How to create an Identity Plate in Lightroom

May 18th, 2011 by John Batdorff

lightroom identity plate setup


I’ve fielded quite a few questions about how to place a logo into Lightroom’s Identity Plate, so I put together a quick video tutorial. If you’re reading this in an RSS feed or email then you’ll need to go HERE to watch the video. I hope you enjoy, John


Learn more about John, view his images and check out his blog here.


Neos Adventurer Overshoes Video Review

May 13th, 2011 by Martin Bailey

This is a short video to show you how I used my Neos Adventurer All Season Overshoes from Outdoor Photo Gear to keep feet warm and dry while in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands recently. It’s not an incredibly difficult subject but it took me a few times to get my head around the process and be able to get this footwear on quickly and out to the Zodiacs waiting to take us ashore.

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Note that there is an iPod/iPhone version of this video in iTunes, which is good for portability, but if you’re watching on a computer, the video above is better.

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Hi there, I’m Martin Bailey, and today I’m going to show you how I kept my legs and my feet dry when I was down in Antarctica last month.

What we’re going to look at, basically, obviously you need some footwear. These are Baffin Boots. They’re good down to like minus 70 degrees Celsius. These are my winter weather, insulated boots, that I use anywhere it is going to be cold.

But when you are going to be jumping in and out of zodiacs, or I’m doing beach landings, you want something to keep the saltwater off of these and also to give you a little bit more height.

These are basically what I bought. They’re Neos Overshoes. These are the Adventurer All Weather Overshoes. I bought these from Outdoor Photo Gear. I’ll put a link in the show notes and in the video.

Basically, these are what we’re going to put over the boots. Nice and big so that you can do that. And then to stop water to get in even

Snakes on a Focal Plane!

May 12th, 2011 by Matt Dennison

Our local pal and great customer Jason Holzworth from Louisville, KY recently ventured to Costa Rica for a photo excursion. Jason's a fan of snakes and of OPG and he decided to mix the two in a few images.  One of the best pics of our hat we've seen!

Jason engages in even more dangerous photo ventures every week:  weddings!  You can check out his site and his images here:  and join him on Facebook here.  Thanks Jason!




Putting The Early Morning Sun To Work

May 10th, 2011 by Mike Moats

Well, well, turns out there IS a sun, (we haven’t seen it much this spring) and it was out the other day.  I got out early to beat the wind.  Once that sun gets up and heats up the air, it starts the wind moving.  

Depending on what I’m shooting, I may use the sun for some backlit images.  Not a lot of plants up yet, but have enough Skunk Cabbage and May Apple plants to work with. 

Here is the patch of Skunk Cabbage that I’m working.  In another few weeks when these plants are full grown you won’t be able to see the ground.  They grow in swampy and river bottom areas, and you can see a little bit of the swamps water in the background of this image.  You can see the low angle sun touching some of the plants.  

I usually walk towards the sun studying the leaves to find the best looking backlighting.

The sun needs to be at a low angle to get good backlighting on the leaves. Below, processing  was done first with the Solarization filter in Nik Color Efex Pro, and then some fine tuning in Nik Viveza 2.

The more deeply furrowed the leaf is the more highlights and shadows you get.  I shot this at f/32 for full depth of field.

Think Tank Retrospective Bag Review

May 6th, 2011 by Juan A. Pons

In this video, Juan takes you through the cool features of the Think Tank Retrospective line, and compares the Retrospective 10, 20 and 30.  Think Tank has just released the Retrospective 5 with the same features in a size smaller than the 10.


New Outdoor Photo Gear Product Video Intro

May 4th, 2011 by Chris Klapheke

Matt, our webmaster and graphics wizard, has been hard at work creating a new OPG intro that we'll place on the many gear review videos we have coming up.  We think it's pretty cool!

We’re Back On the DPE Podcast with Rick & Juan!

May 3rd, 2011 by Juan Pons

After a busy break, Chris from OPG is back on the DPE podcast as the "Gear Guru".  He'll be featuring a group of gear each podcast, and discussing that gear with Juan. 

Both Rick and Juan love answering your questions. No question is too basic or too advanced, so if you have questions you would like answered, please send them on in and they’ll get to it pretty soon. You can send your questions via email to or click on the “Contact us” button on the top of the website.

The DPE podcast is sponsored by the amazing folks at SmugMug. Make sure to check them out and if you sign up by following this link, you get an awesome 20% off your first year! How cool is that!

This is Episode number 34 of the Digital Photo Experience Podcast with Rick Sammon & Juan Pons.

Make sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here: DPExperience Podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss a single episode.

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Show Notes/Links

New Ebook and Photo Contest from Guy Tal

May 2nd, 2011 by Chris Klapheke

Our friend and contributor Guy Tal has been rather busy of late.  In addition to publishing a new ebook, Guy is running a ten week creative photo contest, with new themes and prizes every week.  Here's the lowdown on Guy's new projects:


First, Guy's new ebook.  Having previously brought us Creative Landscape Photography, Guy has now turned his attention to image processing, and has published Creative Processing Techniques for Nature Photography.  Both of Guy's books are great reads, and are rather unique in the ebook field.  Guy not only brings us technical tips and know-how on his subject matter, but also discusses the mental side of things–the vision and the thought processes behind creative images.  My favorite feature of Guy's books is that he includes thought-provoking exercises for the reader to perform, creating ebooks that are not only informative, but interactive. 

In Creative Processing Techniques for Nature Photography, Guy covers subjects such as:  Comfort Zones, Dynamic Visualization, Workflow & Analysis, RAW Processing, Global & Local Adjustments, Output and more.

Check out both of Guy's books in the  OPG Store here.


Second, Guy has also been busy putting on a Creative Photography Contest, and OPG is a proud sponsor.

This contest will run 10 weeks, with a new theme and a new batch of prizes every week. At the end of the contest, there will be a Grand Prize Winner for lots of gear goodies.

The first week has just ended, and Guy says he received lots of entries, and some incredible images.  He'll be posting the winners and entries on his site as the contest goes along.

Read about the contest and jump in with an entry here.  Fun stuff!

Choosing Rain Covers for Your Gear Repost

April 29th, 2011 by Chris Klapheke

Editors note:  Since it has been raining, ahem, just a little bit around the country, we thought we'd repost an entry dealing with different rain covers for your gear.

Hydrophobia in the rain

Rain Covers can protect your gear from the elements—not just rain.  Mother nature throws all kinds of corrosive at your gear:  sand, salt spray, snow and dust to name a few.  Think of washing your clothes the last time you shot near the water or in a dusty field.  That same stuff that made your clothes dirty is on your gear!

Your choice of rain covers is all over the board, both in price and in sizes.  From $5 plastic disposable covers to high tech solutions running several hundred dollars, it might be overwhelming as to which one to choose.

The answer to your rain cover can reveal itself with a little analysis of two things:  the lenses in your collection, and why you’ll need a rain cover.  Keep in mind that one size rain cover probably won’t fit all your lenses, and you may find a different rain cover need for different lenses.  Just as you need different lenses for different situations, you may need different rain covers as well.

Take your lenses out of storage and line them up on a table. A quick look will (maybe painfully) remind you of the amount of investment you have to protect.  Grab a tape measure—yes, you’ll need to measure your lenses, both length and diameter.  If you want your rain gear to cover your hood, include that in your measurements.  Keep in mind teleconverters, and add a few inches for them if you use them.  Also, some rain cover manufacturers include the measurements for your camera body, so  measure those as well.  It only take a few minutes to measure, and you’ll want to save this information.

Using Long Lenses to Create Dynamic Landscape Photographs

April 21st, 2011 by Bret Edge

Pick up most any coffee table book featuring landscape photography and you’ll likely be confronted with image after image of sweeping vistas and vast panoramas. Most of the images are probably photographed using a wide angle to moderate focal length lens. What you won’t see are a bunch of photos created with a telephoto lens.


Long lens landscape photography isn’t as easy nor is it as natural as using a wide angle lens to compose a landscape photograph. Our eyes don’t see at 200, 300 or even 400mm. Normal human vision is similar to the field of view of a 50mm lens. The most challenging aspect of using a telephoto lens to photograph landscapes is learning to see like a telephoto lens. Your goal is to extract small, interesting sections from a much larger landscape. As if that isn’t difficult enough to do with the naked eye, a telephoto lens will also dramatically compress the distance between foreground and background elements. Factor in the technical challenges of working with a long lens and you might be tempted to just throw in the towel. Don’t do it! Here’s why.