Sunday, June 30, 2013

Onne's Photography Workshops

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Special Ezra Smith Gallery Opening! 

Our summer opening will introduce a new line of beautiful color prints by Ezra Smith. His work, entitled “Rhode Island Working Sail,” profiles renderings of beautiful working boats from RI’s rich maritime history. 

Onne is thrilled to add another line of nautical art to his successful gallery for the first time ever, and believes Smith's unique and artful pieces will be a great fit aside his own colorful imagery. 
In addition to the new prints by Smith, the gallery is also unveiling several new Limited Edition photos with images from Onne's recent travels to the Whitsunday Islands and the famous J Class Regatta in St. Barth's. Some of these images, along with the "Water Series Prints" are stunningly mounted using a popular technique called Plexiglas Mount, which creates a frameless contemporary look  with the photo face mounted to thick, crystal clear Plexiglas. 

Onne's Photography Workshops

Sign up today for a summer photography "Workshop on the Water!"
Spots are going fast!    
Join Onne in Newport aboard the M/V "Gansett" for one of THREE scheduled "Workshops on the Water." With small groups and individual instruction, Onne's workshops are filled with great tips for using your own equipment shooting on the water.

August 31st Shoot the Classic Yacht Regatta
September 28th Shoot the 12 Metre North American Championships. 
Don't wait - email Kristin for more info or to sign up today.

Tips & Tricks for photographing fireworks...

Tips and Tricks for photographing fireworks... 

It really is much easier than you might think, with the most important tool is a tripod.

National Geographic - Photographing Fireworks

Digital Photography School - How to Photograph Fireworks Displays

Free Digital Photography Tutorial Site - Firework photography

Mason Resnick- Take Pictures of Fireworks You Can Be Proud Of

How to Photograph Fireworks -

And a short video from the Photo Tips podcast-

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Betty Wiley's photograph takes first place!!

The Results Are In

Congratulations to the winners of the Unified Color HDR Contest


Thanks to all of you who entered the contest. These beautiful, winning images show natural HDR photography at it's best.

Please check our website to see a collection of finalist images and check our blog soon for interviews with the winners.

Photo masterclass -- a series to help you improve your wildlife and nature photography

I found this series here:
Each one has a pdf that can be downloaded

Welcome to our exclusive series to help you improve your wildlife and nature photography. First up, how to take better landscape photographs.

Mammal portraits are one of the trickier subjects for the wildlife photographer. But by knowing your subject intimately, using your imagination and employing our expert tips, you can improve your pictures dramatically.

You might think that plants make easy photographic subjects, but there are many things you need to consider to bring out the best in your floral pictures. 

A sunrise or sunset can transform an ordinary setting or subject into something really magical, but how do you take advantage of this beautiful light? 

The sea is one of the most challenging places to get great photos, but don’t be put off – with our experts’ advice your efforts will be more than rewarded.  

Many wildlife photographers simply ignore 99.9 per cent of potential subjects – invertebrates. In this masterclass, we show that small can be beautiful.

Now it's time for an even greater challenge - capturing moving targets. If you follow our experts’ advice on fieldcraft, good technique and equipment, you may surprise yourself.
Pulling back from your subject and revealing the world in which it lives enables you to imbue the image with tension and drama. But to make this work, here are a few simple but important lessons.

Birds make fabulous photographic subjects. But to get close to your subject you must concentrate on your field skills as much as your photographic ability. 

Don’t ignore reptiles and amphibians – they can be the most rewarding photographic subjects you’ll ever encounter. You just need a bit of old-fashioned fieldwork and plenty of patience to capture a really special image. 

It’s time to free your mind to take truly unforgettable photographs. Use your imagination to create an inspirational vision – a unique, perhaps abstract view of wildlife or wild places. You’ll have to work hard and think laterally, but it’s very rewarding.

Don't assume that you need good weather to take good photos – sometimes the opposite is true. We reveal how stormy skies and pouring rain can be your friends, bringing intriguing light, mood and emotion to your images.

Frost, ice and snow not only change the appearance of the world around us, but also the way animals behave. This offers great possibilities for taking unusual, beautifully lit photographs. 

Strip away the colour and a well-composed photograph will often increase in power. The very best black and white photos have a pure graphic quality that oozes emotion and energy. This month, learn to think creatively and take photographs of wildlife that really tell a story.

Many photographers assume that you have to travel into the ‘wilds’ to take great pictures of wildlife. Not true! There are lots of beautiful, unusual and often poignant opportunities on your doorstep – you just need to know how to make the most of them.

The best way to photograph exotic animals – without the expense or carbon emissions of a trip abroad – is to visit a zoo. But just because the animals are captive doesn't mean a great photo is guaranteed. You need to capture a sense of the animal’s wild character.

Watching the birdie is not as simple as it sounds. Solid fieldcraft, endless patience, lightning-fast reflexes and a deep understanding of your subjects’ lifestyles and habits are vital if you want to capture inspiring images of bird behaviour.

Though there are plenty of subjects to choose from, actually photographing mammals in action is a very exacting skill. Planning and patience are important, as is knowledge of your subject’s behaviour – sometimes you have to predict what it’s going to do next to capture the moment. 

If you can get really close to your subject, you can enter a new world of wildlife photography. It’s a place of great beauty, seldom visited by most other people. But you need to draw on your imagination and all your artistic skills to create a vision from the detail. 

Trying out new methods and techniques allows you to step back from subject-led wildlife images and expand your photographic repertoire. The results created with flash photography, time-lapse and camera traps can be both fascinating and fun. 

October is a highlight of the wildlife photography calendar. As some of the world's finest photographers descend on London for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, we invite 10 of the big names speaking at WildPhotos to share their top tips.

Heather Angel shares some of her top tips on how to photograph nature and wildlife.

Friday, June 28, 2013

NIKON Repair Center Taiwan Can Paint Your Lenses White

NIKON Repair Center Taiwan Can Paint Your Lenses White

NIKON Repair Center Taiwan Can Paint Your Lenses White
with Nick | Read the Full Story
"If you are walking down the street and see what looks like Canon lens on a Nikon body, chances are you’re not experiencing some sort of hallucination from the excessive heat. There’s also a good chance you’re not in the United States... I’m sure there’s some cockamamie adapter that’ll help you create some unimaginable Nikon/Canon mash-up, but is it possible that Nikkor lenses can come dressed in white like their L counterparts?" 

50+ Unique Frames to Help Set Your Photos Apart - Only $17

50+ Unique Frames to Help Set Your Photos Apart - Only $17

Value: $76.00 | You Save: 78% ($59)
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Photographs are some of the most important elements not just as a creative professional, but in everyday life. What better way to help your photos stand further apart from those on Instagram and Facebook than giving just as much attention to framing as you did to your original image?

This deal from features 50 unique photo frames in multiple sizes, ranging from ornate, decorative borders to grungy paper mattes.

Each of these frame bundles includes PDF instructions, including extra tips like how to re-color them non-destructively using Photoshop Layer Styles.

There are 4 different packs included in this deal, and each one brings something totally different to the table.

Decorative Frames - 10 Frames

These frames are absolutely perfect for things like engagement announcements, senior portraits, wedding invitations, baby photos, greeting cards, or anything else where you want to add a little charm and class.

50+ Unique Frames to Help Set Your Photos Apart - Only $17

Photographs are some of the most important elements not just as a creative professional, but in everyday life. What better way to help your photos stand further apart from those on Instagram and Facebook than giving just as much attention to framing as you did to your original image?
This deal from includes a plethora of different frames that will immediately increase the appeal of your photos and designs.
This deal includes 4 different packs, each with its own style:
  1. Decorative frames - The perfect way to add some charm and class

  2. Grunge frames - When you are looking for an authentic feel

  3. Hand drawn frames - These frames let you easily add some character

  4. Paper frames - For that crafty, photo realistic look
All these frames are super high resolution and come in a variety of sizes and shapes so you can easily find the perfect fit for your project.
Check out the video on the deal page to see just how quick and easy it is to add your work to these frames.
Normally, this huge bundle of photo frames costs $76 combined. For a short time, you can get them all for a measly $17. That's 78% off the normal price.
Spending $17 to make your photos look infinitely better for all eternity? Sounds like a freaking good deal to me.

Grab All of these Fantastic Frames Now - Only $17

Grab All of these Fantastic Frames Now - Only $17

Thursday, June 27, 2013

July 27, 2013 - Tony Sweet, John Barclay & Denise Ippolito at the Whitney Center in Hamden, Connecticut

What a triple header! This is going to be awesome!!!

July 27, 2013 - Tony Sweet, John Barclay & Denise Ippolito
at the Whitney Center in Hamden, Connecticut

Program Schedule: July 27th, 2013

9:00 am- 9:45am- John Barclay - Discovery & The Creative Choice
Have you ever arrived at a location and wonder what there is to photograph?  Discovering worthy images can be a challenge.  John’s inspirational program is filled with ideas that will help you overcome your feelings of  F.U.D (Fears, Uncertainties and Doubts} and create your own unique images no matter where you are.

short break for questions

10:00am -10:45 am Denise Ippolito ~ "Before & After the Filters"
During this 45 minute program Denise will share some of her favorite creative filters and effects; she will show the base image before the filter has been applied and then the finished image after the effects have been applied. Seeing the before and after will be a great way to help you learn to choose the right filter for each image.

short break for questions

11:00am -11:45am Tony Sweet - Loosen Up!!
Break out of the box of traditional photography. It’s always about the image, but modern photography is much different than it used to be. With modern software and hardware, we can do whatever we can imagine. Fasten your seat belts for a fast paced, information packed presentation guaranteed to expand your creative reach!

15 minutes of questions and answers

LUNCH BREAK 12:00noon- 1:30 pm

1:30pm-2:15pm -John Barclay – Crafting Images with Topaz, Nik and Totally Rad.
John will do a live processing session where he will demonstrate concepts and share ideas of how to use Plug-Ins from Nik, Topaz and Totally Rad.   

short break for questions

2:30pm-3:15pm- Denise Ippolito -Lightpad Photography
Denise will share some of her favorite flower images that she has created using a Lightpad to illuminate them from underneath.  She will also share her tips and techniques, so that you too, can create unique works of art from your flower images. Bring your camera and give it a try or two. No tripods please as we won’t have time for everyone to set them up.
short break for questions

3:30pm -4:15pm- Tony Sweet - The invisible worlds of photography
There is a whole other world out there that we live in, but cannot see, and can only be seen when captured using an altered camera, extreme density filters, and software voodoo. Photographing things we cannot see is thrilling. Tony will illustrate and delve into, as much as possible in 45 minutes, the worlds of very long exposure photography, movement, traditional and color infrared photography.

15 minute question and answer time

4:30-Program ends

*All Day Seminar on Saturday July 27th – price is $79.00 there will be boxed lunches available at an additional cost.

Whitney Center
200 Leeder Hill Drive
Hamden, CT 06517

Sunday Follow up Workshop at the Bannerman Castle, $275.00.
Participants will join all three leaders on a private island tour photographing the castle ruins. We will work on creative in-camera techniques as well as HDR capture and IR. Bring your love for photography and your willingness to try new ideas for this one of a kind workshop opportunity. A detailed info sheet will be provided upon registration. Price includes the boat ride to and from the island.

You may bring a picnic basket if you like.

Sunday July 28th from 4:30pm-8:30pm.

This workshop has a minimum of 15 participants and we expect it to fill quickly.

Island historian Thom Johnson will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the history of the site. Thom is also a member of the Bannerman Island Trust.

About the castle:
After the Spanish-American War, arms merchant Francis Bannerman bought 90 percent of the U.S. Army's decommissioned weapons. Bannerman then constructed an arsenal on an island in the Hudson River. Built in the style of a Scottish castle, the arsenal featured a gateway once outfitted with a drawbridge. Long neglected and devastated by fire in 1969, the castle is now the focus of local preservation efforts.

To sign up please visit:

After successful careers as a jazz musician and educator, and professional magician, Tony settled on photography as his chosen means for personal expression. Beginning as a film photographer, he reluctantly moved to the digital age. Probably one of the last of his peers to “go digital,” Tony has become facile in imaging software, specializing in plug-ins. As a charter Nik Team member, Tony teaches and lectures throughout the United States and Canada on the creative use of plug-ins.

Tony and Susan Milestone conduct Visual Artistry photography location workshops throughout the US, Canada, and Iceland. Tony maintains an active speaking schedule to photography organizations, industry trade shows, and PPA schools throughout the continental United States and Canada. Tony's articles and images are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines, and is a contributor to He is a staff writer for Nikon World magazine and is a staff instructor on

His photography is published worldwide in every medium and is represented by the Getty Picture Agency. Tony’s images are also used by Nikon, NikSoftware, Singh Ray, Alien Skin, Lensbaby, and others for national ad campaigns. Tony's interview on macro photography was published in The New York Times.
Tony has authored five books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography ('02), Fine Art Flower Photography ('05), and Fine Art Nature Photography: Water, Ice, Fog ('07), and Fine Art Digital Photography (’09), HDR Photography (2011). Tony and Masterphoto Workshops have co-produced 4 photography DVDs: Visual Artistry, HDR Made Easy, Visual Literacy, and Flower Photography Artistry, and an iPhone instructional video series.

Tony is a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, a charter member of Team Nik (NikSoftware), and a Lensbaby Guru.


Denise Ippolito is a freelance photographer, artist and writer living in NJ. She was a moderator for Bird Photographers.Net, an online photography site where she worked in the OOTB (Out of the Box) Forum. Denise has co-led several BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tours with Arthur Morris, a Canon Explorer of Light. He is a world renowned bird photographer and teacher. Denise now offers her own workshops featuring avian, flower and HDR photography. As a former award winning floral designer and garden center owner Denise has worked extensively with flowers, her most recent eBook “Bloomin’ Ideas” reflects her love for flowers and art. Denise Ippolito received an honorable mention in the highly regarded Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice competition 2010 in the Creative Digital Category. She has also won several PSA (Photographic Society of America) awards, etc... Many of her images have been published in magazines and books, sold as greeting cards and most recently featured in a Sierra Club Documentary. Ms. Ippolito now lectures around the country.

John is a PA based freelance photographer who has a passion for leading workshops and tours throughout the country and around the world. John is a passionate photographer who has had his images used in books, on album covers and in a number of magazines. Most recently John was given the distinction of being one of 15 Excellence Award Winners in the 2009 Annual B&W Magazine Portfolio competition. 

Fractalius eGuide Announced!!

Fractalius eGuide Announced!!

A Creative User Guide for the Redfield Fractalius Filter

I am proud to announce--at long last--the publication of Fractastic, a creative user guide for the Redfield Fractalius filter. Fractalius is a Windows Photoshop plug-in. Mac folks will need to run Bootcamp, Parallels, or VM Ware to use Fractalius. It is hard to describe what Fractalius actually does to an image but this is how the Redfield Company explains it: the Fractalius plug-in creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on the extraction of the so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. You can also simulate various types of exotic lighting and high-realistic pencil sketches. Each individual image will react differently to the filter, so exact results are not guaranteed.
From Arthur Morris:

Denise Ippolito gave Fracting a huge boost in popularity about three years ago as moderator of the Out-of-the-Box Forum at BirdPhotographers.Net. One of those whom she introduced to Fractalius was Andrew Mclachlan who since wrote the popular "Ontario Landscapes - A Photographers Guide" for BAA Books. Denise came up with the idea of teaming up with Andrew to write and illustrate a Fract eGuide more than a year ago. The spectacular result: Fractastic.

In this fantastic eGuide the authors begin by explaining the usually mystifying Fractalius interface in clear, easy-to-understand terms. They even managed to make sense of the Colorize Mode button and the two large Asterisks at the top of the interface. The main body of the guide consists of more than two dozen intriguingly beautiful Fracted images with explanatory notes and screen captures of the settings that Andrew and Denise used to create their artistic works. You can use these settings to replicate the various effects that they have developed. Many of their creations are based on Fractalius pre-sets. The guide will teach you how to effectively apply many of the Fractalius pre-sets and how to create and save your own. The final section is an inspirational gallery of more than 35 superb Fracted images by Andrew, Denise, yours truly, and Cheryl Slechta who helped with the final proofreading.

You can purchase your copy of Fractastic for @$27 HERE  or via e-mail to: being sure to note that you are paying for "Fractastic,"or by calling Jim at BIRDS AS ART at 863-692-0906 during regular business hours. A download link to Your eGuide will be sent via YouSendIt. Weekend and holiday orders will be fulfilled the next working day.

How to Work More Efficiently With MiniBridge

In this tutorial from PSDTuts+, you will learn how you can use Adobe Bridge to help you manage your Photoshop files and streamline your workflow. Read More at PSDTuts…

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Topaz Bundle only $199

Topaz is running a big promotion on our Bundle through July 7th. They are greatly discounting the Bundle from $299.99 to $199.99 during this time. The promo code for this discount will be: july4

I use Topaz ALL the time, I use Topaz Adjust on ~90% of my images, all of their products are great and this is a great deal if you do not have their software! Lisa

Open up new possibilities in your photos with 10 award-winning products specifically designed to help you develop more creative photos.

The Topaz plugin suite brings out the best in all of my images and allows me to simply achieve
the look I envisioned when I captured the image. It is just hands down the best I have ever used!
Joe Reardon, freelance photographer

The Topaz suite is hands down my favorite plug-in, which I use daily in my digital workflow. The products allow me to tap into my creative juices and make the images I imagined in the field.
John Barclay, workshop leader + photographer

Develop more creative photos with the Bundle at an incredible price until 7/7!

Purchase the bundle here, only $199 until 7/7

FOR SALE: Nikon D7000.

FOR SALE: Nikon D7000. Only 7,675 actuations. Used mostly for video. All original packaging and equipment. $750 includes shipping in CT.

10-Day Galapagos Islands Photography Workshop

10-Day Galapagos Islands Photography Workshop!

The Enchanted Isles - Board our exclusive chartered luxury yacht as we explore the astounding diversity of habitats and animals that make the Galapagos a magical place -- Learn More!

(We will also be doing a 5-day extension to the lost city of Machu Picchu!)

Galapagos: The Enchanted Isles

FREE EBOOK: 31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography

FREE EBOOK: 31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography

"For the purposes of this e-book, I wanted to create a 30-day course in which you could overcome your fear of shooting street photography. I am a huge proponent on the idea of “open source” knowledge—information that is shared openly and freely with others. When I first started street photography overcoming my fear of shooting on the streets was the greatest hurdle for me. Now my heart barely flutters when I take a photograph even half a meter away from somebody."

"Feel free starting at whatever day feels the most comfortable for you, and also feel free to skip around a bit if you would like. The rough order it is organized is in difficulty (first day being that you are extremely afraid of shooting in the streets, and the last day is that you are fearless)."

"Regardless, reading this book alone isn’t going to help you overcome the fear of shooting street photography. You can read a hundred books on how to swim, but you won’t truly learn until you jump into the water. Therefore I suggest that after ever chapter you go out and actually shoot and try out some of the exercises."


"These are the rough cuts of what I have available so far. I am releasing this content as open-source, free for you to pick apart, edit, and distribute freely. However what you are not allowed to do is to charge money for any part of the content in this book. Also I kindly request if you post any part of this book anywhere, please mention my name and link back to my blog."
Below is the text of the excerpts of the book, in-case you don’t want to download the Doc file or the PDF file -- Click Here

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The super moon rises in the Big apple over the New York City Skyline -- Susan Candelario – SDC Photography

The super moon rises in the Big apple over the New York City Skyline.

I hope everyone at least got to see the spectacular SUPER moon this weekend. We were in NY and watched it rise (and set) over the ocean. We took photographs, but we only had long lenses with us so we did not get any scapes -- check these out, they are spectacular! 

Way to go Susan! Susan Candelario – SDC Photography

You have to check these out, they are awesome!

for sale

Hi Lisa -
Can you post the following on your blog?
I am selling the following....
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
Selling for $549 brand new in the box never used.
The lens came with the camera I bought in January.
I already have a lens in this range.
If interested please contact me at:


Five Easy Tips for Capturing Great Beach Photos

Five Easy Tips for Capturing Great Beach Photos
by Erica Burns

Who doesn't love the beach?  It is one of my favorite places to have a session, especially since I live near so many of them.  Here are a few tips for capturing great beach photos. read more 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Birds Through The Lens Instructional Video Series Released

Birds Through The Lens Instructional Video Series Released
Not able to attend a workshop, but would like to get the detailed information of being on your own one on one workshop? Then the new Birds Through The Lens video series will bring you right into the field with Alan Murphy, as he shows you step by step, everything you need to know to produce award winning images. In these downloadable videos, Alan will teach you all the fine nuances of bird photography, which cannot be put into an eBook.
This first installment in the series covers the following topics and more:
  • How to look for, find and choose the right perch
  • What perches do not work and why.
  • How to match the perch for a particular species
  • How to present a perch to the scene
  • How to trim a perch to look fantastic
  • How to support the perch
  • How many perches do you set up
  • Working with mounds, stumps and elevated perches
  • How to choose a good background
  • How to deal with background challenges
  • How to break up a flat background so it's mottled
  • How to find and use gradient backgrounds
  • How far should the background be from the perch
  • Should you wear camo
  • Working from a blind
  • How to set up your lens and tripod for blind work
  • The correct tightness of your lens support
  • Is concealment important
  • Plus, many tips for being a better bird photographer
This first installment in the series is a collection of 6 Hi-Definition Videos for a total run-time of approximately one hour. When you purchase this first installment in the series, you can download the 6 videos to your Mac or PC for viewing them there or for syncing to your mobile device, or you can stream them to your favorite device.

Want to know more

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Iphoneography with Stan Godwin

June 28, 2013
Iphoneography with Stan Godwin
Limited to 10 students. $35 (Pay day of workshop.)
Learn how to use or even expand your knowledge of image making with the iPhone or Android device.

Stan & Sandra Godwin
Packet Galleries
10-4 daily, closed Monday
311 Stony Brook Rd
Brewster, MA 02631


America's 15 Best National Parks For Photography

America's 15 Best National Parks For Photography

A shooting guide to some of country's most incredible landscapes    

Want to see more beautiful photos from our National Park Round-up? Head on over to our Bonus Gallery.

Ten Tips for Dynamic Image Design

Ten Tips for Dynamic Image Design

" ten quick tips that you can use to create more dynamic and interesting photos. If you apply just a few of these to your images, you'll see vast improvements in the "wow" factor of your photos almost immediately:"

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Fall Foliage in Acadia National Park Photo Workshop

Fall Foliage in Acadia National Park Photo Workshop

Fall Foliage Workshop in Acadia National ParkWhere: Adjacent to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine

When: 2:00 P.M., Friday, October 11, 2013 through noon on Monday, October 14, 2013

Cost: Register before August 11th to receive the early bird price of $600.00. After August 11, 2013 the fee is $675.00. Fee includes instruction, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and entrance fees to Acadia National Park. See details and register here.

Who should attend: Beginner and intermediate photographers wanting to learn the specifics of photographing fall foliage, while shooting in some of Acadia’s most scenic locations.

Maximum Group Size: 10

Description: This workshop is based in Bar Harbor, Maine, just minutes from some of the best photo locations in Acadia National Park. We will spend approximately 2 hours per day inside learning how to get the best images possible from your cameras.  The rest of our time will be spent exploring nearby locales and photographing Acadia’s iconic coastline, as well as fall foliage in both forested and mountain landscapes.  Specific shooting locations for each day will be determined the night before based on weather forecasts and foliage conditions. Though we won’t be doing any strenuous hiking, you may be expected to walk up to two miles with up to 200 feet of elevation gain. The workshop schedule will be flexible so that we can be out shooting in the best light possible for the subject matter. Jerry will draw on his twenty years of experience shooting in Acadia National Park and his experience in writing his three books about the park when determining the best photo locations.

Lectures will be held at the Atlantic Oceanside Resort in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Lodging: Participants are not required to stay at the Atlantic Oceanside, but they are offering group participants the special rate or $199/night. To receive this rate, you must call the hotel (800-336-2463) to make your reservation and tell them you are part of the EcoPhotography workshop. Numerous camping and lodging options are available in the area. For other lodging suggestions, e-mail Jerry at

Meals: Lunches on Saturday and Sunday are included with the workshop fee and will be provided either as bag lunches or in local restaurants, depending on our shooting schedule for the day. Breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop fee, but participants will have the opportunity to eat these meals with the group or own their own.

Transportation: Participants are required to provide their own transportation. A six passenger van will be available to the group for local transportation during the workshop, but since this workshop has a maximum of ten participants, you may be asked to drive your own vehicle during parts of the workshop.

Payment: A $300.00 deposit is required at registration. Six weeks before the workshop, you will be sent an invoice for the remainder of the workshop fee, which is due one month prior to the start of the workshop.

Cancellations: If you cancel prior to August 11, 2013, your full deposit will be refunded. If you cancel between August 12, 2013 and September 12, 2013, you will be refunded 50% of your deposit. No refunds are made for cancellations made after September 12, 2013. EcoPhotography reserves the right to cancel the workshop if less than four people register by August 11, 2013. If EcoPhotography cancels the workshop, any payments you have made will be refunded in full.

Registration: To register, please click on the Buy Now button, which will take you to PayPal where you can pay by credit card or with your PayPal account. To pay by mail, please call to confirm your seat in the workshop, then send a check made out to EcoPhotography for $300.00 to P.O. Box 424, Portsmouth, NH 03802. If you pay by check, please include your contact information (including your e-mail address) with your payment.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Rainy Day Photo Tips by Jerry Monkman

Rainy Day Photo Tips

Conservation photographer Jerry Monkman shares some tips on protecting your gear and making photos in wet weather.

Favorite Features in Photoshop CC

new feature enhancements in Photoshop CC

IF you are considering upgrading to Photoshop CC here are some new features...

Adobe released a major update to its Creative Cloud apps. Of key interest to photographers will be the updates to Photoshop. They are significant. Here are most of the new feature enhancements in Photoshop CC:

Photoshop merged to include Extended. The more expensive Photoshop package which includes 3D capability and sophisticated image analysis tools has now been merged into Photoshop CC. Now, there is just one Photoshop.
All-new Smart Sharpen. Photoshop CC analyzes image data to maximize clarity and minimize noise and halo. A range of new editable options lets you fine-tune images to get richer textures, crisper edges and more distinct details.
Intelligent up-sampling. New up sampling feature is more accurate. It lets you enlarge low-resolution images so they look much better in large print. The intelligent part is that the new upsampling feature preserves detail and sharpness without introducing noise.
**Camera RAW Automatic Upright. With new Adobe Camera Raw 8, you can fix perspective distortions easily with Automatic Upright. You have lots of control over how you want to fix the perspective of your photos.
**Adobe Camera Raw 8 & Adobe Camera Raw as a filter. Apply new effects to your images with ACR’s new Advanced Healing Brush, Radial Gradient and Upright tools. Adobe Camera Raw’s powerful tools can now be used as a filter, allowing you to use controls like Clarity, Noise reduction and Temperature on any layer at any time. See our tutorial.
Editable rounded rectangles and other shapes. Creating shapes has never been so flexible. The ability to resize and re-edit shapes after they’ve been created is one of the most-requested features added to Photoshop CC. Web designers will also be able to export CSS data from files to use later.
Multiple shape and path selection. This lets you select multiple paths, shapes, and vector masks simultaneously. You can target the path (and any layer) you want on canvas with a new filter mode.
Camera Shake Reduction. Just what it says. This feature is designed to let you salvage shots made unusable due to camera motion. Whether the blur was caused by slow shutter speed or just poor technique, Photoshop analyzes its trajectory and helps restore sharpness. This won't save a completely out of focus picture, but it will take those images that are just a tiny bit off and make them sing. See our tutorial.
Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify. This lets you non-destructively add blur or liquify effects to your images. The original file stays intact as you edit or remove the effects—even after saving your file.
Conditional Actions. Put routine processing jobs on autopilot with Conditional Actions. These commands use if/then statements to automatically choose between different actions based on rules you set up.

Improved Min and Max filters.
Create more precise masks and selections with more powerful Minimum and Maximum filters, which now include options to preserve squareness or roundness.