The Purist's Guide to Digital Photography

The Purist's Guide to Digital Photography

"He was more focused on how to manipulate images in Photoshop rather than teach how to take them in the original form without aggressive manipulation of what did not exist. It starts a bad, non-photographic trend at the club level - driving even more photo purists away."

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It's "Hey Rick, What's your f-stop?" Friday #3

"Hey Rick! What's your f-stop?" That's the question I get asked most on my photo workshops. I reply, with a smile, "My friend. What is your creative vision, what is your goal?" Those are the important question for photographers to ask themselves.

In this blog series I will share with you my goal and camera settings for some of my favorite recent photographs, which will be featured in my next (#37) book, Evolution of an Image (September 2016 publication).

Here goes.

Location: Maasia Mara, Kenya
Goals: Get an up-close-and personal photograph of some of the marsh lions on the move. Try to compose the scene so each animal's face is isolated (clearly visible), while at the same time get a shot of all the animals with their eyes open (which is not easy because lions blink a lot).

Tech Info: 
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 200-400mm IS with built-in 1.4x teleconver
Tripod & Ball Head: Really Right Stuff.
Camera settings:
• AI servo focus, to keep the lions in focus as they moved;
• High frame rate to increase my chances of getting a shot that shows all the lions with their eyes open;
• ISO 500 – due to the relatively low light in early morning, f/8 ­– for good depth-of-field, 1/320th second ­ to stop the action of the moving animals.

I hope you can participate in one of my photo workshops, where no question is too basic or too simple.
2016 Workshops
2017 Workshops
2018 Workshops

For more tips, tricks and techniques, see my current best-selling book, Creative Visualization for Photographers. Also check out my KelbyOne on-line classes.

Explore the light,
Rick

Gear Recos for My Oregon Coast Photo Workshop Caravan

Gear Recos for My Oregon Coast Photo Workshop Caravan

I'm looking forward to my July 22-28, 2017 Oregon Coast photo workshop with awesome co-leader Alex Morley. This will be our 4th workshop to the Oregon Coast – where we teach landscapes and seascape photography, along with Lightroom and Photoshop. Few photographers know the coast like Alex, which is why I love working with him!

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It's "Hey Rick, What's your f-stop?" Friday #2

"Hey Rick! What's your f-stop?" That's the question I get asked most on my photo workshops. I reply, with a smile, "My friend. What is your creative vision, what is your goal?" Those are the important question - for photographers to ask themselves.

In this blog series I will share with you my goal and camera settings for some of my favorite recent photographs, which will be featured in my next (#37) book, Evolution of an Image (September 2016 publication).

Here goes.

Goal: Make a photograph that illustrates a bygone time in the Palouse.

Thought process: Use HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging to capture the contrast range of the scene – the bright areas outside the truck and the dark areas inside the truck.

Tech Info:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 14mm lens
Camera settings:
• In-camera HDR set-up (but processed the thee images in Lightroom for more creative control);
• Manual focus – to ensure the same focus throughout the bracketed sequence;
• ISO 1600 – set for a sharp hand-held sequence in the relatively low light situation, 1/500th second (middle exposure in bracketing sequence) – for a steady hand-held shot even at the slowest shutter speed (1/125th second) in the bracketed sequence, f/11 – for good depth-of-field.

I hope you can participate in one of my photo workshops, where no question is too basic or too simple.
2016 Workshops
2017 Workshops
2018 Workshops

For more tips, tricks and techniques, see my current best-selling book, Creative Visualization for Photographers. Also check out my KelbyOne on-line classes.

Explore the light,
Rick