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 …

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 …

Film Photography in the Digital Age

I took this photo not long after moving to San Francisco in 2002, which was also the year that I started to take photography seriously. Digital photography wasn’t that advanced back then so I was primarily shooting with Fuji Velvia. I have to admit that I miss the feeling of anticipation while opening a box …

Why PC’s Suck: Mac Switch – My New Digital Photography Darkroom

I recently purchased a Mac Pro Duo Quad Core computer. I normally wouldn’t write about technology on my photo blog because honestly I don’t pay attention to technology news. However, as a life-long PC-user (since the late 80’s), I felt compelled to offer my reasons for switching to Mac since the photographers who read this …