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Weeki-Wachee River, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Weeki-Wachee River, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon S95 @ f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 80, Manual exposure

Weeki-Wachee River, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Weeki-Wachee River, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 17-40mm with Polarizer @ f/16, sec, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Weeki-Wachee River - 3 Images Blended Together, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Weeki-Wachee River - 3 Images Blended Together, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 17-40mm with Polarizer @ f/11, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

There is no doubt in my mind that having equipment insurance has change the way I approach my photography. Reaching new frontiers and perhaps risking a bit more from the more “conservative” shooter. I must say that I’m not asking you to risk your equipment to any level. There are limits to everything and having equipment insurance isn’t going to change that.

Recent trips to Weeki-Wachee River in Florida put my theory to the test as I was surrounded by water at all times. Obviously fighting the 4 mph water current was one of them. Others included many summer visitors paddling the 7 miles down river and in some areas even small power boats. I often found myself "steering" visitors away from my area as some visitors never even paddled a canoe or kayak before. Obviously I didn't want them to run me over with my camera down river. But that was the easy part.

As we paddled down river, finding a good composition took some time. You have to learn how to see and appreciate the landscape, not to mention maneuvering your water craft to a shallow landing area and walking in the water toward your desired composition. Most compositions were created at very deep locations, some as deep as 5 feet and some compositions I would have liked were impossible. The image of me you see above was only at 3 feet.

Without equipment insurance I would have seriously consider not taking my 5D MKII, lenses, filters, tripod and ball head with me and simply enjoy the river. However, because my previous experience handling equipment in water, I felt capable of doing the job. I must also mention how well my Induro CT414 Tripod worked completely submerged underwater.

My current insurance provider is Rand Insurance, Inc. They offer an outstanding camera equipment program to NANPA members that is underwritten by Chubb. The Photographers Equipment Insurance Program offers insurance custom-tailored for the NANPA photographer, including worldwide protection and 24-hour claim reporting. My understanding is that this program is only offered to U.S residents but you may want to contact them to be sure.

For more information, go to http://www.randinsurance.com/ and click on the "NANPA" link.

Overall, the two trips I made down river (14 miles total) were a total success. However, if you would like to photograph and experience the river, I would suggest embracing the winter cold weather and go anytime from January to March, especially if you don’t have much experience paddling.

Do yourself and your photography a favor…. Get insurance!!

Old Restaurant, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Old Restaurant, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 70-200mm with Singh-Ray ND filter @ f/8, 125 sec, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

A Lucky Shot? You bet! - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
A Lucky Shot? You bet! - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm @ f/11, 125 sec, ISO 400
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Exploring The S.W. Coast, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Exploring The S.W. Coast, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 17-40mm with Polarizer filter @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Handheld

This webinar is dedicated solely to landscapes and Black & White (B&W) image editing. In addition to the topics listed below, we will also cover what to look for in the field when composing B&W images.

Topics to be discussed:

Introduction

  • Software & custom settings
  • Analyzing images in full screen with image zoom
  • Image management, including tagging, drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To folder
  • How to read your histogram display with color counter
  • Comparing images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time)
  • Opening RAW files in Photoshop/Lightroom

Photoshop RAW Image Editing

  • Landscape photography RAW image editing approach for B&W
  • Using Photoshop ND Filter
  • How to correct lens barrel distortion
  • Maximizing your RAW file before the B&W conversion
  • Noise reduction approach for B&W images

NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 Image Editing

  • Software workflow & interface
  • Using Selective U Points
  • Benefits of using History Browser
  • Dynamic Brightness
  • Amplifying Blacks & Whites
  • Fine Structure
  • Visual Presets & creating custom presets
  • Creating and editing natural looking image boarders
  • Exporting images to Photoshop
  • And more..

B&W image editing in Photoshop

  • Using adjustment panel
  • Layers
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Sharpening for different outputs (web, printing)
  • Saving files

Landscapes & B&W Photography Webinar Registration
Landscapes & B&W Photography Webinar Registration




Fall Colors - 3 Images Blended Together, NC - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - 3 Images Blended Together, NC - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm with Polarizer @ f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure
, Tripod


Royal Tern Landing, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 400mm @ f/8, 1/1250 sec ISO 400, Manual exposure, Handheld

This final webinar will cover advanced image editing using Photoshop. Time is required to edit each image; therefore fewer topics will be covered, which will allow us to concentrate on each step without jeopardizing the workflow.

In addition to learning useful keyboard shortcuts, we will also cover the following topics:

  • Advance Image Editing
  • Analyzing your images
  • Fundamentals of Quick Mask
  • When and where is worth using Quick Mask
  • Adding canvas to your images using Quick Mask
  • Editing parts of your subject using Quick Mask
  • Removing unwanted elements using Quick Mask
  • Keyword shortcuts
  • Comparing edited images
  • Preparing images for final output
  • Saving files
  • Webinar series ends.

 


Advanced Photoshop Techniques Webinar Registration



Tim Grey Photoshop Sharpening Power Video Training

In this lesson from Tim Grey's "Photoshop Sharpening Power Workshop" video training title, you'll learn how to put the Advanced options for Smart Sharpen in Photoshop to use in order to mitigate sharpening in the extreme highlight and shadow areas of an image.

The lessons are wrapped in a feature-rich interface that lets you jump to any topic and bookmark individual sections for later review. Full-Screen mode provides a hi-def, immersive experience, and Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window so you can play the videos alongside your application. Also included are exercise files that give you an easy way to try out the techniques you learn.

For more details, or to order this great video training title, visit the Tim Grey Online Store

Everyone is talking about Google+, so I decided to give it a try. I'm already connected with many other photographers.

This is what Google has to say:

"Sharing is a huge part of the web, a part that we think could be a lot simpler. That’s why we’ve been working on adding a few new things to Google: to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world. We hope you like what we’ve cooked up so far. And stay tuned, because there’s more to come.

You share different things with different people. But sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself, just like real life."

If you decide to give it a try, check out my profile and images. I'm sure you will enjoy it!

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