Monthly Archives: September 2016

Three tips to never lose your lens caps again – DIY Photography

Here is a great tip for not losing your lens caps and it will easily identify your caps from the caps of other photographers.

Lens caps are probably the thing I used to lose the most often, until I quit bothering replacing them. If I have none to lose, then I can’t lose them, problem solved. Sometimes, though, having lens caps saves a lot of hassle. Lenses that I use often are regularly cleaned. But, for lenses that end up sitting on […]

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Legends of Fall

Colorado and Wyoming are beautiful in the Fall but the season is very short lived. Go out for picture taking and miss the golden Aspens by a week and the trees will be barren. I was lucky enough to catch the last of the season near the Colorado Wyoming border. Enjoy the images.

~Chuckie

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Corel AfterShot 3 Increases Artistic Photo Editing Options with ParticleShop Plugin – DigitalRev

With the every increasing number of enthusiast photographers churning out unparalleled images, professional photogs and artist photogs alike are scrambling to set apart their images from the likes of the former.

Along comes ParticleShop and Photo Brush to the rescue. Although photography purists will demonize these artistic plug-ins and relegate these tools as merely amateur photographers software tricks for improving images.

If you don’t subscribe to the idea that these plugins somehow cheat, you may find that setting up a photoshoot to incorporate the effects is more challenging and yield better results than you might expect.

Corel has released an all-new update to AfterShot 3 that will enable users to take advantage of ParticleShop’s groundbreaking Particle Brush technology.

Source: Corel AfterShot 3 Increases Artistic Photo Editing Options with ParticleShop Plugin – DigitalRev

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Moon photography failure

It was 5 p.m. in Fort Collins and I realize that the moon would be rising to the East at about 7:44 according to the time and date website. Dutifully cooking dinner and racing out the door, I headed down to Denver to catch the Harvest Moon rising behind the Denver Skyline.

To my surprise 7:44 turned into almost 8 p.m and the darkness would be too stark a contrast between the moon and the lights of the buildings. The sun was blown out in my attempts at one to two second exposures. Add to that the oblong shape the moon creates as it moves across the sky.

The lesson I learned fro the outing is the only way I could capture the moon and a nice cityscape is to capture a double exposure. Tackle a beautify long exposure with an ND filter then wait for the moon to position itself into the shot then take the second exposure.

To make the best of the trip, I waited for the moon to leave my field of view and snapped a few shots of the skyline from Sloan’s Lake.

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Early mornings at Rocky Mountain National Park

 

%22sprague-lake-at-sunrise%22It was 4 a.m. and I was back at Rocky Mountain National Park waiting for the sun to rise to yield some of the prettiest crimson highlights that I’ve seen at sunrise. It is my plan to catch a majority of all the lakes at RMNP at sunrise just for the super saturated colors you get for a ten minute window before sunrise.

There should have been a full moon in the picture but the moonset calendar is a little off and the moon set at 5 a.m. rather than at sunrise which was 6:30 a.m. My previous outing included Bear Lake and my next outing will include Bierstadt Lake.

This image was shot using a Nikon D500, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, ND4 + ND8 filter, ISO 100, f/16, 30 sec. exposure.

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Overpowering the sun; Shooting outdoor flash portraits in harsh bright sunlight – DIY Photography

Configuring a flash for daytime portraits.

At some point or another, anybody who shoots portraits is going to need to shoot outdoors in bright sunlight. Even if you actively try to avoid it, it’s going to happen one day. It’s just inevitable. Maybe you’re not a portrait photographer, but you have a fancy camera and a flash. Friends or family may ask you […]

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Tokina announces a set of new 35mm, 50mm, 85mm T1.5 Cine lenses with MFT mount

Cinema lenses are all the rage with third party manufacturers at Tokina, Tamron, and Sigma out new cine lenses for DSLR video production.

Newsshooter at IBC 2016 – Tokina full frame cinema prime lenses from Dan Chung on Vimeo. Today Tokina announced a new series of Cine lenses that will be available in native MFT mount too. […]

Source: Tokina announces a set of new 35mm, 50mm, 85mm T1.5 Cine lenses with MFT mount

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How to Create a Realistic Chrome Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Create this sweet chrome effect in Photoshop.

Source: How to Create a Realistic Chrome Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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7 Ideas to Inspire Your Creativity

As Labor Day is coming to a close, enjoy some ideas to inspire creativity.

Feeling a lack of creativity? Try these 7 ideas to help you spark it and get back shooting and being creative again.

Source: 7 Ideas to Inspire Your Creativity

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