Instantly Correct Exposures In Lightroom: Match Them Automatically

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I ran across this Lightroom tip yesterday … it instantly caught my attention. I’ve been a Lightroom user (and fan) for a long time now, and for some reason I have never seen this one before. And unlike a lot of tips that are likely to be used rarely (if ever), this is one that has some most practical benefits. It’s easy to learn and do – remarkably simple. Check it out here today, and you will have it in your processing arsenal forever.

Let’s say you go out shooting one day and come home with some photos that don’t have the correct exposure (at least the exposure you want). But as you look through your images you do have some with the proper exposure (the one that pleases you). So you want to correct the ones you don’t like, but you don’t want to go through and correct each one separately. You don’t even want to correct one and copy the settings over to all the others. So, what to do?

I bought a small collection of presets one time from a company called Pretty Presets. They continue to send me offers, ones I am happy to peruse. And they send me a blog entry periodically with photo information of all kinds (usually centered on processing, quite naturally). Yesterday’s email contained this neat little Lightroom tip on instantly matching exposures (correcting the one you aren’t happy with by matching it to one you do). Folks, it works!

I tried it on a bunch of images that I had bracketed for HDR purposes, all kinds of photos. You select the one you like, then select the one you want to correct (so both are now selected at the same time). Make sure the one you like is the first one selected (the ‘most’ selected). Then you go up to Settings and scroll down to Match Total Exposures. Voila! That’s it! It works.

I have to send you over to Pretty Presets for the entire article (click here a the link to the short article). They explain it and illustrate it completely (and well). I have never seen or read this particular tip before. So thank you, Pretty Presets! I’m keeping this one safely tucked away in my bag of Lightroom tools.

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2014 Best Photos: Richard Siggins And Matt Kloskowski

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My friend Richard Siggins and his lovely wife, June.

The end of 2014/beginning of 2015 is just the right time to see what we accomplished last year, photo-wise. I’ve been looking back at my images, and I was thinking about posting sort of a best-of-the-best gallery. Then I saw my friend Richard Siggins had already done that. And that yesterday another friend, Matt Kloskowski, had done the same. So much for my plans … after seeing their photos I am putting my images back on the shelf. Now, I still may make up a Lightroom collection of the images I like best from last year – I’m just not sure I’m going to share them here. No hard feelings; no competition going on. I just am content to sit back and admire what my friends have done. And I hope you will join me.

Click here to visit with Richard Siggins. Richard’s work covers a variety of subjects and looks. He has an eye for color and composition, always leaving me emotionally touched by what I see (something we all seek to accomplish). He is a true artist.

And Matt? He has really concentrated the past couple of years on shooting landscapes (what he decided he loved the most and wanted to be the best at). And the results of that concentration and effort are on display from last year. He is decidedly modest in describing his work from 2014. but it is good … really good. Click here to see what I mean. Matt is a great example of setting photo goals and working hard to meet those goals. And he serves all of us well by showing that each of us can do the same.

We all should spend some time examining the work of other photographers, those we admire. What is it that catches and holds your eye? What is it that you see in an image that may be lacking in our own? Find a few photographers this year that you really admire and then follow them throughout 2015. See if their work gives you some ideas and some inspiration for your own shooting. The two men above? They definitely are on my list for 2015.

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Your 2015 Photo Basics: Joel Grimes On using A Tripod. Bill Fortney On Closeups.

One of my general photo goals for 2015 is to study more, learn more. Combine that with perfect practice and more shooting for a chance at better photos (at least that is my plan). And a part of my personal learning is to make sure I have the basics down pat (remember – great technique beats new equipment every time). So, when I ran across this bit of basic info from Joel Grimes I made sure to pay attention. It’s a simple little piece of advice: shoot off a good tripod. All the time (or at least most of the time).

Now, good tripods (unfortunately) are not inexpensive. But that cruel fact of life is somewhat offset by the news that a good tripod should last you just about a lifetime of shooting. Think of it as a capital investment, one that will pay dividends right now – and on into the future. But don’t take my word for it … watch this short video and learn from a very respected shooter/instructor, Joel Grimes. He has a wealth of experience in photography of all kinds; he has a style that has moved him into the upper echelons of commercial shooters; he has access to any equipment that will make him a better photographer. And he almost always is shooting off a tripod.

This is basic stuff. But bear with me and watch and listen today:

Joel is good, as in capital GOOD. And he makes sure that he gets the best shot possible each time out by paying attention to the basics. Get yourself a good tripod and use it! Practice perfectly to shoot perfectly. Most of the individual parts of making a great photo aren’t rocket science … it is putting all the parts together perfectly each time that is difficult. Just remember, it starts with the basics. Today … a good tripod. Tomorrow … the world!

And shooting off a tripod leads right into my project for these cold winter months. I am concentrating right now on shooting macros and closeups. If ever Joel Grimes’ advice was necessary for a type of shooting, it would be macros. This is a style of shooting in which technique is absolutely critical. It’s basic stuff, once again. But you need to learn it, and you need to do it. For more on that I turn to my dear friend and mentor, Bill Fortney. Bill has a couple of courses over on KelbyOne on closeup photography, courses that I am going back to re-watch. And that leads to a final point for today – if you don’t have a subscription to KelbyOne and all its varied courses, consider very seriously doing so right now. It is a great place for learning, and learning is a key to making better images. Check it out here, and while you are there, check out all of Bill’s courses. It would be a great start to your 2015 year.

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2015 … The Year Of The Photo

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May 2015 be filled with friendship and fellowship for each of us.

I know it sounds trite … but it is so difficult to believe another year has gone by. We probably say that more often the older we get; time goes by so very quickly. But it has. And Sue and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

The whole resolution thing is easy to blow out of proportion – to set yourself up with unrealistic expectations that lead to disappointments some where down the line. I prefer to set some general goals in an area that I enjoy so much, but one that is not critical to how life is lived and faith is maintained. Our church has a simple, yet profoundly important foundation. We are to love God, love others, and serve the world. That pretty much sums up plans for truly living in 2015. All the rest is just that … the rest.

Photography is so enjoyable, but it still is just part of ‘the rest’. So the general goals are ones to work toward, not ones to live for. They are ones that I am planning on concentrating on, but they will not ruin the joy of life if I don’t accomplish everything. Maybe it will be plenty if I come close, if I continue to improve in this passion of ours.

In 2015 I am going to try to shoot more (perfect practice makes perfect, as Bob Knight was wont to say here in Bloomington). I am going to study more to learn more (perfect technique beats out new equipment every time, as Bill Fortney has passed on to so many of us). I am going to attempt to be more creative (relying on my vision more than my camera). And I am going to spend as much time as possible in the field with my friends and His Light family members (time spent with them makes even a bad day in the field a very good one).

Best wishes to you in 2015. May this be your most blessed year ever, one filled with love and friendship and fellowship. Happy New Year!

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Great Deal On His Light Workshops: Save On Instruction You Will Love! And A Last Chance For A Richard Siggins Calendar.

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Bill Fortney and Jim Begley of His Light Workshops have a terrific deal for us: sign up for the workshops you wish to attend in 2015 by the January 15th cutoff date and save a full 10% on each workshop. That’s right, save a full 10% of the workshop cost just for signing up now (and you do want to sign up by the 15th. Many of these workshops will fill up quickly). Thank you, Bill and Jim!

I have urged you repeatedly over the course of the past few years to attend a His Light workshop. The instruction is first-class; the locations (and, many times, exclusive access to those locations) are tailored for an unforgettable shooting experience. And best of all is the incredible bonding that goes on during each event, the opportunity to share in friendship and fellowship. Bill and Jim have put together another schedule that is bound to have something for each of us; click here to check out the 2015 offerings and make a selection (or two). Bill even has teamed up with the incredible Jack Graham to offer a discount on Jack’s workshops (sign up by January 1 for that generous offer)! I guarantee you there will be a location or two that will catch your eye.

I have signed up already to spend time with my His Light family and friends. It really is a most generous opportunity from His Light to offer a discount for these wonderful courses. Take some time today to plan for your 2015 outings.

And, one more end-of-year opportunity. My Richard Siggins 2015 calendar is hanging on the kitchen wall, delighting us already with January’s featured image. In fact, I would show it to you, but it is covered with appointments and notes already. It is a beautiful calendar, because it is filled with beautiful photos from Richard (a most talented photographer). And the good news is that I think he has just a couple of calendars (a bargain at $15) left. The proceeds go to a very worthy cause that Richard and his lovely wife support; we all can help them just a bit by making a purchase. Click here to visit Richard’s site with his contact information. And I have posted a video of the images on the calendar on my site in the past. If you would like to see the photos in order to get your own calendar, just click here. It is a good cause, and it is a beautiful calendar.

One more day until the New Year. Make the end of this one count.

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FREE Trey Ratcliff Lightroom Presets: Yeah … FREE!

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What Trey’s presets are capable of. His image used with permission of Trey himself.

I own a small collection of Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom presets. They weren’t very expensive, and they look great (on the right image). I also own a Trey Ratcliff collection of presets for Photomatix (the HDR program). They are my starting points for all my HDR images. I also check out Trey’s website almost every day, taking a peek at his personal photo-of-the-day. What can I say? I like his style.

I also like the fact that Trey is a generous guy. He has an offer for a small set of Lightroom presets over on his site. No catches; no strings attached. Just visit his site and download the presets. Thank you, Trey! I have a link for you to do so today … click here to visit Trey and the download page. There are only five presets in this FREE offer. But five free presets are a whole lot better than no free presets in my mind.

Presets don’t take up much space on your computer. They just sit there, patiently waiting until really needed. All for free.

Thank you, Trey, for continuing this wonderful season of giving and generosity.

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Advanced Lighting: Portable Rigs From Paul Buff, Profoto And Broncolor

Christmas is just over and the photo questions return, especially perhaps if our thoughts are turning to the new year. All of us take photos of people, casual or otherwise. And if you are in the ‘otherwise’ category, your thoughts either have or will sometimes consider a lighting rig to make those people look their very best. Joey L, a young photographer I have been following for some years, had some recent thoughts on exactly this subject. They were interesting thoughts.

Now, Joey’s tastes run from the good to the really, really good. And that translates to the pretty expensive to the really, really expensive (sometimes good does equate to expensive in the photo world). So Joey put together a video pointing out some of the pros and cons of three such systems: Paul C. Buff’s Einsteins, Profotos’s B1 rig, and Broncolor’s 1200L lights. None of these lights are cheap; all will serve a photographer well. One may be just right for you; all may be of interest. Just be prepared … you may fall hard, and falling can be an expensive proposition.

Joey has a look that attracts a lot of us (and a lot of clients). He has good taste. Check out his thoughts in the video below:

The new year is just around the corner. The photo year beckons. If your plans call for more shooting of a certain kind the lights above may play a role. Give them some thought. Oh, and they make great presents for that really loved person.

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And A Very Merry Christmas To All!

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A treasured photo we received this year from treasured friends, Bill and Sherelene Fortney.

Merry Christmas to all our cherished friends! As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and King we wish you true joy in your life, the peace and comfort that come from knowing Him. We send our love to you, along with wishes for the coming New Year. Life is so very good!

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Latest Jim Begley Portfolio Photos: Beautiful!

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No Fuji shooter need apply here … Jim is a dedicated Nikon shooter!

One of the best HDR photographers we have in our country is Jim Begley, Bill Fortney’s partner in His Light Workshops. Jim is a true master at the genre, and he has been for several years now. I have urged you throughout those years to regularly check his website and to be WOW’ed (a play on his website for those late to the game). And Jim is a fine man, a true brother in Christ. It has been a real privilege to know him and to be considered a friend.

Jim recently added a dozen or so images to his Featured gallery on his website. They are just beautiful. He has for a long time been a master at producing HDR images (while you are on his site be sure to take your time and look around at all his photos). These new ones go beyond what he has done before, however. They produce an emotional response that the best photos always do. Jim has gotten better and better; these latest images combine composition (he always has had an artist’s eye) with an expert feel for the subject of each. Just most, most impressive.

Click here to visit Jim’s website, beginning with the Featured gallery. Then take time to look around at the rest of his work; you will come away with a real appreciation of his artistic talent. Jim is only getting better and better as he goes along. He gives us all something to look forward to in 2015.

Thank you, Jim!

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Fuji X-T1 Owners: Customizing Your Q Menu And Controller Functions

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Fuji gave us a very nice firmware update for the X-T1 last week. It makes a really, really good camera even better. Thank you, Fuji!

With some new features added and some old ones updated I took some time to check out how my Q(uick) Menu was set up, as well as how I use the 4-way controller on the back of the camera. I will give you an idea of my set up just in case you shoot somewhat like I do. What you should do first, however, is take a little time to make an actual paper list of all the programmable functions you use (and how often you use them). Doing this will allow you to make some informed decisions on what functions you need and where you need to put them.

First, for a list of the functions available to you, click here for a link to a page where they all are listed (scroll down to about the middle of the page). Copy that list however you desire, and then go over it a couple of times. Which functions do you adjust regularly while out shooting? Are there some you never adjust once you have your camera set up? Which ones fall somewhere in between (if any)? Hint: the ones you set and never change are ones you don’t need to include in your Q button (and certainly not on your 4-way controller). The ones you change all the time, depending on the shooting conditions of the day, those are the ones you want quick access to.

For example, my Q menu came set up with a row of icons that included Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone, Color, and Sharpness. For me and the way I shoot, I never have adjusted the highlight or shadow tones from their defaults. I haven’t changed the color that was already there, nor have I adjusted the sharpness. I always can go into the regular menu to change these parameters on a global level if I ever believe I need to. But I haven’t in more than a year. So why leave them in the location that is designed to give me fast access to them (the Q button)? The same reasoning holds true for the X-T1’s 4-way pad on the camera back … why use precious space on anything I set and never look at again?

There are 25 functions you can program into your Q button menu. There are 16 icon slots available for set up. So your next step is to go through the list you copied and pick out nine functions you just don’t change (or you would change only for specific, very infrequent occasions outside your normal shooting). Think hard about how you actually shoot, what your routine has been for the past year or so. This shouldn’t be rocket science … the icons you change all the time will jump out at you. Make a list of the nine you never change, and then make a separate list of the 16 that remain.

Now arrange (and re-arrange) that list of 16 in order of how often you make changes to them in the field. These are the icons that are going into your Q menu. Arrange them physically in that menu according to importance (the most used ones going in the top row and working your way down to the last row). You can do so by turning on your camera and pressing the Q button, holding it down until it comes on. The menu you see will be one you can customize (highlight the icon you want to change and press the Menu button. Your options will appear. Scroll to the one you want and highlight it. Press Menu again and it will be locked into place). Do that until you have your Q menu filled with all the options you have selected from your list of 16, arranging them in the way that best suits your shooting. Voila!

Now, we are not finished just quite yet … there is the question of how your 4-way controller pad is set up. The reasoning here is the same as above – we want fast access to the functions we change the most while shooting. Here is the first consideration: do you want direct access to moving your focus point around (without going through another function to do so)? That is a neat feature, one of the new ones contained in the firmware update. But … if you choose that path you use up four access points to other functions (each of the points on the controller can be set up to perform a function). It’s up to you, of course, but I couldn’t see giving up those other functions. I programmed access to the focus point by pressing the Function button on the front of the camera (top right button as you hold it to your face). I find it easy to keep my index finger on the shutter button and reach for the Function button with the middle finger of my right hand. That gives me immediate access to moving the focus point around. It’s easy to do, and it doesn’t take me much time. So I am using my 4-way controller to do other things. You need to decide what you are comfortable with.

I use the self-timer on the X-T1 all the time. Constantly. Always. It is my remote shutter release, and we always should be using a remote release of some type. So that function is programmed on the first place my fingers go on the controller – the top position. I constantly change my white balance (even though I am a raw shooter). That function goes on the middle right point. I change between raw and jpeg on occasion (the Fuji takes such great jpegs that it is tempting to do so all the time). The ability to immediately and easily switch between raw and jpeg goes on the middle left point (it takes me immediately to Large 3:2, Fine images). My final spot (bottom middle) is reserved for switching between what I do when bracketing photos (I bracket all the time, and I like switching from bracketed exposures for HDR to different film simulations). These are things I do all the time.

There is one other adjustable point on top of your X-T1. It is the Wi-Fi button next to the exposure compensation dial. I find this little button hard to reach and somewhat difficult to engage. I don’t use the Wi-Fi connection hardly at all, but this still is a button I just leave as is. You could program it for something else if you find it easy enough to get to.

Okay, last point to consider: do you put some of the functions you have programmed into the 4-way controller also onto the Q menu? Or do you leave them off the Q menu and use those spaces for even more functions? I duplicate mine; that is, the ones on the controller also are in my Q menu. It’s just sort of a backup for me, a redundancy I am comfortable with. If you decide not to, you could squeeze in another four functions. Completely up to you, but something to consider.

Fuji has given us a nice update of the X-T1. Use the link I gave you above to make sure you check out the new features. Then take a bit of time to set up (or re-set up) your camera to get the fastest access to all the features you use most often. It’s easy to do, and you’ll have a happier shooting experience down the road.

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Workshop Planning For 2015: Bill Fortney’s His Light Schedule. Fuji’s X-T1 Firmware Update Is A Good One.

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It’s no secret that I hold Bill Fortney and His Light Workshops in the highest esteem. There is a special bonding that seems to take place at each workshop, one that goes beyond the excellent instruction and photo-friendly locations. There is a fellowship and friendship that is just unlike other training that I and my friends have experienced elsewhere. I can’t recommend His Light enough for a quality learning and bonding experience.

Bill and his partner Jim Begley have released their 2015 training schedule. It is a full one, featuring some of the most photogenic places in our country in which to shoot. It’s a cornucopia of training, a feast of learning. It is a gift to each of us – and all we have to do is sign up for the workshop of our choice. Click here to visit Bill’s site to see the 2015 lineup … I am willing to bet there is something there that will catch your eye. Count me in, for sure.

And yesterday Fuji released a firmware update for the X-T1 (among other cameras. Fuji is a camera firm that doesn’t abandon its older models. Or its older customers). I updated my camera, and I can report that there are several features you other X-T1 owners are going to love.

Click here to visit the Fuji website to download the new firmware version (version 3.0). There are instructions on how to do so if you are rusty or new to the game. It’s easy to do … and very worthwhile.

Now, adding a new in-camera film simulation might not seem like much. The Classic Chrome simulation added to the X-T1 is the real-deal, however. It’s a cool look, one worth shooting worth on a regular basis. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, and maybe it’s not exactly a real big deal. But it is a really nice look, one that I like. I don’t believe I’m going to be alone on thinking so.

A real big deal (to me and a whole lot of others) is the auto focus and manual focus coupling (even sounds sexy, doesn’t it?). When you shoot in AF you now are able to tweak the focus by just using the focus ring while keeping the shutter button halfway pressed. No need to switch over to manual focus to do so anymore. And what’s even cooler? If you have focus peaking turned on (I usually use bright white), that kicks in at the same time to really give you insight into what is in focus (and what isn’t). I used it a bunch today and absolutely love it!

Oh, here is a link to a trustworthy site that goes over all the updates and gives a little background on each. It’s a nice synopsis. It also gives you a few how-to-set-this-feature tips in the process. Check it out.

Another new feature I really like is the ability to customize the Q button (if you are a Fuji owner that will make sense). There are a more than a few icons there that I never change (and can’t foresee ever changing). The bottom row of tones and color and sharpening are ones I set and never change, unless I change the way I shoot overall. I don’t need instant access to them; those icons can be put to better use, I think.

I didn’t know how to actually change the Q functions, so I looked up the X100T manual (that camera already had this ability). To rearrange or substitute icons, just turn on your camera and hold down on the Q button (don’t let go until it shows up on the back). What you will see is sort of a generic Q lineup instead of whatever you might have set up. You don’t have to worry if you want to try this … if you don’t make any changes, just tap the shutter button. When you press the Q button as normal your usual set of icons will show up. If you do want to change something just use the controller to highlight it. When you have done so, press the menu button. That will give you access to a whole list of items you can change to. When you find the one you want, press OK and you are done. And not only might it be useful to add or subtract some icons, just moving them to the spots you want is pretty cool. Thank you, Fuji!

Here is one final possibility I want to point out – the 4-way controller on the back of the X-T1 now can directly move the focus point around (instead of first setting the focus area). Here’s the rub: I have my controller programmed to give me access to various functions using each of those controller points. I would like to use it to directly move the focus point around … but if I do so I give up those other functions. What to do? What to do? I decided the other functions (I use white balance and the timer all the time. I need that quick access to them.) were more important than direct access to the focus point (I have the function button on the camera front programmed for that one). Direct access to the focus point would be so appreciated – you just have to decide first how valuable all those other functions are to you. But you do have a choice, which is nice.

I’ll figure out what I want my Q button to look like in the next couple of days, and I’ll post that. For now, we all should just be grateful to Fuji for this firmware update. It is a most welcome one. Thank you, Fuji!

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Bill Fortney’s Americana … Photos From Knightstown, IN

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Click on the Shirley boy to see more Americana photos.

Saturday Sue and I and friends from our photo club went on a short road trip to some small towns north of us. The friendship always makes these kinds of trips enjoyable, no matter the shooting. This trip featured both, however – great fun and some good shooting. We checked out locations in the (extremely) small town of Maxwell, in addition to small town Shirley and a-little-bit-bigger Knightstown. The overcast skies acted as a large softbox, allowing us to shoot easily in every spot. We sought out a roller rink in Maxwell, one with a concession stand out front that definitely has seen better days. Then we found a great grain elevator over in Shirley with some long-not-used buildings that we were allowed to wander through, in addition to a great sign straight out of the 50’s. And the day ended with a terrific find of abandoned railroad tracks and cars over in Knightstown, a location that was a treasure trove of colors and textures. And before I forget – if you ever get to Knightstown go by the Knightstown Diner for a hand-battered tenderloin (Indiana’s state sandwich) and hand-cut fries. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

My dear friend and mentor Bill Fortney has a new eBook out over on his website (here is a link) on the genre of Americana. Bill has pretty much developed this type and kind of shooting, the type of photography that celebrates much of our country. Bill has written and taught about it; we spent time shooting it Saturday. There were trains and rust and colors and peeling paint and 20-foot-tall big boy signs, all for the discovering. It was a good day.

Some of the photos from Saturday are up today on Smugmug (click here to see them), those showcasing a lot of the color and texture we found. All were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and its 18-55 lens. That lens is sharp, sharp, sharp … it complements the light and fun-to-shoot Fuji very well. It was a fun day, a good day spent with friends. Camera in hand.

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A Christmas Message Of Love … For Every Other Day Of The Year

Today’s post was going to be all about me and some of the photos I took Saturday. Then at our church assembly yesterday I was so very much reminded that this world is not at all about me … or my thoughts or my wants or my life. It is about the grace and mercy shown to us by a loving and protective God. It is about others and service to others and love for others. It is about how we live our lives to show how appreciative we are for what we have been given.

Take just a bit of time to watch this YouTube video. It will touch your heart. It will warm your heart. It will convict your heart. It certainly did mine, and I am so grateful that it did. May it continue to do so long after this joyous season has ended.

Merry Christmas. May the true spirit of this season be with all of us.

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Photographing America: Bill Fortney’s Latest Book … Plus A FREE Book Just For Looking

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My dear friend Bill Fortney’s guide on the Fuji X-system still is selling like hotcakes. For good reason. It is a thorough look at the entire system and how best to use it, all from the accumulated wisdom of one of our finest photographers. Congratulations, Bill! And today at noon we have another opportunity to draw on Bill’s vast knowledge and experience.

Today marks the publication of Americana Photography, A Step By Step Guide. Americana covers the photographing of many of the historical parts of our great country, large and small. It is the America of our past, many of the little parts that we remember and celebrate. And Bill has pretty much developed from scratch the notion of Americana and how to photograph it to its best. Now he is sharing that vast knowledge with all of us. The book includes things to shoot and where to shoot them. And how to shoot them. Thank you again, Bill!

Oh, and in the spirit of Christmas let’s throw in a couple of generous gifts. If you order the Americana book before midnight on Christmas Eve you pay only 50% of the regular price! That’s right; only $4.95 for a book that is destined for your reference library. And … there’s more! Bill is generously offering each of us a FREE book just for looking around his site. It is what he refers to as his ‘idea book’, an exploration of ways to use some of the most popular processing plugins out there to enhance your images. It’s called Using Digital Technology to Have Fun, and it’s yours for the asking. Just add the title upon checking out of Bill eBook site … there’s no charge.

Christmas comes a couple of weeks early this year. Two new books to spend time with, one of them a gift from a most generous friend. Take some time to check out Bill’s site by clicking here, and then take advantage of his knowledge and expertise. The weekend beckons; spending time with books from Bill would be a great way to use some of it.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Carols Of Perfect Love … An Annual Delight

Call it an oldie but a goodie. Call it a Christmas tradition. Call it absolutely delightful. I love this YouTube video of Christmas Carols of Perfect Love, a spoof of the original by The Stamps Quartet (for the longest time I would have sworn it was done by the Statlers). It is funny, heartwarming, a perfect message at this time of year. I’ve posted it many times in the past; it will be posted many more times in the future. It’s that good.

I hope this one makes your day as enjoyable as it makes mine. Life is so good.

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