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Happy Thanksgiving

 

Hi Everybody,
 
I hope your autumn was a good one.   I spent the bulk of autumn in India, so I really never had an opportunity to take advantage of the fall foliage, but I hope you did!
 
 
I have 2 upcoming events I want to share with you before the Thanksgiving holiday. First I am leading a one night tour/workshop San Francisco Night – Holiday Lights on December 6th for anyone who want to photograph the holiday lights of San Francisco. For more info click here.
 
 
And second I am pleased to be the judge for the next Chasing the Light Juried Photo Competition. It is now open for submissions and you can enter for a chance to win some prizes and have your images viewed by over 1000 photo buyers.  CTL is an opportunity for photographers to have their photos seen by the photo community and photo buyers. The top 5 outstanding images will be promoted to over 1000 photo buyers. 
Chasing the Light is open to all photographers and our next theme is WINTER HOLIDAY. Any image captured in winter and/or the winter Holidays qualifies for this juried competition. So upload your best images today for a chance to win. The deadline is December 15th, 2014.
 
You can view the recent winners on the Chasing the Light website: http://www.chasingthelight.info
 
If you are thinking about taking a photography class or traveling to some exotic location next year, don’t forget to check out my schedule here. Maybe I’ll see you at Fotofusion in January or one of my classes in March for Palm Beach Photographic Centre. Or perhaps you’ll think about joining me on an exciting trip to India to photograph tigers in April. We will be visiting two of the best tiger parks in India, Kanha and Bandavgarh during the best season for tiger viewing, spending several days at each giving us plenty of time to find tigers. And we have made special arrangements in both parks to offer you a full day tour instead of the normal morning and afternoon tours offered to the general public. This option is not offered by most tours. Click here for more info.
 
And if scenery is more your style than join me in Myanmar and Angor Wat in October. For more info click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And before I say goodbye I’ll share a few of my latest images from the American River in Sacramento!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday,


 

May News!

 

It certainly has been a while since I wrote! I hope everyone is recovering from the long winter and looking forward to some warm weather photography. I have been busy photographing two of my favorite locations, The American River, here in Sacramento and Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida. These represent two totally different environments, but both places of great photographic potential in the springtime. Along the river we are experiencing the greening of the vegetation, new flowers and the birth of baby waterfowl. While in Florida this time of year is all about the baby birds! (although I chose to show adults here!) Here are some examples of what I saw!    (Click on an image to see it larger)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am pleased to announce that I am working with ImageEssence Multimedia to create a DVD of my American River work including stills, video (from both the dSLR and from the GoPro attached to my DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter or attached to the kayak) and original music by Mark Heggen, which will hopefully be released in June! I’ll keep you posted!
 
In the meantime I am planning for some upcoming seminars, workshops and tours. In May I have a two-part Nature Photography Workshop here in the Sacramento area at Effie Yeaw Nature Center on May 8 and 10, and on May 13th I am giving a lecture for the Coastal Carolina Camera Club in Shallotte, NC.
 
On June 3rd, I am presenting at Canon’s Live Learning Center in San Francisco, and leading a Canon Live Learning workshop at Triple D Game Farm in Kalispell, MT.
 
And in July I look forward in returning to Lake Clark National Park, AK for my sold out (maybe you can come next year!) “Bears, Bears and Bears, Oh My” tour.
 
Meanwhile I have picked up several more subscription clients for my Digital House℞ Calls℠  private online lessons. It is fun having such a diverse group of students. I have been working on workflow, Lightroom, book projects and more!
 
I have had several people inquire about how I protect my camera gear when I go out in my kayak and the basic answer is I don’t! Which means there are some products I use that minimize my risk, but in the case of a catastrophic accident I am relying on insurance. But while in the kayak I do keep one camera body, with a wide angle zoom, in a dry bag between my legs (of course most of the time the bag is not properly closed, so I can get the camera quickly) the bag protects the camera from splashes and rain. I wear a Cotton Carrier vest harness to secure my camera with the longer zoom to my body. And both cameras have Expert Shields LCD protectors (great idea for all Canon owners and I use them on my iPhone as well!) to keep me from scratching the LCD and to keep water off the LCD area of the camera. It does help that I am using pro bodies and L lenses that come with extra sealing and weather proofing for the occasional splashes!
 
I hope you are all finding great spring subjects to photograph and that you are creating some wonderful images!
 
Take care,
 

 

Is it finally spring?


 

Welcome to Spring!
 
I know some of you are not experiencing real spring-like weather, but I hope it comes soon! We are actually getting some much-needed rain!
 
As you know I have been doing a lot of photography from my kayak on the American River, so I made a little video of a kayaking experience, by mounting my GoPro camera to the kayak! This is my way of taking you all on ride with me! Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7yGB5mWZ3s
 
Here are a few recent images from the river:
 
 
 
Marv Miller and I taught a very successful “San Francisco Night” workshop a few weeks ago and everyone had a great time working on long exposures, shooting panoramas, etc. We will do a few more of these in the coming months. Here are a few samples of what we did!
 
 
 
 
 
I also went to Florida to visit my parents and had a great time shooting some images at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. I had an interesting experience there, as I photographed in the mornings. There are a large number of locals that photograph there on a regular basis. When I arrived, at sunrise, there were already at least 20 photographers on the boardwalk. As I walked in, I lingered to take in the sights and access the situation. I noticed most of the photographers had all walked to the east side of some trees that served as a rookery for Anhinga, and Great Blue Herons. I knew I could join the throngs, and I too would get some nice front lit, record shots of the various birds. But I noticed the warm colors in the sky to the east, and realized if I stayed on the west side of these trees that I would get some beautiful backlit and silhouette images. I felt like I was doing something wrong since I was the only photographer on that side of the trees for the next 3 days, but I think it was worth it. Sometimes it pays to be different and to think outside the box! You be the judge:
 
 
 
 
Here is a list of some upcoming events I will be doing; I hope to see you there!
 
In April, I will be giving a presentation at the Harrisburg, PA Camera Club’s “Light and Creativity” workshop. May takes me to the Coastal Carolina Camera Club in Shallote, NC, June takes me to the Wasatch Wildlife Weekend in Heber City, Utah and to Kalispell Montana for Canon Live Learning event Wildlife Photography: L Lens Extravaganza
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 SPACE AVAILABLE - Due to a cancellation there are 1-2 spots left for this trip - call or email me if you are interested.
 
Once again I head north to Alaska in July for “Bears and Bears and Bears, Oh My!” an exciting trip to photography coastal brown bears up close! This is my favorite trip of the year and an experience of a lifetime!
 
Take care and I hope you get spring-like weather real soon!
 
 
 


 

Winter News

 

Hi Everybody,
 
Lots has happened since I last wrote! I just got back from an East Coast swing (managed to go in between all the storms! – no problems or extreme cold) where I gave a presentation for the Coastal Camera Club in Lewes, Delaware, to a great bunch of folks. Plus they bought a bunch of my Lightroom Training DVDs!
 
But the best part was my high school photography teacher lives there, and I got to spend a night at his house, and he got to attend my presentation. This will be one presentation I will never forget!
 
Then I went down to West Palm Beach, FL for the 19th annual Fotofusion event. I have been to 18 out the 19 years! It was great to see old friends such as Dan Burkholder, John Isaacs, Rob Sheppard, Janice Wendt, Barbara Ellison, Arnold Drapkin and more, but I also made some new friends and got to meet Ben Lowy, Matt Stock and Alison Wright. (you should check them all out!) Also check out Palm Beach Photographic Center, I am teaching two classes there in March (get away from the cold!) Creating Realistic HDR Images and Exciting Digital Techniques.  I am also leading a trip to Yellowstone for them in September.
 
I went on a fun night shoot with my friend Marv Miller (we are working on a March workshop night) to photograph San Francisco at night with the holiday lights!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I also have two exciting pieces of news to share and one serious piece of news.
 
First I got a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and I am flying a GoPro camera to take pictures from a new perspective! It is a lot of fun, but I sure need practice with my flying skills!
 
Here are a few examples:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yesterday I worked with fellow Sacramento photographer, Pat Livingston, on a time lapse project for a local business and was able to make a cool time lapse of sunset over the Sacramento Skyline.
 
Check it out here!
 
 


And as you know I have been photographing the American River by my home since the summer. And the serious news is due to the drought in California, the flows released into the river (it is dam controlled) have been cut in less than half! I will continue to document how that effects the landscape as well as the wildlife.  Wish for rain and snow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope everybody is having a good winter and the weather hasn't been to harsh for you!


Take care,

 

 

 

 

 

Top 20 for 2013 and Holiday Discounts!

 


 
 
2013 is coming to an end and I went through the pictures I took this year and picked my favorite 20 images! (So far – who knows what the next 3 weeks will bring!)  Let me know what you think!
 
I am also in the process of creating a new, large album of my work on the American River, near my home. This album will continue to grow, so check back often. To view the images click here.
 
I want to wish everybody a happy holiday season. I know many of you purchase gifts and have been overwhelmed with all the sales between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and that is why I am taking the pressure off. Between now and Dec 23rd I am taking 20% off all training DVDs, cloud based apps, posters, and limited edition prints found on my website. The coupon code:  LKHoliday20  will work on my website and on the Fulltouch website for the cloud based apps. 
 
Fine prints may not arrive in time for Christmas as it takes time to print and mat the images, but I will do my best. If it won’t arrive in time, I will send you gift certificate you can print out to present on Christmas and the print will arrive as soon as possible!
 
I also have one space left for my trip to Alaska to photograph the bears. For more information click here.
 
To check out my Photoshop CS6 training DVDs click here.
 
To check out my Lightroom 5 DVD click here.
 
To access my Lightroom training as a cloud based app that you can view on any Internet connected device click here.
 
To access my Light, Color and Composition app click here.
 
For posters click here.
 
For limited edition prints click here.
 
You may also want to buy your loved one, or yourself, 5 hours of one-on-one Photoshop, Lightroom or photographic training. For more info click here.
 
Enjoy your holidays!  May they be safe and happy!
 


 

Autumn News

Once again, it has been way too long since I have written. I have lots to share, so this is going to be a long one!
 
I just got back from traveling back east to Kentucky, West Virginia and Connecticut. I had a great time giving a couple of presentations for Canon and photographing autumn color! Here are just a few of my favorites!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have added something fun and interesting to my website! There is a page that features a live webcam of polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. So if going to see these creatures is something you have always dreamed of, now you can watch them from the comfort of your home! Check it out, it is always fun to watch – click here! In fact there is a bear on camera as I am writing this!
 
I want to let you know that I have updated my Lightroom training to Lightroom 5, and it is now available as both a physical DVD, and an online app, known as a DAP, Digital Artist Presentation. The new training includes over 8 ½ hours of tutorials taking you through the steps of using Lightroom from beginning to end. I have added over and hour and a half of new lessons. Both versions can be accessed here.
 
If you want to save some money, use the coupon code DVD2013 for the disc or LKB1066 for the cloud based version!
 
You can read about this DAP and my “Light, Color and Composition” DAP at this review on ProNature Photographer by clicking here.
 
Whenever I give one of my presentations, people always ask about the software I am using. I am a Mac person and I use Fotomagico 4 for my presentations and I love it, (in fact my Light, Color and Composition DAP was created with it!) and I guess so do the folks that watch! If you are a PC person I would recommend ProShow Gold.
 
I have just finalized tow classes that I am going to be teaching at Palm Beach Photographic Centre in March. They are Creating Realistic HDR Images and Exciting Digital Techniques. I hope you can join me for one or both and have a great learning experience! I am also leading a trip to Yellowstone in the autumn sponsored by Palm Beach Photographic Center and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. For more info click here!
 
New events have been added on my website with speaking engagements for next year so check them out here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 And lastly there are still two spaces left on my trip “Bears, Bears, and Bears, Oh My!” to Lake Clark National Park, Alaska July 7- 11. Click here for more information.
 
Take care,
 
 
 


 

My Little Slice of Heaven

 

As you may know, I have recently moved to a new location in Sacramento, just a five-minute walk from the American River. This has given me the opportunity to take some really fun and exciting images without having to travel! In the beginning, I was mostly photographing sunset whenever we had clouds (a rare occurrence in the summer!) I have learned you can go the same place day after day and it will always be different!
 
But recently I acquired a kayak and it has given me a whole new perspective of the area. The big advantage of the kayak is it allows me to get close to the wildlife along the river. I have seen deer, beaver, river otters, and a wide variety of birds.
It is funny how I lived fairly close before but was always too lazy to make the effort. But now that it is close, I am forcing myself to make the effort (actually it is pretty easy to get motivated!) Hopefully you have some little slice of nature not far from where you live that you can enjoy as much as I have enjoyed “my river.”
 
Don’t forget there is only one week left to save 20% off my new App “Light, Color and Composition”! Use coupon code LK593 good until Oct 14th on my new app at www.fulltouch.com/node/593 
 
Enjoy,
 


 

New App!

 

Wow, I should never go so long without writing, I have so much to share with you! I have lots of new pictures to share, plus comments on new products I’ve just tried, and I have updated my instructional video, “Light, Color and Composition.
 
More importantly, I’ve transformed Light, Color, and Composition into an interactive app. This new Digital Artist Presentation (DAP) will run on any device that connects to the internet. It includes over 1.5 hours of video lessons on Light, Color, and Composition, all geared to help you improve your images and elevate your photography to the next level!
 
The DAP for Light, Color, and Composition contains important additional enhanced features. There are new videos on creating HDR images using the Lightroom/Photoshop method, and Nik’s HDR Efex Pro 2, in addition to existing videos using Photomatix Pro, Merge to 32 bit/Lightroom and Bridge/Photoshop/ACR. The DAP also includes over 140 images (all the images used in the video lessons) and their technical data so that you can see the settings I used to create all the images. Also included are various links that you may be interested in, and a Gallery of Recent Images, a Feedback section where you can upload your images based on the lessons. Some of these Feedback images will be posted on the DAP with comments, making this a dynamic, interactive app that will continue to be a place to learn, beyond just watching the videos!
 
 
  • Compose more varied and effective images
  • Expand your ability to "see" images
  • Learn how to think about the direction and characteristics of light
  • Use color just as you can use lines, shape and form enhance your compositions
  • Grasp the concept of the color wheel and how to use color relationships deliberately to build vibrant images
  • Give a distinctive feel to your images based on Cool tones with a Warm Accent; Warm tones with Cool Accent; Pastels, Saturated Color; Monochromatic Color, and the paradoxical No, Color, Color
  • Master composition fundamentals including the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Repeated Patterns, Horizontal vs Vertical, and Horizon placement
  • Simplify your images and emphasize the important elements of the composition
 
The presentation Includes:  5 video tutorials on processing HDR images using:
 
PhotomatixPro,
Photomatix Pro/Lightroom combination
Photoshop/Lightroom combination
Bridge/Photoshop/Camera Raw combination
Nik HDR Efex Pro 2
 
Send Feedback and receive comments on images (a random selection of feedback images will be posted to the DAP)
 
Here is an intro video:
 
 


 

 

Use coupon code LK593 to save 20% -good until October 14th!   To purchase click here.

New Bear Trip Video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out my new promo video for "Bears, Bears and Bears, Oh My!" And to learn more about the tour click here

Lot's of cool bear pictures!

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVmoYel3yzw

New Tutuorial Available - Light, Color and Compsition: Tips to Improve Your Photographs

I am introducing a new product designed to make you a better color photographer! Every photographer wants to get better and in today’s world most people think that means learning more about post production or buying a fancier camera. But I believe every photographer can improve by paying more attention to light, color and composition. After all, taking pictures is not rocket science! There is a lot you can do to insure you get good images while taking pictures, and not having to rely on the digital darkroom. In this presentation I will show you ideas and concepts that you can apply immediately to get better results! These are the concepts I use on a daily basis when I create my images. They have helped me and I am sure they will help you!
 
For member of my newsletter or readers of my blog, I am giving a special coupon code to take $2 off your purchase price. Enter “IntroLCC” in the coupon code box and get this savings. The coupon code is good through August 2013.
 
Enjoy and I am sure your pictures will improve if you follow these ideas!
 
 
Thanks,

 

 

 

  • Compose more varied and effective images
  • Expand your ability to "see" images
  • Learn how to think about the direction and characteristics of light
  • Use color just as you can use lines, shape and form enhance your compositions
  • Grasp the concept of the color wheel and how to use color relationships deliberately to build vibrant images
 
 
  • Give a distinctive feel to your images based on Cool tones with a Warm Accent; Warm tones with Cool Accent; Pastels, Saturated Color; Monochromatic Color, and the paradoxical No, Color, Color
  • Master composition fundamentals including the Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Repeated Patterns, Horizontal vs Vertical, and Horizon placement
  • Simplify your images and emphasize the important elements of the composition
 
The presentation Includes:  3 video tutorials on processing HDR images using:
PhotomatixPro,
Photomatix Pro/Lightroom combination
Bridge/Photoshop/Camera Raw combination
 
Light, Color, and Composition is compatible with both Mac and PC computers. The one hour fifteen minute presentation is illustrated with 200 examples of ideas and tips to improve your images.
 

        Click here to purchase.


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