I have included all of the software/hardware and different cameras, lenses, and tools that I use for photography in the About Me section. It also includes some awesome websites that will help you find great places to shoot.
Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself-----> PACNW Top 50
All photos are free to download in high resolution from my website for your desktop wallpaper or other fun & personal stuff like that. They are Creative Commons noncommercial so just give credit and link back to www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com. Please contact me for any commercial usage or licensing info
I made a great trip to the gorge last weekend for my birthday. Took 2 days of driving and photos. Lots of new material to post in the coming weeks.
Photoshop TIP: Getting your skies/clouds to POP
There are a few tricks to make the clouds really stand out in pictures. One of my favorite is done in photoshop. Start by making a new "overlay"(make sure your layer is set to overlay or this trick won't work) layer covering your picture and filling it with 50% grey.
Now bump your opacity and flow down to around 50 and 3 respectively. You can change these values as you like to produce your desired results. Now pull out your brush. Using "X" to switch between black and white color swatches, you can darken the dark parts of your clouds using black, and lighten the light clouds using white. This takes some time to master but after a while, you will be able to produce much more depth of field in the clouds using this technique. Note: If your clouds are overly saturated from darkening them proceed with the following. Make another "normal" layer with slight vibrance reduction, now invert the layer, so it does not show. Select your white brush and drop the opacity and flow so you can very lightly remove any unwanted color in the clouds by masking it in.
Would anyone be interested in a video of how this is done? Or a full length tutorial?
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G
Tripod: Oben AC-1310 Tripod w/ Ball Head
Computer: 27" iMac i7 3.1GHz 16GB Ram
Programs: Photomatix, Photoshop, and Lightroom for final adjustments