Speaking Of Updates . . .

by George on April 24, 2015

The Golden Pavilion

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Kinkaku-ji, almost exactly 30 years later.

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The Golden Pavilion

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 update. Until then, anyone can view them directly by just clicking the links below.

Video Update #1 gives you the overview of the new HDR and Panorama Merge functions, and touches on one or two more feature changes. Click here to view online.

Download link for video update #1, click here.

Video Update #2 gives you an overview of the new Filter Brushes functionality, which greatly enhances your ability to refine Gradient and Radial filters. Click here to view online.

Download link for video update #2, click here.

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Two New Denver Workshops Coming Up …

by George on March 16, 2015

Fisherman

Photographs © George A. Jardine

For those of you in Colorado, we have two new workshops coming up this spring.

For the Lone Tree Photography Club Meetup Group, I’ll be doing my first ever Photoshop workshop Saturday, April 11. (For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve taught Photoshop since 1992… but this is my first Denver Photoshop workshop. :-) This workshop will be entitled Photoshop Fundamentals: Compositing Part 1, and will be all about getting started with selections, layers and masks.

This one will be fun! It’s only $39, and we’ll even provide coffee and bagels. :-) Click here for more info, and to register.

Salute at Sunrise

Then in May, I’ll be doing a quick presentation for the Denver Creative Cloud User Group entitled Getting Started With Lightroom. This one will only be one hour, but will be free, so register right away.

Click here for more info.

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Edit, Then Edit Again, And Then Again . . .

by George on February 18, 2015

Ferry Operator on the Brahmaputra River

Ferry Operator

Photographs © George A. Jardine

When I’m traveling with a workshop group, I almost always have to download and edit each evening, and pick out some of my better photos to use during class discussions and presentations. And for better or for worse, those in-the-field picks generally end up in my final gallery that you see here on the blog.

And so I’m making my initial corrections on a laptop screen—which is way less than optimal, and at the same time I’m making those corrections while I’m tired and in a hurry. To make matters worse, I might be inclined to pump things up a bit more than normal to post on Facebook, or whatever. It’s only once I’m home that I have time to start rethinking some of those picks and corrections.

Once I’m sitting in front of a much better display, and with the time and patience to really look carefully at the entire shoot as a complete body of work, it’s time to begin finessing things. This is a shot that I loved from the beginning, but I had a really hard time cropping it because I didn’t want to end up with the boat operator right in the middle of the frame, horizontally.

The Majuli Ferry

There were certain elements on the right side of the frame that I felt I wanted to keep in the shot, and I guess I was probably using those elements as a justification for my original crop, which was cutting the bicycle in half, and putting the boat operator much farther to the left. Those compromises left a giant hole right in the middle of the composition, when the boat operator was really the center of interest. Nevertheless, that was the way I originally posted it on this blog. Now that I’ve looked at the photograph a few more times, and had time to really explore the processing, I feel this is a much better crop.

The pied kingfisher was another shot that I was not really sure about until I was home with time to really make a good correction of it.

Pied Kingfisher

This is an extreme crop—only about 1700 pixels across out of the 5D MKIII’s native 21MP (reduced here to 480 pixels across). And despite the fact that it was shot hand-held with a 2x converter at 400mm, it is a very sharp capture. But my original processing didn’t account for the fairly extreme chromatic aberration and fringing, which I have finally corrected here.

Most of Lightroom’s incredibly strong Lens Corrections are seldom used, frequently misunderstood, and generally not taught very well. But they’re not rocket science—they just take a little time and attention to detail, that simply spitting out to social media doesn’t require… or reward.

The idea of going back and looking hard at your edits and corrections over and over and over again, is one of the most difficult things to convey during the brief time you’re together in a workshop. It’s sort of like library organization—it really only starts to work for you once you’ve spent a bit of time on it. But in the end, it’s that extra effort that makes it all worthwhile.

Then… there’s content, which is an entirely different conversation. When I’m leading a workshop I always try to encourage the group to think about how they are going to tell the story of their experience with their pictures. Not an easy subject, but one that revolves around basic storytelling techniques, and making sure you are getting the small detail shots, along with the obvious, larger landscape (establishing) shots. Basically I try to encourage the students to shoot everything, because when you’re back home piecing it all together, you’ll find it’s those little detail shots that really help you recreate the texture of the place.

Tea Picker

Here’s an example. Near the end of the India the workshop, we boarded a slightly larger ferry with a crossing on the Kamalabari – Neamati line. That particular day was much hotter than our first ferry ride, and everything just seemed washed out to me. I couldn’t see pictures anywhere. But as we were crossing, a guy walked around the boat and handed everyone a pass. I stuffed mine into a pocket thinking I might keep it with my travel stubs and other memorabilia once home.

Ferry Pass

I kept this crumpled paper around on my desk for a few weeks while I was editing pictures, and finally found a way to photograph it and get it into the final gallery. Many of the photos have been updated with better processing, a few have been removed, and this one final detail shot helps me remember that crossing of the Brahmaputra.

The updated gallery can be seen here.

For those of you who are prepared for a real travel adventure, we still have a few seats available for this extraordinary photo workshop coming up again in late November 2015. Click here for details, and remember to get your India visa right away!

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Library + Catalog Management DVD Bundle

For the month of February, we’re bundling our Lightroom Library DVD with the Lightroom Location Workflow & Catalog Management DVD for one, low price: just $34.95. Take advantage of this offer and you are essentially getting the Catalog Management DVD for free.

To see more details for this special offer, just click here to go to our Amazon page.

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Workshops With Wild Photography Holidays Coming Up For 2015 . . .

January 27, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine Coming up for 2015, we have two exciting workshops planned with Wild Photography Holidays. Photographing Iceland in early June is an incredible opportunity, with the air still crisp from spring, and the long, long 20+ hour days. During this intimate photographic journey, we will visit glacier lagoons and beaches along […]

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Seattle On A Perfect Evening . . .

January 16, 2015

Photograph © George A. Jardine Need I say more?

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Got A Canon 5D MK3?

January 16, 2015

I have been a big fan of Really Right Stuff for many years, so I’m not selling this because I don’t think it’s a great accessory. After I purchased it I decided I wanted the L-bracket, and replaced this smaller/lighter/more compact one with one of those. I highly recommend this bracket for a Canon 5D […]

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A Few Pictures From India . . .

December 21, 2014

Photograph © George A. Jardine Finally back from the Assam and Nagaland photo workshop with Geraldine and Martin of Wild Photography Holidays. A completely unique, and one-of-a-kind workshop. Check out the new photo gallery, here. If you missed this workshop, click here to check out the long list of fantastic workshops offered by this super-organized […]

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If You’re Purchasing Videos . . .

November 26, 2014

Photograph © Martin Sammtleben If you’re thinking of purchasing online videos via Paypal sometime between now and December 15, please understand that I am traveling in Northeast India with Geraldine and Martin from Wild Photography Holidays. I will have occasional access to e-mail, but my responses probably won’t be instantaneous. If you purchase using Paypal, […]

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