Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dreamscapes Ian Plant ebooks

20 Indispensable Photo Tips

20 Indispensable Photo Tips introduces you to many important concepts in nature photography that will help your images rise above the rest. The ideas in this eBook are covered in greater depth in the other books and video tutorials on sale here; to delve deeper into how to improve your photography, browse our products.

Please enjoy this FREE book—you'll be taking better photos in no time! 44 page PDF

Beyond the Grand Landscape: A Guide to Photographing Nature's Smaller Scenes

Move beyond grand landscapes during the golden hour and enjoy the smaller scenes and intimate details that are everywhere and available to photograph always and anywhere!

Beyond the Grand Landscape: A Guide to Photographing Nature's Smaller Scenes

Dreamscapes Collection A Selection of our Favorite Ebooks for only $99.95. 25% OFF the individual prices!

The Advanced Guide to Photographing Waterfalls and Streams  Ever wanted to take those amazing shots of silky smooth waterfalls and rivers? Rarely do books delve deeply into the skill and artistry of successful water photography, showing you how it's done, and challenging you to create those  amazing shots for yourself. This ebook does that.

Beyond the Grand Landscape: A Guide to Photographing Nature's Smaller Scenes This book expands the domain of the subject matter that you photograph. It teaches you how to move beyond grand landscapes during the golden hour and enjoy and include in your photography the smaller scenes and intimate details that are everywhere and available to photograph in all types of light throughout the day.

Desert Paradise: The Landscape Photographer's Guide to Death Valley National Park Explore Death Valley National Park and its environs through this detailed guide. It covers both classic Death Valley icons and places off the beaten path that even the most dedicated desert rats might otherwise miss.

Forever Light: The Landscape Photographer's Guide to Iceland Explore the wonders of Iceland with this detailed guide. It's the best guide to Iceland available for photographers, and it will make your own photo adventure in the Land of Fire and Ice as thrilling as can be.

Landscapes in Lightroom 5: A Step by Step Guide Landscape photographer Michael Frye is known for his digital darkroom expertise. His latest is a multi-media learning experience: this PDF ebook comes with the original files the book uses as examples and exclusive access to eight videos. It’s helpful to read about a tool or technique, but it’s even better to watch a demonstration, and then try it yourself on the same image.

The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer  Ever been intimidated by suggestions that unless you have this expensive lens or that two thousand dollar camera body, your photographs just won't cut it? This is the book for you. In plain language, drawing from his years of experience as a nature photographer, Justin Reznick tells you what works, what you need—and what you don't.

Photography Mini Guides Everything you need—and nothing that you don't. Ian Plant cuts through the fluff and blather, focusing his efforts only on what is important. In twenty-five pages or less, you get amazing images and to-the-point tips on how to make stunning photographs. The series covers Wildlife Photography, Sand Dunes, Slot Canyons, and Coastal Photography.

Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition Composition is the most important aspect of photography you can master. A snapshot shows the world what your camera sees, but when you create a composition, you show the world what you see. Ian's critically-acclaimed book unlocks the composition secrets of the great masters.

Dreamscapes Collection


Buy it all for only $199.95! This deal is crazy good! Every ebook and video tutorial sold in this store, all for the low price of $199.95, 25% off our regular price for these products. That's hours and hours of photo instruction and inspiration right at your fingertips, all for less than the cost of a few high speed memory cards. Get started today and take your photography to new heights! So browse the store further to see the entire collection and learn about everything you will receive!

All About Tripods

All About Tripods. Click to View the Video
It may be a simple tool...but your tripod is indispensable in the world of landscape photography. We almost always use a tripod to shoot photos. Even with high-speed shots,  a tripod gives our hands and arms a much-needed rest when we have a long lens mounted to the camera. We also use our tripods in some of the worst conditions... in sand, water (sometimes salt water), deserts, near burning hot lava, in snow and in rain.

The basic function of a tripod is to hold your camera steady so you can capture a sharp photo. Sometimes you have to take some extra steps to make sure this is successful. Here is a video that demonstrates how Varina uses her camera bag to steady her tripod in windy conditions...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Focus Pyramid Autofocus Lens Calibration Tool on sale (and upcoming workshop)

Focus Pyramid Autofocus Lens Calibration Tool on sale (and upcoming workshop)
Join us and learn how to calibrate your lens. Bring your focus pyramid and calibrate a lens and learn how to calibrate and how to use the focus pyramid. 

Value Discount Savings
$28 32% $9

Start making sharper photos immediately!

  • Frustrated with slightly out of focus images?
    purchase a Focus Pyramid and come to our workshop, you can learn how to calibrate your lens and then bring your knowledge home to work on other lenses. If Amazon is out of stock, thenPhotoWhoa has them too. 
    Autofocus microadjustment is a procedure that allows a user to correct for small errors of front- or back-focusing.  Note that this adjustment is most noticeble will have the greatest benefit for lenses with fast apertures (f/2.8 and wider), because the thin depth of field at wide apertures makes even small focus errors more evident. 
    Make your photographs sharp! Give your lenses a new lease on life! The Focus Pyramid autofocus lens calibration tool makes it easy and affordable at half the size and cost of similar products!
    • Canon 50D, 7D, 6D, 5DMkII, 5DMkIII, 1DMkIII, 1DMkIV, 1DsMkIII, 1DIV, 1Dx, 1Dc 
    • Nikon ( D7000, D7100, D300, D300s, D700, D800, D800E, D3, D3s, D3x, D4)
    • Sony ( A850, A900, SLT-A77, A99, NEX-x with LA-EA2 )
    • Olympus ( E-30, E-620, E-5 ) 
    • Pentax ( K20D, K2000, K200D, K-5, 645D, K7D )
    • Hasselblad ( H4D, H5D ) 
    • Sigma USB Dock (any camera body)
    • Some lenses ( i.e. Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG with USB dock) now allow for focus adjustments within the lens which provide fine-tuning with any cameras!
    * Most modern DSLR camera bodies allow for AF Fine Tuning / AF Adjustment. Contact your camera manufacture if you’re uncertain your camera will allow for autofocus calibration and micro adjustment.
    *** If your camera does not allow for Fine Tuning of its Autofocus System, don’t worry! 
    By using this product you will immediately know which of your lens front focus and which back focus and most importantly by how much. This provides you the information needed to make sharper photographs at the time of capture.(ie. When shooting portraiture, most agree focusing on the eyes is a good rule to follow but you may find that to obtain sharp, crystal clear, eyes may require you to focus on the persons ears or possibly tip of nose due to focusing problems found using this AF Lens Calibration Tool). 
    Everyone should calibrate their lens (either automatically if your camera has micro-adjustment or manually if not). At our last workshop we found that all of the participants' lenses needed adjusting -- and one person learned that his lens was NOT focusing at all; luckily he found out before he left for his big trip. Everyone should calibrate their lens!  

Not all baby photos are perfect

Not all baby photos are perfect I’m afraid (30 Photos)

horrible awkward baby photos15 Not all baby photos are perfect Im afraid (30 Photos)

horrible awkward baby photos11 Not all baby photos are perfect Im afraid (30 Photos)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inverse Square Law of Light Explanation from Karl Taylor

Inverse Square Law of Light Explanation from Karl Taylor

"The inverse square law in photographic lighting says, the intensity of light radiating from a source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source. As a result, an object 2 meters away from a light source, receives only one-quarter the light as an object that is 1 meter away from the source. Check out Karl’s video embedded above for a practical demonstration of this principle. And notice how Karl demonstrates it by shortening the ratio of distance between the two subjects and the light source. "

Inverse Square Law of Light Explanation (Part 2) from Karl Taylor

"To reinforce Karl’s video again, the inverse square law in photographic lighting says:  the intensity of light radiating from a source is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source. As a result, an object 2 meters away from a light source, receives only one-quarter the light as an object that is 1 meter away from the source."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Free Day: Gary Hughes & Clay Blackmore at PPANE Conference

Free Day: Gary Hughes & Clay Blackmore at PPANE Conference
Please Join the Professional Photographers of New England for a free day 7am-5:30pm at their annual conference on Sunday, September 7th, in Nashua NH. Gary Hughes, sponsored by WHCC, will present "Nerd Wars: Social Media & Beyond", giving you practical and easy to use solutions to help you increase business and profits. Canon Explorers of Light is sponsoring Clay Blackmore who is presenting his all new program titled: "Pose it, Light it, Love it." A program for those who want to create great portraits of everyone. The Trade Show will feature a variety of photographic suppliers who will be offering some great trade show specials. You can read more about the PPANE Conference and register at:
Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd, Nashua, NH

This Newborn Puppy Photoshoot Will Warm Your Heart

I love this! wish that I had thought of it! Anyone have a new puppy that wants to do a newborn photo shoot?

This Newborn Puppy Photoshoot Will Warm Your Heart
This is proof puppies are just as cute as babies and then some.

" This might be the most adorable newborn photo shoot of all time. At first glance, the images look like ones introducing the newest celebrity baby to the world, with two glowing parents welcoming their little one in all of his or her splendor. But this set of photos offers up a twist: The "baby" is a rescue dog named Snuggles. Yes, SNUGGLES! Photographer Jamie Clauss is known for her photographs of newborns and when her good friends Jan and Chase Renegar were admiring her pictures one day, the trio came up with an idea. "Jan saw a shoot I'd done and said, 'I can't wait to have photos like this of me and my husband with our baby!'" says Jamie. "They plan on having a family some day, but right now they have Snuggles (their dog) as their child. So I jokingly said, 'We should just use Snuggles.'" And it went from there."

See the rest here: This Newborn Puppy Photoshoot Will Warm Your Heart

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Apps for Stargazing

Apps for Stargazing

Apps To Make You Master Of The Universe


"Using your iPhone or iPad is a great way to help you see those objects in the sky you always wished you could. Whether you are using a high-powered telescope or just scanning the sky with your eyes, these apps will help you search for anything from the Moon to Jupiter and from the Andromeda galaxy to the Eagle nebulae. This handy guide will help you determine which apps will be most helpful to you." Click here 

Apps for Stargazing

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Hot Rumor! Nikon May Announce New FF DSLR At Photokina

Fans of the Nikon D700 have been clamoring for a "true" replacement for the D700 for what seems like forever now, same with the D300s people. A new rumor has brought some new life to those hopes...

FOR SALE : Canon 1D Mk III Professional DSLR Camera Body

Please contact Mike at for more information (he has photos of the camera) 

I am finally getting around to selling my Canon 1D Mk III camera body and I wanted to give advance notice to my local email list and extend a special offer to local buyers.

I purchased the 1D Mk III new in September 2007 and it has rarely been used since buying a 1D Mk IV in May 2010. I have never had any problems with the camera but it has received all recommended service and updates from Canon Professional Services and it was just sent in for a complete maintenance and cleaning service last month in preparation for this sale.   As part of the maintenance service, Canon recorded the shutter actuation count as 44,040 and the camera is rated for 300,000 actuations.

It comes with all of the original accessories as shown in the photos below.
Please contact Mike at for more information (he has photos of the camera) 

I plan to list it online in the next few days and I will be pricing it at $1000 which seems to be at the lower end of the range of the going rate. But if I can find a local buyer first who will come to Bedford, MA to pick it up and pay in cash, I will sell it for $900.

Feel free to forward to local friends or camera club members!

Thanks for your time!

— Mike Milicia

Friday, August 15, 2014

Announcing Artist Reception and 89th birthday for photographer, Les Campbell

Announcing Artist Reception and 89th birthday for photographer, Les Campbell 

I'm reaching out on behalf of the Hardwick Vineyard and Winery in Hardwick, MA regarding our upcoming Celebrate A.R.T. Artist Reception featuring photographer, Les Campbell of Belchertown, MA.  This event will showcase the acclaimed photographer's work and celebrate his 89th birthday and we'd like to invite the members of the NECCC to join us

Held on Friday, August 15th from 5pm-8pm event is open to the public with free admission, live music, light refreshments and a full bar. Attached is a flyer promoting the event with additional information - please feel free to promote or attend and help us celebrate an amazingly talented local artist.

Thank you in advance,
Meg Kelly Dias
Hardwick Vineyard & Winery
3305 Greenwich Rd.
Hardwick, MA 01037

August 13-31, Topaz is running a 50% promotion on Topaz Adjust.

I use Topaz Adjust on the majority of my images, I just love this plugin!

August 13-31, Topaz is running a 50% promotion on Topaz Adjust. Adjust is an image enhancement plug-in designed to make your photos pop. The 50% coupon code is: augadjust

Get Topaz adjust here

You can create stunning images with dramatic contrast, incredible detail and vibrant color with award-winning Adjust. Preset options range from subtle, realistic enhancements to artistic HDR-like presets. In just a few clicks, it's easy to produce a truly eye-catching look in a single image.

Canon 7D w/ 28-135mm IS USM Lens for $1099 – Deal Alert

Canon 7D w/ 28-135mm IS USM Lens for $1099 – Deal Alert

Canon 7D
B&H has the Canon 7D with 28-135mm IS USM lens for $1099 (reg. $1699). The deal also includes a Canon “Introduction to the Canon 7D” DVD, free expedited shipping and 2% rewards. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Light Pro 2014

10 DAYS to save! $100 OFF Light Pro 2014 registration
Completely Hands On 5 day Seminar
Sept 14-18th, 2014 ~ Fully Stocked Studio Bays
Sunrise & Sunset Shoot ~ Models available Infant, Seniors & families
Beginning to Advanced Classes ~ On site Print Competition
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Thought provoking images

Thought provoking images if you have an interest in travel or street photography. You'll find a dog, two sea birds, and a portable bed missing one wheel. 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Anne McKinnell

The colour and texture of birds’ plumage makes them fascinating subjects for photography, made all the more exciting by their fleeting and elusive nature.

Learn how to get started with photographing birds in my tips for beginners in my latest article on Digital Photography School.

Photo: American White Pelicans at the Salton Sea, California