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Guide to Outdoor Seasonal Photo Wardrobe (Winter)

Roan-Mountain-20121228-5The final part (part 5) of a multi-part guide to technical outdoor clothing and clothing systems for photographing in the great outdoors! Make sure to read and refer to Part 1, Guide to Outdoor Seasonal Photo Wardrobe (Summer). I’m going to go in to less detail on things already covered and part one also has a key for common abbreviations. Time for the cold snowy winter! (or just about)

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Great New HDR Feature in Lightroom 4.1

Check out this video tutorial at Lightroom Killer Tips! Basically, you can export your set of exposures to Photoshop HDR (like you would if you use the Photoshop HDR feature) but instead of tone mapping it, you just save it as a tif so it re-imports back into Lightroom. From there you can adjust it like a normal image, but it has 10 stops of exposure compensation instead of 4! I haven’t tried it, but this could be my new HDR workflow! (though unless I want a more surreal HDR look)

http://lightroomkillertips.com/2012/lightroom-video-a-new-hdr-feature-in-lightroom-4-1/

Guide to Outdoor Seasonal Photo Wardrobe (Summer)

This is late Spring gear on mildly cool and windy morning.
photo by Jon Fuller

This will be a 5 part guide to technical outdoor clothing and clothing systems for photographing in the great outdoors and maybe some theory behind them too. I generally wear Patagonia, but I will try and talk generally so this should apply to any good outdoor clothing but will also talk about Patagonia specifically because that’s what I know the best and tend to ware most.

Note: this is based on East Tennessee seasons, so adjust to your local climate/seasonal pattern. I did put temperatures with each season, but you’ll have to make the jump to the full story to see them. They made the titles too long otherwise. 🙂

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Even the Pros have bad days

Scott Kelby posts about how he totally botch some of what might have been great shots, not once, not twice, but three times during the same football game! Glad to know the pros can blow shots too. (and even admit to it!)

When I go back and review my photos from an outing, I try to learn from all those mistakes. “I should have upped my ISO here to get faster shutter speed”, is probably my most common error. I don’t want to loose detail to noise or just the lack of detail in higher ISOs, but if I don’t get the shot at all, what’s the point? So, I’m getting better at that.
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Photography Equipment on the Cheap (but good) Part 2

Part 2 is here! Best bang for the buck Flashs and flash related gear! (again, this is kind of Canon-centric but some of it is cross brand too)

Canon Speedlite 550EX TTL (~$210 from ebay)
You get slave and master functionality (with other Canon flashes that support it) just like the $400 580EX/EXii model and the same flash power. You don’t get weather proofing, camera adjustable settings, better build quality (it’s got a plastic hot foot).

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