NEWSLETTER                                   OCTOBER 2018

Sea Otter Mother with Pup, Alaska  

June 25 - 30, 2019

Experience the vastness of over 3 million acres of pristine coastline, rugged mountains, and towering glaciers. Photograph humpback whales, sea otters, puffins, eagles, and possibly bears, mountain goats, moose and more.

Enjoy the primal silence of the wilderness punctuated with nature's sounds of calving glaciers, singing seabirds, and bellowing sea lions. This trip is filled with opportunities for adventure and inspiration.

We will cover the best of Glacier Bay and its abundant wildlife. Included are several boat trips for whale-watching and glacier-viewing from our private chartered boat, plus a special trip to see the charming and pristine Elfin Cove area. There will also be time to hike in the rainforest, kayak in the bay, or just relax and photograph the spectacular scenery.

Even though we will be photographing in pristine wilderness, our base will be a very civilized and beautiful custom-built lodge with large guest rooms and chef-prepared meals. Each day will be a new adventure and will provide unique photographic opportunities for wildlife, incredible scenery, and a chance to experience the thrill and beauty of our surroundings.

Join me in this photographer's paradise. Limited to only 10 photographers. ONLY 6 SPACES LEFT.

See pricing and details here. The fee includes our round trip flight from Juneau to Glacier Bay, all lodging and meals at Glacier Bay, ground transportation, personal attention and in-the-field training, all boat trips, guide services, image reviews, and tips.
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Lightroom is powerful image optimization software that is easy to learn and easy to use, once you know a few tricks. If you have been scared away from it before, I hope that these periodic Lightroom Lights articles will help you improve your skills and your comfort level.
This month  -  Before You Toss, TEST!

Sometimes you make a mistake. Everyone does from time to time. You are shooting in a hurry and forget to check your histogram, or you have accidentally changed a setting on your camera and do not realize it until you import much later and see your mistake, or a zillion other reasons.

The bear image below is an example of a mistake I made when photographing brown bears in Alaska. This bear came around a corner silently and suddenly, very close, but not at all threatening. I brought my camera to my eye and clicked off a few shots before she was gone as quickly as she came. THEN I looked at the histogram. Yikes, it was way underexposed.

Many people will immediately delete a mistake from the memory card, but that is the WRONG thing to do for two reasons:

1. You should never, ever (did I say NEVER?) delete any images from the memory card when it is in your camera. Memory cards are designed to be a one-way street, and are not happy when you try to throw them into reverse and force them to remove an image in the camera. Just leave the loser images on the card until after you have imported them into your computer. Once you have imported the images, and have made a backup copy of the images as well, you can then put the card back into the camera and reformat the card.

2. You never know (did I say NEVER?) whether what appears to be a loser image is salvageable until you try to save it in Lightroom (or other image optimization software you use).

This is the original RAW image.
Somehow (I still don't know how) I managed to underexpose it by about a stop-and-a-half. I did not want to trash the image because it was a special moment AND the bear's expression was compelling.

While I recommend NEVER using the "Exposure" slider in Lightroom, if you have a significantly underexposed or overexposed image there are times when the Exposure slider will save you. FYI, in the last 9 years of using Lightroom I have used the Exposure slider less than 10 times. Why? Because it changes everything globally, and it is much better to tackle image issues one small step at a time. If you have questions about that, please email me.

Thankfully, Lightroom helped to save this image. Here is the same image after doing a little work in Lightroom.
After increasing Exposure by about a stop-and-a-half, the only other changes needed were to move the Shadows slider to +100, move the Whites slider to +20, move the Clarity slider to +30, and move the Noise Reduction slider to +30. The finishing touch was to use the Brush tool to lighten the eyes a little.

So don't despair until you have tried to save what at first glance might look like a poor image. Often Lightroom might just surprise you and make your day! 

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