2018 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour #1 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 608)

Today we start a travelogue series to walk you through the first of my two Japan Winter Wildlife photography tours, during which we visit the snow monkeys in Nagano for three days before traveling up to Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan for a further nine days of majestic winter wildlife.
This tour seems to become more and more productive, despite me trying to gradually up my game, selecting my images with higher standards each year. As I prepared for this podcast I went through my current selects, which total 458 images, and on my first pass, I had a massive
Relaxed Grooming
Curmudgeon?
Snow Monkey Sucking Its Finger
Monkey Huddle
Crane Song
Crossing Cranes
Crane Wings
Happy Owl
Slow Take-Off
We Three Cranes
Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour and Workshop 2020
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2018 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour #1 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 608)

Today we start a travelogue series to walk you through the first of my two Japan Winter Wildlife photography tours, during which we visit the snow monkeys in Nagano for three days before traveling up to Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan for a further nine days of majestic winter wildlife.
This tour seems to become more and more productive, despite me trying to gradually up my game, selecting my images with higher standards each year. As I prepared for this podcast I went through my current selects, which total 458 images, and on my first pass, I had a massive
Relaxed Grooming
Curmudgeon?
Snow Monkey Sucking Its Finger
Monkey Huddle
Crane Song
Crossing Cranes
Crane Wings
Happy Owl
Slow Take-Off
We Three Cranes
Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour and Workshop 2020
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So is the 18-Core iMac Pro Worth It?

So is Apple’s 18-Core iMacPro worth it? In short: YES – if your software can take advantage of it. That’s the KEY. But just as key: the 10-core iMac is really at the sweet spot of what the vast majority of users will likely ever need. It’s a little beast!
Final Cut Pro X is clearly designed to take FULL advantage of the 18 cores, whereas DaVinci Resolve is several times slower on similar exports (as much as 5 times slower) and unfortunately Adobe Premiere is currently not even on the same racetrack…
The results continue to be seriously
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure 2018 Travelogue #3 (Podcast 607)

Today we conclude our travelogue series from my recent Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure tour and workshop, as we pick up the trail on the morning of day eight, as we left Wakkanai and first visited the Souya Fishing Port at the northern-most tip of Japan.
Uncommon for Hokkaido in the winter, especially this far north, when we arrived at the Souya Fishing Port the sky couldn’t decide whether to snow or to rain. For the first thirty minutes or so it was raining, which is very out of character. This shortly gave way to snow though, which you can
Souya Harbor Boats
Sawaki Fishing Port Tetrapods
Sawaki Fishing Port
Winter Estuary
Winter Barn
Contrasting Trees
Winter Wonderland
In White
Trees on Hill with Fence
Frosty Grasses
Saroma Lake Tree
HLPA 2020
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Deadline to Enter Architectural Photo Contest is Thursday

The Deadline to Enter The Lexar/KelbyOne Architectural Photo Competition is This Thursday
Just a heads up – you have until February 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter. After that, I’ll will select a winner, a runner up, and three honorable mentions. For more details and the official rules, here’s the link. OK, pretty short and sweet (and there’s no reason not to enter — the contest is open to everybody!) Also, make sure you follow @lexarmemory on Twitter even if you don’t enter the contest – they share lots of cool images on their account. Good luck Continue reading "Deadline to Enter Architectural Photo Contest is Thursday"

It’s “Back-up Your Photos Friday”


Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now!
On a regular basis I get an email or Facebook message with another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn’t have a back-up of their photos, and they lost every photo they had taken in the last few years, including photos of their family — everything — gone forever. Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them onto another hard drive. If you don’t have one: here’s a link to one Continue reading "It’s “Back-up Your Photos Friday”"

Creating stunning black and white images in Capture One Pro (Podcast 606)

I recently created a video for the Phase One team to show how I created my Boat Graveyard black and white image using a number of techniques and features of Capture One Pro 11. We’ll pick up the trail with the concluding episode of my 2018 Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography travelogue series next week, but for this week, I hope you find this video useful.
The audio podcast episode for this week is really just pointing people to this page, but I’ve embedded the usual audio player just to be thorough. Feel free to skip the audio, and go straight to
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Boat Graveyard with Big Sky - Original
Boat Graveyard with Big Sky
Enable Black and White
Adjust Levels
Add Clarity
Lluma Curve
High Dynamic Range Highlights
Gradiant Mask and Luma Curve
Sky Patch Luma Curve
Refine Mask
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Top 10 Things to Know About Magic Lantern Hack for Canon DSLRs

We all love ‘em: top 10 lists. Herewith, my completely biased list of the 10 most important things you need to know about Magic Lantern (though not necessarily in order).

1. Audio monitoring

This was the primary reason I first tried Magic Lantern with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. No newsflash: it’s critical for filmmakers to be able to monitor audio in real time. How else are you going to know that the wireless lav mics you worked so hard to set right have just gotten a burst of static from a passing truck and you need to reshoot? Magic Lantern
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It’s “Drone Love” Day on the Blog

Happy Friday, everybody, but here on the blog it’s also “Drone Love Day.” I have the dji Mavic Air drone already on order, but sadly mine has not come in yet, but ya know who’s drone not only came in, but he already made an awesome Unboxing and First Flight video? That’s right — the Duke of Drones, Mr. Terry White. Check it out below (and get all droney with T.): At the end, he controls his dji Mavic Air using only his mind and some simple Vulcan gestures (including a Vulcan neck pinch). More Drone Love!
My
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The Value of You

Thanks for coming by, it’s #HybridDaveTuesdays here at ScottKelby.com once again, and this week to keep in theme with the money related posts from the past few weeks I’m going to cap it off with one more – the value of you! My intention is to give you a gentle reminder of just how much you’re worth as a photographer or other creative, and why. So here’s what happens. That gripe we all have surfaces – we moan endlessly as photographers about being approached by people and asked to shoot something for nothing. The phrase, “you can use it
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Is This Simple Mistake Killing Your Portraits?

You’ve got a nice looking subject, with some fun accessories and an interesting blouse, and still you wound up with a really crappy picture. That’s because the background stinks. Although we’re focused on the subject when we’re taking the shot, our viewer sees the entire scene (ugly background and all), and busy, unattractive, distracting backgrounds like the one you see above can absolutely kill your shot. Want to see your location portraits take a big leap forward?
Start being really concerned about the background behind your subject. Either put the background so out of focus that it no longer becomes
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Photos From My Trip to Marrakech, Morocco

I’m way, way overdue for sharing these images from my trip to Morocco (and you thought my post about my Lisbon trip shots was late), but I finally got a chance to get a Spark page put together with them. Thanks for everybody that asked about them, and that has been so patient as well. I shared the images, story, and behind-the-scenes shots using Adobe Spark Page. Here’s the link.  Thanks for letting me share these images with you. :) Have a great weekend everybody (and I have a trailer for you to watch below if you want to Continue reading "Photos From My Trip to Marrakech, Morocco"

Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure 2018 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 604)

Just back from the 2018 Hokkaido Winter Landscape Adventure tour and workshop, today I’m going to start a travelogue series to walk you through our antics as we pretty much circumnavigated the beautiful northern island of Japan.
Having met the group over dinner on the Sunday night of January 7, we gathered bright and early the following morning to board our flight to Hokkaido, where we’d spend our first three days in the Biei area. This is a part of Hokkaido that I’ve been traveling to for 15 years now, and I absolutely love this area for minimalist Winter photography. Our first
Martin's Tree in Biei
Tree on Ploughed Hill
Deer Footprints
Takushinkan Trees
Three Birch Trees in Snow
Pencil Drawing Trees
Tree on Snow Covered Hill
Jiminy Cricket Climbing a Twig
Tree with Grasses
Five Trees
Five Trees Five Shadows
HLPA 2020
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If You Hate Your Flash, I’ll Bet It’s Because….

…you’re using TTL (Thru The Lens metering). I know, I know, all the flash manufacturers love to talk about TTL in their marketing pieces, and it’s touted as a miracle fix-all for new flash users. But in my honest opinion, I think it’s probably the single biggest reason new flash users struggle with their flash or even hate their flash, and it’s because of TTLs total inconsistency or flat-looking results when it does work. For example, you’re shooting a wedding; you’re getting decent results for the first few minutes; you turn to shoot a different part of the church/reception/whatever, and Continue reading "If You Hate Your Flash, I’ll Bet It’s Because…."

Influencing for cash

#HybridDaveTuesdays has landed again! Straight into the flow this week, as it connects to last weeks post.. here goes! We’ve all scrolled through Instagram and seen, usually 4th post from the top, a sponsored post. These paid ads end up there direct from companies who are paying Instagram for the spot, but here’s a secret for you… Just like last week when I told you that you can make money from stock, you can also make money by posting on Instagram! Take a look…     That’s me leaning awkwardly on the rear wing of a £130,000 supercar, but it
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Call for Entires: KelbyOne/Lexar Architectural Photo Competition

Hi, gang, and greetings from a really chilly Nashville (I’m here for PPA’s Imaging USA conference & expo. Great show – lots of good energy. You can catch my show coverage over on my twitter page or watch live show floor tours on my Facebook page). On to the contest: We’re teaming up with the folks at Lexar Memory for an Instagram architectural photography competition, with loads of Lexar prizes for the winners (and even some for the runner up and 3 honorable mentions). How to Enter Your Architectural Photos in the Contest: 
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Panasonic Releases LUMIX GH5s – Extended Coverage!

Panasonic Lumix GH5sPost by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. As if the GH5 were not good enough, Panasonic has decided to make it better with the release of the GH5s. Here are the significant changes, via Adorma.com:
  • 10.2MP high-sensitivity MOS sensor with multi-aspect and dual native ISO (400 & 2,500) with a range from 160 – 51,200; extendable to 80 – 204,800.
  • Unlimited in-camera recording of C4K: 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit, 30p/25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit. 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR.
  • 4K Anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system with high performance,
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
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