Ben Willmore on CreativeLIVE

Ben Willmore, one of our favorite instructors is on CreativeLive today through Saturday. Stream it live for free or buy the (incredible and totally worth it!!!) videos for $99 by the time the course is finished airing. If you wait buy them they go up to $149. Still a great deal for what you get!

Or come join us in Los Osos and work with Ben in person for his Mastering HDR & Light Painting course in March.

Alaska Time Lapse

While I was looking over some images for yesterday's blog I found this sequence.  Thought it would make a nice simple time lapse.

Gorgeous Alaska day and a slow humpback whale dive.  Shot the sequence on my photo tour with a Canon 1D Mk IV and an EF 70-300 4.5/5.6L.

Put the time lapse together with Lightroom. Recommend the 720 quality option.

Great Idea from Lee Varis

Lee Varis will be with LIGHT a few times this year and he has set up a carpool discussion board for those coming from SoCal. 

Check out his link below for info.

Lee's Blog and Carpool

If you have not experienced a Lee Varis workshop it is time.  Check out his two offerings here this summer; Photoshop Fundamentals and The Digital Zone System.  These will be great fun and tremendous learning opportunities.  Take a look at the course description here and you might be surprised by what Lee considers "Fundamentals." 

The Digital Zone System is a modern take on the original Zone System by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer.  If you want to know light, exposure, and your camera this is for you.  Description here.

Off to Toronto this weekend to watch Victoria's Dad and Brother play a major concert event. 


Dad and brother play for Supertramp.

Fiat Lux!

Marc Muench - Blending Landscape Exposures

If you haven't already heard, Marc Muench is returning to LIGHT for his workshop Blending Landscape Exposures , June 11-12, 2011.


Marc will teach you how to get the most range out of a single landscape exposure with specific in-camera techniques as well as in post processing. We'll move beyond working with a single exposure and look at the best techniques for bracketing exposures and how to combine them using Photoshop CS5.

Your registration not only includes an incredible learning experience but also Marc's new book "Exploring North American Landscapes"


This book is a great look at the iconic landscapes of  North America and the latest techniques in landscape photography. As a third generation landscape photographer, Marc has a unique perspective on how photography has made a huge impact on how we experience these beautiful and famous places.

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn from a master photographer!

Register online or call the office 805-528-7385 today!

Fiat Lux!

Introducing Bobbi Lane!

Portrait and wedding photographers check this out!


Portrait Lighting: Natural and Flash 
with Bobbi Lane
May 26-29, 2011

We're bringing the famous Bobbi Lane back to the Central Coast for 4 incredible days of portraiture. Bobbi will take you through all the ins and outs of the professional portrait including how to work with natural and strobe lighting. This is a great course for anyone trying to improve their technical skills in portrait lighting and perfect for those looking for a little creative inspiration!

As a teacher on the regional, national, and international level, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her classes, each year inspiring hundreds of students. Bobbi's excellent rapport and open communication with her students stimulates creative thinking, while her straight-forward teaching style motivates students of many different skill levels.

Check out this video for a sneak peak of Bobbi at work and get a taste of what you can expect to learn at her upcoming

Portrait Lighting workshop, happening here at Light May 26-29, 2011.

Get more information or register today by visiting or call the office at 805-528-7385

Fiat Lux!

Day 1 of our Wildflower Intensive

The fully laden bee butt shot.

Another great day at Light.  Hal's Wildflower Intensive is in full swing.  We spent the morning in the studio, gallery, and around the school perfecting our techniques of live view, expanded depth of field, flash, multi flash, reflector, diffuser, and more.

After a quick break we took off for a few acres of poppies.  Weather cooperated beautifully with full sun, blue sky, and cool (but light breezes.)

Deep cover.

Five and a half hours in the field with the flowers was incredible photography.  Off early tomorrow morning to do it all again with different subject matter (ok, I'll probably sneak a few poppies in.)

Fiat Lux!

Poppies are Here

Happy as a bee in pollen (a little more blog friendly than the other expression.)

Out scouting again today and found huge fields of poppies.  I am always impressed by the intensity of the orange.  I am always underwhelmed by the sRGB conversion for web.  Hope to see you out here for a wildlfower excursion. 

All shots today were handheld with a Canon 5D and EF 180mm f/3.5L macro. 

Fiat Lux!

Welcome to Wildflower Season

Out scouting today to locate the first wave of wildflowers.  The storms of the weekend parted just as we, Reagan and I, began some quick shooting.  We visited a huge area so we only took a shot or two here and there.  Cannot wait to get out there and do it right with tripod, live view, flash, multi flash, diffuser, reflector, and more.

Looks like a good start to the season. 

Had to add an 8 shot IR pano as well.

Fiat Lux!

Hard to find pink out there so I had my daughter put her foot behind the flower.

Fun use of pink rain boots!

Magic of Wildflowers with Rob Sheppard now only $595!

Rob Sheppard is coming back to Light April 11-15, 2011 to teach you everything you need to know about creating beautiful and unique photographs of the Central Coast wildflower bloom!

We've just lowered the price for our Magic of Wildflowers workshop from $895 to just $595!

This class is one of our favorites and now we're offering it for a killer deal. This offer is only good for 1 week, so get your spot before March 18th!

You can register online at or call the office 805-528-7385.

Fiat Lux!