Sunday, 15 June 2014

New: Understanding Post-Processing in Adobe Lightroom

New: Understanding Post-Processing in Adobe Lightroom

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New: Understanding Post-Processing in Adobe Lightroom

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 08:19 PM PDT

Understanding Post-Processing is a unique educational tool from an award-winning travel photographer. You learn through action, by working on the 10 provided RAW files and following the steps in the 10 video tutorials. Every important technique is illuminated in more depth through the 52 additional examples that are de-constructed. The knowledge you'll gain will save you countless hours. There's a decade's worth of trial, error and evolution covered in these videos. We were able to arrange a 45% discount for our readers until Friday, simply remember to use the discount code PICTURECORRECT at checkout. Found here: Understanding Post-Processing

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New: Understanding Post-Processing (Click to Learn More)

“No matter how strong the composition, how dramatic the moment or how interesting the subject in the viewfinder, a potentially great photo never shines until it is post-processed with knowledge. Browse through the images below to see what a difference good post-processing makes.” -Mitchell Kanashkevich

What's Included?

  • 10 RAW images to get you practicing right away.
  • 10 in-depth video tutorials on how to post-process every RAW image.
  • 52 more photo examples (inside the videos).
  • Nearly 3 total hours of original, jargon-free educational video material.
  • A special focus on learning not only the How? but the Why?

Is Understanding Post-Processing for You? Yes, If You:

  • Feel that your images don't reach their full potential due to post-processing.
  • Desire to create photos that reflect what you saw and felt.
  • Aim to have your photos look lively, dynamic and punchy.
  • Are looking for the right balance between under and over processing.
  • Want to understand not only the How? but the Why? behind post-processing.
  • Prefer to learn Lightroom 5 in a practical, hands-on way.
  • Want to know how a pro-photog post-processes images for world-renowned publications.
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Before and After Photo Examples (Click to See Them)

About the Author - Mitchell Kanashkevich is a travel/documentary photographer. His work has appeared in magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Vanity Fair, Lonely Planet Traveler, Geographical UK and has made its way into private photo collections around the world. Mitchell attributes a large part of his success to his thorough knowledge and understanding of post-processing.

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We were able to arrange 45% off for our readers until Friday, June 20. Simply remember use the voucher code picturecorrect at checkout. It also carries a guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the product just let them know and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it.

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Interesting Photo of the Day: High Up in Longsheng, China

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 03:14 PM PDT

Having the desire (and sometimes the guts) to visit remote locations certainly has its payoffs in captivating imagery. This incredible scene was photographed in Longsheng, China by photographer Ian Webb:


Longsheng, China photographed by Ian Webb in September 2012. (Via 500px. Click to see full size.)

Webb sometimes braves long journeys, harsh climates, and spine-tingling events to get his stunning shots. In an interview with Flickr, Webb explains,

“I really love going to places where people don’t get a chance to travel. I also share the same passion for photography and combining the two has taken me to places I could have never really have imagined.”

To capture this moment, Webb used a Nikon D7000, a 200mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/500 of a second, and an aperture of f/5.6.

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8 Ways to Make Your Landscape Photography More Meaningful (Video)

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 11:59 AM PDT

We’ve all had those days…you head out to some glorious location in the wilderness, take perhaps hundreds of photographs, head home, and find a memory card full of mediocre shots. What happened? How can you improve your craft and create better pictures? In the following video, Robert Rodriguez Jr. shares insights into his successful decade-long career as a landscape photographer:

Whether you’re starting out in landscape photography or are a seasoned shooter, Rodriguez Jr.’s list of insights are worth noting.

1. Ask Yourself Questions

When he started photography, Rodriguez Jr.’s first attempts at capturing the beauty he saw in nature were failures. His photographs lacked vision and clarity, which led him to seriously evaluate what he brought to the equation. He says that his failures inspired him to ask himself questions, and that this is important to every photographer. Why do you shoot? What is your goal? What do you want to get out of it? For Rodriguez Jr., love of time spent in nature and a desire to share that experience with others is important.

2. Reveal the Extraordinary in Mundane Places

Rodriguez Jr. says, “the best photographers that I admired…were interpreting familiar landscapes they were in an using their own personalities in the landscapes they were shooting.” He began thinking about his subjects differently and using his surroundings and his own experience with the outdoors as inspiration. An iconic location isn’t required; beauty can be found anywhere.


Rodriguez Jr. finds inspiration in the Hudson River Valley.

3. Use Your Own Experience as Motivation

Rodriguez Jr. uses allegory and symbolism in his photographs. He uses the language of composition, light, form, color, mood, and drama to represent his personal experience of a place.


In this image, Rodriguez was visualizing the passage of time.

4. Use Art as Inspiration

The Hudson River Valley School of Painters inspired Rodriguez Jr. to pay more attention to light and form in the landscapes he shoots. He encourages other photographers to study the works of master painters to learn more about light, color, and drama in nature.


Thomas Cole, “The Oxbow”, 1836

5. Keep it Simple

Simplicity is often synonymous with beauty. In order to make elements work together, they should be as simple as possible. Think about framing, rhythm, and ways to keep the viewer’s eye moving through the frame in pleasing ways. Every element should serve a purpose; what doesn’t add to the quality of the image detracts from it.


Simple shapes and textures are aesthetically pleasing.

6. Wait for the Right Light

Nothing is more important than light. Look at light as a subject in your photographs, just as you would look at a mountain as a subject. Focus on light and what it’s doing to the landscape. Be willing to wait for it.


Rodriguez Jr. almost left this scene, but he waited for the light and great results.

7. View Failure as Opportunity

Rodriguez Jr. explains that he failed a lot in his photography for various reasons, but that there will always be bright spots and breakthroughs that will make your effort worthwhile.

Some of Rodriguez Jr.'s failed attempts.

Some of Rodriguez Jr.’s failed attempts.

8. Practice.

Time and practice are essential to success. Don’t wait for the perfect time. Just get out there and shoot. The perfect time and place shouldn’t be the goal if pursuing that goal keeps you from practicing and progressing.


This photo of his son is one of Rodriguez Jr.’s favorite images.

Bonus Tips for Successful Landscape Photography

In addition to his “big picture” insights, Rodriguez Jr. offers the following tips for successful landscape photography:

  1. Learn your gear inside out. Master your tools so that they become an extension of your mind.
  2. Learn the fundamentals of photography (aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, etc.). This knowledge is widely available. Know the fundamentals well enough that you don’t even have to think about them.
  3. Get quality gear. Don’t suffer in the field because of inferior equipment. Rodriguez Jr. uses a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod, a Gura Gear backpack, and quality lenses. Investing in quality lenses can be more important than re-investing in good camera bodies year after year.
  4. Get quality apparel, too. Solid hiking boots, a good base layer, and quality rain gear are key field items, and it’s worth buying gear that will last a long time.
  5. Find inspiration through education. It’s easier to measure progress when you aren’t shooting randomly. Spending focused time in a workshop or on a project will advance your photography more than shooting here and there when time is available.
  6. Print your work. This helps to refine your vision, gives you better appreciation of your work, and makes what you’re doing more tangible.
  7. Physical health and mindfulness provide a good experience in the field. When your mind is clear and you feel good, you can be more creative.
  8. Time and luck. Keep at it. Invest time in your work.

Rodriguez Jr. has two favorite quotes regarding that last tip:

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

“Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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