Contest Winner: “Magnificent Monochrome”

Photographer John Gafford has been selected as the winner of the June 2018 GreyLearning Photo Contest with his image, “Channeling Leonardo”. The theme for this photo contest was “Magnificent Monochrome”, inviting photographers to submit their best black and white (or otherwise monochrome) photo.

Channeling Leonardo by John Gafford

John had this to say about capturing this photo:

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While on a recent trip to the Provence region of France, I was walking around the Arles Saturday market, when I spotted a distinguished looking elderly man dressed in black wandering through the market. I followed him for a while, hoping to snap a candid picture of him. After a few minutes, he happened to gaze up toward a nearby building and at that moment, I snapped this image. With his white beard and black shirt and jacket, I thought it would make a great black and white image. I shot the image at 1/250 second, f/8, ISO 200 at 210 mm with a Nikon D800.

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As the winning photographer John will receive a copy of Exposure X3 software for optimizing and organizing photos, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Alien Skin Software.

Congratulations to John on a beautiful winning image! You can view more of his photography on his website here:

http://www.johngaffordphotography.com/

You can also find John on Instagram here:

https://www.instagram.com/johngaffordphotography/

 

Upcoming Webinar: “Mistakes to Avoid in Lightroom”

During the next presentation as part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series, I will share my top recommendations for “Mistakes to Avoid in Lightroom”. The focus of this presentation will be on helping photographers keep their Lightroom catalog and their overall workflow streamlined and efficient. I’ll talk about the most common mistakes I see photographers making in Lightroom, and share tips for avoiding (or correcting from) those mistakes.

The live presentation will be on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 12:00pm Eastern Time. You can register to attend the live presentation, or to gain access to the recording after the presentation, by following this link:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7332620347806050562

The GreyLearning Webinar Series is sponsored by Tamron USA. Be sure to check out the “One Location, One Lesson, One Lens” video series on Tamron’s YouTube channel here:

https://youtube.com/TamronVids

One Year of “Lightroom Quick Tips”!

The publication of today’s episode of “Lightroom Quick Tips” marks one full year of weekly tips! Every week for the past year there has been a new “quick tip” focused on Lightroom Classic CC added to the “Lightroom Quick Tips” course in the GreyLearning library. And new episodes are still being added every week.

The tip published on the one year anniversary of this course addressed the new feature for adding color labels to folders in Lightroom. You can view that tip on the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/FE6q1MASRh

Don’t forget to subscribe (for free) to the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube, and if you’d like more quick tips on Lightroom you can learn more about the “Lightroom Quick Tips” course on the GreyLearning website here:

https://www.greylearning.com/courses/lightroom-tips

Webinar: “Avoiding Common Photo Mistakes”

Today’s presentation as part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series featured my top recommendations for “Avoiding Common Photo Mistakes”. I talked about the most common mistakes I see photographers making, and that I sometimes even need to remind myself to avoid.

You can view a recording of the full webinar presentation here:

https://youtu.be/-pNrIuNdRd0

Be sure to subscribe to the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube so you’ll catch new webinar recordings and other videos. And note that recordings of all presentations in the GreyLearning webinar series are included in the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle.

The GreyLearning Webinar Series is sponsored by Tamron USA. Be sure to check out the “One Location, One Lesson, One Lens” video series on Tamron’s YouTube channel here:

https://youtube.com/TamronVids

Photographing “Manhattanhenge”

Twice each year, the setting sun perfectly aligns with Manhattan’s grid of streets in New York City, providing a fun visual and photographic opportunity referred to as “Manhattanhenge”. The next opportunity to see this phenomenon will be in July of this year (2018), so I thought I would share a few tips on photographing Manhattanhenge.

 

The key to the best Manhattanhenge experience is location. First, you want to be on one of the wider streets, which includes 14th Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, and 42nd Street. Second, you want to be as far east in Manhattan as possible, to help add more context to the position of the sun at the center of the street.

For 2018, the first set of Manhattanhenge dates was in May, so July is the next opportunity. The full effect will be visible on Thursday, July 12th. The sun sets at 8:20pm that day, so you’ll want to be in position by around 8:00pm. If the weather (or your schedule) doesn’t cooperate, the following day (July 13th) you can see a similar effect, but with the sun halfway below the horizon by the time it is aligned with the street.

Note that the sun will be hidden from view until just before sunset. That’s because the sun will follow an arc in the sky, entering the position between buildings lining the street from the left side. So as the sun is going down toward the horizon, it will appear from behind buildings on the left as it continues toward a position that aligns it with the center of the street.

In terms of exposure, you can treat Manhattanhenge as a “normal” sunset. I do recommend bracketing exposures to provide the option of creating a high dynamic range (HDR) image, so you can preserve more details in the foreground buildings, for example.

And don’t forget not to stare at the sun! Have fun, and be sure to share any photos you capture if you take in the unique experience of Manhattanhenge.

Photo Contest: “Magnificent Monochrome”

The theme for the GreyLearning Photo Contest for June is “Magnificent Monochrome”, providing photographers with the opportunity to submit their favorite black & white, sepia tone, cyanotype, or other monochrome image. Alien Skin Software is sponsoring this month’s contest, offering a copy of their Exposure X3 software for the Grand Prize.

UPDATE: You can view the winning image and get details about how it was captured here:

Contest Winner: “Magnificent Monochrome”

Contest Winner: “Reaching Out”

Photographer Bob Kirschke has been selected as the winner of the May 2018 GreyLearning Photo Contest with his image of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The theme for this photo contest was “Reaching Out”, focusing on images that were captured with a relatively long lens to bring in a distant subject.

As the winning photographer Bob will receive a Tamron 70-210mm lens, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Tamron USA.

Bob had this to say about capturing his winning image:

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The image was taken on September 27, 2015, from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. It was taken with a Canon 6D and the EF100-400 IS II lens. The plan was to shoot the full moon rising that evening. Of course while waiting I was shooting the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur, and the Avenue des Champs-Elysée.

This shot was one of only a hand full that were not of the full tower. Not sure why I even took the shots at the time. When I returned home and started processing the images I really liked the composition but didn’t like the color image as I worked on it. So I took a chance and started processing it in B&W. I used Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2. I felt like it was a much more interesting representation of the image that way.

I am a corporate pilot for a New York-based company. We operate worldwide and I get the benefit of being able to capture images in some amazing places.

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Congratulations to Bob on a beautiful winning image! You can view more of his photography on his Flickr page here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/swabby111/

To learn more about the Tamron 70-210mm lens that was the grand prize for this photo contest, you can visit the Tamron USA website here:

http://www.tamron-usa.com/product/lenses/a034.html

Webinar: “Top Hidden Features of Photoshop”

Today’s presentation as part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series featured my favorite “Top Hidden Features of Photoshop“. You can view a recording of the full webinar presentation here:

https://youtu.be/sbBYgkgVGas

Be sure to subscribe to the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube so you’ll catch new webinar recordings and other videos. And note that recordings of all presentations in the GreyLearning webinar series are included in the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle.

The GreyLearning Webinar Series is sponsored by Tamron USA. Be sure to check out the “One Location, One Lesson, One Lens” video series on Tamron’s YouTube channel here:

https://youtube.com/TamronVids

Webinar: Improving your Wide-Angle Photography

 

In today’s presentation as part of the GreyLearning Webinar Series, Tim Grey shared his top tips for Improving your Wide-Angle Photography. You can view a recording of the full webinar presentation on the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/Q8As06fppwI

Be sure to subscribe to the Tim Grey TV channel on YouTube so you’ll catch new webinar recordings and other videos. And note that recordings of all presentations in the GreyLearning webinar series are included in the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle.

The GreyLearning Webinar Series is sponsored by Tamron USA. Be sure to check out the “One Location, One Lesson, One Lens” video series on Tamron’s YouTube channel here:

https://youtube.com/TamronVids

Photo Contest: “Reaching Out”

The theme for the GreyLearning Photo Contest for May is “Reaching Out”, meaning capturing photos that involve reaching out with a long lens to draw in a distant subject. The Grand Prize for this contest is a Tamron 70-210mm f/4 lens valued at US$799, thanks to a sponsorship from Tamron USA. Please note that for this contest the winner must reside in the United States.

UPDATE: You can view the winning image and get details about how it was captured here:

Contest Winner: “Reaching Out”