December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, 2015

Best wishes for a happy holiday season
and
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

Read more...

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.

Opening

Wide-angle

Telephoto

Macro / detail

Special Moment

Portrait

Closing

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.

December 6, 2016

Making Holiday Cards

It's the time of year when people purchase and send holiday greeting cards. Here are links to two articles I've posted in the past that address this topic. One tells you how to make your own card using Photoshop Elements (steps will be similar for Photoshop) and the other tells you about Photographer's Edge pre-printed card templates to which you add your own lab prints. Watch my blog for an upcoming article on creating and printing a card in Lightroom.

Made with Photoshop Elements

Make a Holiday Photo Card Using Photoshop Elements

Make a Holiday Photo Card with Photographer's Edge Cards

Made with Photographer's Edge Cards

November 24, 2016

Winter 2017 Classes in Missoula Open for Registration

My classes for January and February 2017 at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, are now available for online registration. You can read descriptions of the classes and sign up at this link:

Missoula Classes.com
  • Click on Take a Class
  • Click on Photography on the left side of the screen.
  • Choose Pictures & Cameras or Photo Editing for choices.

Here's the short list of the classes I'll be presenting.
  • Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera (Wednesday nights or one Saturday)
  • Making Better Close-up Photos (macro, not portraits)
  • Black & White Photography
  • Advanced Black & White Photography
  • Shooting & Processing Digital Camera Raw Files
I hope you can join me!

November 23, 2016

Artist Talk, Book Signing in Bozeman, Montana, Dec. 2, 2016

At 4pm on Friday, December 2, 2016, I will be at F11 Photographic Supplies in Bozeman, Montana, to talk about my new book The Grace of Trees and sign copies.


I will also be giving two free presentations on Saturday, December 3, at the store. One will be tips on better photos with your built-in flash, and a second will be about common problems with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and how to prevent or fix them.

In addition, I will be available for a limited number of private tutoring appointments. If you want help with Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, printing or using your camera, please call F11 Photo at (406) 586-3281 or (800) 548-0203 to schedule a time.

I hope you can join me!

November 22, 2016

Free Photography Lectures at RMSP

The Rocky Mountain School of Photography has announced this season's schedule of free lectures on a variety of photography topics. Talks are held at RMSP's offices in downtown Missoula at 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month from November 2016 through April 2017. Visit their website for details.

Free Lecture Series at Rocky Mountain School of Photography

November 15, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #20

Cloud Reflections #3
Seeing in Black & White #20
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 14, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #19

Cloud Reflections #2
Seeing in Black & White #19
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 13, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #18

Cloud Reflections #1
Seeing in Black & White #18
Seeley Lake, Montana 

For our final assignment, we had to produce a series of three related images in the genres of black & white we had explored: landscape, portrait, abstract.

November 12, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #17

Abstract #2 before
Seeing in Black & White #17
Seeley Lake, Montana 

These are two blue glass vases sitting on a shelf beneath a tungsten light. Yesterday's image was cropped and rotated 90 degrees left as well.

November 11, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #16

Abstract #2
Seeing in Black & White #16
Seeley Lake, Montana 

Our second abstract assignment was to photograph something in our room. The original will appear in tomorrow's post.

November 10, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #15

Abstract #1 before
Seeing in Black & White #14
Seeley Lake, Montana 

My subject was a clear plastic cup with ribbed sides. I put a large toothed-comb inside and then rotated it 90 degrees left to produce yesterday's photo.

November 9, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #14

Abstract #1
Seeing in Black & White #14
Seeley Lake, Montana 

One of the most challenging assignments was to pick an object from those provided by our teachers and make an abstract photo of it. A more representational image will be in tomorrow's post. In the meantime, let your imagination go!

November 8, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #13

Chinese Mountain
Seeing in Black & White #13
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 7, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #12

Water Lover
Seeing in Black & White #12
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 6, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #11

Morning Mist
Seeing in Black & White #11
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 5, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #10

Anticipation
Seeing in Black & White #10
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 4, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #9

Line
Seeing in Black & White #9
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 3, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #8

Texture & Shape
Seeing in Black & White #8
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 2, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #7

Shape
Seeing in Black & White #7
Seeley Lake, Montana

November 1, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #6

Line
Seeing in Black & White #6
Seeley Lake, Montana 

Line, shape, and texture are very important for successful black & white images.

October 31, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #5

Joy
Seeing in Black & White #1
Seeley Lake, Montana 

These horses were hurrying to get their treats (aka worm medicine) from their caretaker. I feel joyful everytime I see horses.

October 30, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #4

Texture
Seeing in Black & White #4
Seeley Lake, Montana 

We were blessed with amazing fog on the nearby lakes on several mornings.

October 29, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #3

Afterglow before
Seeing in Black & White #3
Seeley Lake, Montana 

As part of our learning process, we had to turn in the original color image along with our black & white conversion for critiques. This is the color version of yesterday's post, proof that seeing in black & white improves color photographs as well!

October 28, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #2

Afterglow
Seeing in Black & White #2
Seeley Lake, Montana 

Another toned black & white image. Not all monochrome photos are just shades of gray!

October 27, 2016

Seeing in Black & White #1

Primeval
Seeing in Black & White #1
Seeley Lake, Montana 

Earlier this month I enjoyed a great workshop called Seeing in Black & White, led by Elizabeth Stone and Eileen Rafferty in Seeley Lake, Montana. This is a toned photo from our first morning's shoot.

October 25, 2016

Barnyard Safari #20

Barnyard Safari #20
Mother and baby alpaca
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana
In about an hour, the cria (baby alpaca) had learned to stand up, nurse and gambol about, a very entertaining sight! It's tiny, thin legs and wobbly attempts to stand reminded me very much of a fawn.

October 24, 2016

Barnyard Safari #19

Barnyard Safari #19
Baby alpaca looking for lunch
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana

October 23, 2016

Barnyard Safari #18

Barnyard Safari #18
Baby alpaca standing
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana

October 22, 2016

Barnyard Safari #17

Barnyard Safari #17
Alpaca and newborn cria
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana
The highlight of the day was the birth of a baby alpaca called a cria. Mother alpacas give birth during daylight, between about 10am and 2pm, on a sunny, dry day. This increases the chances of the infant surviving in the cold climate of the Andes Mountains. Given that we were on our lunch break, this was perfect timing! Here the baby is resting between attempts at standing up.

October 21, 2016

Barnyard Safari #16

Barnyard Safari #16
Owner Wendy with Crystal
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana
Though alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years, they are not overly friendly with people. Crystal, a young alpaca female, was the exception. She really seemed to enjoy hanging out with all of us, especially when we had grain to share.

October 20, 2016

Barnyard Safari #15

Barnyard Safari #15
Male alpaca posing as king of the hill
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana

October 19, 2016

Barnyard Safari #14

Barnyard Safari #14
Alpacas
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana

October 18, 2016

Barnyard Safari #13

Barnyard Safari #13
Alpacas on a ridge
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana
Alpacas are native to the Andes Mountains of South America. I thought this shot makes them appear to be high in the mountains.

October 17, 2016

Barnyard Safari #12

Barnyard Safari #12
Alpacas running into their large pasture
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana

October 16, 2016

Barnyard Safari #11

On our second day we visited Black Wolf Ranch in the Mission Mountains valley where Wendy & Bret raise alpacas for their fleece, clean the fleece, have it spun into yarn, and weave and knit various clothing and other products from it.

Barnyard Safari #11
Alpacas in morning light
Black Wolf Ranch
St. Ignatius, Montana

October 15, 2016

Barnyard Safari #10

Barnyard Safari #10
Grant, farm manager, with another of the lop-eared rabbits
ABC Acres
Hamilton, Montana
Thanks to Grant for answering innumerable questions about the animals we photographed and the farm's philosophy and approach to working with nature to produce crops and livestock.

October 14, 2016

Barnyard Safari #9

Barnyard Safari #9
Lop-eared rabbits
ABC Acres
Hamilton, Montana
These are the most recent addition to ABC Acres.

October 13, 2016

Barnyard Safari #8

Barnyard Safari #8
Pigs taking a mud bath
ABC Acres
Hamilton, Montana

Pigs don't sweat, so they roll around in mud puddles to keep themselves cool. "Seating like a pig" has no basis in fact!

October 12, 2016

Barnyard Safari #7

Barnyard Safari #7
Grant feeding apples to the pigs
ABC Acres
Hamilton, Montana
ABC Acres keeps Large Black pigs (a breed from Great Britain) and has recently acquired two cunecune pigs (the spotted ones in the photo).

October 11, 2016

Barnyard Safari #6

Barnyard Safari #6
Curious Bourbon Red Turkeys
ABC Acres
Hamilton, Montana
The Bourbon Red turkey is just one of the heritage breeds of animals at ABC Acres.