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I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in with you at DigitalProTalk but as I sit here at the fabulously beautiful Ojai Valley Resort and Spa in Ojai, California on our patio with the soft, cool morning breezes and looking out onto the mountains kissed by the morning sun I reminisce about all my years in wedding photography.
On this wonderful weekend I mark the 24th occasion of my spending time with the families whose Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and weddings I have photographed since 1999. I have been honored to photograph 23 of those 24 wonderful events but this weekend I get to “take a by” on the photography end of things. LaDawn and I are here as invited guests of the family and what a joy it is just to spend time with the mothers and fathers of the bride and groom and
p align=”center”>This Summer’s educational opportunity of a lifetime is over just 14 hours from now!
I shot out a quick email last Sunday evening telling you about an absolutely fantastic opportunity to pick up 100’s of training videos, eBooks, over 825 Presets and Actions, 6 full 1 year subscriptions, and much more PLUS help children in need at the same time. If you didn’t receive it let me fill you in now.
Tell Me What’s All Included?
These bundled resources cover a wide range of photographic topics – Lighting, Photoshop, Posing, Weddings, Nature Photography, just to name a few. These resources are from over 30 of the industry’s TOP photographers and trainers including yours truly ;~)
I writing you today to remind you that the deal goes away 14 hours from now!!!
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OK gang – here is the back story of one of the most fabulous photographic educational/value offers EVER! I get a call from one of my buddies over at Think-11, a major player in many things photographic – training, actions, gear, etc.
They tell me they plan to put together the BIGGEST offer EVER for photographers wanting to take their photography to the next level with 100’s of hours of training videos, eBooks, and over 825 Presets an Actions, 6 full 1 Year subscriptions, and more from over 30 of the industry’s best photographers and trainers.
First let me say – I was honored by the request to be part of the great educational adventure. And, not only that but the whole deal was going to raise a 10’s of 1000’s of dollars for two great charities. Hey, they raised over $30,000 in the first few days!!!
I made this image a few days after a long 90 minute walk down the beach. My final destination was a little beach restaurant named Zipper’s. It’s quite popular with the surfers that make their annual pilgrimage to San Jose del Cabo for the fine surfing ways. In fact, this weekend is the annual Los Cabos Open of Surf competition [link] with takes place right at the world famous Zipper’s beach.
Just as I was making my way from the beach up to the restaurant, I had to pause briefly for this “surfer dude” to pass by. The moment was perfect as he passed right in front of Zipper’s. His long stride, the perfect horizontal position of the surf boards balanced on his head, and all the Cabo colors in the background made for a strong composition.
As most of you know LaDawn and I have been hanging out in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico for the last few months. Somewhat sadly, we actually head for home in just a week.
Our stay has been wonderful over the last several weeks – but in just the last few days we have experienced quite an adventure.
Anyone listening to the news this past weekend surely heard about the category 4 hurricane named Blanca heading for Cabo San Lucas and the Baja peninsula. Uhhhhh, that would be directly towards us!
Things were looking somewhat dicey for a few days leading up to the storm making landfall today. The reality was that this storm was both the earliest and fastest growing hurricane in the region for many years. After last years horrific Hurricane Odile
Good Morning Everybody, Just doing a quick check in with everyone. I have to tell you, life is good. LaDawn and I are back in Mexico for two more weeks enjoying the magnificent sunrises and sunsets, sand, and sea breezes. We’ve been here since April 15, 2015! It’s been a great trip again this year with friends and family stopping by throughout our stay. The image below is our terrace view about every morning – breathtaking!
I head back home temporarily this weekend to photograph an event for some of my very favorite clients – a B’nai Mitzvah of two very beautiful young ladies. I’ve been working with the family for over 15 years with weddings, portraits, and Bar Mitzvahs. It will be fun to see all the family again. PPN Summer Meeting Happening June 28-29, 2015 The big news I want to share with you is about PhotoPro Network’s upcoming
I know I’ve been laying low for a while but I’m writing today to get the news out about my brand new $1.99 Photography Apps!
Here is the backstory. Last year, my good friend and great photographer Rick Sammon, asked me to be part of his Mobile Masters Group and twisted my arm to produce three wedding apps [link]. Rick is really an App Master. I finally completed the project and they look great! Read the rest of the story on the very first set of David Ziser Apps [link] below. You’re going to love them
My Brand New Apps Are Ready To Go At Only $1.99 each!
As I mentioned above, I am thrilled to be announcing my brand new Wedding Apps on Lighting, Lenses, and Composition [link]. Each App contains 25 of my favorite images per App topic along with the back story, exposure data, and lighting diagram for each image. I think you’ll love them!
For years we’ve been offering the Hot Shots Series available at my DigitalProTalk Market Place in a printed version. Now we can offer them at a fraction of the cost – only $1.99 each – in their new App form! The printed version was very popular years ago but technology marches on and now they are a “steal of a deal” for less than two bucks each!
We offer three titles so far:
David Ziser’s Hot Shots Lighting – Lighting creates the mood and feeling in a photograph. Learn from the master, via end-result images and lighting diagrams, how you can create images with impact though the use of lighting.
Things have been crazy as usual around the Ziser home front/studio after all of our travels this past fall. I’m still wanting to update everyone with from our travels but time sure seems to be in short supply. Sound familiar to anyone else?
PhotoPro Expo 2015 Right Around The Corner
One of the reasons is the fact that PhotoPro Expo 2015 kicks off in just a few more weeks – January 22 – 26, 2015. And….
We’ve been hustling our “you know what’s “ off for the last few months pulling together all the details to make this year’s show the best ever! Check out the speaker grid below – it’s the “Who’s Who” of the top photographic talent and trainers in the world right now.
They’re all going to be right here in the center of the USA – Cincinnati, OH/Covington, KY. If you are within 400-500 miles away, you need to fly, drive, run to this year’s convention! So far we have photographers from 22 states around the US attending. And we even have an attendee coming all the way from INDIA to attend the show – so no excuse for you to miss the best photo convention in the Midwest!
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Three Bonus Programs Offered This Year!
Just for registering for PhotoPro Expo 2015 you’ll receive complimentary registration to Canon’s very popular “Imaging Essentials” all day program on Thursday. My good friends Jim Divitale and Jack Reznicki have presented this program throughout the US in 2014 and Canon has graciously offered to make it available to all PhotoPro Expo attendees.
Add to that the fact that we also have Lindsay Adler presenting a fabulous1/2 day program
I find this image utterly fascinating. Or maybe it’s the subject matter. We all know jellyfish are not so gentle, especially if you are stung by one. But in keeping your distance and watching them move made this title come to mind. Somehow watching the movement of a jellyfish just mesmerizes me. The gentle, delicate structure of the miracle of nature is just beautiful to see.
This image was made while we were visiting Valencia’s wonderful City of Arts and Science. Your right – this photo was taken in an aquarium. I made most of my images during that visit with my Sigma super wide angle lens. I found it worked perfectly in that situation. Something about that wide angle perspective just made the subject matter more dramatic.
I still like the monochromatic color and easy diagonal composition. The image was further enhanced in Lightroom 5 with a tweak of the contrast, Vibrance, Clarity, and Noise Reduction
After our brief stay in Gibraltar we headed out to Villamoura, Portugal which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Once again, we were presented with the ever changing landscape. From wind turbines to those beautifully designed Spanish bridges. I have to say – Spain has the most exciting modern architecture throughout the country – more than any other country LaDawn and I have traveled.
We finally arrived at our newest destination about 3 in the afternoon. A quick side note – we had always wanted to stay in this resort. It is one of the jewels of Hilton’s resort locations. On a whim, I dialed up the US Hilton reservation headquarters and asked if there was any chance in getting into Hilton Villamoura.
It had ben sold out months before when I tried to book it. Low and behold, there was a last minute cancellation and we were able to change our reservations to this fabulous property. Clean living, I guess ;~)
Villamoura, Portugal is one of the most popular European travel destinations with it’s beautiful beaches, marinas, and warm weather. This locale also made for a good home base for us to explore the surrounding areas.
Travel Photography Pointers: Portugal & Beyond
As a professional photographer, photography during our travels is essential. Remember, I’m not just documenting our travels with “vacation pictures”. My main goal is to capture some great images for fine art posters, wall décor, and app development. More on the app later.
LaDawn and I always travel with two cameras – me with my Canon 5D Mark III and she with the Canon SX50. Both together offer quality output and an unbelievable range of focal lengths that works perfectly for our travel photography.
This image was made while traveling through Andalusia, Spain. We had stopped briefly to explore what looked to be an old castle of some kind. Turned out to be an abandoned water tower for a real estate deal that-went-south in the economic crunch a few years ago.
The climb to the top of the hill presented us with some great vantage points for some cool panoramas. This is one of my favorites. Compositionally I love the road meandering gently through the foreground heading into parts unknown in the distance. The contrasting colors and textures also work well together in this image.
Because of the heavy backlighting, I had to work a few tweaks in Lightroom 5 to get the image tones right were I wanted them. I think the resulting image captures the abundant beauty of this region of Spain.
I thought I’d sneak in a quick post today about our unfortunately short visit to the Rock of Gibraltar. After a weeklong stay in Malaga we had to overnight one night on our way to Villamoura, Portugal. Gibraltar seemed to be the perfect mid-point stop. We’ve never been to that part of the world and I never in my life expected it to be visiting Gibraltar but now –here we were. It turns out that it was one of the highlights of our travels.
Needless to say the approach to the city is quite impressive when you first see the shadow of the rocket Gibraltar, one of the pillars of Hercules, standing against the misty sky-line. As you get closer the rock grows even larger until at last it presents it’s impressive view.
We arrived at our AirB&B around 2:30 p.m. and quickly got settled in. We were on the 12th floor of the apartment building and the views across the city rooftops were impressive and quite telling of this smallish city.
We were only a five minute walk to the Grand Casemates Gates, the main tourist area servicing the Rock of Gibraltar and surrounding areas. As usual, in these heavily tourist sites – the crowds weren’t very bad at all this time of year – we were approached by a taxi driver that wanted to give us “the best tour of our life of the rock.
He came on with a great personality, a great sense of humor, and a promise of a fantastic two hour tour – we were hooked and we’re on our way about 10 minutes later. There were many vantage points on the way up to the top of the rock and each one presented a great view of the
Here is another image I captured during our stay in the Andalusia region of Spain. The locales in this part of Spain are simply spectacular. This image was made from the town of Ronda which was built on the top of the cliffs in the area. This setting gave the residents a perfect vantage point in order to keep their eyes on any would be intruders.
Shooting mid-day under very sunny lighting conditions can be quite challenging. In the past I have tried to remedy the situation by shooting my Canon 5D Mark III in HDR mode. I’ve never been thrilled with the result. This scene photographed the same way gave me a resulting photograph that I think makes for a pretty nice mountain landscape image.
First of all I like the composition with the foreground dropping deep into the valley below and the plateau receding into the mountains in the distance. The architecture and the medieval design of the town sure didn’t hurt. Shooting HDR did a good job preserving the very wide range of tones throughout the image. It’s a magnificent setting in a very historical part of this wonderful country of Spain which we enjoyed so much.
DAZNOTE: You may question my use of F-Stop for this image. I don’t remember why the camera was set to F 4.0 either. I’m presuming I was shooting in Aperture Priority mode moments before and simply forgot to make the change before I made this image. The 28mm focal length still carries the
I know it’s been a while since I checked in with everyone – so I figured it was about time I did just that. As I said in an earlier post, we spent a week in the Malaga, Spain surrounds and did a lot of exploration and photography – sort of our regular modus operandi as we travel.
We also did a little R&R as we had been going non-stop for the first four weeks in our travels. Our apartment at the Heritage Resorts at Matchroom Country Club was perfectly situated in the complex with a beautiful view from our balcony porch out over the pool and even further the golf course. And the sunsets were gorgeous as you can see in the photo above.
Southern Spain is jammed packed with world class golf courses. Alas, I don’t play much these days. But when I did, I got my money’s worth – I got more strokes per hole that most golfers out there;~)
A Photo Safari Through The South of Spain
The first day at our resort we sat in on a meeting which showcased things to do and see in the area. We opted for the photo safari through the mountains, along the river steams, and many other places heretofore unknown to the both of us.
Our travels began with a stop at a quaint little town of steep, narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Folks who have traveled the back roads and small towns of France and Italy often reminisce about the utter historical European beauty of these small towns. I’m here to tell you that Spain has more than it’s fair share of these wonderfully quaint towns as well.
In the southern part of Spain the mountain foothills are alive with
We literally have been walking our way through Spain. So much so that I wore holes through a good pair of shoes and had to purchase another pair in Valencia, Spain. We are averaging about 7 miles a day walking, seeing the sights, and photographing like crazy. Latest image count – 10,141.
We’re finally enjoying a few days off – quite a bit different from our whirlwind Valencia itinerary – and it’s been great to just relax on our veranda next to the golf course and pool and watch the beautiful sunsets through the tall pines and palms.
I’ll tell you, it’s been good because LaDawn and I have been able to catch up on some of the studio housekeeping chores that have been on the back burner during all our photo excursions and while conducting the Master Class in Barcelona.
Anyway, I’ve been telling you how great our visit to Valencia has been so in today’s post I’d like to share with you several of our photographic experiences in that fabulous city. Hold on….here we go.
My Five Favorite Photo-Techniques Featuring Valencia, Spain
Wide Angle Lenses: One Of My Photographic Drugs Of Choice
And I really mean wide angle. One of my favorite lens in my gear bag is my Sigma 12 – 24 mm lens. Here is my review of the lens right here. This lens gives me 122 degrees of rectilinear corrected wide angle wonderfulness! I love it for certain shooting situations.
In Valencia that perfect situation was on our visit to the unbelievable City of Arts and Sciences about 4 miles from where we were staying. It was a short distance so we decided to walk over and spend the day.
Yesterday we finished a 6 1/2 hour drive from Valencia – Oh! What a beautiful city! (more later) – down to Malaga, Spain, playground to the rich and famous. We are neither but were told that some of the most expensive shops in the world are just down the road. I’ll have to steer LaDawn clear of those shops. It’s not the “shopping” I mind – I love shopping, It’s the “buying! ;~)
One thing I want to mention right up front is that Spain is a beautiful country to drive through.
After last year’s trip through Central Europe, Austria was my country of choice for outright geographic beauty. But after driving 3/4’s of the way around Spain LaDawn and I are both amazed at the diversity of geography and widely varied landscapes during our journey.
The drive from Valencia to Malaga presented and entirely new set of fabulous vistas – from orange groves to rows and rows of olive trees, from bulls on the hills to castles in the sky – it was a magnificent drive!
As we drove south we climbed our way into the mountains. The mountains in the distance were snow covered – in southern Spain!
As we continued to add on the miles – about 300 of them the geography changed to deserts, foothills, and mountains that looked more like what you see in Southern California and Arizona. It was desert-y farmlands and small rural communities for mile after mile.
The views were just fantastic!
DAZNOTE: Let me point out that “drive by shooting” shooting can be quite frustrating. Just as you press the shutter button, the car will hit a bump in the road and you get a picture of the sky instead of
Whew! We have really been rockin’ this trip since I last checked in with you. Check out the map to the right – it shows our travels so far. Photo count after 25 days – just over 7,000!!
We had planned to land in San Sebastian and spend a few days in one of Spain’s most visited tourist destinations. Well, it was a bit TOO visited for us and we blasted out of there after only 20 hours from checking in. Our accommodations were less than spectacular and the street noise right outside our second story window was meant for more party type twenty year-olds.
No problem though. After a slight modification in travel plans we headed to Lourdes, France. You know – one more day, one more country. Boy, do we love traveling through Europe. Our visit to Lourdes was fantastic. Lourdes is one of the great pilgrimage cities of the world with about 1,000,000 faith based visitors a year to see the holy grotto of the Virgin Mary as it appeared to 14 year old Bernadette.
Saint Bernadette is one the Catholics most revered saints. Her story was told in the 1943 Academy awarding winning movie, “The Song of Bernadette.” After being there in person, it is definitely on our “watch” list.
Regardless of your faith, this is a must see destination in Europe. The masses (see above photo) of Christian faithful pouring into the main square after the 9 p.m. candle light parade is awe-inspiring!!! Our one day stay was way to short. Lourdes is definitely on our “return visit” list.
Next it was off to Barcelona, about 5 hours away, with a beautiful misty mountain drive through the Pyrenees