Dave Morrow Photography: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fade into Night - Seattle, WA


I have been experimenting with a ton of new post processing stuff that I am excited to share with everyone. Also if you haven't heard yet I am teaching an Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop so grab a spot before it fills up:)

The Shot
I took this shot right down the street from my house. How is that for a good story?
Fade into Nightread more at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Gift - New York City, NY


Today I found another company stealing my photography. It is a huge pain in the ass when I share these images so freely for non-commercial purposes only asking for my name and website to be shared with the photo and this simple task is to hard to complete. The company that illegally used my photos is www.sanfrancisco.travel I would highly recommend not using their site or doing any sort of business with them.

The Shot
I took this early one morning as the light crept into a Manhattan Subway entrance. While my brackets were snapping off the nosy security guard came and gave the usually run around.
The Gift read more at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops


Update January 6th, 2014

Michael Shainblum and I just launched our new website www.LearnStarPhotography.com which is solely dedicated to night sky & star photography education, tutorials, mentoring and workshops. We also just finished recording brand new video tutorials which take you through both of our star photography post processing workflows from start to finish and even provide you with the RAW picture files to follow along at home! Head on over and check it out:) Enjoy

Overview

So you're ready to fully unleash the power of Photoshop/Lightroom &  take your star photography post processing to the next level? I have designed an efficient and affordable online group workshop that will teach all of the necessary skills required to process a broad range of night photographs. Together we will be post processing some of my favorite star shots and learning each of the skill sets provided below along the way. Full details and sign-up info included below.

For anyone that is more interested in learning at their own pace I also provide video tutorials covering my full star photography post processing workflow. Full Details at the link below.
Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial.

Or check out my Learn Photography Page which provides links for all of my free and paid photography tutorials!


Skills Covered

My entire star photography post processing workflow including the following programs and topics.

Please keep in mind this is an intermediate skill level class. Some knowledge of Photoshop & Lightroom is required as described below.

Adobe Lightroom:
RAW file conversion
Color correction
Luminosity Control / Making the Stars Pop
Contrast and levels controls
Noise Reduction and sharpening

Adobe Photoshop:
Digital Blending
Creating and using Luminosity Masks (This is what really makes the stars come to life)
Selective sharpening (stars only)
Selective noise reduction (dark noisy areas only)
Final Color Correction
Final Edit (Free Transform, artistic cropping)
Artistic Vignette / Presentation


Learning Format

I will be teaching this workshop in the form of a Google Hangout sharing my screen for you to watch as I process a camera RAW file of the Milky Way. This RAW file will be provided to everyone so you can follow along and process the picture with me covering all of the topics provided above.  Along the way we will stop for questions, discussion and further learning.

Minimum Requirements: ( Running current software updates )
A pair of headphones and/or a good microphone ( to prevent feedback )
Adobe Lightroom 3 or 4 ( LR4 is what I use and is preferred )
Photoshop CS4 or above ( CS6 is what I use and is preferred )
A basic knowledge of Lightroom Develop Module
A basic knowledge of Photoshop basic masking and brushing techniques.

Other helpful tools that aren’t required, but very helpful:
1) An extra screen. This allows you to watch me on one, and post process on the other.
2) Adobe Bridge


Logistics 

Extras: A free copy of my Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorials ( 25$ Value )
You will also get a 16% Discount Code for Tony Kuyper's Luminosity Mask Actions which I use to post process all of my photos, including star shots. You do not need these for the class, but I will give you a brief overview of how they work during the class.

Cost: 39.99$
Please select the time / date below for payment. I accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal transfers.

Maximum Participants: 9 ( When the class is sold out, the PayPal button will no longer accept payments. ) Please email me to be placed on the waiting list.

Length: 90-120 minutes


I will be out traveling in the coming months and will not be teaching online. You're welcome to drop your email in the sign up form below and I'll send you a quick reminder when new workshop dates are up! And No, I won't SPAM you;)



Sunday December 15th - SOLD OUT
Sunday October 27th - SOLD OUT
August 4th - SOLD OUT
May 4th - SOLD OUT
March 2nd - SOLD OUT
February 6th - SOLD OUT
January 4th - SOLD OUT


Cancellation Policy: 

I do not have a cancellation policy for this class, the tuition is non-refundable upon purchase. Students that arrive to the class later than 10 minutes after the start time will not be accepted since we will already be well into the learning session. You are welcome to sell your spot to someone if you can not make it, but rescheduling to a future date as makeup will not be allowed. Please make sure to alert me if you sell your workshop spot or will not make it to the workshop for which you have signed up. Thanks for reading my cancelation policy, and feel free to email me if you have any further questions on it.

Here are a few examples of my star photography shots or you can see my Full Star Portfolio.
When We Were Stars - Palouse, WAfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
The Night Watch- Ruby Beach, WAfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
The Dream Catcher - Palouse, WAfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know.  Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops
Galaxy Number 9read more about my trip to Lake Tahoe at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |
Nothing's ShockingCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |
Swing and MissCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |
Chasin' the PerseidsCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |Shoot Me to the StarsCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |

Monday, January 28, 2013

Run Through the Night - Picture Lake, Washington


All of my star photography workshops at Mount Rainier are now sold out. If you would like a chance to attend one please email me to be placed on the waiting list. There are still some spots left for Crater Lake so grab one while there is still time.

The Shot

I snapped this one off in the Mount Baker Wilderness during the Perseids Meteor Showers this past summer. You can find more of my star shots here: Star Photography Portfolio
Run Through the NightCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Gorge - Vik, Iceland


I really like having my photos shared online and make them very easy to share and enjoy, but when I see them shared incorrectly without providing my name & website next to the picture it makes me mad. Mount Rainier National Park is currently incorrectly sharing my picture on Facebook and will not answer me in email or twitter form. The best part is the White House Tweeted the picture on their twitter account which I do find really cool. The tweet below is interactive, go ahead and click...

— The White House (@whitehouse) January 26, 2013


The Shot
This was the picture that I processed in my Free HDR Video Tutorial. I took it on the Southern Coast of Iceland near Vik. If you are ever in Iceland make sure you go to Vik, it is a really cool town with amazing black beaches, and beautiful landscapes. 
The Gorgeread more at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Miniature Worlds - Yosemite, California


This has been a long time coming but my website now features an entire page for anyone of any skill level that wants to learn about photography. It includes video and written tutorials covering the subjects of stars, hdr, and photography in general. There are also equipment reviews and a "What's in My Camera Bag" section. Enjoy and share with your friends.

Find it here at:

The Shot
This is obviously taken at Yosemite National Park, but can anyone guess where in the park? Free set of Star Photography Presets for the first person to answer correctly in the comments section.
Miniature Worldsread more about my trip to Yosemite National Park at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Friday, January 25, 2013

Learn Photography


This page is dedicated entirely to learning about photography. Both in the field and the post processing skills are covered in the broad range of free and paid tutorials displayed below. I cover a wide range of skills sets and topics so nearly any photographer can find something they like. Feel free to leave your questions and comments below, I will do my best to answer them all. Enjoy!

I use tons of software when I process photos & two of my favorites are Topaz Labs or HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix. If you would like a discount when purchasing either of these packages just use the coupon code DAVEMORROWPHOTO when checking out to receive 15% off:) You can also use the same coupon code over at Stuck in Customs to receive a 10% discount on any item. Interested in all the other stuff I use in the field and at the computer? My post on Gear, Gadgets & Other Good Stuff should have all the answers.

Star Photography Tutorials / Workshops

 

HDR Photography Tutorials



General Photography Tutorials



Reviews / Equipment


Here are a few of the shots I took and processed using the techniques above
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Galaxy Number 9read more about my trip to Lake Tahoe at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |
32 Hours & Countingread more about my adventures in Iceland at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
The Dreaming Treefind out more at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
Nothing's ShockingCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |
Seattle UndergroundDear New York
The Wind & The Door

Don't Look Back Now - Snoqualmie Falls, Washington


There are all those normal (strange?) people in this world that walk around everyday doing and saying just what they are supposed to, then there are those that decide to live it up and do something different... which one are you, or is there a way to do both? Just a few thoughts to start/end or breakup your day. Don't let it slip by to easily;)

The Shot
I have only been out to shoot sunset at Snoqualmie Falls one time and I got lucky, it was beautiful. The clouds were everything you could ask for and the light was amazing. I grabbed this shot a while after the sun dropped over the horizon. I actually prefer shots after the sun has set, I find the color to be a lot nicer and the photo much easier to process.
Don't Look Back Nowfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The San Fran Man - San Francisco, California


Sitting around today I got what some call an "AH HA" moment. This idea or moment as some may call it is going to be a blast to share with everyone in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Here are  a few hints... 1) It's online 2) It's interactive 3) It involves star photography 4) Post processing is also involved .. Any guesses on what it might be? For you non-photographers out there, just skip all this non-sense and enjoy the pic below:)

The Shot
Walking around Chinatown in San Francisco is a blast especially during a warm day when people are out walking around all over the place. If you're into taking pictures of people or people watching in general this is an awesome spot to hang out. I don't post many pictures of people, but it doesn't mean I don't have a million of them on my computer.... do you guys like this kinda shot?
The San Fran Manfind more shots from my travels to San Francisco at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fly Away - Seattle, Washington


Lots of moves being made on new tutorials, workshops, and fun photography stuff in general. For those of you that like to see how these shots are processed in Photoshop, I have provided some info on my Post Processing: Before & After Page

The Shot
A capture from where? Oh yeah Gasworks Park, if you haven't been there to photograph, relax or enjoy a warm sunday afternoon and currently reside in the city of Seattle you are failing. Google map it right now, trust me you will be glad you did:)
Fly Awaymore Seattle adventures at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reach for the Sky - Mount Rainier National Park


I have added another location to my Under the Stars Photography workshops for the summer. And the location is... drum roll.... Crater Lake National Park. This is one of my favorite spots to shoot the stars and I wanted to share in the fun with everyone. I have also updated my workshops page which can be found below.

The Shot
Walking through the woods in the early morning and mid afternoon always produces some amazing light and shots, here is another one I captured at Mount Rainier National Park.
Reach for the Skyread more about my trip to Mount Rainier at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Monday, January 21, 2013

Under the Stars Photography Workshop (2013) - Crater Lake, Oregon


My 2014 Star Photography Workshop Schedule is now up and running and can be viewed by Clicking HERE

 Galaxy Number 9read more about my trip to Lake Tahoe at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
 The Milky Way Rising Over Lake Tahoe, CA

The first time you step foot on the edge of the crater, see the crystal blue waters and the stunning natural beauty that the park has to offer your jaw will drop. After a second or two of complete disbelief it hits, you are about to capture the Milky Way, stars, and night sky at one of the world’s most sought after star and landscape photography destinations. This workshop will take you to some of my favorite spots and provide 1 on 1 and group instruction along the way. When it comes to star photography Crater Lake may be my top spot to shoot. The raw natural landscapes combine with the heavens above to produce some of the most beautiful scenes my eyes have ever witnessed. I will cover everything I know about night sky photography, provide beginners with a strong foundation to build upon, and give already knowledgeable star photographers more information and new views to work with. I will also cover my post processing techniques that will make your night sky photos stand out in print or on the screen. Join me for a night of adventure, learning, and star photography in the wilderness of Oregon State's Crater Lake National Park.

SOLD OUT


Dates:
September 6th - 7th There are 7 spots available for this workshop.
I may be teaching another workshop at Alvord Desert Saturday night the 7th through Sunday the 8th if there is enough interest. Shoot me an email if you are interested and I will put you on the list.

Cost:
300$ will cover everything included below and can be paid through PayPal at the bottom of this page. To hold your spot in the workshop a 200$ non-refundable payment is required. The remaining 100$ must be paid a minimum of 60 days before the workshop in order to keep your spot. You are also welcome to pay the full amount of 300$. Refund and cancellation policies are also included below.

Workshop Schedule:
Meet and greet at the Crater Lake Lodge parking lot.

Shoot sunset at one of the beautiful vistas overlooking the lake.

Review camera settings and other pre-shoot details to ensure everyone is informed and ready to get the best shots possible of the night sky.

Shoot the our first Milky Way shots at one of my favorite spots on the “Rim”  learning and reviewing various different “field” techniques for capturing the most of the night sky. There are really cool trees, pathways and other great locations to allow for stunning compositions and beautiful star/landscape photography.

Drive to out next shooting destination.

Snap off some more star shots getting various different compositions at the location and learning tons of great info on how to capture the most out of every star shot. Along with shooting and learning you can throw questions my way at any time during our adventure.

Pick out a few more cool locations to stop and take more pictures. It is hard to pick a bad spot at Crater Lake so we will do some exploring together.

Get a few hours of sleep and for those that are up for it a sunrise shoot is available. I personally sleep in the back of my car. There are options for tents & lodging as well.

After sunrise we I will provide 30-45 minutes for everyone to get some food and coffee, then we will dive into out 2-3 hour post processing session.

In this session I will cover my complete star photography post processing workflow and any other questions you may have about Lightroom, Photoshop, or star photography in general. If we have extra time any questions concerning post processing are always welcome:)

That's Great & All, But What Will I Learn?
Learn the key points of planning for your adventure to the stars or your shoot as some call it.

In depth knowledge of "The BIG 3", ISO, Aperture and Exposure and how they pertain to the different kinds of star shots you would like to capture.

Troubleshooting 101: How to set up for the perfect night shot in any conditions. This includes focusing at night, multiple exposure images, etc.

Using your creativity and external light sources to bring the dark to life.

How to get great shots of the Milky Way and the worlds that surround us.

Open floor session. Each one of you provide something you would like to learn and we will all go through the process step by step.

My complete post processing workflow including many tips, tricks, and ideas that I bring with me to the shoot and the desk in post processing.

Post Processing Noise Reduction.

Photoshop Digital Blending.

Luminosity Masks in Photoshop.

Color Correction and final editing touches.

Open floor post processing questions and learning.

A free set of my Under the Stars Lightroom Presets & post processing videos tutorials will also be included:)

OK OK, So What Should I Bring With Me?
Please note you can take the workshop without all of the following requirements, but I cannot promise you will achieve the great results you would otherwise.

A DSLR Camera, any will do, but keep in mind star photography is one of the few fields where a better camera really does help to produce better results. A full frame / 35mm sensor will really help you to capture the best of the stars, but is not required. Renting a camera and lenses is always a great option. There are a bunch of websites that provide this service. Here are a few:
www.lensrentals.com
www.borrowlenses.com
Also check your local camera shops, they often offer these options.

A wide angle lens is very important. Any lens between 8mm-24mm will work depending on your camera. You will also need an aperture of at least f/3.5 minimum speed. These can also be rented at the links provided above.

A tripod. Any will work but the bigger/stronger the better.

A big memory card. Two 16-32 GB cards are preferable.

Batteries, batteries, batteries, I carry at least 2. Long exposures drain the battery quickly. I also carry a car cigarette lighter plug inverter in my car. It is not necessary, but nothing's wrong with more battery juice for an early morning shoot or a quick power up on the way to a new location. You can find them at Walmart or online. Here is an example.

Intervalometer / camera timer.

Tons of clothes. The weather is extreme on the mountain and it's better safe than sorry. A wind breaker is always great to have.

Lots of bug spray.

A head lamp, It does not have to be anything expensive, but must have RED light option. Something like THIS works just fine.

Tasty treats, snacks, food or anything you may like to eat or drink over the 20 hours we are together. Food is not included in the workshop cost, nor will it be provided.

Water, did I say water? I usually buy a gallon jug and bring it along.

Your laptop running the following programs: It helps to have at minimum 4GB of RAM &
external power if/as necessary. Some laptops will run for 3 hours of processing pictures on a full charge. Others will not. I personally carry something like THIS just in case. Keep in mind we will not have access to charging outlets, unless you would like to recharge in your car.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 or above.
Adobe Lightroom (preferred) or Adobe Camera RAW.
Adobe Bridge (optional)
Your laptop plug/power source.
Optional: An extra screen such as a tablet or iPad if you own one, this will really help you to learn during our post processing session.

Will Weather Cause Workshop Cancellation?

The workshop will only be canceled if the weather conditions are dangerous and may cause safety issues. Otherwise it is on rain or shine so bring the appropriate clothes and camera gear:)
In the case of cancellation due to weather I will re-schedule another workshop to make up for the lost time.

Refunds:
If you are not able to make the workshop for any reasons you may cancel up to 60 days in advance and receive a refund of 100$ out of the total of 300$. The 200$ deposit is not refundable.

Transportation:
You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging/sleeping arrangements. I will provide detailed instructions on driving directions, along with other necessary info through email to everyone that signs up. For more logistics visit Crater Lake’s Website.

Can I Bring a Friend?
Of course, if your friend is to carry a camera they must pay for the workshop, if they do not have a camera it is free of charge. We are shooting in a National Park after all, I do not own the land, nor care if we have some people that want to star gaze with us:)

Payment Options:
I accept down payments ($200) and full payments ($300) through PayPal, please email at David.R.Morrow32@Gmail.com so we can register you for the class and set up the transfer. All payments will have applicable WA sales tax added to the cost.

Here are a few more of my star shots....
Shoot Me to the StarsCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |

Come Join Us

Nothing's ShockingCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? Trust me it's easier than you think. Check out the link below for my summer star photography workshops, where I will teach you everything you need to know. | Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops |

Don't Let Go She Said - Shanghai, China


Another day of weekend recovery, lots of good food, beer, and football. I needed a quick break from photography so I took the weekend off, hopefully tomorrow is loaded with energy and inspiration.

The Shot
Shanghai is filled with amazing subways, I spent an entire day lost in the maze of their public transportation system and finished it all off with a couple of drinks at the tallest bar the world.
Don't Let Go She Saidread more on my travels to China at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Saturday, January 19, 2013

High Dynamic Range - Round One


This was one of the first shots I processed in HDR which was taken way back in December of 2011. Looking through some old shots today I found it and decided to post... For those of you interested in the HDR technique or how to take these shots in general you can find more on the righthand side bar. This link on HDR Tips & Tricks should get you started as well.

The Shot
If you haven't explored the Golden Gardens area of Seattle yet get out there and do it. This spot is great for anyone, not just photographers.

Friday, January 18, 2013

32 Hours & Counting - Kirkjufellfoss, Iceland


I was thrown a few curve balls today which may allow me to have off work for an extending period of time in the near future... And I can't wait! I know most of you may know about this, but I really want to make sure no one misses my Under the Stars Summer Workshops.

The Shot
I would consider Kirkjufellfoss my second favorite waterfall in Iceland. On the other hand I have not seen them all which means a trip back to the island seems perfectly necessary. I took this one after being up for hours on end. As soon as the sun was up we set up shop at the bottom of the falls and got some sleep.
32 Hours & Countingread more about my adventures in Iceland at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sounds of the City - San Francisco, California


Due to high demand upon selling out my first two star workshops, I opened another in August. Find out more at my Under the Stars Summer Workshops Page.

The Shot
Downtown San Francisco is a great place for street photography, here is a random snapshot I took while exploring the city. I always find it a fun and amuzing game to see what I can turn into an interesting shot.
Sounds of the Cityread more about my trip to San Francisco at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

If Only in My Mind - Snoqualmie National Forest


Well I folded once again and bought tickets to ULTRA Music Festival, nothing like random decisions at the last minute. It should be another awesome 3 day weekend in Miami FL.

You can find all my tutorials at: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

The Shot
I gotta mix things up once in a while so here it goes... This night brought a vivid sunset, but instead of shooting directly into the sun I decided to walk around in the woods for a bit and see what I could find. The light through the trees was vivid and dreamy and the sound of nothing was ever-present. Feel free to use it as your desktop background.
If Only in My Mindread more about this shot and my adventures over at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sunset 473 - Seattle Waterfront


There are days when I could write forever and others where there just isn't much to say. On the other hand I just got a massive amount of photography tutorial work done today, so don't count it against me:)

The Shot
It's fun to find a picture sitting on your computer that you processed a long time ago. I keep all my finished photos in iPhoto and right now I have 100 of them waiting to be posted. Hopefully inspiration will stay high and that number will grow. Enough rambling here is a standard Seattle sunset from the waterfront.
Sunset 473read more about this shot & my other travels at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
Go ahead, hang this picture on your wall

Monday, January 14, 2013

Galaxy Number 9 - Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe


For once I had a fairly relaxing weekend and processed 15 or so pictures. The goal at this point is to post one a day for an entire year and see where things take me from there. So far so good...

Here are a few of my star photography tutorials and resources:

You can find all my tutorials at: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

The Shot
Lake Tahoe was amazing, but this night was easily my favorite. After looking for the Bonsai Rock location for a while I finally came across what I wanted to shoot. I only had an hour or so to grab some shots of the Milky Way before the moon came out, so I got to work. Here is one of the shots I captured that night. The water is so clear at Lake Tahoe you can see the rocks on the bottom.
Galaxy Number 9read my about my trip to Lake Tahoe at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Sunday, January 13, 2013

When I Got the Music


I may have had a bit to much fun last night cause the after effects are kickin' in right now. None the less good times and good music, you can't beat that right?

The Shot
Sometimes simple "snapshots" are really fun, I clicked this off in the Queen Anne District of Seattle and processed it using one of Trey Ratcliff's Lightroom 4 Presets. Does anyone have some recommendations for some fun presets that I can download? I always find them to be an inspirational way to start or finish a picture.
When I Got the Musicread more at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Saturday, January 12, 2013

East Bay Bound


Headed off to work, but I have decided to write a how to or make some sort of instructional video this weekend. Look for the new material on Monday along with my favorite new star shot from Lake Tahoe:)

The Shot
San Francisco is full of unique compositions and fun places to shoot. Hopefully one day I will get a chance to live there. This one was taken looking East over the Bay Bridge late one night when the fog started rolling in over the bay.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Midnight Drive


I was really excited to get a shout out on Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour last week. You can see it by skipping to 1 hour and 1 minute, or watch the whole show which is always entertaining.  Thanks to Nichole S. Young & Brian Matiash for opening new doors in my life:) You can visit both of their websites by clicking on the names above:) Another guest on the show was David duChemin who I am really excited to collaborate with in the near future. He does some informative guides, presets and e-books for photographers of all skill levels over at Davidduchemin.com


The Shot
Driving into Yosemite from the East side is something I had never done before so why not give it a try? We arrived at Mono Lake a few hours before sunset and made some dinner trying to avoid bears at all costs. After the sun dipped below the horizon and the full moon rose we made the trip into Yosemite through Tioga Pass. Here is a shot I grabbed along the way...
PS: I processed this one with my Under the Stars Lightroom Presets.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Climbing to the Top of China


It's been a while since I stepped foot in Asia, I plan on changing that this year. To top my list are Beijing, Shanghai and the Li River. So many choices and so little time. Any thoughts for a new tutorial I should put out? Ideas are welcome:)

The Shot
This was taken with my Cannon Rebel on Mount Hua near Xi'an China. The best way to get there is take a high speed train from Xi'an and then cab to the base of the mountain. It is a full day trip, but what a blast.
Climbing in the Heavens

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Road's End: Before & After


I listened to an awesome new This American Life episode on Mapping today. I think nearly everyone with a creative mind would find it interesting. I personally bought the iPhone app for 2.99$ and it's worth every penny.

You can find all my tutorials at: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

The Shot
You may remember another shot I posted from this dock a few months back titled Battleship Grey it is still one of my best selling prints:) Coleman Park dock on the outskirts of Seattle is always a great place to have a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise, I usually end up bringing my camera as well, you know how that is...
End of the Roadread more at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com
Buy a limited edition print

Here is what the original RAW file looked like at 0EV. Find more at my Post Processing: Before & After Page

Monday, January 7, 2013

City by the Bay


Something about wandering around any unfamiliar city late at night appeals to me, add a bottle of wine or flask to the mix and I'm right at home. For some strange reason my favorite shots in the field and in post processing come between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

I use the same workflow for all my HDR photos, you can find a quick video tutorial I made on it HERE!

You can find all my tutorials at: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

The Shot
There may be a million and one shots from this location, but that's news to me. I know there are a few floating around out there, but its such a cool comp I had to try my hand at it. PS, this was taken in San Francisco:)
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Express Yourself


Everyday I learn new things about photography & Photoshop, but sometimes the inspiration runs dry and I need something new to spark my artistic side. Today I tried messing around with some different types of post processing as well as digital painting. I included my first digital painting/print at the bottom of this post.

The Shot
Here is another 16mm fisheye shot from the Seattle Center. This lens kicks ass, and I currently shoot with it everywhere I go. It is nearly 1/4 the size of the massive Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G and it may currently be my favorite lens to mix it up with.
The Late Shiftfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com


Here is my first attempt at digital painting I worked on today...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Photoshop Tutorial: High Pass Sharpening


I should really do these kinda tutorials more often, but I always get caught up processing the pictures and forget:( The tutorial at the bottom of the post covers my favorite and most often used sharpening method. Nik Sharpener also works wonders, sometimes I use both...

You can find all my tutorials at: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

The Shot
Walking around downtown Seattle the first night after getting my Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye opened other worlds for me. I also had a run in with the usual power tripping security guard. He came up to me and told me that I would need to stop taking pictures of the building. Of course I responded with a line on how it was never illegal to take pictures. He proceeded to tell me he would call the cops. This was a great time to slam him for not being able to do the job himself... I went ahead with the diss, and he filed a hurt feelings report. Needless to say he eventually stood to the side as I snapped off a few shots... On a different note, this fisheye captures massive file sizes this one was 62MB and had to be downsized for the post. Enjoy!
Fuckin' Security
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High Pass Sharpening Tutorial

And She Was Gone


The Christmas frenzy is over, that means only one thing, a great time to buy airplane tickets. I have a few places I have decided to go this year. China is on the list for sure, and Iceland is way up there along with the Southern California Coast. Other than that there are a bunch of spots I have not seen in the Pacific Northwest. It should be another crazy year filled with fun and adventure. There are also some great chances for you to join me on these trips, check out my Workshops on the right-side of the page.

The Shot:
Kerry Park is a cool spot to shoot, but I'm just so tired of going there. The last time I went I decided to shoot the beautiful sunset instead of the city….
And She Was Gone
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Dreaming Tree


Does anyone know of an automatic uploader for Flickr that will upload my picture at a certain time? I hate staying up till midnight to upload these things.. I guess I could just do it in the AM. On the other hand, I don't know the reason for sticking with Flickr, it is a cool community, but really does not bring any revenue to the photography business... Any ideas on that one?

The Shot
This is one of my favorite shots I have ever post processed, I don't really know why, I just like the feeling. If you wanna check this tree out for yourself it is geo-tagged. I love shooting at this spot. It's an hour drive north of Seattle. If you comp stomp me your're dead;)
The Dreaming Tree

Load the Cannons



Today is just one of those days I am really excited to process some pictures. I can not wait to get home and create some fun stuff. There are also a few short tips/tutorials coming your way free of charge.

Spots for my Star Photography Summer Workshops are filling up fast, so grab your spot while you still can. I have 4-5 remaining and they are priced at $125 for two days of training. 

The Shot
Cannon Beach is one of my favorite beach locations to shoot in the Pacific Northwest. Walking up and down the beach along with the woods on the North & South sides never gets old. 
Load the Cannons

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Seattle Super Storm


I used some of the techniques found on my Learn Photography Page to post process this shot below. There are also a bunch of other paid and free tutorials on the page along with some software discount codes:) Enjoy!

More interested in night or Milky Way Photography? There is also a Free Star Photography Tutorial contained on this website that will help you out!

The Shot
This was one of the craziest nights as far as weather goes I have ever seen in Seattle. The clouds were rushing over head and changing so quickly it was hard to pick which picture to process. I ended up liking this one the most.
Seattle WTF

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