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Photographers: It’s Time To Register For Summer School

Hi folks. Scott Bourne here with a message about a photo conference you can’t afford to miss. It’s Skip’s Summer School.

I’m proud to once again be on the teaching faculty at Skip’s Summer School for 2012. I’ve taught at each of these events and hands-down, they have been some of my favorite in the industry. Skip’s Summer School had turned into the most amazing boutique photo conference in the business and this year, Skip’s managed to make it better.

It’s one of the best programs and faculty ever assembled and there are some new components that people have asked for in survey after survey.

Before I talk about the up-coming program, here’s a three minute look back at last year that I think you’ll really enjoy…

Here’s what’s different this year…

*Everyone who signs up gets an immediate website review – we’ll help you figure out how to improve your chances of getting seen on the web.

*Now in Chicago with a more centralized location that’s easier for most people to get to than Vegas.

* It’s not just classroom stuff – Now each attendee gets a full day of hands-on with the two instructors of their choice.

* Enhanced platform programs and speakers.

*A couples workshop – more couples are working together in the photo industry than ever before and we have advice from three pro couples who have seen it all.

*Two catered lunches on Monday and Tuesday – this will maximize everybody’s time and we’ll be running two panel programs at lunch as well.

*Discounted $75 registration for WPPI next year.

*Enhanced network building experience unlike any other workshop or conference.

I can’t stress how important it is to get to know and learn from the other people in the photo business who have been there and done that. Here’s your chance. All the registration info is right here at

Triple Exposure Podcast Episode #5

Welcome to the Triple Exposure podcast.

You can direct-download the MP3 here.

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Scott & Rich talk about the Lytro camera (including its role in time-lapse) as well as the new Lightroom 4 Beta.  A good overview of where things are going in 2012 is shared.


New Digital Camera Support Added to Mac

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Apple just released the Digital Camera RAW compatibility Update 3.9. Here’s the list of which new cameras are added to the Mac platform.

* Canon PowerShot S100
* Nikon 1 J1
* Nikon 1 V1
* Nikon COOLPIX P7100
* Olympus PEN E-PL1s
* Olympus PEN E-PL3
* Olympus PEN E-PM1
* Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ150
* Sony Alpha NEX-5N
* Sony Alpha SLT-A65
* Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.9 is 7.20 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or OS X 10.7.2 or later.

Mixing Panoramic & HDR Photography

Sometimes you just have to make lemons into lemon-aide – or at least try.

A few years ago I was in Alaska photographing bears. We moved our boat into Geographic Harbor for a few hours and of course, when we got there the weather was horrid. I made the image immediately below because I was there, not because I liked it.

There’s not much I like about it other than it provides me with a personal memory of my time in Alaska that year. But when I was shooting this location I knew this would happen. So I made several exposures and decided to combine panoramic photography and HDR photography to see if I could salvage something.

Here’s a link to a large version of the result. It’s not the best image I ever made, but it isn’t as horrible as it was when I just made one shot.

I made four shots – two exposures each – and merged them in a combination of Photoshop and Nik HDR Efex Pro. I then added some effects in onOne’s new Perfect Photo Suite. I still don’t love it but that’s not the point. The point is that thanks to technologies like panoramic stitching and HDR tone mapping – once in a while we can save a shot that otherwise wouldn’t make the grade.

A Secret Use For HDR Photography

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The image above doesn’t really have that “HDR” look. But it does show a lot of detail. And that’s the secret use for HDR Photography. I call it detail HDR or mild HDR. The point of this is that you don’t need to use this technology to make the traditional HDR photo. You can modify its application and just use it on a portion of the image to bring out detail. Think of it as a new sharpening method.

In the photo used to illustrate this post, I applied HDR techniques to the car in order to bring out mild details. I did this on a layer in Photoshop and then masked out the car and erased everything else. The result is the background doesn’t get “sharpened” and the car pops out on the page – which is what I want since the photo is supposed to be about the car, not all the stuff behind it.

Give this a try. Shoot an HDR. Using your preferred post-processing tone-mapping software, apply a mild amount of correction. Drop this onto a layer. Mask out the areas where you don’t want the effect. Paint them out and you’re done.