Post Processing

Scouting Trip

This morning I went on a scouting trip, looking for an area to do a sunrise shoot if I get invited back to the Florida Birding and Photo Fest.The director of the program Erin Masters told me about a location about a few miles south of the beach where they do the horse shoots. I took off at 5:30 am in total darkness and arrived at the location a few minutes after 6. The light was just starting to appear on the eastern horizon...

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Blackbird Singing

I liked this pose the best because it looks like the bird is watching me as it sings. Getting down to eye level with the bird created a great interaction but that caused me to include some of the sky. Since it was an overcast day with high clouds and a white sky I had to expose a bit dark, so I would not overexpose the sky, which caused the bird to come out too dark....Watch the video to see how easy it was to fix these problems all in the raw processor.

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Video Tutorial on Crafting My Coyote Image

The lighting on the coyote was nice but not ideal, so I needed to make some adjustments to the image in post processing.  Watch the video tutorial to see how I post processed this image.

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Picture of the Day

...when I awoke and looked outside and saw all the stars I thought to myself "this is going to be a boring sunrise." I was afraid everyone would be upset that I got them out so early...but as we got closer to the river I saw the fog over the water and knew we were in for something special. To read the rest of the story and to watch the tutorial on how I processed the image, read the blog

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Reducing Depth of Field

It is the goal of every photographer to make that perfect picture. Getting that perfect picture is a result of good field technique and good post processing technique. Having skill and knowledge in both is what it’s necessary to bring out the best in every image.

I almost loved this image as it was captured in the camera. But I wasn’t 100% satisfied. I felt the background was a bit too distracting. Watch the video to see how I remedied the problem.

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Neat Image Noise Reduction

There are times and circumstances where you just need to use high ISO with your digital camera. Cameras all vary on how good they are with high ISOs. Fortunately for all photographers, cameras have gotten much better over the years. But even with the best cameras there are still times when you wish you could eliminate noise from your images and still retain sharp detail. I have found Neat Image works great for this. Read the blog and watch the video.

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Increasing Depth of Field for Telephoto Lenses

It is always difficult to get good depth of field when photographing with telephoto lens. Especially when photographing subjects that are not very far away from you.

I was photographing an iguana in Florida with my lens at 600mm. It was impossible to get both the iguana and the leaves on the tree in focus. At first I was so busy making sure I was getting the iguana’s eye in focus, I didn’t even notice the out of focus leaves.  But when viewing the image on the LCD they were glaringly apparent. Watch the video to see how I solved the problem.

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Sometimes you just need to have some fun!

... I happen to notice two images I took of the boardwalk and reflections, one going at about a 45 degree angle going from left to right and next image at the same angle going from right to left. The two images met at a peak in the middle and I decided to put them together to create strong graphical image...

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Processing HDR Image with Merge to 32 bit Plug In

Last night we had a good sunset, so I finished my powerwalk down by the river.

...Here are the pictures and a little video on how I process my HDR images in Lightroom using the Merge to 32 bit plug in from

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Not Ready For Prime Time

In December of 2002 I borrowed a Canon D60, (not 60D) a 6.3 MP camera, and went to Triple D Game Farm to photograph for an article for PC Photo on the digital workflow. This was pre Adobe Camera Raw, pre Lightroom. The only software available was the Canon software at the time. (Pre Digital Photo Professional) It was painfully slow and clunky.

 I wrote my article how the camera was good but the whole digital workflow was a pain in the ass. And if you wanted to take pictures in any volume then you would need days just to process your images. I suggested to keep shooting film and scan your slides until the software and the workflow would make it efficient enough to begin to shoot with a digital camera. It was the only column in my 10 years of writing for the magazine that did not get published!  Read more of the story and see more of the images in this blog entry.

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