Big Thanks to Workshop Participants

From the bottom of our hearts we thank everyone, who made it today to our Portrait and Wedding Photography workshop. We are honored to have spent our day with great photographers and amazing friends. Although we do not have a picture of all of us together (I don’t know how we forgot that!), I am sure we will meet again and have another opportunity to have lots of fun and help each other out!  Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to go through post-processing this time and we are hoping to cover it next Saturday.

Our utmost special thanks go to Eric Abbott and his beautiful wife D’Ann Carle Abbott, who own multiple My Favorite Muffin Bakery Cafes in Denver Area. Eric brought us a big variety of mini muffins and we devoured them with pleasure. Honestly, I haven’t had muffins this good EVER! Huge thanks!

Kudos to my favorite makeup artist and a very good friend Sameera for the fabulous work she does. Thank you for everything you do for me!

Special thanks to Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek for hosting our workshops!

Here is a portrait of our beautiful model, Leeza from the day. I hope we will be able to cover a lot more in our next workshop, in which we will go through Flash Photography in depth.

Workshop Schedule Update

We just got back from a two week vacation in Florida and we are back on track with a workshop schedule update for free workshops coming up during the next few weeks. The dates are now finalized, with the following information and schedules (please see the bottom of this page on how to sign up for a workshop):

May 29 – Introduction to Photography

    Location and time: Roxborough State Park, May 29 @ 9 AM
    Update: We are meeting in the parking lot of the park

  1. The Exposure Triangle (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO) and White Balance
  2. Introduction to DSLR cameras and lenses
  3. Camera modes and how to shoot in manual mode
  4. Metering modes and exposure compensation
  5. Autofocus and manual focus operation
  6. Taking sharp photos
  7. Shutter speed and creative photography
  8. Shooting scenarios (portraits, landscapes, action, etc)
  9. Basics of composition
  10. Depth of field and bokeh

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Free Photography Workshops with The Mansurovs

I am putting together a schedule of workshops that Lola and I will be organizing during the next few months. Many of our readers have been asking whether we conduct workshops or not and we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a number of free photography workshops in Colorado this year. Why free? Because first, this is what our website is all about – to give free knowledge to our readers, and second, both Lola and I love sharing our knowledge and helping out struggling photographers.

The workshops will be divided by categories (landscape, portraiture, etc) and levels (beginner to advanced), so we will go through a lot of content. In addition to outdoor photography workshops, the plan is to also host some post-processing workshops, but it will depend on whether we can find free conference space or not.

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Local Hawks

It has been a while since I photographed birds. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a local park to scout for some birds. Although I did not get a good opportunity to photograph small birds, I found a couple of hawks that were willing to somewhat cooperate. The first one let me watch him on an electric pole for a little, right before he dove down to get a dead rabbit:

Hawk #1

Too bad he turned the other way…would have been a nice shot. The rabbit was pretty heavy, so he did not make it very far. I guess food was scarce and he just decided to feed off the rabbit carcass. After a short while, he abandoned the carcass and went back to sit on a tree branch:

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Best of 2010 – Other

This is a bonus post to my Best of 2010 series, with pictures that did not make it to landscape or wildlife categories. I’m posting images that have received positive feedback from our readers and some of the below images were specifically requested to be provided in high resolution.

Some of our readers sent me emails and posted comments, asking if any of the images I have posted so far were processed in HDR software. With the exception of one image called “Sunrise“, every single picture I have posted so far is a non-HDR image. The dynamic range and soft shadows you see in the wallpapers are a result of RAW images from a full-frame sensor (although some images were shot with D90 and D300s cameras) and a little “Fill Light” use in Lightroom. Obviously good technique and use of various filters do play a substantial role here, as explained in my landscape photography tips article. When I really want to bring out the shadows, I typically overexpose by a stop, which gives me plenty of detail to recover. If the sky is blown out because of this, I will shoot in brackets of three and then pick one image to work with in Lightroom. Another key is to try to photograph early in the mornings or late afternoons – that’s when the shadows are always light and soft, giving an “HDR” feel to photographs.

I hope you liked the “Best of 2010″ collection!

San Juan Streets

1) San Juan Streets 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Best of 2010 – Landscapes (Part 4)

This is the last, fourth part of the “Best of 2010” for my landscape images. The first part can be found here, the second (BW) part is here and the third one is here. I hope you enjoyed my wallpaper collection from 2010 and I will be posting more of these in 2011 as well.

Lake Reflection

1) Lake Reflection 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Best of 2010 – Landscapes (Part 3)

This is the third part of the “Best of 2010″ for my landscape images. The first part can be found here and the second (BW) part is here. As I have pointed out before, some of the images were already posted earlier as wallpapers, so I am simply reposting them.

Hells Half Acre

1) Hell’s Half Acre 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Transformation v2

Are there places you go to several times a year? If you are thinking about the next photography project, I suggest finding something interesting/unique and then coming back to the same spot at different times of the year to photograph the location. Two of the three images below were shot by accident at the Rocky Mountain National Park – I just liked the way the four trees leaned to the left and were all very unique and beautiful in their own way. I photographed the image in the middle first, then when I was at the same location in fall, I happened to photograph those four trees again. I was reviewing my images in Lightroom one day and noticed that I have two different images of the same trees – not sure how I even remembered them. Next time I visited the park in winter, I went to the same spot and took another picture (left) to add to the collection. Now I need another image in the spring and I will have a complete set :) Note that all three images were taken at different angles, which is why the backgrounds appear so different.


Best of 2010 – Wildlife (Part 2)

This is the second part of the “Best of 2010″ for Wildlife series. The first part can be found here. If you are looking for the technical information on how these images were shot (shutter speed, ISO, etc), the information is preserved as EXIF data in each file. Lola and I specifically preserve EXIF data in all of our images, so that our readers could learn from us.

Roseate Spoonbills

1) Roseate Spoonbills 1920×1200 Widescreen Wallpaper

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Best of 2010 – Wildlife (Part 1)

Before posting two more landscape wallpaper collections, I decided to publish some wildlife images from 2010. There will be two parts and this is the first one. Unfortunately, I did not do much wildlife photography in 2010, so I only have a few images to share. Please note that all of these were taken in a natural habitat and the wildlife was not disturbed or hurt during the process :)

Geese at Sunrise

1) Geese at Sunrise

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