Night Photography Workshop in Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town

July 31st-August 3rd, in Eastern California with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig Schedule: July 31st - Optional Lightroom 5 Class in Lee Vining August 1st - Tioga Pass or Mono Lake August 2nd and 3rd - Bodie Ghost Town Tioga Pass, Mono Lake and Bodie ghost town are not only some of our favorite locations that we've been making images in for decades, we've also been leading night photography workshops here for the past ten years. We think you'll find Mono Lake’s signature monolithic rock structures that extend upward from the lake are ideal for night photography. The dramatic granite moonscapes…


Commentary: Monitors are bad and noise (can be) good

We'd like to think that todays $1000+ LED LCD displays are great but I'm going to say they're not. They suck actually. We just don't know better because we haven't seen anything better - yet. Today's displays are like cars from the 1970s - much better transportation than a decade prior but still horribly polluting, underpowered and unsafe in comparison to what's coming in the next few decades. Today's desktop computer monitors are fairly low resolution ranging from 72-150ppi. While this works fine for 95% of the people out there communicating via email and browsing the web, its having some…


Night Photography Workshop: Death Valley

March 19-21, 2014 in Death Valley, CA with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig Lance Keimig and I invite you to join us in Death Valley in March. Unlike our usual Full Moon Night Photography workshops, this one will take place in the waning stage of the lunar cycle which will offer us some dark skies full of stars. I've come to love this time of night after the sun has gone down and before the moon comes up. It will be a great chance to rely upon light painting and make some 'galactic sky' images. We are also going to some unusual and remote locations in the park that most workshops don't get to.…


2014 Iceland Photography Tour

February 2 - 11,2014 in Iceland with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig Iceland has been a popular destination for photography workshops for the last ten years or so, and for good reason. We'll have 9 days and 8 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country, and all expenses except international airfare, gratuities, and alcohol are included. Having two instructors<!--more--> promises lots of one-on-one attention with participants! Northern Lights If you have ever wanted to see or photograph the northern lights, this is a great opportunity. We are a bit obsessed with the…


Lightroom for Pros

February 18th, 2013, 9am - 4pm in Houston Texas with Scott Martin in conjunction with ASMP This 1 day workshop takes an intense look at optimizing photography workflows from capture-to-print using Adobe Lightroom. Skipping the basics, we'll focus on the nitty gritty details necessary for professionals in the field. This workshop will be held at a photography studio downtown with lunch at the infamous Last Concert Cafe. Topics of discussion: Lessoning dependency on Photoshop The DNG format and how to incorporate it into your workflow File Management Organizing your images and preparing for…


Icelandic Photo Tour

March 29 - April 6, 2013 in Iceland with Lance Keimig, Tim Vollmer and Scott Martin Iceland is a popular destination for so many reasons. This trip will be special in that it comes at the end of winter at what is essentially the best time to photograph the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis in the next decade. We’ll have 8 days and 7 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country, and all expenses except airfare, gratuities, and alcohol are included. The trip will be co-led with Lance Keimig and Tim Vollmer (whose photographs illustrate this page). Having three…


Mastering the Night: Death Valley

March 2-4, 2013 in Death Valley, CA optional Lightroom class on March 1st with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig Lance Keimig and I invite you to join us in Death Valley in March. We're shaking things up for this workshop and doing several things diffrrently than we normally do. Unlike our usual Full Moon Night Photography workshops, this one will take place in the waning stage of the lunar cycle which will offer us some dark skies full of stars. I've come to love this time of night after the sun has gone down and before the moon comes up. It will be a great chance to rely upon light painting…


Workshops for University Faculty

I just finished a private workshop in Marfa, TX with 15 faculty from the AT&T Learning Studio's Faculty Enrichment program at ACU. Not only did the university photography instructors come, but also several designers, cinematographers and those working in modern “media” forms (eBooks, video, web, etc). I really loved the diversity of this group, and the workshop provided them a chance to get out of their comfort zone and apply their creativity in ways that was different from what they were used to. They were enthusiastic, open minded and energetic. We had a ball. With photography changing so…


HiDPI display support will significantly enhance our relationship with photography

After spending 6 hours with Lightroom's new HiDPI Retina Display Support, let's me just say it's incredible. A giant step forward. It's like seeing all of your images in a whole new light. Looking at images on a ~300ppi screen with the same clarity and resolution of a fine print is a long time dream of mine that I know would someday come true. We've been living in the dark ages with our ~72ppi displays. We've been seeing not the true nature but a facsimile of our images. Things like sharpness, noise and grain just don't look right on a low res screens like they do in print. With HiDPI…


Tips for upgrading to Lightroom 4

Every time we upgrade Lightroom we have a great chance to get a fresh start, shed bad habits, and tweak our workflow. Customizing one's process in Lightroom and reducing dependency upon Photoshop is the key to having a smart, efficient workflow that minimizes our time at the computer and maximizes time spent making images. I've been spending the last few months visiting with pros in their studios, auditing their workflows and getting them started on the right foot with Lightroom 4. Here's are some of the common suggestions that I'm encouraging people to do: