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.
In this video on HDR photography, professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, solves the problem of the bright, blown-out, tower window in the old prison. He comments, “Given the wide range of natural light, this is an ideal HDR candidate.” In the first step, Tony takes one aperture priority image, using the average light readingWatch Now >>
When you’re going out in the spring to capture images of beautiful buds and blooms, it’s important to be prepared. In this session, you’ll learn how to plan ahead for the right blooms, and what gear you need to pack for the conditions you’ll face.Watch Now >>
A HDR photography session in a deserted prison? Why not! Professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, takes you to an old prison cell block for what he calls “a great HDR venue” because of the dynamic lighting range from bright skylights to dark stone walls. You will learn to deviate from your normal light readingWatch 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: whiteWatch Now >>