December 19, 2014

Making Ethereal Macro Shots in Camera or in Processing

Colleague Tony Rizzuto has written a pair of articles for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography's blog on macro photography. In them he explains how to create a dreamy, double-exposure effect that's awesome for flower close-ups. You can do this either with your camera, if it has a multiple exposure option, or with photo editing software like Photoshop or Elements (version 10 or newer). Check out the links here.

December 16, 2014

Winter 2015 Classes Posted

My next round of night photography classes in Missoula are now open for registration. Choose from both camera and photo editing classes.

Camera Classes
  • Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera
  • Photo Composition
  • Better Close-up Photos
  • Black & White Photography
Photo Editing Classes 
  •  Photoshop Elements Workflow - Part 3: Selections
  • Advanced Black & White Photography
  • Shooting & Processing Digital Camera Raw Files
You can read descriptions on my web site and register by phone at 406-549-8765 or online at The Lifelong Learning Center.

I hope to see you in 2015!

December 12, 2014

Practicing Photography---Ideas for keeping your skills fresh

Whether you are a beginner just starting to become comfortable with your camera controls or you're an experienced shooter, it's useful to spend time on a regular basis cementing or refreshing your camera technique and visual skills. Here are a variety of resources with ideas to get you started.

Visual Exercise is Good for You by Rob Sheppard
In this post, Sheppard offers a few ideas for visual exercises to keep your skills sharp & have fun. One suggestion is to photograph the same scene with both a wide angle and a telephoto focal length. Below are two examples.

Wide angle left; telephoto right

Wide angle top; telephoto bottom

December 5, 2014

Tips for Winter Photography from Rob Sheppard

Rob Sheppard, editor at-large for Outdoor Photographer magazine, has written a list of tips for winter photography on his blog. Rob began his photographic life in Minnesota, where the winters are long and cold. Check these out and use them to help you make great photos this season.

Winter [Photography] Is Here