Night Photography Book by Grant Collier

I was recently provided an eBook version of Grant Collier’s Guide to Night Photography to review on my blog. I was very impressed by the amount of detail that Collier covered in the book and the photos were top-notch. Just about everything you need to know about the genre is covered in the book incl. which …

Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with long exposures using the Lee Big Stopper Ten-Stop Neutral Density Filter. I’ve had a portfolio of work that I’ve wanted to add to for a while now where for certain situations I feel that it would be beneficial to do longer exposures. I’m still getting the hang …

Get Over Your First Impressions

My first impressions of Napa Valley was not a particularly strong one. I first visited ten years ago thinking it would be full of quiet vineyards “out in the country”. That could not be any further from the truth. Napa Valley is super popular. There’s lots of traffic and tourists. It’s hard to get away …

Re-Processing Photos

One of the fascinating parts of being a photographer is looking back at my work years later and picking it apart with a critical eye. Some images make me cringe when I look back and then there are some images will stand the test of time but could perhaps benefit from current post-processing techniques that …

Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks For Photoshop

Two years ago I wrote about Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for Photoshop and how they helped me to extract more detail from my image files. My image processing technique has evolved since then and it’s really transformed my ability to execute upon my original vision. Now I’ve recently started to use Tony Kuyper’s Saturation Masks …

Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review

I have recently been testing out the Canon 24mm TS-E f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift lens which was loaned to me courtesy of BorrowLenses.com. I had long been curious about tilt-shift lenses since a large part of my work revolves around landscapes and urban scenes so I was excited to take this lens out for some serious …

What to do when you forget camera gear in the car?

You lend yourself a hand. I noticed this spot during the last sunset I photographed at the Huntington Botanical Gardens so I made a mental note to photograph this scene at a future summer evening event. I obviously made it there to shoot this photo last night but what isn’t obvious is that I had …

Four Tripod Ideas for When You Don’t Have a Tripod

Tripods are a vital investment for landscape photographers that you shouldn’t go cheap on. Tripods are also a pain in the ass to carry around everywhere and even use in many instances. I personally hate hassling with tripods but recognize its importance to my craft so I accept that and deal with it. But what …

More Luminosity Masks

I decided to take another crack at processing this wildflower landscape from Carrizo Plain National Monument using the Tony Kuyper Luminosity Masks because I had always that my original rendition wasn’t as visually appealing as it could have been. The color difference was due to setting the 2nd version on auto white balance in Lightroom …

Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for Photoshop

After seeing so many photographers rave about Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for Photoshop over the past few years, I finally took the plunge to see if I could use them to extract more dynamic range from my images. As you probably know, digital cameras are able to capture a significant amount of detail but the …