Nov 15th, 2012
I am at it again, advertising for Montana Magazine - and me too - but then it does have a great Cover Photograph this month!
Oct 26th, 2012
September is a busy time for photographers and creatures alike. Having just finished my Fall season tours for the year, I thought I'd share some thoughts and observations ...
Oct 21st, 2012
A week ago, Bozeman Camera and Repair, Nikon and Canon sponsored the inaugural Bozeman Photo Expo, which was an unbelievable success.
Sep 20th, 2012
or Holes in the Library! When I head into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to shoot or to scout prior to a tour, I have an open mind. Whatever I might like to see, whether fur, feather or flower, I have always told myself not to wish for or to expect anything. I have always been content and excited with whatever Yellowstone has presented to me, but lately I have found myself exploring and shooting with a rather different mindset.As you know, I have been working on a new website for the past year. When I came to select the photographs for each category of my portfolio, I couldn't help but notice there were some Titanic sized holes in my library. What had Marmots, Sapsuckers and Humans done to deserve to be ignored?
Sep 2nd, 2012
Presence Panel and the Tone CurveWhen we last looked at the Develop Module, we covered the first two tools in the Basic Panel: White Balance and Tone Controls, so now lets look at the Presence Controls: Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation. Although the names of the three sliders have not changed with Lightroom4, the math behind them is much improved.There is only really one way to become familiar with the power and effect of these tools, and that is to experiment.
Aug 25th, 2012
Sorry, I have been a bit quiet for a while - only just got back from a quick visit to the UK late last night. I didn't even take a camera, they seem to have eaten all the wild animals over there, at least those of any size! However, I did find time to write another Blog, so here is one on how Lightroom makes organizing your images so very easy. Lightroom ‘Collections’ are fabulous! Use them like virtual storage bins, job folders or as easily created photo albums that you can store, modify and share. They are also useful for printing, for uploading to web galleries, for slide shows or for exporting. You can also create sub-collections within a collection set. It is a great way to organize your images, and the advantage of having collections is that images are not moved out of the folder in which they exist, you are just creating a reference in the metadata that points to those files.
Aug 14th, 2012
Hot bug-ridden days, crazy crowds, heedless RV's and pushy photographers – too often how the Summer chaos along Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road may seem. Whereas winter is known for silence and solitude, Summer is often maligned as anything but an escape to nature. Nonetheless, Summer can be just as rewarding and enthralling – put on a long-sleeve bug shirt, take a brief hike, escape the human swarm and observe the best of Summer.For me, spawning Cutthroat Trout and Northern River Otters are the highlight of early summer. This summer an adult female, with two pups of the year and a protective older sister made up the family unit. For Otters, playing, wrestling, napping, grooming and fishing are the priorities of the day. With acute hearing and smell, they are equipped with sharp, lethal teeth and a body designed for swimming, in fact Otters are Olympic champions when it comes to fishing. One afternoon, I watched as mom caught four trout in less than three minutes, giving each family member one trout, which they happily crunched and munched on. That's what I call fast food. Having seen a Coyote catch a muskrat and take nearly 20 minutes to consume the rubbery meal, it was astonishing to once watch an Otter behead and devour a muskrat in about three bites and in less time than it takes to microwave popcorn.
Jul 31st, 2012
The new Lightroom 4 Develop tools do not work at all like Lightroom 3. Working with them is proving to be a challenge, whereas some photos seem easy, others are just painful. So here are a few tips? First of all, you are not alone if you are having problems, but it will be well worth the struggle to master the new tools. PV 2012 gives even more control and subtlety. As I explained in my previous Blog, the LR4 Develop Module is based on Process Version 2012, which introduces a whole new algorithm for a simplified, more intuitive and powerful way to adjust your images. The 'Recovery', 'Brightness' and 'Fill Light' sliders in LR3 (PV 2010) have been removed, and in PV 2012 controls for 'Highlight', 'Shadows' and 'Whites' have been added.
Jul 26th, 2012
Something's not right! I upgraded to Lightroom 4 but I don't see the new sliders I've heard so much about, in fact everything in the Develop module looks the same. Question No 7: Have I made a mistake whilst upgrading from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 4? Answer: Adobe decided to introduce 'Process Versions' so that we can choose which processing engine we want to employ for any image in our library.
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