Creating exceptional Brenizer panorama images

Atlanta-based photographer David Grano-De-Oro explains how Zeiss lenses help him create his stunning Brenizer images, sometimes referred to as ‘bokeh panorama’. In this in-depth interview with the Lenspire team, he also talks about the personal challenges of outdoor photography, his role as a photographic educator and how his autism has become his strength when creating compositions.

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David Grano-De-Oro
“Get out of your own way and embark on an adventure.”
David Grano-De-Oro began his love of photography during his last year at Dillard High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He started shooting photos to further his development in fine art painting. And it’s that root in fine art painting that directly influences his techniques in photography today. What’s more, he uses his autism to laser-focus on his work – an ability his wife, Kristen Grano-De-Oro, refers to as his superpower.
As self-confessed oddball, David boasts a more complex ethnic background than most – with Chinese, Jamaican and Dominican ancestry.
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Creating exceptional Brenizer panorama images
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Moody Landscapes | Moody Wildlife

Learn how to capture mood in your landscape and wildlife photos
by Russ Burden

Depending on where you live, clouds may dominate your skies for 250-plus days of the year. This is more the norm around coastal areas and is governed by the seasons. I’m lucky to live in Colorado where I have just the opposite: 250 to 300-plus days of sunshine. But from a photographer’s standpoint, the word “lucky” can be deceiving. If my pursuit is wildlife, I’m ecstatic if I’m bestowed crisp bright mornings or afternoons of sun bathing my subject in warm golden light. But from a landscape photographer’s viewpoint, things are different. Where’s the drama in the light? Where’s the mood? Where’s the color? Since cloudy or severe, clear blue sky days are more the norm, I welcome days of fog, mood, haunting skies and drama with open arms. The rarity of these conditions is what allows landscape photographs to stand apart from those that are made under “ordinary” conditions. It’s with this in mind I devote this week’s and next week’s Tips of the Week to photos that resonate with mood.

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Moody Landscapes | Moody Wildlife
more at outdoor photographer

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Secrets to Exposure and Metering for Nikon

Master Your Exposure And Metering Controls!
Exposure and metering – no other pair of photographic tools has the potential to make or break your images like these two! And yet, completely leveraging them to create phenomenal imagery is one aspect of photography that continually eludes many photographers.

So many of us go through our photographic life with an incomplete understanding of things like shutter speed, F/Stop, ISO, metering, exposure modes, etc. Well, not anymore! This book fills completely in the gaps.

In this e-book, we tackle both exposure and metering – to the extreme! Just wait till you dive into the 670 + pages jam-packed with information, illustrations, photos, and examples that directly translate to killer images on your memory card each and every time you head out.

“The book has been a pleasure to write and although you and I may never have crossed paths, it was a privilege sharing this with you. I hope we can meet out there in the field one day.
Until then, wishing you the best!”
~Steve Perry
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Great book for learning about Exposure and Metering when using Nikon DSLR
via SoftArchive

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Secrets to the Nikon AF System

This is over 450 pages of everything I know about the Nikon AF system. It’s far more than just a supplement to the instruction manual, this is a guide that will teach you, step by step, how to really use the system! Each page will instill advice and confidence so you’ll feel completely comfortable each time you adjust your AF settings in the field.

We’ll examine everything from the basics of autofocus to how the AF system actually works inside the camera. We’ll look at all the different AF area modes (like Dynamic, Group, 3D, etc), I’ll show you new ways to focus that you may never have been exposed to before, we’ll discuss how the Live View AF system works, we’ll go over every custom setting for autofocus – what to use and why, we’ll look at all the AF controls on your lenses, we’ll cover AF fine tuning, killer focusing tips and techniques, and the top ten reasons you aren’t getting sharp images! WHEW!

“The book has been a pleasure to write and although you and I may never have crossed paths, it was a privilege sharing this with you. I hope we can meet out there in the field one day.
Until then, wishing you the best!”
~Steve Perry
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Secrets to the Nikon AF System
via SoftArchive

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Take Better Travel Photos

How to make the most of your next trip and return home with a portfolio of memorable images
Text & Photography By Ken Kaminesky

The Four Ps To Take Better Travel Photos
Practice. No artist will ever get better at their craft without serious amounts of practice. The good thing is, practicing in photography is fun. Keep shooting in new ways and experimenting with new techniques.

Patience. Don’t expect every shot to be amazing nor think that every time you try something new it will be a giant success. You’ll learn a lot from your failures. The trick is, only show people your best work.

Persistence. Don’t give up! Good things don’t happen to those who simply wait; they happen to those who work their butts off. Don’t be distracted by negative thoughts and give up. The next shot may be the perfect one.

Photoshop. Capturing a great image is just the beginning. Learning how to bring your vision to life by post-processing with the powerful software available to photographers today is the icing on the cake. You’ll never regret getting really good at Photoshop. Trust me.
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Take Better Travel Photos
By Ken Kaminesky

more at outdoor photographer

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Don’t Eat The Props

I never would have guessed that I would be a professional food photographer and stylist. I’ve always gravitated towards people and dramatic costumes and makeup as my muses. I quickly learned that I can have just as much creative flair with food and, also have a subject that doesn’t talk back or cancel a session. It does, however, expire.

My advice to those starting out is to find and make as many of your props and surfaces as you can. You also don’t need brand new equipment or gear. If you do your research, you can find good deals on used equipment or even rent before you buy to see what you like. Some of the surfaces I like to shoot with the most are ones I’ve made myself. They are also guaranteed to be unique.

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Don’t Eat The Props by Lauren Lear

more in The Big Photo E-Zine at The Photographer Academy

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Best colours to use on Instagram: The four colours that get the most likes

Over 100 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day. Beaches, sunsets, hot dog legs, selfies, all vying for Likes. However, according to new research there is a formula to taking the perfect shot.

It’s all in the colour scheme.

Havana is noted for its history, culture, architecture and monuments. Photo: Danita Delimont
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Beautiful view of Vernazza, Cinque Terre. Photo: Afriandi
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A study carried out by the Pantone Color Institute, marketing platform Fohr and Visit Carlsbad has identified the four colours that draw the most engagement from Instagram users. To come to this conclusion they analysed the best-performing posts from 75 different influencers with a following of 50,000 or greater.

A New England farm surrounded by Autumn maples, US. Photo: Ron and Patty Thomas
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Multicoloured houses in La Boca Quarter, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Chris Coe / Design Pics
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The most popular colours are Rose Dawn (a dusty pink), Ethereal Blue (similar to the shade seen in open skies), Ocean Depths (a teal shade resembling the sea) and Harvest Gold (hinting of autumn shades, sandy beaches and sunsets).

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Best colours to use on Instagram: The four colours that get the most likes
more by Greg Dickinson
at Traveller

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