Hey everyone. It’s been a light week on the blog so I thought I’d give you a quick update. First, why I haven’t had much time to blog… well, on Sunday I have a big trip (more on that in a minute, because I need your help). So this week I wanted to knock out a couple of classes that I’ve been itching to do.

First, I’ve wanted to redo my Tack Sharp class for KelbyOne. I did one a long time ago but it was mostly on sharpening techniques in Photoshop. Well, over the years, sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop has gotten much easier. So much so, that there’s not really an entire class on it. But getting sharp photos is still one of the topics I get asked about the most when I’m out shooting so I took this class in a different direction. It’s more about capturing the sharpest of sharp photos. The gear, settings, myths, techniques, etc… So I went in to the studio and tackled this one earlier in the week. It should be up live within a couple of months, but I’ll make sure to mention it here.

I also finally did most of my Photographing Cityscapes class that I wrote about a while ago. I’m going to finish it up next week with some “in the field” training as well and I’m really happy to finally get this one done.

Okay, on to the big trip. On Sunday, two (very awesome) video guys and I are heading to Washington state and Mt. Rainier National Park. I’ve been itching to get back to Rainier after my trip there last summer (when the featured photo above was taken). All the lakes were still iced over (even in mid June!). This time of year is perfect for wildflowers, reflective lakes, waterfalls, and lots of other great shots. So I’m taking a small crew out there and we’re going to record an online training class for KelbyOne on shooting landscapes. The nice part about this location is that you may not have mountains near you, you may not have waterfalls, you may not have wildflowers, and you may not have lakes… but chances are you’ve got one of those things somewhat near you and I’m hoping that no matter what we shoot you’ll be able to get something out of it.

Now, here’s where I need your help. I’ve got a good outline for the class already. But I want to make sure I’m not missing any of your questions so fire away in the comments below. There’s only one thing (well, maybe two) I’m going to tell you I probably won’t cover.
1) Hyperfocal Distance – once you see my Tack Sharp class you’ll find out that I don’t use it.

2) How to take great landscape photos in not-so-great places – last time I asked for help, this question came up a few times. Here’s the thing – part of making great landscape photos is putting yourself in places to make great photos. That’s why Mt. Rainier is such a good place for this class – it’s got everything. You may not have a huge mountain to reflect in the lake near you, but chances are you do have a lake and we can make something from that. But we can’t make much of the retention pond that’s behind the Walmart in your home town 🙂

3) I know I said two, but if you know of any killer spots at Mt. Rainer (I have some of the well known places on the list already), please let me know.

Thanks so much ahead of time. I’m going to try to document the trip while I’m there on Twitter and Facebook as well, so make sure you’re following me there if you want to keep up. Have a great weekend!


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