Adobe MAX 2016 is over and I'm eager to finally share the experience! It was a huge thrill being amongst leaders in the field, hearing from the people who actually developed the software I use everyday, and learning tips and tricks from the top Adobe educators in the world. There's a mountain of stuff to write about, but I'll start with the highlight and half the reason I went to the conference: the session with one of my biggest heroes, adventure photographer Chris Burkard, entitled "Achieving Career and Personal Growth by Working in Extreme Locations."
While the session did cover exactly what the title said, it was so much more than that, touching on many areas - from motivation to shoot, to how to compose a timeless photo, even to social media best practices - that were highly relevant to me. I'm breaking it down into ten lessons to make it easy to digest.
Here are 10 thing I learned from listening to - and meeting! - Chris Burkard: Read More
Just back from Batanes as part of a large group of bloggers and other media people who were there to try out the photography features of the Asus Zenfone 3 line of mobile phones, courtesy of Asus Philippines. I was there mainly as a resource person on shooting the Milky Way, and I was intrigued about the possibility of pulling off Milky Way shots using a mobile phone. How did it turn out? Find out by watching the video above and seeing the final images below!
One of the headline features of the Asus Zenfone 3's camera is its built-in manual mode that allows you to go all the way to ISO 3200 and do long exposures of up to 32 seconds. (For comparison, using the $3.99 645 Pro app on my iPhone 6, I get up to ISO 2000 and a 1/2 second exposure at most, on f2.2.) Combined with its large aperture f/2.0 Largan lens, this would theoretically add up to the standard exposure settings for a wide angle Milky Way shot. For this post, I'm focusing exclusively on shooting the night sky and the Milky Way, saving my overall thoughts on the photography and video features of the Zenfone 3 for a post in the coming week. Read More
Part 3 of 4 of my Photo Diary of a visit to Colorado Springs in August 2016. For part 2, where I visit the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, click here.
Going up the summit of Pike's Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America at 14,115 feet, was high on my list of priorities for visiting Colorado Springs. While I originally wanted to climb it via the Barr Trail, with its 8000 feet of elevation gain over just 13 miles, there wasn't enough time, so I opted to take the Pike's Peak Cog Railway. Given the way the weather was, it turned out to be the right decision! Read More