubbles and lines passed through the frame. The bubbles and lines will be going pretty quick at first, but just wait and the movement will slow down.