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January 2018, Newsletter
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Color Cast Clearly Visible In The Shadows - © Maxis Gamez - Rights Reserved


Selective Color & Saturation Settings - © Maxis Gamez - Rights Reserved


Optimized Image - Wood Duck, New Mexico - © Maxis Gamez - Rights Reserve


Wood Duck Portrait, New Mexico - © Maxis Gamez - Rights Reserve
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 320 in Manual Exposure

If you own an Canon digital body, you probably have experienced some type of color cast specially in the shadow areas. While there a million ways to remove the cast in Photoshop/Lightroom, one way of preventing this issue is to expose to the "right" closely following your camera's histogram.

Sometimes exposing to the right isn't enough specially if your subject is on the bright side. Above you can find my approach. Here are the steps:

1- Open your image in Photoshop/Lightroom

2- Edit your image like you normally would. When you get to the Hue/Saturation step, select the blue color option and reduce the strength until you see the cast go away.

3- Some other times selecting the blue color isn't enough. In that case, you can also play with the Cyan color option as well. Sometimes you have to do both.

Either way the goal is remove the color cast. I've seen many, many images on Facebook with a color cast and while I try to point it out to some, I simply don't have the time to suggest a solution to everyone.

Write me and let me know if you have any question. Always happy to help!

PS: Or you can say "to the hell with it"... and photograph them in the water instead :) <smile>



Canon 5D MKIII & MKIV Auto focus Case Settings - © Maxis Gamez - Rights Reserve

As I continue leading photography workshops all over the country, this is by far the biggest issue I see out there today. Folks continue struggling with camera's auto-focus settings and auto-focus points selection. Above you will find my camera settings. This also works with the Canon 7D MKII & 1D MKIV.

Below you will find a few examples as to what to use and when. During my workshops I get deep and in more detail about this and the importance to recognize when to use what setting.


All Focusing Points Active - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Single Focus Point Active - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Small Group Focusing Points Active - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Small Group Focusing Points Active All Focusing Points Active - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Small Group Focusing Points Active - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Tetons National Park - Image created in Manual Focus - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.
Sony a7II, Canon 24-70mm @ f/11, 1/160 sec, ISO 50 in Manual Exposure

As you can see above, I used different auto-focus points settings for each photograph. For busy backgrounds, I like to have 5-9 focusing points active. For clean backgrounds, you can use all of them or also use a small group.

There are times when using a single focusing point is critical like I did with the male Anhinga. This is due to the distance of the neck to the back of the bird. If you all several focusing points for this photograph, there is a good chance the focusing points will lock-onto the back of the Anhinga and not the nect/face. This will only leave you with an out-of-focus photograph. You don't want that.

Join me in a workshop and you will experiece this LIVE! I'll teach you everything I know.

Thanks!


Birding and Photography Festivals - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Tampa International Airport Florida Birds Theme Project - My Images - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Wyoming Trip - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Wyoming Trip - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Wyoming Trip - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


5-Day Florida Tour - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Camera Club Presentations - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Camera Club Presentations & Field Trips - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Camera Club Presentations - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Camera Club Presentations - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.


Camera Club Presentations - Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.

Where did I go in 2017? images above are just a small part of it. So much to do, so very little time. So greatful for all of the opportunities presented to me and Karen in 2017.

I apologise for not being able to deliver newsletters. However, 2018 is here and fully committed to bring them back!

Thank you for your love and support!