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After many months of false starts and hard work, I am pleased to announce the launch of my new series of Creative Digital Processing video tutorials. These videos present my personal digital image processing workflow using Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop CS5. The first eight videos in the series focus on basic techniques for raw conversion, working with layers and masks, image editing using adjustment layers, black & white conversion, and blending multiple exposures. Personally, I think that instructional videos are simply the best way to learn the complexities of digital image processing. Written tutorials, no matter how thorough and generously illustrated with screen shots, simply can't compete with seeing it in action. My video tutorials will get your digital processing workflow revved up in no time.

But wait, that's not all—the first two videos in the series are absolutely free! I'd love to give them all away for free, but hey, I have to find a way to pay my mortgage. That said, I've priced each of the rest of the videos much less than the cost of a double-orange-venti-nonfat-organic-chocolate-brownie-frappuccino—or, for that matter, the cost of a regular cup of coffee at most upscale coffee shops. I've designed these videos to be cumulative, with new lessons and techniques introduced as you progress through the series, so I want to keep the total acquisition cost as reasonable as possible.

I've worked hard to keep these videos instructive, easy to understand, and inexpensive. I've also tried to find the right balance between quantity of information, view-ability, and quality, all while optimizing file size for easy download. I hope you enjoy these tutorials, and the many more that will follow. Thanks for your support!

Creative Digital Processing Videos

Creative Digital Processing Videos

Creative Digital Processing Videos

Creative Digital Processing Videos

Creative Digital Processing Videos

Creative Digital Processing Videos

Creative Digital Processing Videos

Creative Digital Processing Videos
Hi all, I've just released my newest eBook, Patagonia Behind the Lens. This book presents twenty of my favorite photographs from Patagonia, an epic land of sapphire-blue lakes, towering glaciers, and mighty mountain peaks that pierce the heavens. Together, they tell part of this land's incredible story, and give you a sense of the flavor of the land and a glimpse of its diversity and character. Each photograph is accompanied by a detailed description of not only how each photograph was made, but why.

Patagonia Behind the Lens is a 45-page downloadable PDF eBook filled with informative text, stunning full-color images, and plenty of insights and inspiration. This book is newly designed to optimize viewing across multiple platforms including computer screens and iPads. ONLY $8!


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Hi all, I've just released my newest eBook, Five Landscape Challenges 2, which I co-authored with fellow deviant Joe Rossbach. This book is the second in the "Five Landscape Challenges" series. Each book in the series focuses on five different common landscape scenes, providing detailed "recipes" showing you how to get each shot right, every time, discussing the best equipment, light, and compositions. This book focuses on the following five scenes:

1. Alpine Flowers
2. Sandstone Oddities
3. Coastal Scenics
4. Autumn Reflections
5. Above the Clouds

Five Landscape Challenges 2 is a downloadable PDF eBook filled with informative text, stunning full-color images, and plenty of insights and inspiration. ONLY $8!


Five Landscape Challenges 2


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I've launched a new weekly feature on my daily photoblog that I call the "Saturday Shout Out" (ianplant.com/blog/2010/12/18/s…). In this feature, I give mad props to a deserving photographer whom I have met in the field or online. I've kicked off the Saturday Shout Out with DA's very own "La Vitta a Bella"—Paula Cobleigh. Not only is Paula a great photographer, but she has been very kind in welcoming me into the DA community. As a matter of fact, all of you have been very kind in welcoming me here, so don't be surprised if more DA photographers get the Shout Out as the feature progresses! Paula was also very kind recently in helping to promote my bid to be sent to the North Pole, posting a journal entry exhorting her DA friends to vote for me (la-vita-a-bella.deviantart.com…). Thanks Paula! I'll have to mail you a batch of tasty cookies.

P.S. If you haven't already voted to send me to the North Pole, please consider doing so, I need all the help I can get! And spread the word: tweet, post on your Facebook page, send notices via carrier pigeon, every little bit of support will help me represent the DA community on the top of the world! Click here to vote: www.blogyourwaytothenorthpole.…

Thanks everyone!
That's right, you read the title correctly—I'm hoping that by this time in June 2011 I'll be on my way to the North Pole! Quark Expeditions is running a "Blog Your Way to the North Pole" contest. One lucky winner will get a free trip on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker to the top of the world. With your help, I'm hoping that person will be me!

Now, before you question the ethics of soliciting votes to win an online contest, this contest is expressly designed as a social networking contest. Yep, that's right—it's a popularity contest. Now, I've never been very popular before, but that's not going to stop me now. I'd love the chance to visit the North Pole. So as unpopular as I may be, I've decided to go for it nonetheless.

Just think, this might be your chance to get rid of me for good. The North Pole is a dangerous place, teeming with ravenous polar bears and ship-crushing ice. Chances are, if I go, I might not make it back again! Think of this as an episode of Survivor—you have to cast a ballot and vote one person off the island, to set them adrift in the cold, unforgiving North Sea—and that person could be me!

So, how can you realize the dream of an Ian-free world? With a few simple clicks you can vote for me and send me off. Start by clicking here to visit my entry on the contest website: www.blogyourwaytothenorthpole.…

Then simply click on the "Vote for this Entry" button at the bottom of my essay. Then spread the word to all of your Facebook, Twitter, and blog friends. Before you know it, you'll be free of me forever! Or, for two weeks at least at the end of June 2011.

Thanks everyone!
My latest eBook, "10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Wildlife Photos," is now available, just in time for the holidays. And what's more, it's only $5!

Who doesn't love to photograph wildlife? The wonderful diversity of life on Planet Earth is a beautiful thing to behold, and even better to capture in photographs. But wildlife photography can be more challenging than you think. Strong composition, good light, and the patience to master the moment are a must for creating powerful, compelling wildlife photos that will make people gasp. The same fundamentals of composition and use of light that I would employ when shooting a flowing mountain stream apply with equal force when I am shooting a mountain goat high in the Colorado Rockies. That said, there are some tips specific to wildlife photography that can help you greatly improve your animal photos, the most important of which I list in this eBook.  

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Wildlife Photos is a to-the-point eBook tackling the fundamentals of artful wildlife photography. No lengthy and pompous discourses here: instead, it focuses on the important stuff, keeping things short and sweet. 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Wildlife Photos is a downloadable 34-page PDF eBook filled with informative text, stunning full-color images, and plenty of insights and inspiration. For more information or to order, click on the image below!


Ian's new eBook!

Hi, my name is Ian, and I'm addicted to eBooks. Well, writing eBooks, that is. I just can't help myself. Yep, that's right - I've written yet another eBook - banged it out this weekend. It's the first in a new series of pithy, to-the-point books, and it's called "10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Landscape Compositions." Click on the image below to learn more. It's only $5!

P.S. The introductory pricing on my first two ebooks has expired, they're now $8. The new books in the "10 Easy Ways" series will stay at $5, as they aren't quite as big as the first two books.


Ian's new eBook!

Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know that I've been spending some time developing my personal photoblog on my website. It is now a "daily" photoblog, part of my continuing efforts to educate, inspire, and most of all, amuse the shit out of people. I'm much better doing that last bit than the other two, so you can't really blame me if crack wise more than talk wisely. Think of Yoda before Luke figures out that the short green wackadoo he's having soup with is actually a Jedi master. That's right, my photoblog is best described as "short green wackadoo." Way to sell it, chief.

In any event, feel free to stop by, and if you like what you see, leave a comment or subscribe to my blog feed. This week I've kicked off a discussion about making my signature "dreamscapes." I blog most days when I am near a computer, unless it is just out of reach of the recliner chair in front of my TV, so there'll be plenty to see and read.  


Ian's Daily Photoblog

Sure, instructional books are great, but often they are long on theory and short on practical application. Master chefs have the right idea: instead of merely penning lengthy tomes teaching abstract cooking principles, they also write easy-to-follow recipe books, allowing even beginners to create masterpiece meals.

My latest eBook, "Five Landscape Challenges," is the first in a new nature photography educational series. Each book in the series focuses on five different common landscape scenes, providing detailed "recipes" showing you how to get each shot right, every time, discussing the best equipment, light, and compositions. This first book focuses on the following five scenes:

1. Slot Canyons
2. Spring Waterfalls
3. Sand Dunes
4. Woodland Flowers
5. Geothermal Wonders

Five Landscape Challenges is a downloadable PDF eBook filled with informative text, stunning full-color images, and plenty of insights and inspiration.  

ONLY $5.00! That's only $1 for each scene tutorial!

For more info, follow the link: ianplant.com/ebook_five_landsc…

Desert Dream by Ian-Plant Midway Impressions by Ian-Plant New Dawn by Ian-Plant Light is Life by Ian-Plant The Dreamer Awakens by Ian-Plant
Ever wanted to create nature images that make people gasp? Here's a little secret: it takes more than just a beautiful subject to make a memorable image. In fact, it takes a solid understanding of light, mood, and composition to bring an exceptional scene to its fullest potential. My online course, "Making Wow! Images," is designed for the photographer who already knows the basics, but who wants to take their shooting to the next level. We will take a step-by-step approach to learning advanced techniques for creating magical images that will make you the envy of your fellow photographers! For more info, follow the link: www.naturephotographers.net/on…

Shadows and Sand by Ian-Plant Phantasmagoria by Ian-Plant Fitz Roy Sunrise by Ian-Plant Eternal Kingdom by Ian-Plant
(Sorry up front for the shameless product promotion, but my wife and I are moving and we desparately need some cha-ching!)

"Chasing the Light": For years, landscape photographers have lived by this motto, chasing those rare magical moments when Nature displays her finest. Making great landscape photos, however, takes more than just chasing the light: it takes proficiency in composition, and learning to master the moment.

My eBook, "Chasing the Light: Essential Tips for Taking Great Landscape Photos," contains (you guessed it) essential tips that can make your landscape photos stand out from the rest. Inside you will learn the fundamentals of scene selection, working with light and color, and advanced composition techniques. The philosophical and creative concepts contained within, once mastered, can help you unlock your fullest potential as a landscape photographer.  

This eBook is not about gear or Photoshop—it is about the artistic fundamentals required to make great landscape photos. If you are interested in taking your craft and personal vision to the next level, then Chasing the Light is for you!

Chasing the Light is a 62 page downloadable PDF eBook filled with informative text, stunning full-color images, and plenty of insights and inspiration. And best of all, it's only $5! To learn more or to order, follow the link: ianplant.com/ebook-chasing-the…

(And now for some more shameless self promotion . . .)

Shadows and Sand by Ian-Plant Phantasmagoria by Ian-Plant Cerro Gran Gendarme by Ian-Plant The Far Side of the World by Ian-Plant Fitz Roy Sunrise by Ian-Plant Eternal Kingdom by Ian-Plant Gloaming by Ian-Plant Fluted Sandstone by Ian-Plant Cottonwood Alcove by Ian-Plant Kofa Stars by Ian-Plant
Few people outside of the mid-Atlantic know about Smith Island—for that matter, few enough people living in the area know about it either. Smith Island, located in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, is a timeless place, a throwback to earlier and simpler times, steeped in history, wildlife, wild lands, and the charm and spirit of days long past. Perhaps it was best said by famous Chesapeake Bay author Tom Horton, who for several years was a Smith Islander himself, in his book An Island Out of Time: "[t]he bay never essayed truer, nor flowered more gloriously, than in its creation of Smith Island and Smith Islanders. . . . [P]laces like the island are art—made all the more artful for contriving nothing, for simply being."

The world around Smith Island accelerates, at an increasingly rapid pace—like the expansion of the Universe itself—but Smith Island, and Smith Islanders, never seem to change. Severed from the mainland by a ten mile water crossing, Smith Island still moves to the age old rhythms of the tides and seasons. Sundered from the mainland not just by inconvenient geography, Smith Islanders have their own unique culture, way of life, and dialect—all of which are destined to disappear beneath a flood of Biblical proportions. The culprit, this time, is not the sudden wrath of God, but rather something creeping, insidious, and inexorable: sea level rise resulting from global warming. Smith Island's fate will likely be sealed within the next few decades, to become the Atlantis of the Chesapeake, submerged and lost forever beneath the rising tide.

In 1608, Captain John Smith was the first European to see the Smith Island group, calling the archipelago the "Russell Isles" in honor of the physician who saved him from a stingray's poisonous barb. It was another Smith, however, who lent his name to the island: Henry Smith of Jamestown, who was granted 1,000 acres on the island in 1679. First used by English settlers to graze livestock, by the mid-1800s oystering and crabbing became the basis of the island's economy. The marked decline of the native oyster population throughout the Chesapeake Bay due to pollution, harvesting and disease has greatly reduced oystering, and the island's way of life is now primarily dependent on the crab harvest. Once boasting a population of over 800 during its heyday, Smith Island now has 240 year round residents, spread between the three small hamlets of Ewell, Rhodes Point and Tylerton. The first Methodist camp meeting was held on Smith Island in 1887, and the church now plays a significant role in island life today, fulfilling many functions that would otherwise be the responsibility of local government.

Every year I lead a photo workshop on Smith Island, bringing eight students to the island for three days of photographing the island's wildlife, landscapes, people, and buildings. Each year brings new discoveries, and a new sense of wonder about this magical place. Although Smith Island's days may be numbered, there is something timeless—something eternal—about the island and its people. Smith Island's spirit will live on long after it is gone.

To see my Smith Island images, visit my Timeless Smith Island gallery online: ianplant.com/featured-gallery-…

Gloaming by Ian-Plant Hot Chicks by Ian-Plant Pelican Huddle by Ian-Plant
My latest "Behind the Lens" looks at the making of Ocotillo Stars in the Kofa Mountains of Arizona. Behind the Lens takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of my favorite images. To read more, follow the link: ianplant.com/behind_the_lens.h…
Kofa Stars by Ian-Plant
I've launched a new gallery on my website called "Impressions of Yellowstone." The gallery focuses on Yellowstone's many geothermal features, including geysers, hot springs, and other features. To check it out, follow the link: ianplant.com/featured-gallery-…
Hi all, my latest post on the Outdoor Photography Magazine blog is now available. I talk about "visual flow," the process of using composition, tonal transition, and color to lead a viewer's eye through a photograph. To read more, follow the link: www.outdoorphotographer.com/bl…
My latest installment of "Behind the Lens" is now available. Behind the Lens takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of my favorite images. This installment takes a look at "Journey's End," made in Patagonia. To read more, follow the link:  ianplant.com/behind_the_lens.h…

Journey's End by Ian-Plant
My newest free online tutorial, "Selecting the Best White Balance for Nature Photography," explains how white balance works and how it can be used creatively by nature photographers. If you are interested in reading more, follow the link: ianplant.com/photo-tips-how-to…

Here are some examples of photos where I have used "creative" white balance:

Shadows and Sand by Ian-Plant Fluted Sandstone by Ian-Plant Snowstorm by Ian-Plant Vortex by Ian-Plant Cottonwood Alcove by Ian-Plant Twilight Blue by Ian-Plant
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Patagonia? Ask this question to those who have never been, or who have only briefly toured the region, and the answer will likely be "mountains," "glaciers," "beauty," "awe," "wilderness," or some variation and combination thereof. Ask the same question to those who live in the area, or who have immersed themselves in its backcountry for any length of time, the answer will be much more simple: "wind."

Patagonia is essentially like a giant wind tunnel. The extreme temperature contrast between the equator and the ice-locked South Pole creates very strong winds. Sailors called this region the "Roaring Forties" (referring to the latitudes), and with good reason: low-pressure systems called "cyclonic centers" pummel Patagonia every few days, and scientists often record winds in excess of 120 miles per hour. These southern latitudes are some of the windiest places on Earth.

So far, I've been lucky, encountering high winds only once. I have often heard the winds, however, roaring high in the upper atmosphere over the mountains like a fleet of warplanes, moving so fast they would occasionally break the sound barrier. For the last leg of my Patagonia adventure, heading deep into a remote backcountry, my luck would run out. Although I was almost done with Patagonia, she was not yet done with me—-jealously guarding her secrets, she would seek to strip a toll of passage from my living flesh, flaying me for days with a demon wind.

To read more, follow the link: ianplant.com/photo_journal_pat…

The Far Side of the World by Ian-Plant Fitz Roy Sunrise by Ian-Plant Heaven and Earth by Ian-Plant Journey's End by Ian-Plant Cerro Gran Gendarme by Ian-Plant Crowning Glory b-w version by Ian-Plant
My latest installment of "Behind the Lens" takes a look at an image I made last spring in the Sonoran Desert of Arziona during peak bloom. Behind the lens takes you behind the scenes for the making of some of my favorite images. ianplant.com/behind_the_lens.h…

And now for some shameless self promotion!

Fitz Roy Sunrise by Ian-Plant Heaven and Earth by Ian-Plant Journey's End by Ian-Plant Vortex by Ian-Plant Eternal Kingdom by Ian-Plant Cottonwood Alcove by Ian-Plant
Hi all, I've just posted my latest "Off the Beaten Path" entry on the Outdoor Photographer Magazine blog, dedicated to far away places, once-in-a-lifetime moments, and those rare flashes of inspired thinking. In my most recent post, called "Ancient Forces," I talk about the Narrows of the Virgin River in Zion National Park, a magical place where water, rock, and light slowly grapple with one another over the ages.

OP is in the process of live launching the blog right now, so please stop by and check out my latest post, and feel free to leave a comment giving me a shout out if you are so inclined. Thanks!

"Ancient Forces" www.outdoorphotographer.com/bl…

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