New Podcast – Camera Question

CameraQuestion Podcast

I am happy to announce that I have started a new podcast – Camera Question (look for it over at!  You can ask anything camera/photography related over on this new podcast – it’s all part of a New Year’s Resolution I have to start giving more back to the photography community, but I need your help! You can help out in several ways:

  1. Submit a question!  I’ve got a Speakpipe app built into the new website that is ready to take your audio questions at the click of a mouse!
  2. Tell your friends!  Nothing helps a new endeavor gain traction more than sharing that news with others, so share this post, the new website, via social media or however you prefer!
  3. Got design skills?  I could use a logo that is better produced than my own lame-o skill set! 🙂  I have a temporary one set up on the site right now, but would love to see what others might be able to come up with for me that’s eye-catching, grabs the viewers attention, and quickly and easily speaks to the nature of the website/podcast. If you’re interested email me at: jason <AT> cameraquestion <DOT> com!

In the meantime, stop on over to the website and take a look – I already have a few questions up from some emails I’d received here and ready for listening, but it’s ready to go to the next level, with your help.  If you don’t have time to stop over there, here’s my one time shameless plug on Canon Blogger to promote the podcast:

A visit from Andie Smith!

Friend of the blog, Andie Smith has generously donated her time again here to share some insider tricks and tips to get the most out of Lightroom 3 – she shows her work flow, what the effect of various presets are in LR, and how to effectively use them.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…Andie Smith

It is no secret I love Adobe Lightroom… the rumors are true, I refuse to edit without it.  As I’ve created my own presets I realized if they are created correctly you can “stack them”.  What is stacking? It is similar to using more than one action in Photoshop. I assume you want samples.

RAW image:

Andie Smith Photography (Original)
This is the original raw file

1. image with Work It-Awesome Portraits and some local adjustments (cleaned up skin and Work It- Pretty Eyes.)

Andie Smith Photography 1

2.   image with Work It-Awesome Portraits +Work It-Meadow. Medow is in the Tints and Tones and just adds some more blues and greens to the image.

Andie Smith Photography 2

3.   The way the presets are created, you can use the Tints and Tones on color or Black and White images.  Here is the same image with Work It- B&W Contrast Dark and then Work It- B&W Contrast Dark +Bobby

Andie Smith Photography 3

Andie Smith Photography 3

4.  But wait there is more! (I hope you read that in your best “info-mmercial” voice) you can use a vintage preset. I used Work It-Vintage

Andie Smith Photography 5

5. Then add a tint and tone on top of the vintage preset. here is Work It-Vintage + Work it- Little Red School House

Andie Smith Photography 6

There isn’t an image that leaves Andie Smith Photography or Eight18 Photography that hasn’t had one of the Work It presets used on it.  It is my work flow.  No matter the presets you are using don’t forget to customize them to make them work for you… “some assembly is required” as the saying goes.


Editor Note:  Thanks again to Andie for stopping in and sharing her workflow.  If you like the styles, you can purchase the entire preset package from her website for only $89 here:  Andie Smith Photography

She has also generously donated a full copy of her presets to the Lightroom Workshop, so if you happen to be attending, you will get the set there too.  Not attending, sign up and get the whole rest of the day for only $10 more!  Hope to see you there!

Raquette Lake Rendezvous

Every year, the men in the family (cue Tim Allen-esque Home Improvement style grunts) depart from their women and the rigmarole of daily lives to embark on a quest to re-connect with nature.  We build fire, we eat man food, we emit bodily sounds not allowed in most social circles, tell jokes that are decidedly not PC or appropriate for most audiences and all sorts of other debauchery.

This year I had the chance to attend (I missed a few years due to work), and with a new generation of men-in-training to initiate, it was quite the sojurn!  We also dealt with survival skills in the wild – land navigation/compass courses, intentionally over-turning canoes and kayaks to recover, and all sorts of hair-raising experiences for the single-digit aged crowd.  They learned quite a bit!

In all the ruckus, I did manage to sneak my SLR into the forest for what I anticipated to be some possible chances at some nice scenery.  I was not disappointed…here’s a few sample shots from said trip:

In addition to spending some good quality time with family, some “man-bonding” and such, a few decent shots came out of the trip too!  Plus, with my packing list, and preparations for keeping everything dry, as well as some other trip-specific details, a few posts worth of content will likely be coming down the road later this week too!

In the meantime, don’t forget to set your alerts for the first free webinar that Kerry Garrison and I are hosting tomorrow night from our joint venture with Lightroom Dudes.  That starts tomorrow at 6:30pm Pacific, 7:30pm Mountain, and 9:30pm Eastern(More are coming after that for only $20 a session…)  The Denver workshop is also fast approaching , and there are still seats available.  You can register for only $79 here:  Add to Cart

Hope you enjoy the pics, and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!