Big thanks to everyone who participated in our Instagram contest. We have had more than 6 thousand followers to choose from together with our friends at MIOPS and we are happy to finally announce the lucky winner of the Fuji X-T20 mirrorless camera.
Back in August, we started a guest post challenge with our readers, asking to submit content to get $50 for a published article and get a chance to win a Fuji X-T10 kit. A number of great submissions followed and we published a total of 15 articles in total. While all submissions were great (and we thank everyone who participated), one specific post was surely the most talked about. Everyone I know who regularly visits the website would bring up this particular post, because it was unique and the idea behind it was amazing. So choosing the winner this time was relatively easy!
In advance of my upcoming article on the directionality and quality of light, composition, and mood, I decided to post a landscape photograph to invite our readers to share their thoughts on how this photo was visualized and constructed. I made this particular photograph at one of my favorite subjects – the coastal bluffs at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego, CA.
It has been a while since I posted the “How was this picture made #11?” article, where I showcased a very high resolution image of sand particles with tons of detail. The image was massive in size and resolution when I extracted it out of Lightroom. In fact, the image was so big, that I had to downsize it to 4096 pixel long resolution in order to keep the size at less than 10 MB with as much JPEG optimization as I could. When dealing with so much detail, even the highest JPEG compression levels will still yield large files, since there is so much pixel-level data. And that’s what you get when you have an image produced from a sensor that moves one pixel at a time in order to create a super high resolution image! And combined with the power of focus stacking multiple images, you get insane levels of detail from a macro shot like this. So how did I do it? Let’s talk about the specifics of this particular shot.
While part of the Photography Life team is on the road filming our next video course on landscape photography, we thought it would be a good idea to start a guest post month dedicated to posting content from our readers. Last year’s guest post month was amazing and we got so many great articles, which were both very educational and inspirational. Well, it is again time to give the chance for our readers to speak out and show off their work! Because many of our readers are as passionate as we are in sharing their knowledge, they often share articles with us in the form of Guest Posts, the best of which we often feature on the site. We would like to invite our dear readers again in participating in a knowledge sharing contest, in which we will reward every writer when their article is posted on the site. If your article is published, we will reward you with a $50 gift card from B&H, Adorama, Amazon or any other store of your choice as a token of appreciation, or if you prefer to be paid instead, we will transfer the sum to your PayPal account. This way, you are rewarded for your contribution even if you do not win the ultimate prize, which speaking of, is going to be amazing this time around! The person who submits the best guest post will be rewarded with the Fuji X-T10 mirrorless camera kit (see our detailed review of the Fuji X-T10), or the equivalent sum towards the purchase of any camera or lens valued at $900, in addition to a full year of SmugMug membership (see our review of SmugMug). We will not limit your contributions, so you could submit as many articles as you would like and get paid for the work. Sounds exciting? Then read on!
While our KeepSnap contest ended a while ago and we have previously identified the 1st place winner, the winner of the second place has not yet been announced and we have not yet run a poll to choose the third place winner. I definitely let this one fall through the cracks and it has been my fault all along for making such a late announcement. Due to lack of time and my mailbox overflow issues, I have been having a hard time with catching up with everything that’s going on. But, I don’t want to blame it on anything other than myself, so once again, for those who participated in this contest/giveaway, please accept my apologies! So for those who have been waiting, the winner of the second place has been identified – congratulations to Owen Clarke for being randomly selected for the second place!
It is great to finally be back to posting regularly on the site! It took us a while to finally wrap up our second video course, and despite my attempts to keep the site fresh with new content, things have been quite hectic to say the least. And now that most of all that is behind us, I cannot wait to start posting great content again. I have a lot of things lined up for this month, and next month is going to be even more exciting, because we will be hosting another guest post month, where our readers will get a chance to submit content for a chance to win a camera, in addition to getting paid for writing and sharing the content with others (we will post the announcement later this week). On top of that, a number of big reviews are coming up – with the Nikon D500 review being the first. The review is 95% done (written by our very talented team member John Lawson and co-written by Tom Redd and yours truly); I just need to add ISO comparisons and notes to finish it up. I have to say, this one is well worth the wait! I know many of our readers have been waiting for us to review the camera and we have put a lot of time and effort into it. We did not want to review this camera without spending a lot of time in the field! Anyway, today I wanted to share an image that I captured when I visited the Great Sand Dunes NP with Spencer Cox. He has already posted an image of his own in the last “how was this picture made #10?” article, so I am posting mine. This one was interesting, as it is something I did for the first time in my life.
This is the tenth post in our “How Was This Picture Taken” series, and this one features a photograph I took at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Since this is the tenth installment in our series, and because we have a number of exciting projects coming up, we’d like to do something a bit special this time:
The reader with the closest answer will receive a free copy of the eBook that Nasim and I are writing: “Creative Landscape Photography: Light, Vision, and Composition.”
During the past few weeks our friends at KeepSnap have been going through the many entries submitted by PL’s readers and finally chose a winner of the PL + KeepSnap lens giveaway. I have just received information regarding the #1 prize winner and I am happy to announce that Karl Kiili will be taking home an 85mm f/1.8 lens and a Spyder5 Express calibration tool!
Recently we’ve hosted another giveaway and this time it was for those who previously bought our Level 1 Photography Basics Course. In our post back in December of 2015, we asked those who have purchased the course to write honest reviews about our course for a chance to win the Sony A6000. It looks like few people were actually interested in this camera, because only 22 people actually participated in this contest, making the chance of winning 1 in 22. Oh well, I guess it is good for those who participated!