Editing the Night Sky and the Milky Way in Lightroom

One of our favorite workshops is the night photography workshop in the Eastern Sierra. There are many things to think about when shooting the stars, and post processing is one of them. Some of the things to keep in mind: • Be aware of the correct settings in your camera • Shoot in an area where the sky is not affected by a lot of city light pollution • Shoot when the moon is a sliver of a crescent, or none at all • Have a good grasp on the post processing that will bring out the best in the stars “Dodging and burning are [...]

By |2019-08-16T23:09:30+00:00August 16th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Photographing with Lazy Eyes Reveals Nothing New!

Yosemite Valley ©MarkJansenPhotography.com Don’t be lazy when you have a chance to be in nature to create a photograph. Some new to landscape photography seldom venture much further than their cars to take a shot. Landscape photography is all about interacting with nature. If you’re not comfortable opening your eyes before dawn or hiking to explore new possibilities, the odds of you capturing that epic photograph is not in your future. Stepping out of your comfort zone is what it’s all about in this game. This will take you much further than that new piece of gear or software plug-in. Certainly, gear is important and is as simple [...]

By |2019-07-27T00:38:04+00:00July 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Using Collections in Adobe Lightroom Classic

It’s important to know the distinctions between the different organizational tools in Lightroom. These tools include the catalog, your files, and your collections. Lightroom is my favorite photo editor because of its power of organization. There are many layers of organization that include folders, collections, keywords and star ratings. Because of all of these elements, it is very easy to create a catalog that is simple to navigate. Images can be found in a matter of seconds if you use the power of Lightroom to organize them correctly. One of the best tools to use is collections. The Catalog The catalog includes digital [...]

By |2019-05-16T21:43:35+00:00May 16th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Do You Pre-visualize Before Shooting Your Landscape Images?

There are many ways to approach an iconic location when shooting landscape photography. You could just shoot it the way 1,000's of other photographers have, or come up with your own creative ideas. It helps to a plan when going to a location, and have a concept of how you want to shoot it. Pre-visualization is the key! Recently, I returned to an iconic Iceland location. It is a long drive to reach this place and you really only get a short time to get the image you want. Many factors come in to play in Iceland, and most of it is because of the weather. It can be very windy and [...]

By |2019-04-25T14:31:28+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Yosemite Valley and Iceland: Lands of Great Light!

Yosemite Falls ©MarkJansenPhotography.com I really had time to think after returning from Yosemite Valley recently. I was struck by the similarities and quality in light of Yosemite Valley and Iceland. They both have great photographic light. We frequently hold photography workshops in both locations for one specific reason, the opportunities for great backdrops, paired with unsurpassed light. […]

By |2019-09-17T00:20:09+00:00March 14th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Are You Over Processing Your Images?

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” - Ansel Adams Ansel Adams embraced post processing in the dark room by dodging and burning (making adjustment in exposure) areas of the image for impact. The lesson that we learned from him is that post processing is just as important as the photo taking process, and shouldn’t be looked down upon as a lesser art form. Ansel Adams sometimes spent entire days locked up in his darkroom creating his prints. They didn’t come out of the camera that way. And that is just as true today. When we shoot with care taking into consideration [...]

By |2019-02-06T00:18:24+00:00February 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments
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