Majuli River

Photograph © Martin Sammtleben

This last June I taught my first workshop in Iceland with Geraldine and Martin from Wild Photography Holidays. (You can see a small gallery of my photos from that workshop, here.) That workshop was great fun and a huge success so we’re doing it again, starting with Assam and the tribal villages of Nagaland.

This beautiful and remote region stretches from Bhutan to northern Myanmar (also called Burma) across northeast India. Our adventures will take us to Kaziranga National Park, to exotic tea-growing regions in Assam, and into areas with numerous ethnically-unique hill tribes. You’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with the instructors, making this is your time to hone skills and expand your photographic vision, shooting in some of India’s most colorful and remote areas.

If you’re ready to take your photography to the next level, this extended 14-day workshop is just the thing you’ve been looking for. Martin and Geraldine run the best-organized, and most hassle-free workshops I’ve ever been lucky enough to attend. I’ll be guest instructor for digital and everything Lightroom (but of course, you’re welcome to use any software you like!), while Martin and Geraldine will be your expert guides and photographic instructors.

Click here for more info on this exotic workshop to Assam and Nagaland.

Click here to check out the long list of fantastic workshops offered by Wild Photography Holidays.

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Symmar

Photographs © George A. Jardine

Recently I was doing a bit of consulting with at a prominent photographer’s studio in Aspen and found that they were still using Photoshop CS6 for their retouching, which is not at all uncommon. I asked why not upgrade to the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, and the answer was a bit predictable: We don’t want to “rent” the software.

Now, I’m not going to waste your time or mine getting into the semantics of software “ownership”, for the same reasons Adobe doesn’t get into it. But rather, now that the price is truly affordable—even for one-photographer shops and serious amateurs—I’d much rather talk about the benefits.

This particular studio has a large film archive, and regularly scan negatives and slides from the archive to fulfill stock agency requests. Those scans are high-res, but still pretty grainy. The studio tech had inherited a series of steps for image prep from his predecessors that included several sort of antiquated sharpening plug-ins, but without any consideration for noise reduction. So they were essentially sharpening the grain before sending out the files.

So I opened up my laptop, and showed the tech how he could use Camera Raw as a filter on RGB images in Photoshop CC. Sure, the noise reduction and sharpening in Photoshop has evolved over time, but I still find the Detail controls in ACR are much more effective because of the way sharpening and noise reduction are integrated now. I also think the HSL and B&W controls that ACR shares with Lightroom still have not been matched by any single feature in Photoshop. So basically having the entire LR control set available as a plug-in for Photoshop, makes work with hi-res RGB scans all that much easier. ACR is no longer just for raw files.

Then I showed him the Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop CC, which I used to correct this pano of the Duomo in Milan.

Duomo Pano

The 17,000 pixel-wide panorama was printed 33 feet long, and displayed at the European Hematology Congress in Milan last June. Correcting the curvature in this architectural panorama would have taken hours using Photoshop’s legacy distortion controls, but the Adaptive Wide Angle filter now makes this kind of work actually kinda fun.

Duomo Pano

After that we got onto new Photoshop CC support for embedded Smart Objects, and, well, the list just goes on and on. Photoshop and Lightroom just work well together. Anyway, those of you who have been reading my blog or watching my video tutorials know that I don’t accept any advertising on my site, and I simply do not write about “tools”. (I know, I know, it’s fun to read about toys. I do it too. But nothing is more irritating to me more than photographer’s blogs that showcase “My Top 10 Tech Toys” or whatever.)

I’ve always tried to keep the focus for this blog (and my videos) squarely on helping you make better pictures. And for the most part, I emphasize that “the tools” simply don’t matter very much. But when it comes to Photoshop and Lightroom, I just don’t see how any photographer would want to work without the best.

The Creative Cloud Plan for Photographers is $9.99 per month (in the US… I’m not sure about international pricing), which is less than what I give Starbucks roughly every two days. Here’s the link.

https://creative.adobe.com/plans/photography

And if you’re migrating from Aperture, just send me an e-mail request, and I’ll gladly send you a discount code for the Library or Develop video series. Or both.

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Black Lava Beach Ice

Photograph © George A. Jardine

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be leading an intensive, two-day Lightroom workshop at the University of Denver College of Professional and Continuing Studies this October 11 – 12.

If you’re in the Denver area, and you’re ready to take your Lightroom and digital imaging skills to the next level, please check out the details on DU’s website.

The main DU Enrichment Program website is here.

Registration and class details for my workshop, can be found here.

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A Guest Blog For Jakob de Boer . . .

by George on July 9, 2014

Arctic tern

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Jakob de Boer has been a customer, advocate and friend for several years. When he built his new website he asked me to contribute a guest blog entry, and so… guess what I decided to talk about?

Library organization!

Here’s the link. Jakob is a fantastic photographer, and so I also recommend you spend a few minutes checking out his new site.

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Iceland Workshop Coming To A Close . . .

by George on June 9, 2014

Arctic tern

Photograph © George A. Jardine

Back in Reykjavic finally, after a fantastic opportunity to travel, shoot and teach with Wild Photography Holidays. On this trip we photographed and hiked glacier lagoons and beaches along the southeast shores of Iceland.

You can see a small selection of my photos from this trip here.

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We’re Off To Iceland! Please Read If You’re Purchasing Videos . . .

May 30, 2014

Photograph © George A. Jardine We’re heading to Iceland this afternoon, for what promises to be another great workshop with Wild Photography Holidays! If you’re thinking of purchasing online videos while I’m gone (until the 10th of June or so…), please remember to read the instructions, and be sure to look for the “Return to […]

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A New Article For Digital Photo Pro Magazine . . .

April 17, 2014

Photographs and Graphics © George A. Jardine Just published in the May / June issue of Digital Photo Pro Magazine, a new article on what makes up a raw file, and how you can use it to your advantage. To read the new article at digitalphotopro.com, click here. To see all my free videos and […]

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Getting Smartmontools Up And Running On Mavericks . . .

April 17, 2014

When I teach workshops or consult with a photographer, the question invariably comes up: “What hard drive should I buy?” I always get stuck on this one because even if you know a lot about an individual’s workflow and storage needs, there are no simple answers. In the long run I will probably use this […]

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Vincent Laforet Brings His Directing Motion Workshop To 32 Cities . . .

April 12, 2014

If you’re a working photographer you already know how important video skills have become for the digital generation. And if you’re a working photographer not yet familiar with Vincent’s work, it’s time to catch up. Late last year I attended the Monte Zucker produced Art of Visual Story Telling Tour with Alex Buono, and it […]

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HDR . . . Or Composite?

March 21, 2014

This spring I’m teaching a freshman-level Digital Capture Processing class at my old alma mater, and this week’s assignment was to create an HDR image. Of course one of the assignment requirements is that the dynamic range of the scene you’re photographing must exceed that of your camera’s sensor. As the students tried various things, […]

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