Cades Cove is a magnificent natural valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and home to a variety of wildlife including deer, bear, and coyotes. It also has an interesting history dating back to 1821. You can still see the first settlers cabin. In this video, professional wildlife photographer Doug Gardner interviews Bill Lea, local photographer and author of the book, CADES COVE. Bill Lea explains why this wonderful wildlife home is an ideal location for nature photographers. When the wildflowers are blooming, the cove becomes a mecca for butterflies. Bill also believes that the natural light is worth the experience, from early morning fog to spectacular sunsets.
How do you capture a scene bathed in mostly dark, natural light? In this Capturing Window Light video, professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, takes you to a shadowy prison cell and uses a long set of exposures for his HDR photograph. The average, aperture priority setting calls for 15 seconds at 400 ISO. Tony…Watch Now >>
After capturing the prison yard in extreme lighting conditions, how would you go about processing the yard? Post-production instructor, Tony Sweet, walks you through the steps to achieve the final HDR photograph. Using Photomatix software, he discovers haloing around the clouds and pulls back the strength. In the default setting, Tony makes general adjustments: white…Watch Now >>
Photographing a hall of mirrors? Now there is a challenge! In this video, professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, takes you into the old prison for a complex lesson in High Dynamic Range photography. “The lighting is difficult because of the skylights and mirrors,” Tony explains. Shooting with a 14mm lens at f22, he makes…Watch Now >>
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