2016 Exploring the Light Photo Show Workshop

by George on March 29, 2016

Venice Canal

Photograph © George A. Jardine

In conjunction with the Lone Tree 2016 Exploring the Light Photo Show, I’ll be leading an intensive, 2-hour hands-on workshop: Lightroom vs. Photoshop – Which Is The Right Tool?

In this workshop, we will look at how Lightroom and Photoshop compare for various retouching and correction jobs, and when to choose one over the other. But more importantly, you will learn how Lightroom and Photoshop are integrated, so that you can easily jump back and forth, from one to the other. Learn how Lightroom generates and manages your Photoshop files, all under one roof.

This is a hands-on workshop, so be prepared to bring your laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom already installed. If you are thinking about buying a subscription, you can find free 30-day trial versions, here.

This workshop will be from 9-11 AM, Saturday May 21 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

Tickets for this one-time-only workshop can be obtained here.

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Lenticular Clouds Over Front Range

Photograph © George A. Jardine

For those of you living in the Colorado area, the Lone Tree Photography Club is hosting their annual Photography Show, and the competition is now open for entries.

As part of my judging duties this event, I’ll also be offering a special, one-of-a-kind workshop at the center. (Times for this workshop are TBA)

Here are a few dates to put on your calendar:

  • Thursday April 26th – Receiving Entries
  • Friday April 27th – Hang the show (we need volunteers to help with this.)
  • Saturday April 30th – Opening Reception (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

The show will hang until May 31st.

Check out all the details (and volunteer to help us with the show!) on the LTPC site. Click here.

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A One-Of-A-Kind Workshop Opportunity . . .

by George on February 29, 2016

Sunset Nude

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Over the years, I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to attend more photo workshops than I can even remember. And many of those workshops were led by true visionaries in the industry. But through all the years, this workshop stands out in my mind as the very best.

This summer Greg Gorman is hosting three of his legendary workshops in Mendocino, with three great co-instructors: Mac Holbert, Katrin Eismann, and Seth Resnick.

Seth Quote

With male and female models, teaching both studio and location techniques for portraits as well as nudes, this workshop has it all. Seth Resnick summed it up perfectly when he said “It’s the only workshop where you really can learn how to shoot a nude.” But it’s about more than that. It’s about hanging out for a full week and exploring one of the truly great workshop destinations in the world with a group of like-minded creative explorers, to learn, shoot, work hard, and enjoy great times together.

Click here to see the video I created for Greg’s workshops.

Oh, and one final note. This will be Greg’s last year teaching at this remarkable north coast location.

Click here to learn more and register for a workshop. You won’t regret signing up for this completely unique workshop experience.

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Kyoto Shoji

Photograph © George A. Jardine

I originally created this video series because the workflow is incredibly powerful… once you understand it, and because I really wanted to dig into every nook and cranny of complexity that the basic feature allows. Besides, Lightroom’s integration with Photoshop is only half of the story. In addition to that this series gives you a pretty deep dive on the type of compositing and masking that can only be done in Photoshop, not to mention some basic instruction on using Virtual Copies.

Having said all that, if you are one of the few who will watch these videos all the way through, there are one or two things you might watch out for. One would be that Smart Object layers in PS finally do allow you to link to a raw source file, rather than suffering through the necessity of embedding the entire thing into the RGB file. And in video #6 I take Adobe to task for that shortcoming, so you can ignore that. Linked Smart Objects still don’t solve the fundamental problem of connecting the raw settings stored inside the layer with those stored in the catalog, but for sure that’s a subtlety Adobe will never address.

A much larger problem is a persistent bug that can cause Lightroom to reset an RGB file that has been taken to PS and back. This is one you’re going to have to watch for…. but it’s not fatal. If you do have non-destructive LR settings on top of a layered Photoshop composite file, and you invoke the Edit in Photoshop command for a subsequent round trip edit, Lightroom will sometimes throw away all of your LR settings. If this happens to you all you have to do is go back a step or two in your history to get things back. But it’s a bit random, and incredibly annoying, so watch for that.

Other than those relatively minor caveats, not much has changed in the way the basic integration works since these videos were recorded with PS CS5 and LR3. You’ll note some minor interface changes, but the basic techniques presented in the video still work in Photoshop and Lightroom CC, in exactly the same way.

Finally, this series was never upgraded to HTML5 (it still requires Flash…), and I will apologize for that right up front. So for those of you who don’t have the Flash plug-in installed, or who want downloads for other reasons, just drop me an e-mail, and I’ll send you the download link.

Here’s a direct link to the videos: http://www.mulita.com/training/psi/flash/

And here’s a link to the original purchase page with instructions for the Flash UI, should you need that.

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A Few Photos From Assam & Nagaland, India . . .

by George on December 29, 2015

Tea Pickers

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Crossing the Brahmaputra on an rickety, hand-made ferry, photographing monks at the Kamalabari Satra on Majuli Island, and getting up close with some of the last actual headhunters on the Nagaland/Myanmar border (with the tats to prove it), this last Wild Photography Holidays workshop was another crazy adventure. One that I am only beginning to appreciate, now that I am home and can honestly evaluate my photos.

Click here to check out the gallery of photos from this year’s Assam and Nagaland workshop.

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Back To India For The Last Workshop Of 2015 . . .

November 28, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine Sitting in the Denver airport, heading back to India for my last workshop of the year. And despite the snow storm (just like last year), it looks like my flights are all on schedule this time (unlike last year!). Click here to check out my gallery of photos from last […]

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Picos Workshop In Spain Is Over . . .

November 10, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine Well, you missed a great one. The Picos de Europa workshop was insanely great. Great food, great accommodations . . . a great workshop experience all around, with the best participants ever. If you’re maybe feeling some regret about missing that one, there still might be time to get your […]

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Still One Seat Left For Spain This October, And Just Two For India In December

September 20, 2015

Photograph © Martin Sammtleben Come join us starting October 25th to explore the magnificent Picos De Europa, its villages, autumnal forests and coastal scenery of northern Spain’s Costa Verde. There’s still time! This workshop will be an ideal opportunity to get out and photograph the last of fall in Europe, in what promises to be […]

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Speaking Of Updates . . .

April 24, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine Kinkaku-ji, almost exactly 30 years later.

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What’s New in Lightroom CC 2015 — Two Free Update Videos . . .

April 21, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine These two videos give you a brief overview of the new features in the Lightroom CC Develop module, and are entirely free for everyone. As soon as I am back home from Japan, I will add these two videos to my existing Lightroom 5 Develop videos as the video series […]

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