Taking a photo of my studio

Full End-to-End

Hey, are you a Passport Member? If so, then your Passport Sunday has a nice treat for you. I’ve never taken a “proper” photo inside my studio before. Well now I have! And I thought it might be nice to recrod the entire process. From setting up the camera to angle selection to lens selection and finally a complete edit of the work.

Here’s a photo of the outside of the studio…

My Fortress of Solitude

…wait till you see the final shot of the inside!

The Making-Of

This is actually one of the most complete end-to-end videos I’ve ever made. Usually, I just do a screengrab or I am talking about taking the photo on the scene. Well, this one has both! You get to see my camera settings, lens selection, angle selection and the final touches in Aurora HDR/Photoshop. Enjoy!

Oh, and as well as that, below you’ll find a bonus 360 video if you missed it previously where I give a little art tour around the studio when I change out the art every three months.

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Ski Day in 360!

Some fun behind-the-scenes

Today on Passport Sunday, if you’re a Passport Member, then you get to see a pretty cool 360 video I made when I joined my little girls on Coronet Peak in Queenstown, New Zealand to take some photos. I even gave my daughter Isabella the camera to hold on one of her runs… wow since they put the new firmware into the Insta360, it’s super smooth! As an added bonus, I’ve also added the image review session covering the images I took while at the base of the run.

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And now for some 360 Fun!

Taking action photos in the snow can be kind of tough. All the lessons I talk about in here go for pretty much any sporting event. Most of it is about making sure your shutter speed is high enough… Probably one of the smartest things to take a bunch of sample photos and zoom into 100%. They might look sharp zoomed out, but 100% always tells the tale. If you’re a bit blurry, speed up the shutter speed a bit. if that makes it too dark, then drop down your Aperture or increase your ISO.

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Before my Morning Interview

Aurora HDR Tip

In today’s tip video for Aurora HDR, you can see how I take water that’s already reflective and make it SUPER reflective and extra dreamy.

Daily Photo – Before my Morning Interview

The morning after I got back from that month-long trip in China and Thailand I was scheduled for a TV interview. They set up a studio right here along the wharf in Queenstown. The exact time of my interview was the same time as this perfect sunrise. So, I quickly grabbed shots then jumped into the studio at the last possible second to have the interview! I think I might have been a little bit out of breath, but the photo was worth it. Actually, the photo was much better than the actual interview… Morning TV anchors often ask kind of silly questions.

Before my Morning Interview

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-07-04 08:10:32
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length19.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Chinese Wedding Photos in Queenstown

Maybe a Gallery in Queenstown?

I’m cooking up some plans to have a photography gallery somewhere in downtown Queenstown. We’ve got all sorts of plans we’re currently working on… who knows how it will go? I’ve got my fingers crossed!

Daily Photo – Chinese Wedding Photos in Queenstown

I see more and more of this all over Queenstown and Arrowtown. It always cracks me up for some reason. Chinese couples pose for some of the hokeyist photos I've ever seen. This one isn't as bad as others, but you can see the photographer there with the hoodie on. His hoodie is over his head to show you how artsy he is. All the photographers are all pieces of work too… often dressed extravagantly and carrying on like some kind of a rock star.

Chinese Wedding Photos in Queenstown

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-12-30 20:16:16
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length44.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

My Two Girls, Horsin’ Around

Horse Riding Tours

If you like riding horses and are coming to New Zealand, you should definitely schedule a few horse rides through the countryside. They are offered in almost every area. I’d recommend doing one in Glenorchy or Paradise, which is just about an hour away from Queenstown. That is the beautiful area where they shot Lord of the Rings and a lot of other movies. You can see many of my Glenorchy photos here.

My Two Girls, Horsin’ Around

My girls absolutely love horses. Below are two photos of them at their horse-riding school. It’s not just horse-riding, but all the stuff around it too. They do everything from brush and clean the horses to pick up the horse poop. They appear to love all aspects of this horse-care bit, which boggles my mind. They have been trying to talk me into buying a horse and keeping it here on our property. I have told them this is a preposterous idea and I will never do such a thing.

The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

New Luminar Tip – AI slider and Removing Color Cast

If you don’t have Luminar, grab it here! Today’s tip shows how to remove that color cast you may not know is there and how to use the AI-Accent slider.

Daily Photo – The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

Here's a photo I took on my three-hour hike around the lake. I think it only takes half that time, but I was really going slow and getting distracted. I didn't see another human soul the entire time, so it was sort of surreal. A lot of the Queenstown and Arrowtown area is overrun with tourists, so it's rare to spend times like this alone. I have a rough plan to come back here after a fresh snow, because I think it will look incredible!

The Remarkables Across from Lake Johnson

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-05 11:45:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length36.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

What I saw when taking out the trash

Want to see my favorite new trick?

Check out this very quick way to quickly add sunrays to any photo. Note this is only with the latest version of Luminar (get it via this link).

Daily Photo – What I saw when taking out the trash

Thursday mornings are trash days here in our neighborhood. I have given this job to Ethan, but he usually needs a bit of help because it's about a 5-minute walk with multiple trash bins out to the main road. Anyway, I was getting the whole routine going when I saw this hot air balloon lifting up right behind my house. So I quickly abandoned trash duty to go grab my camera!

What I saw when taking out the trash

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-17 08:22:20
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length240.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Wolves Attack Again

Post-Processing a Reflection Shot Towards Paradise

Just beyond Glenorchy, New Zealand lies a place called Paradise. If you stop on the way to go on a walk through the wetlands, you get some great reflections heading up into that valley. In today’s video, I do a bit of processing of one of those photos for you. Enjoy!

Daily Photo – The Wolves Attack Again

I swear, all these wolves do is think about attacking that samurai. Every time I come here, it's always the same situation. It must be incredibly frustrating to be so fixated on something and not be able to make it happen. I should tell them that Buddha says that desire is the root of all suffering.

The Wolves Attack Again

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-17 09:58:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/500
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length63.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Walking to my Studio

Quadcopter Panorama

On my way to the fjords last year, I stopped to make a 360 video about creating a panorama out of quadcopter photos. In this video, I talk a bit about how I hope to achieve that!

Note this video is a bit bouncy. I’m happy to say now I have some new firmware that does much better stabilization!

Daily Photo – Walking to my Studio

How lucky am I to get to walk to work every day from home? I don't take any of these niceties for granted, I promise. And there's Blueberry, our awesome dog, standing on the little stone steps, hoping I will throw her a tennis ball. I swear, these Labradoodles are a bit OCD with the fetching situation. It's literally all she does other than cuddling and eating.

Anyway, the path doesn't always look like this… this is a bit of an autumn view when the trees are changing color.

Walking to my Studio

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-04-30 11:06:13
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture4
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Filming at The Hills

The New Tutorial for Beginning Photography!

This has been a huge hit. I don’t know why I didn’t make it five years ago! Go grab it now in the store or get it included for free if you are a passport member!

Daily Photo – Filming at The Hills

I took this photo while we were getting a few pickup shots at The Hills country club with Bel. I typically do a little bit where I talk right to the camera, and since I stumble around a bit, we need to make some edits so the final video is smoother. So, after I finish my bit to the camera, Bel runs around me while I stumble around and take photos. While we were working on the video tutorial above, Bel was getting some B-roll while I took this photo. So, it might seem in the b-roll that I am pretending to get photos, but this is one of the photos I was actually getting!

Filming at The Hills

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-05-03 16:36:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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