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Webinar Recording with NPEG on Sky Replacement with Luminar 4

On May 11, 2020 I did a free webinar for the National Photography Enthusiasts Group (NPEG) showing how to use Luminar 4 for Sky Replacement.

In the webinar I showed the AI Sky Replacement Tool as well as the new AI Augmented Sky Tool in action on a number of photos using clouds & skies from my 3 Cloud Kits.

This is a recording of that webinar.

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An Afternoon at the Ballpark with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Yesterday I went to the Oakland A’s preseason spring training baseball game against the visiting Los Angles Dodgers at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Arizona.

I used to shoot professional sports as a photojournalist back in the day and haven’t had a chance to seriously photograph any sports since 2006. It’s the thing I miss the most from my photojournalism days. I was a little rusty, but it was just like riding a bike ☺️

There was no media pass for me this time out and all photos seen here were shot from either my seat along the first base side (see red circle in map) or from standing along the walkway (see arrows in map).

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An Evening of Bull Riding with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark 3 and iPad Pro

A few nights ago I took the newly announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark 3 camera to a small bull riding event behind one of the local saloons in Cave Creek, Arizona to test the camera with some action shots in really poor lighting conditions.

Well the lousy lighting didn’t disappoint, nor did the camera.

Did I mention the light here was terrible?? Look at the color difference between hi-speed shots. I even caught someone’s use of flash in one of mine. This is from the OI Share app where I selected the best photos to import to my iPad Pro.


I also wanted to check out using a complete mobile workflow. All the photos you see here from the Mark 3 were wirelessly sent from the camera to my iPad Pro via the Olympus OI Share app. Lightroom Mobile was used to edit the RAW files, size them for web, and to add a watermark.

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Unboxing the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Unboxing the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III – Watch on Youtube

On February 12, 2020 Olympus announced the new OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera.

I have been shooting with a pre-production version for a couple weeks prior to the announcement. When I first received the camera from Olympus I videotaped an unboxing of it and this is that video posted here.

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MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack from Think Tank Photo Preview

My friends from Think Tank Photo just sent me for review a MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Backpack just in time for a 10-day trip to Cody and Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming I am about ready to leave for. I’ll be sure to do a field review once I return, but in the meantime here are my first impressions.

First off, Think Tank Photo has been a favorite of mine for years. I already own four of their bags and I have a feeling my collection is about to grow. Built by photographers for photographers, I have always been impressed with their quality and attention to detail. Their bags perform great and are built to last.

Their MindShift Gear is designed for those who love to “Engage with Nature” and their BackLight series is especially geared for that. And one feature in particular that I am very interested in trying out in the field is their rear-panel compartment for photo gear, which allows you to access your gear without taking off the backpack!

While I don’t have any photos yet of that specific feature in-action, here’s a couple quick photos of just some of the gear I’m able to fit in the 18L version. (They also have 26L and 36L sizes too).

 

How much of that Olympus gear can I get inside of the BackLight 18L?

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