Shooting Morocco’s Atlas Mountains Through A Car Window

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atlasThumbnail Last February I took a trip to Morocco. It’s a wonderful country and I got to see a lot of it, but due to my short schedule I was unable to linger in the beautiful Atlas Mountains. Dividing the verdant middle of the country from the Sahara, the Atlas mountains contain a wonderful mix of landscapes, small villages, and farmland. You could easily spend days shooting throughout the range, but I had only a single day of driving through at a fast clip in a car. In an effort to make the best of it I spent the day shooting out the car window.
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A month in Mongolia with an iPad photo workflow

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This summer, for some reason, a friend and I drove a tiny Fiat Panda from London to Mongolia. Though I have a 13″ MacBook Air, I decided to take my iPad with me on the trip instead of a “real” computer. I also took a good amount of photography gear, which meant that the iPad had to support a fairly full photo workflow. This article details how I made it work, and what I found I could and couldn’t do. The good news is that, if you manage your expectations, and grab the right apps, you can run an effective post-production workflow directly from your iPad.

Shooting on the Road, from Gear to Workflow

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Better gear won’t necessarily make you a better photographer, but having the wrong gear can certainly make it more difficult to get the shots you want. In this 3-hour Lynda.com course you’ll see my entire thought process as I equip and prepare for three different kinds of shoots. Through examples of heavyweight, mid weight, and lightweight shoots, you’ll see how I tackle the problems of choosing shooting gear, power, storage, and post-production equipment. You’ll also see how I strategize methods for carrying all this stuff. Discussing everything from tripods to bags and batteries, this course is ideal for anyone who shoots while traveling, and wants a better plan for selecting the right gear. Click here to get started watching now.

Turn Any Bag Into A Camera Bag

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Hi. My name is Ben and I’m a bag addict. It’s true, I have a problem. For years, I was convinced that there was a single, perfect camera bag out there in the world somewhere. So, over the years, I have amassed an embarrassing assortment of bags. A while ago, I came to realize that there is no single camera bag that’s appropriate for every situation, which only exacerbated my problem, because now I have a perfect justification for owning still more bags. Alas, the discovery of Mountainsmith Kit Cube has made the whole situation even worse, because with the Kit Cube, I can turn any bag into a camera bag. This means my bag fetish is no longer constrained to just camera bags!

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Photoshop Touch 1.0

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iPad-toting Photoshop users finally have an actual version of Photoshop for their tablets. Photoshop Touch offers layers-based compositing, masking and retouching tools, and color correction, all wrapped up in a touch-based interface. The question, of course, is what exactly it gets you in the way of a tablet-based post-production workflow. In this detailed review, I take a look at the app from the point-of-view of the serious, working photographer.

The iPad, the HyperDrive, and the Traveling Photographer

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Like a lot of photographers, I like gear. Lots of gear. Sometimes I think that I like gear because buying new gear is easier than trying to take a good picture. But still, I buy more. But when it comes time to actually travel somewhere, all that gear presents a bit of a quandary. The sad fact is: while I like gear, I don’t like carrying it. When traveling, I used to carry a rather full kit – lots of lenses, flashes, anything I might possibly need. But these days, even for extended travel, I tend to go pretty stripped down. Usually just two lenses, no flash, possibly a lightweight tripod. On a recent 3-week trip to Turkey, I decided to go even more bare, and travelled with only a small backpack as my only luggage – both for clothes, and camera gear. Needless to say, this presented a bit of an issue in terms of gear choice.

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What Will You Shoot On Your Summer Vacation

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We’re well into summer now, and as you head out on vacation, you’re probably packing your camera. Or, if you’re like me, you’re packing four or five camera. Whether you’re just getting started in photography, or you’ve been shooting for a long time and have a closet full of gear, planning what to take, and what to plan for can be complicated. In this article, I offer some tips and advice on how to plan your summer vacation shooting.

Florence, 2009 – Tuscan Digital Photo Workshop

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In August I had the great good fortune to spend the month in Florence, teaching a three-week photo workshop to eight delightful students. Held at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts, this workshop was held alongside a number of other workshops including book arts, Solarplate printing, painting, and more. With the extended class time, we were able to cover a lot of ground, and with Florence and the surrounding country just outside the door we had plenty of shooting opportunities.

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Should You Go On An African Safari?

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If you’re looking for a fun, interesting vacation option that also offers good photo opportunities, then you might want to consider an African safari. I was fortunate enough to go on a few different safaris last November, and it was definitely an experience I won’t forget. However, before you try it, you might want to know a little more about what you’re getting into, photo-wise, to better decide if it’s the right excursion for you, and to properly prepare.

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Death Valley – 2008

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Death Valley

Every year, I try to spend as much time as I can in Death Valley. To some, this may sound a strange destination to pine for, but returning visitors to this web site might have already noticed my predisposition to Death Valley’s beautiful, unique extremes. In 2008, I only managed one week-long trip, and it was far earlier than I’d ever been before. Spending the first week of February in Death Valley showed that it can be as uncomfortably cold as it can be brutally hot. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to sort through the images until now, one year later.

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