Video Tutorials Now Available!

Come with me on a photography adventure.  I want to show you the beautiful Western Cape of  South Africa and talk to you about what photography means to me and how I approach it from start to finish in this exclusive, travelogue-style video tutorial produced in collaboration with filmmaker Armand Dijcks.  Order Now! 🙂

In this three part video series, I discuss many things, including all of the following:

the definition of fine art photography
color vs black & white photography
knowing your camera
composition & orientation
getting a feel for locations
using the light to your advantage
preparation before visiting a location
danger point lighthouse – Preparation and shooting
Cape Agulhas shipwreck – Composition, dealing with weather and tides
what’s in my camera bag
reasons to shoot long exposures
getting your shot in-camera
importing, rating & metadata in Adobe Bridge
preparing the image using Dfine
black & white conversion in Silver Efex Pro
finishing touches in Photoshop
creating panoramic images
and so much more…

Visit www.AfricaWithAthena.com to find out more, see other preview clips and order your copy.

Africa with Athena Sneak Peek and Presale

This is getting exciting – every time I see a new clip from the photo video tutorial I am delighted again by how talented Armand Dijcks is. And amazed again that I did a darn good job at *talking*.  🙂

Have a sneak peek at the Africa with Athena trailer and then head over to www.africawithathena.com to pre-order the video so that you can get it at the discounted price 😉

Africa with Athena Video Tutorial Pre-Sale

Available for pre-sale NOW at www.AfricaWithAthena.com

Join me on my journey to photograph some of the most beautiful locations in South Africa’s Western Cape.  I’ll share with you my thoughts on researching locations, artistic vision, what fine art photography is, post processing workflow and much more as we travel to a shipwreck and a lighthouse.

Africa with Athena, the tutorial video I have been working on with the very talented videographer, Armand Dijcks is available for pre-sale now.

It will be ready for download on March 1st, but if you pre-order before that date, you will receive it for $49 instead of the regular price of $59.

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We will take you from on site at each location to the finished images.

Find out more and place our order at:   http://www.africawithathena.com/

Long Exposure Photography Tips

Are you interested in long exposure photography? Need a few tips to get started or to refine your workflow?

I’ve shared a few over on Jay and Varina Patel’s Visual Wilderness website.   You can find the tips by clicking HERE. 🙂

Workshop * Outer Banks, NC * July 2015

I’m very pleased to say that I’ll be doing another workshop in the stunning Outer Banks of North Carolina with the Mountains to Sea guys – Alistair Nichol and Tommy White this summer.  We had a fabulous time last year shooting sunrise at a pier, sunset and stars at a lighthouse, dunes, more piers, sunrise at another lighthouse, laughing and eating great food together, learning a lot in the classroom and then shooting a bonus ruined pier.  I absolutely can not wait to get back and do it all again.  Join us! 🙂

For more information and to sign up, please visit Mountains to Sea Workshops.

ghostly photographers

Last Autumn, John Dunne, Andy Bitter and I lead our annual photowalk, this year to Donegal Ireland.  We all had a marvellous time and were for the most part treated to wonderful weather along with the stunning locations.

This location, Burt Castle required smoozing with the locals for some creative parking permissions, mooing with a few cows, a steep uphill climb, scraping over some barbed wire and carefully avoiding a farmer’s freshly planted field.  But as you can see, it was well worth it.

I absolutely love our annual photowalks.  It’s comforting to be out shooting with old friends from around the world and exciting to meet the new ones that join us each year.  And in the processing of the images, I get better and better at using the healing brush tool to paint out the ghosted forms of my fellow photographers in my frame.  🙂

Maybe next year you will join us?  😀

If you have any questions about the photowalks, the making or processing of this image, don’t hesitate to ask.  No secrets.  😉

stop bots!

The good news is that literally thousands of users have signed up for my blog.  The bad news is that unfortunately a lot of them are not real people; they are bots.  And the bots are spamming us.  🙁

In an effort to stop this, I have added Captcha to the registration form.  I know, Captcha is annoying, but so are bots and so is spam.  Hopefully this will ensure that all of us here are human.  🙂

In addition, I am running a plugin called WangGuard now that filters out registrations from users who have been flagged elsewhere as sploggers and spammers.  If you had access before and have lost it, it could be due to this plugin.  This unfortunately means that your email address is on spammer lists being used to block access to other sites as well.  So long as you are a human and are interested in photography, you are welcome to reregister here though.  😉

The new registration form looks like this.  You enter your email address (twice) and it will become your username.  You must enter your first name, but can decide if you share your last name.  You choose your own password (and confirm it) and if you were given one you enter your invitation code (students and workshop attendees).  It will require you to fill in a Captcha code and will have you confirm your email address.  Hopefully this will sort things out and we can move on to blog happiness in 2015.  😀

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First Rooftop!

Set your heights more than what you see around you, see beyond. ~Anthony Anderson

Here’s a quick edit with Tonality Pro from my very fun, first time rooftopping with some of the Dubai greats, Daniel Cheong, Gost Ridr, Beno Saradzic and Baber Afzal (who got us access to the roof – yay!). Thank you guys!! I had a fabulous time. And it was made even better with some very tasty Pakistani breakfast at Ravi’s afterwards. Yum!

Sheraton Four Points, Dubai

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the Arabian Desert!

I hope that your festive season, whatever you celebrate (and if you do not) is joyous – filled with love, happiness, health and good light.

*Processed with Macphun’s Tonality Pro, which makes it so, so easy – even on the road. I keep forgetting to mention that you can save 10% off Macphun products with the code “Athena10”

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