Finally Friday Frenzy

Lots to share today – I saw over at Tips from the Top Floor that the US dates, and more importantly, locations are now set. Check them out for a location near you (hint: if you are near San Francisco, Nashville, Ft. Collins or Portland Maine, you are in luck!)

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein from The Digital Photography show have their latest podcast out – looks like the photo walk talk missed the cut for this weeks episode. Oh well…still lots of fun things to get caught up on, including their newest contest.

In other Friday folly-minded news, I know B&H has LOTS of customers – so if you’re gonna buy something, hook a fellow photog up – costs you nothing, but the few pennies I get from purchases done via click-thrus really does help to pay the overhead here, and video hosting ain’t cheap! Visit B&H via the sidebar or footer links – but if you spend too much, don’t blame me…I’ll just be salivating behind you and the new gear that I probably want!

The latest news for me is that I will be out of town all next week. As such, since I was not able to get two tutorials recorded, next week will mostly be reports from the various locations my wife and I are visiting (if she lets me surf and blog during the travels…). I always like to start each month off with a bang, but that looks like it won’t happen for March, so keep on shooting, and as always, watch those apertures!

As for the meaningful content for Friday, here’s some Landscape Photo Tips I read about in one of my assortment of photo mags that I was trying to save for the flight (I couldn’t wait…) *grin* :

  1. Use a tripod
  2. Change your perspective
  3. Look for leading lines
  4. Use ND and split ND filters to capture a full range of color
  5. Keep your depth of field deep (I shoot at f11 to f/16, but you can go as high as f/22 before actually dropping back off)
  6. Watch for edge distractions
  7. Use a wide angle lens – the wider, the better, but fisheyes can be tricky so be wary of those…
  8. Avoid polarizing filters when shooting very wide angles – if you want the deeper blue, recompose tighter to avoid sky banding
  9. Check your speeds – if shooting in a breeze, that meadow of flowers, or forest of trees, or ocean waves may be blurred – lose a stop or two if you can to minimize DOF loss and improve or avoid blurred movement.
  10. Watch our for lens flare – when shooting wide, light can creep in at funny angles all the time.

I’ll leave you with a little What The Duck, in what is becoming a regular component of my Friday posts:

What the DUck Cartoon

Thursday Throwbacks

Okay…let’s throw things back two days and pretend it’s Tuesday again. Why, you ask? Because I finished the tutorial I had started. It’s just a quickie, but does explore some often missed elements from the Tools Palette – particularly with the Options bar for each tool. While there clearly wasn’t enough time to go into great detail on all tools – I did give the crop tool and the Lasso tool a run for their money. Watch me screw up too and blithely ignore it while powering through! Rather funny stuff – but hey, if we take ourselves too seriously, then we’ve stopped having fun, right?

Anyway , here’s the links to the Flash and Download versions of the tutorial.

The Options Bar

Enjoy the weekly shenanigans, happy shooting and keep watching d’em apertures! 😉

Wednesday Withdrawl

Wow – time flies when you’re away from the computer – my hands have been literally tied up with a pinched nerve in one hand and a few cuts and bruises on the other from my voracious weekend.  As a result, I have not been able to spend nearly enough time either behind a camera or in front of the computer.    So, today is an “official” no blog Wednesday.  Tutorial will have to wait another day as I am doing things very piecemeal at this juncture.  Hopefully Friday will be full of news enough to carry everyone through the weekend.  Stop back and look for the tutorial of the week, some web links, and my weekly thought segment – until then, happy shooting and watch those apertures!