January 16, 2017

Free Lecture on Lenses

27mm focal length

Neil Chaput de Saintonge, founder of Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT, is giving a free lecture about lenses this coming Saturday, January 21, from 7:30-9pm at the Holiday Inn. If you have an interchangeable lens camera (SLR or mirrorless), this is sure to be an informative talk. Neil loves to talk about gear and it shows! See the link for more information.

RMSP Free Lens Lecture

If you can't make the lecture, watch for my upcoming class on lenses later this spring at The Lifelong Learning Center. 

200mm focal length

January 2, 2017

Missoula Camera Classes for Winter 2017 Now Registering

My classes at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, resume this month and there is still space available in all sections.
  • Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera
  • Black & White Photography
  • Advanced Black & White Photography
  • Making Better Close-up Photos (macro)
  • Shooting & Processing Digital Camera Raw Files 
Thoroughbred Park sculpture, Lexington, Kentucky

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December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, 2015

Best wishes for a happy holiday season
peaceful 2017

December 12, 2016

Making a Simple Holiday Card with Adobe Lightroom

Cards printed with Lightroom

Using Lightroom's greeting card template in the Print module, you can make a simple card from your images. I'll detail the following steps using Lightroom CC:
  1. Gather the images
  2. Choose the printer and paper size
  3. Select the template
  4. Add the photo
  5. Adjust the layout
  6. Create a template
  7. Print the cards

1. Gather the Images
Begin by selecting one or several images in the Library module that you want to use for your holiday cards (or any card). Do any processing you want in the Develop module. Then put the finished images in a Collection. I called my collection "Holiday Cards." Be sure you have selected the collection before going to the next step.

[Click on images for a larger view.]

Images in Collection


December 9, 2016

Visual Storytelling

In the latest e-newsletter from Craft & Vision is an article on "Visual Storytelling" by Andy Biggs. His seven tips enumerate the types of shots you want to include in your slideshow or other presentation to tell the story of your adventure.
  1. Opening shot
  2. Wide-angle shot
  3. Zoom (telephoto) shot
  4. Macro/detail shot
  5. Portrait
  6. Special moment
  7. Closing shot
Here is a story from a visit to a working Montana cattle ranch.




Macro / detail

Special Moment



These ideas are very similar to the Life photo magazine formula that was so successful for many decades. Read the full article for visual examples and further explanations. Following these suggestions will make your slideshow or print portfolio stand out.