Contest Winner: “Dazzling Night”

Photographer Nick Noble has been selected as the winner of the July 2018 GreyLearning Photo Contest with his image of the Frisco Pier in North Carolina. The theme for this photo contest was “Dazzling Night”, inviting photographers to submit their best image captured at night.

Frisco Pier by Nick Noble

Nick had this to say about capturing this photo:

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Frisco Pier is (was) in North Carolina in the part of the coast known as the Outer Banks. It was in the town of Frisco, just a few miles from the more famous Cape Hatteras lighthouse. Frisco Pier was for fishing. It was heavily damaged during Hurricane Irene in 2003 and then again by Hurricane Earl in 2010. It closed 2010 and was abandoned until fall 2017 when it was taken down. With no lights, it was a hazard to navigation near the shore.

My photo was taken in March 2017 on a dark no moon night about 5am (sunrise at 7:15 am, so 5 is about 45 minutes before Astronomical Twilight). Camera information: Canon 5D Mark IV, Sigma 20mm f/1.4 lens at f/2, ISO 6400, 30 seconds.

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As the winning photographer Nick will receive one year of full access to the GreyLearning Ultimate Bundle.

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

https://www.facebook.com/NickNoblePhotography/

You can also find Nick on Instagram here:

https://www.instagram.com/nsqr/

“Heart of Rome” Photo Workshop

I am happy to announce I will once again be leading a photography workshop in the heart of Rome, Italy, in 2019.

This workshop is all-inclusive and features five full days photographing in Rome. We’ll visit some of the most popular sights, and also explore many hidden corners of this incredible city. And with only six workshop participants, you’ll be able to get individual help with your photography and composition.

For more information about this workshop, you can visit the Tim Grey Photo website here:

http://www.timgreyphoto.com/rome-2019

Webinar: “Mistakes to Avoid in Lightroom”

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

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

https://youtu.be/kQ05nMd9G98

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

New Course: “iPhone Photography”

As an increasing number of photographers make use of an iPhone or other smartphone for some (or even all) of their photography, we have created a new “iPhone Photography” course to help photographers master the many photographic features available on the iPhone.

This course features almost a full hour of lessons to help you understand and make the most of the many photo (and video) features of the iPhone. You’ll learn tricks for accessing the camera app more quickly, discover all of the capture formats that are available, see how Portrait mode can dramatically improve photos on supported iPhone models, and much more.

For more information about the “iPhone Photography” course you can visit the GreyLearning website here:

https://www.greylearning.com/courses/iphone-photography

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/

 

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