Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure
Apr08

Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that I’m now booking a second photo tour in South America in 2015! Since the booking for the first workshop – which is taking place in Peru, May 2015 – has been so successful, we decided to add another date to accommodate the people that couldn’t make the first trip’s dates.  Specifically, we had in mind the many teachers who let us know that they could only come in the summer months.  Well, here’s your chance. Get all the booking info here. A Bolivian Twist This tour, which will run starting July 13th in Cusco, Peru will not be the exact same workshop as the previous, however, as well be adding a Bolivian twist to it all. The tour will commence in Cusco, Peru where we will visit famous Peruvian sites like Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.  From there, we will work into Bolivia and experience some incredible places such as the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Potosi Mines, and the great city of La Paz. All of the places we visit on this trip are tremendously photogenic, and we’re going to have a blast.  I hope you join us! Dates and Prices Start Date: July 13, 2015 in Cusco, Peru End Date: July 26, 2015 in La Paz, Peru Cost Per Person: $2,990usd For more information on the itinerary, FAQs, and what’s included in the tour, please head over to the info page for the photo workshop on Adventure.com What’s a Photography Workshop? I can’t speak for all photography workshops, because everyone operates differently.  However, in our workshops the goal is to have a genuine travel experience well not feeling rushed to take our photos, as well being in the right places at the right time for photography.  Moreover, these photo workshops give participants a look into what life is like as a professional travel photographer.   Our workshops also include 1-on-1 time with the professional photographers to discuss things like photo editing, and to do image critiques.  Of course, a big part of a photography tour is also meeting other people who have a passion for photography. So, whether you’re a professional photographer looking to build your portfolio quickly, an amateur photographer thinking about making the jump to pro, or just a hobbyist that doesn’t want to feel rush in the hobby, these trips are for you. More Information If you need some more information from me directly, you can always get a hold of me on my contact page.  So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a quick...

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Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure
Apr01

Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that I’m now booking a second photo tour in South America in 2015! Since the booking for the first workshop – which is taking place in Peru, May 2015 – has been so successful, we decided to add another date to accommodate the people that couldn’t make the first trip’s dates.  Specifically, we had in mind the many teachers who let us know that they could only come in the summer months.  Well, here’s your chance. Get all the booking info here. A Bolivian Twist This tour, which will run starting July 13th in Cusco, Peru will not be the exact same workshop as the previous, however, as well be adding a Bolivian twist to it all. The tour will commence in Cusco, Peru where we will visit famous Peruvian sites like Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.  From there, we will work into Bolivia and experience some incredible places such as the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Potosi Mines, and the great city of La Paz. All of the places we visit on this trip are tremendously photogenic, and we’re going to have a blast.  I hope you join us! Dates and Prices Start Date: July 13, 2015 in Cusco, Peru End Date: July 26, 2015 in La Paz, Bolivia Cost Per Person: $2,990usd For more information on the itinerary, FAQs, and what’s included in the tour, please head over to the info page for the photo workshop on Adventure.com What’s a Photography Workshop? I can’t speak for all photography workshops, because everyone operates differently.  However, in our workshops the goal is to have a genuine travel experience well not feeling rushed to take our photos, as well being in the right places at the right time for photography.  Moreover, these photo workshops give participants a look into what life is like as a professional travel photographer.   Our workshops also include 1-on-1 time with the professional photographers to discuss things like photo editing, and to do image critiques.  Of course, a big part of a photography tour is also meeting other people who have a passion for photography. So, whether you’re a professional photographer looking to build your portfolio quickly, an amateur photographer thinking about making the jump to pro, or just a hobbyist that doesn’t want to feel rush in the hobby, these trips are for you. More Information If you need some more information from me directly, you can always get a hold of me on my contact page.  So, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a quick...

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Choosing the Photo Editing Software that’s Right for YOU!
Aug27

Choosing the Photo Editing Software that’s Right for YOU!

I get asked about the type of photo editing software that I use a lot.  In fact, aside from people asking me what camera gear I use, it’s probably the most asked question regarding my travel photography.  And the truth is that I don’t actually just one piece of photo editing software.  I actually use a variety of programs all in conjunction to bring my images up to snuff.  For example, I might use photoshop elements to make an HDR, I might use Photoshop CC to blend exposures, and then I use Lightroom for about 95% of the regular edits. Of course, if you’re not in the market to purchase every photography editing software on the market, you’re probably trying to decide what program is right for you. Luckily, for you, I’ve created the following video to help you understand the differences in the products in hopes that will help you figure out which program to use.  I’ve also included some information about the new-ish Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan which is a great option for people looking to up their game. Check out the video below, or there’s some written information below it as well.   Understanding Photoshop Elements Some people might call Elements “a cheaper version of Photoshop”. However, I think the word “lighter” is probably a little better. In fact, in my daily photo editing there are few things that I do that I can’t get accomplished in PSE12. And, for the first couple years I was shooting I did all my heavy editing on Photoshop Elements; I couldn’t afford Photoshop, and it worked as well as I could want. Now, you’re probably wondering who would use Photoshop Elements? Well, for me there’s a nice range of people that can really benefit from Photoshop Elements. If you’re new to photo editing, it’s the perfect beginner’s tool. There are options for quick edits, guided edits, and then more freedom in an expert editing platform. Thus, if you don’t really know how to make certain edits, this is a good tool to help improve your editing skills. I think, however, that the biggest benefactors to using Photoshop Elements are the type of people that might shoot photography in project form. If you’re the type of person that likes making photo books, slideshows, etc. from your photos, there are lots of cool tools in the system to make those things easy. I also think, if you’re the type of person that only shoots very casually, this is a much more affordable purchase. Understanding Photoshop CC There’s not much for me to tell you about Photoshop that you don’t already know....

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Editing Orkhon Falls: Using Photoshop to Blend Multiple Exposures
Aug08

Editing Orkhon Falls: Using Photoshop to Blend Multiple Exposures

With landscape photography, it’s often the case that you have some trouble bringing out the colours of the sky, as well a bright foreground, when shooting around sunset or sunrise.  What often happens, especially if you’re trying to shoot directly into the light, is that either your foreground is completely underexposed, or your sky is way overexposed.  Getting a fluid image which is properly exposed across the scene can be difficult. One of the ways we can combat that problem is by using filters.  However, even by using a gradient ND filter, we can often leave ourselves with a harsh line between the sky and foreground.  Also, we can leave ourselves with some dark spaces.  One of the best ways to combat the problem, then, is by creating two separate exposures – one for the sky and one for the foreground – and then blending them together in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. There are a number of different ways to do this, but I’m going to walk you through the process I’ve used to make this image.  I’m also going to show you just how quickly I can make it happen.  Check out the video from the instructions, or if you prefer a written guide, check out the information below.   Step 1: Getting it Right in the Camera The trick to this process is that you need to get it right in the camera.  No amount of Photoshop will fix that.  The way to do it is to shoot two different exposure, that we’re going to later blend together.  The first image we’re going to shoot is for the foreground, and should be exposed for the elements in that foreground.  In my case, I’m exposing for the foliage.  Then, you need to take another image that’s exposed for the sky. Moreover, like shooting HDR Photography, you need to make sure your camera is on a tripod and that it doesn’t move.  Otherwise, when you blend the images it might not align properly and you’ll have issue with softness. These are the two unedited RAW files that I shot: Step 2: RAW Editing the Images When you import the images into Photoshop CC, you’ll have the opportunity to edit the images.  You’ll want to edit the brighter image just for the foreground.  It doesn’t matter what the sky looks like, all that matters is the foreground.  Then, obviously, you do the same thing for the sky.  Edit the RAW file you shot of the darker image for the sky and edit it the way you want it. Then, select all the images and bring them into Photoshop. Step 3: Place and Create...

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The Blog and the Change I Need
May23

The Blog and the Change I Need

It’s funny how things progress, isn’t it?  I started Brendansadventures.com back in the day as a way to showcase my travel writing, which I had just started doing professionally.  I had been published a couple times, and wanted a website that hosted just a couple of my articles as a bit of an online writing portfolio for potential clients. Then, after a couple months hosted on WordPress, I found out that I could make some money by putting google adsense into the sidebar so I switch to self-hosting.  After 3 months, I had made about 12 dollars from Google, and I was thrilled about that! 5 years later now, and the blog is still going strong and the evolution has been so strange it hardly seems right.  I went from a published travel writer who shot with a 5.1 mp “point-and-shoot” camera to someone who is known far more for his travel photography than the words he writes.  But, I have to admit, the passion for writing has been waning of late.  It’s been nearly void since I left Africa.  Since I left Anne Murray. I think it’s time for some changes. Less Travel Stories If you come to Brendansadventures.com for the travel stories, don’t think they’ll just disappear.  However, in the past, I would write a travel story for nearly each and every destination.  I would keep my life online in chronological order and hope that it would perhaps give people who couldn’t be travelling a bit of a feeling that they were.  But to be honest, it’s become more and more difficult to write.  I’m not sure where my inspiration went, but Africa seemed to put the rest of the world into a shadow for me.  I suppose, when you spend 18 months in a life that feels like a movie, the things that happen afterwards all just have a way of feeling tame.  Since Africa, I’ve often found myself writing apathetically, which is no way to wield a pen. More Photography So far on this site, I’ve focused much more on the “check my photos out” side of travel photography.  Sure, I’ve done some things like the Photoshop Elements Tutorials on HDR and such, but I’ve been pretty bad at the teaching side of things. Thus, I really want to help others find a way in travel photography.  I want to be able to teach, to guide them to sources of income, and to really tell the story behind the images.  Photography has long taken over as my passion, and I want to pursue that even more than I have been.  I hope to also start leading...

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Sponsored Video: Welcome to Spring!
Apr16

Sponsored Video: Welcome to Spring!

I’m a serial warm weather traveller, it’s a fact that will likely never change.  In fact, I’ve spent the vast majority of my adult life running away from winter.  It’s never really been about the cold, though.  I don’t even really mind the cold.  Hell, I actually even like playing outside in the cold – hockey, downhill skiing, maybe a good old fashion snowball fight; you can count me in.  It was the short days that used to depress me.  It was getting up at 8am and walking to University or work in the dark AND cold.  I was finally punching out at the end of the day only to find myself back in the dark. In the winter, I wanted nothing more than to sleep all day. Everything felt less impressive and more depressing in the winter months.  Spring, however, spring is hope. Even now, long after my years toiling away in the winters of Canada I long for spring.  Spring is filled with so much hope.  It bounds with energy, warmth, and excitement. I was handed over this video by The North Face the other day and was reminded how much I love that feeling.  I love watching the sun still hanging in the sky in the early evening and know that I can explore longer, play farther from home, and actually enjoy the light of day.  Spring means also means it’s time to stop making excuses; you can get out and play, or remain tucked away in winter’s well. From a photography standpoint, the spring means so many other things.  It means that the golden hour can last a couple hours.  Spring offers budding flowers, dewy landscapes, and young wildlife to photograph.  Spring, oh spring.  It almost makes the winter worth struggling through.  Almost. Be sure to check out The North Face on facebook, twitter and instagram for more inspiration to get out and explore this spring and beyond. *This post has been sponsored by The North Face but all thoughts are my...

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