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Happy Friday!

This was the second day I spent photographing at Point Imperial. I was hoping for a little bit better colors in the sky, but it just didn’t happen. The nice thing about spending a couple days in the same area is that you get to explore and find different compositions to try instead of going for the obvious shots. If you get a chance to visit the North Rim, I highly recommend taking it. It’s definitely one of my favorite places to shoot!

Mt Hayden

It just occurred to me that I need to share more pictures from my recent trip to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. I’ve visited the Grand Canyon several times in the past couple years but I never get tired of it. The viewpoints from the North Rim are really my favorite – I only wish they didn’t close the roads in the winter so I could visit when there’s snow. I wonder if I could rent a snow mobile…

This is a shot from one of the beautiful aspen groves that happened to be near our campsite. I did the black & white conversion with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro which I am really liking. Don’t forget that I have a new video tutorial coming tomorrow. I’m going to be showing you a way that you can improve your compositions so be sure to check back! Enjoy!

Aspen Groe

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! This is a weekly video series which focuses on helping people improve their post processing skills.

In this video I explain the basics of using layers, layer masks and adjustment layers in Photoshop. This is something that can be confusing to new users at first (I know it was to me), and I hope this video will help you learn some useful tips to make you more successful. We’re going to have a look at two different images today and we’re going to learn how to blend these together in using layer masks and make additional refinements using adjustment layers.

If you have any questions on today’s video or requests for a future episode, be sure to leave a comment below!



The Final Images:

Lower Antelope Canyon

Grand Canyon

One of the things I’ve noticed about myself is that I really get into the groove when I’m photo processing. The artistic side of processing photos is really something that I enjoy very much and I can get lost in it for hours (and sometimes spend hours on a single image). I love to try out new techniques and find new and creative ways to process images to get the most out of my photos.

So for today, I wanted to post a then and now version of a photo I took at the Grand Canyon last year. It’s a mark of how much I’ve learned about post processing, but also through revisiting some of my older photos I am able to learn about what I need to improve. Many times when we get our photos back from a shoot, it’s easy to love them right away. By going back and reviewing them after the “glow” has worn off, it’s easier to see with a clear eye.

This was processed last July using a combination of Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Adjust:

Cape Royal

This was processed last month using only Photoshop:

Cape Royal

Thanks for looking and be sure to leave your thoughts and feedback!

When photographing something as expansive as the Grand Canyon, it’s important to find strong foreground element. In this case, I used the roots which lead your eye into the center of the image and the tree on the right which provides a natural frame to edge of the photo. Having a distinct foreground, mid-ground and background creates a much stronger image and is a great way to show depth.

Next time you’re out photographing, take the time to look around and see what interesting elements you can find and how you can arrange them in your composition.

Grand Canyon