Thu, Apr 30
As a travel photographer for over 40 years, I have seen film almost disappear and the digital photography revolution enable everyone with a cell phone to become a travel photographer. People are more visually literate more infatuated with the art and process of photography. To those people I dedicate my newest book, on the state of Pennsylvania, a glorious state of great diversity of people and geography. This book takes the viewer from the Poconos to Lake Erie, Gettysburg to Falling Water, any many places in between.
Thu, Nov 8
Their seems to be good news for editorial and travel photographers from TIME-LIFE Books. They are still producing hard and soft back books for readers who prefer paper to ipads or e-readers. The cover photo of the great giza pyramid and the sphinx was taken while on a magazine assignment for National Geographic Traveler. This is perfect example why I always travel with a light weight carbon fiber tripod and a cable release. These two items are a must for low light photography. For more light tips come to my lighting seminar or read this blog.
Thu, Nov 8
National Geographic Photographers Share Their Secrets
If you are interested in learning some great ideas about location lighting and lifting your photography to the next level think about attending this informative evening. I will be sharing the stage with Ken Garrett, a fabled "Yellow Magazine" National Geographic Photographer. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation. At the following link tickets can be purchased:
Mon, May 28
How to soften images using clarity setting in Lightroom or Photoshop
If your are a Photoshop or Lightroom user you may not realize that the clarity slider can be used to create a wonderful soft glowing image. These poppy flower pix examples of decreasing the clarity setting from +50 (1 pic), to -25 (2 pic), and finally to -100 (3 pic). In addition to softening the flower's petals and creating a "glow"; this handy tool also works wonders on soften facial skin complexions problems of portraits. Many subjects don't want to see every pore, wrinkle, or blemishes.
Sun, May 27
how to photo tips national geographic portraits
People who like people, frequently want to document the locals when taking a trip. These type of portraits add depth and texture to any travel coverage. So what is the secret for taking good portraits? JUST ASK IF YOU MAY TAKE THEIR PHOTO, and promise to send them a copy once you get back from the trip. Its easier then ever with email. If you're a pro you may want to also ask for a model release.
Fri, May 25
A snow covered foot bridge in Tildenwood Park after a fresh snow.
For years people have been asking, when will I start a blog with photo tips and road stories accumulated while working in the field for National Geographic and Insight Guides? Finally, the answer is NOW!! I was waiting for my son Abe, to have time to program and design the new web site. He taught himself a programing language by the weird name of "Drupal" and he outdid himself with this new design.