Monthly Archives: June 2013

New York Street Photography Workshop


June 21 through 23 was a fun filled weekend in New York.  Had a fantastic workshop with Essdras Suarez as my partner and co-leader.  Fantastic learning experience for all who participated.  Looking forward to many more collaborative workshops with Essdras.

Click here  for a 8 minute slide show of some of my images. This is a high res video so will take some time to load.

A smaller version is on Vimeo

(Because of rendering there is a small amount of the bottom of the frame that is clipped)

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Lighting Demo and Educational Program

I am truly honored and proud to have been selected to demonstrate and teach lighting for Manfrotto.  They represent Gitzo, Elinchrome, Lastolight, Gossen and more of the finest.

Join me for a day at Hunts Melrose or a  1/2 day in Hanover.

This is a great educational experience as well as an opportunity to check out some fantastic lighting gear.  Some of the finest manufacturers products featured in one location.

The event is free but you need to register.

Dealerday june 2013 MDD – Hunts Promotional Piece

Posted in Accessories, Educational, High Key, Lighting, Photography, Portraits, Presentations, Shows, Strobes, Tips, Workshops

LRTimelapse and Lightroom 5 issues – Keep Lightroom 4 for Time-Lapse

With the release of Lightroom 5, Adobe has made one big hash of the video features in the Slideshow Module.  You will no longer be able to use any of the LRTimelapse Video Presets.

If you do use LRTimelapse – please do not uninstall Lightroom 4.  Keep all your time-lapse sequences in a Lightroom 4 Catalog so you will be able to generate time-lpase videos.

The developer of LRTimelapse is working furiously to create an alternative process which will go into Beta soon.

All is not lost – there are ways around the problem.

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Posted in Educational, News, Photography, Software, Time-Lapse, Tips

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Released

Adobe today released Lightroom 5.  You can buy a full version or upgrade by using this link.

Please click on the Adobe Icon.

Adobe Logo 120x60

Here is a link to see the new features of this great product.

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2014 Workshops & Photo Tours – Japan and Panama

I am pleased to announce the first two photo tours and workshops for 2014.

These will fill up very fast so be sure to register early.

February 9 to 21, 2014 – Japan – The Japan Winter Spectacular photo tour and workshop will take you to the very best Japanese winter wildlife and landscape locations in Japan.  In Nagano we will photograph the Snow Monkeys in the hot pools and capture images of their interaction and behavior. In Kushiro we will photograph the incredible Red-Crowned Cranes. The next stop is Lake Akan for Swans and landscapes of the caldera.  We then move to Lake Masshu and Lake Kussharo for more wildlife and Whooper Swans.  The last leg will be cruises to Rausu into the iceflows where we will photograph Seller’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles in action. Click Here for Details

March 2 to 9, 2014 – Panama –  Panama is a photographer’s paradise. Join world-famous and Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez and award winning nature and landscape photographer Shiv Verma on this exquisite photo tour and workshop to tropical Panama. Panama is rich with beautiful rain-forests indigenous cultures. The country with its rich historical heritage, including old Spanish forts, ruins of old Panama City, and the Panama Canal itself is truly an experience not to be missed.  Click Here for Details

Also planning on a Cape Verde photo tour and workshop with Essdras Suarez in October.  I and would like some feedback as to your level of interest. Please email me with your thoughts.

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Update on the June 21 New York Photo Workshop

We have a block of rooms reserved near the Meadowlands at the Hampton Inn at the rate of $139 per night.  Most of the rooms have two Queen Beds and a few have a King.

Please call me so I can give you room reservation number.

Click Here for the flier.

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Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 Announced

onOne Software, announced the availability of Perfect Photo Suite 7.5. The update includes a new Quick View Browser, refinements to the Perfect Brush, tested compatibility with the upcoming Lightroom 5, performance improvements, and general bug fixes. Also included since the initial launch of Perfect Photo Suite 7 are tools that tackle problems commonly encountered in photo editing—Red Eye reduction tools and a Clone Brush that removes distractions.

The updates in Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 include:

Quick View Browser: The Quick View Browser gives users the ability to see all of their images, effects or presets in a full-screen gallery. In Perfect Layers, it makes it easy to browse image folders and quickly navigate through images. In Perfect Effects and Perfect B&W, the Quick View Browser showcases effects or preset categories on an image at one time, making it easy to compare and select amongst them.
Perfect Brush Improvements: Refinements have been made to the Perfect Brush to give users even more control. Previously, the Perfect Brush only allowed for continuous sampling of colors under the center of the brush while performing edge-detecting masking. Now, it can lock on a sampled color while masking, which is helpful when brushing through complex areas such as branches and window panes.

Red Eye Reduction Tools: Two solutions for red eye reduction are available in Perfect Photo Suite 7.5. In Perfect Portrait, red eye reduction is built into the automatic face detection feature. In Perfect Layers, the Red Eye tool is available as a brush, which can be dabbed to remove red eyes caused by flash photography.

Clone Brush: The Clone Brush quickly and effectively removes distractions in photos, such as power lines or people. The brush feather and opacity may be adjusted, and any shape or object may simply be painted over.

Find more information on the updates in Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 at

Click here to get Perfect Photo Suite and OnOne Products.

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Weekend Workshop in New York with Essdras Suarez – June 21 – 23, 2013

Empire State Bulding view

Join world-famous and Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez and award winning photographer and instructor Shiv Verma on this exceptional weekend photo tour and workshop in New York city. From street photography to city life, architectural to night scenes, this will be a fun filled and learning experience. You will augment your photographic skills under the expert guidance of Essdras and Shiv as you venture through the streets of one of America’s finest metropolis.

Click Here for all the details.

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