The Value of Photography Prints

With the popularity of sites like Facebook, Instagram and 500px these days it’s safe to say that photography is primarily viewed on a computer screen or phone these days. All are great ways to discover photography that we might not have seen otherwise. There are big drawbacks to this medium however. I will list some …

Guy Tal Book Review: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide To Photoshop

It’s been many years since I have read a book about Photoshop. However when I heard that Guy Tal would be publishing a book about Photoshop I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. There are just a handful of photographers that I would consider to be artists. Guy Tal is on …

Becoming a Jaded Photographer

Somewhere along the way I became a jaded photographer. Whether it was a few too many Golden Gate Bridge and heavily-processed HDR photos popping up on my social media feed several years ago when digital photography started becoming a mainstream hobby or from befriending too many like-minded photographers who share a similar mindset, I lost …

The Evolution of a Landscape Photo

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams Ansel Adams’ most famous prints were printed many different ways over the course of his lifetime. You can see the evolution of his artistic vision (not necessarily better nor worse) over the course of his lifetime by how …

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 …

Radian & Michron Timelapse

I was recently asked to test and provide my thoughts on two pieces of timelapse gear; the Radian & Michron. After taking the gear out a few times I have to say that both of them are quite useful to have in your bag if you’re interested in making timelapse footage. The biggest benefits in …

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 …

TK Actions Panel

I’ve been an avid user of Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks for several years now and have written about it several times (Luminosity Masks blog post, Saturation Masks blog post) so Tony sent me his new TKActions Panel to play around with. You can see the panels on the above and below images. If you want …

Fuji XE-1 Velvia

For those who aren’t aware, Fuji Velvia was the slide film of choice for many landscape photographers throughout the 90’s until about the mid-2000’s when digital SLR’s started coming of age. Velvia was characterized by it’s super saturated colors along with contrasty highlights and inky black shadows (or lack thereof). It is only fitting that …

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 …