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National Parks iPod App

Are you aware that there's a new National Parks App for the iPhone and iPad? National Geographic worked with its world class photographers and editorial staff, as well as the National Parks Service, to create a free app that provides priceless info and allows you to download park-specific guides (the first one for free, additional are a buck or two) which includes GPS coordinates of favorite photo locations, must see spots and even photo tips from the most accomplished photographers in the world. Jay Goodrich, for instance, mentioned on his blog recently that he divulged a few secret spots from a handful of parks to include in the app. Now that's what I call specialized information that's bound to be invaluable to photographers visiting the parks. And at that price (remember, it's free) how can you go wrong?

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mobile/apps/national-parks-by-national-geographic
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Are you aware that there's a new National Parks App for the iPhone and iPad? National Geographic worked with its world class photographers and editorial staff, as well as the National Parks Service, to create a free app that provides priceless info and allows you to download park-specific guides (the…

Landscape Workshops With A Landscape Master

James Kay has a 30-year track record of creating phenomenal landscape photographs. If you read our sister publication, Outdoor Photographer, you've no doubt seen his work in numerous articles throughout that time. Well now you've got the chance to work side by side with this master photographer by attending one of his upcoming southern Utah workshops. Three are scheduled for October of this year, and three more are planned for May of next. Heck, why not sign up for all of them? (And while you're at it, why not take me with you?) With destinations including the San Rafael Desert's Badlands, Capitol Reef National Park, slot canyons and Grand Staircase Escalante Monument, there's something for landscape lover to learn, from advanced amateur to total newbie. Plus it'll be a fun way to spend time with good people in the great outdoors. For more info, visit James' web site at http://www.jameskay.com/workshops.
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James Kay has a 30-year track record of creating phenomenal landscape photographs. If you read our sister publication, Outdoor Photographer, you've no doubt seen his work in numerous articles throughout that time. Well now you've got the chance to work side by side with this master photographer by attending one…

Funny Photoshopped Celebrity Photos

Need to hire a good retoucher? I found one. His name is Danny Evans, and he's not only very talented with Photoshop and a tablet pen, but he's got one heck of a sense of humor. You see, Danny decided to showcase his retouching talents by Photoshopping celebrities to make them look like ordinary people. Extremely ordinary, in fact. These images are hilarious; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie looking like a couple of losers, Madonna as a wrinkly old lady, and Paris Hilton as, well, several variations of an unattractive person. It seems no celebrity's been spared, and frankly I'm glad. I'm pretty sick of seeing celebrities everywhere I look, especially when they look perfect. So this is a nice change of pace. And a ridiculous one at that. Thanks to PetaPixel for the recommendation. Check out Danny's Facebook gallery for a look at several dozen of these funny photos.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.150250888323779.28939.150175044998030&type=3
Need to hire a good retoucher? I found one. His name is Danny Evans, and he's not only very talented with Photoshop and a tablet pen, but he's got one heck of a sense of humor. You see, Danny decided to showcase his retouching talents by Photoshopping celebrities to make…

Behind The Scenes Of A Time Cover Shoot

Regular readers know how much I love behind the scenes videos—especially when they feature the work (and some technical insights) from real world class photographers. Here's a link to a great behind the scenes video by one of the most prominent editorial photographers working today. Martin Schoeller photographed Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte for the cover of Time's summer Olympics special. For a glimpse below the waves (er, at least, in the pool) tune in to the video on the Strobist blog.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/07/bts-martin-schoeller-photographs-ryan.html#more
Regular readers know how much I love behind the scenes videos—especially when they feature the work (and some technical insights) from real world class photographers. Here's a link to a great behind the scenes video by one of the most prominent editorial photographers working today. Martin Schoeller photographed Olympic swimmer…

Bye, Bye, Velvia

It's is a sad time to be a photographer. Especially a landscape photographer. Fuji has announced it will be discontinuing the film of choice for serious landscape photographers—Velvia 100 and Velvia 50—in large formats. Velvia 100 will be discontinued entirely, while the 50 speed—a beautiful slow film ideal for outdoor photography—will be maintained in the 35mm and 120 formats. That means this is the point at which landscape photography will make a huge sea change, lagging behind the rest of the world in which digital had overtaken film. What will Velvia landscape photographers do now? Or, rather, what will they do after stocking their freezers with as much large format Velvia as they can afford? It’s a time we’ve all known was coming. But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. A sad time to be a photographer, indeed.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/fujifilm-dicontinues-velvia-100f-50
It’s is a sad time to be a photographer. Especially a landscape photographer. Fuji has announced it will be discontinuing the film of choice for serious landscape photographers—Velvia 100 and Velvia 50—in large formats. Velvia 100 will be discontinued entirely, while the 50 speed—a beautiful slow film ideal for outdoor…

Three Bug Photo Tips

Steve Berardi, the PhotoNaturalist, always has great nature photography tips on his blog. Today I read his article about photographing insects, which has a few simple yet sensible pieces of advice. He skips the obvious (about using a macro lens and tripod) in favor of actual insect-specific tips—like positioning yourself so that your shadow doesn't obscure the subject, wait for cooler weather when bugs are a little less energetic, and pick a spot and stick with it since many insects revisit the same locations again and again. I know nature photography is a passion for many readers, so if you've got a macro lens, extension tube or closeup filter, now you can pair those tools with Berardi's suggestions and increase your odds of making great pictures.

http://photonaturalist.net/3-quick-tips-for-photographing-insects
Steve Berardi, the PhotoNaturalist, always has great nature photography tips on his blog. Today I read his article about photographing insects, which has a few simple yet sensible pieces of advice. He skips the obvious (about using a macro lens and tripod) in favor of actual insect-specific tips—like positioning yourself…
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