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I am a beta tester for many Photoshop plugins and other software. I wrote a book on the best plugins for Photoshop called The Digital Photographer's New Guide to Photoshop Plugins and use I good plugins for much of my work as some of them are absolutely amazing. Although I love Lightroom, Photoshop has always been my program of choice for my photographs and I have been using it since version 2 long ago in the 90's.Photoshop Plug-ins:OnOne - Perfect Photo SuiteNik Silver Efex Pro 2Nik Color Efex Pro 4Nik HDR Efex Pro2Nik Viveza 2Nik Analog Efex ProTotally Rad - Rad LabTotally Rad - Dirty PicturesTotally Rad - Pro Retouch 2Topaz - Adjust 5Topaz - RemaskTopaz - Simplify 3Topaz - DeNoise Alien Skin - Bokeh 2Alien Skin - Exposure 5Alien Skin - Snap Art 4Anthentech Imaging - Perfectly ClearTiffen DFXDigital Film Tools - PhotocopyImagenomic - PortraitureFlaming Pear - FloodSoftware / Hardware Discount Coupon Codes:Feel free to use these codes for a discount upon checkout when buying these plugins or photo gearTopaz Labs:
Day 1 June 7: This two-day workshop will take place at the one-of-a-kind Gold King Mine in the city of Jerome and also at Yavapai College and will focus on capturing this unique junkyard during the afternoon and also after dark. This old ghost town has a rustic assortment of ramshackle buildings, hundreds of vintage cars and trucks, an old mine shaft and a sprawling array of rusted machinery that forever teeters between ruin and redemption. It is an amazing location for photography and especially HDR.There will also be models for this workshop and Scott will show how to capture this unique location with and without models as the photographic possibilities are endless in this special place. Using the bright light of the afternoon, Scott will go over how important bracekting is and why HDR is critical for many shots. He will also teach how to photograph the models in different settings at the mine using different techniques and equipment.The class will break for dinner where everone will meet up in close by Jerome for dinner together and then head back to the mine for another shooting session right before it is totally dark, this time learning how to Light Paint after dark. Scott will demonstrate different methods of shooting the buildings, cars, coffins, chainsaws and you name it - as well as the models using only flashlights as the light source. The moon will still be out, although not very strong but you will be able to shoot with and without the moonlight and also just with the light of the flashlights. Light Painting involves a lot of preperation and work but the results are sometimes one of a kind. Scott will go over all of the technical info and also show just what gear is needed for great results.Day two June 8:Lab day at Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts and TechnologyFull day in the lab showing Photoshop techniques on many of the images from the two shoots at the mine. Meeting for a full day from 9am to 4pm at Yavapai College Sedona Center for Art and Technology (***directions below) which includes demonstration, lecture and Question and Answer of Photoshop & Raw workflow, layers and layer masks, retouching techniques, HDR and much more. Scott will show different techniques to work on images from the bright sunny shots from the afternoon shoot and show why shooting under and over exposed images is crucial, especially for HDR. He will show different methods of working with HDR including using 32 bit files in Photoshop CC.Working on the Light Painting images from the previous night will also be covered as well as many of the best plugins and actions for Photoshop that will help many of the images that were shot on the first day including retouching techniques for the models that were photographed. This is not a computer lab course; students should be prepared to take notes on instructor demonstrations. Lunch will be from noon to 1pm with many restaurants nearby. A tripod and intervalometer cable release ( for exposures longer than 30 seconds) is also required for this class as is an LED headlamp for seeing at night. If you have any questions about the gear, you can email scott at scott@asa100.comTUITION: $475 (+$35.00 models fee)Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $100 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.Click here to register:
I am leading a 13 day photo workshop January 15-27, 2012 to my favorite place on Earth.  The hidden jewel and land of enchantment of Southeast Asia is Myanmar, or what many of the locals still refer to as Burma. Bordered by Thailand, India, Bangladesh, China, & Laos, this country is my favorite place on earth for photography. From the awe inspiring monasteries & temples to the simplicity of the soft spoken people, Burma stands out from the rest of Southeast Asia. It might be the least visited & explored country in that part of the world & that is what makes it so special. The hospitality of the locals make you feel like you are the first foreigners they have ever seen. It is truly a feast for the eyes in every direction and a place that will stay in your heart forever.This will be a trip for photographers who want to capture once in a lifetime images. My guide is one of the best guides in Burma and has guided many of the top photographers in the world. He is not only knoweledgable about every aspect of Burma but also highly respected and will go out of his way to please each and every one of us. We will be going to many unique locations for photography in all four of the cities that we will be visiting, often looking for monks, local villagers & children for our photos. Our trip will be about one thing and that is to be in the best light at the best time at the best locations. Photo opportunities are everywhere in Burma and we will all see why this country is the jewel of Southeast Asia. January is the perfect time of the year for the best weather and dramatic sunsets & our focus will to be at the right place at the right time as often as possible, day and night. This magical place called Burma is a photographers paradise.Our itinerary includes the capital, Yangon with it’s many sights and sounds including the golden  Schwedagon Pagoda and colorful early morning fish markets. We will then visit the ancient religious city of Bagan, where the landscape is filled with thousands of temples and is one of the most special places on Earth. Next is Mandalay, where we will photograph monks and local children in and around local villages and many of the amazing temples and monasteries.  We will also be shooting the famous 1.2Km teak UBien Bridge at sunset, capturing monks and locals carrying their wares & goods atop their heads. In Inle Lake, we will photograph local fishermen in their traditional fishing boats, the Padaung long necked women, bustling local markets and a floating monastery.The cost for the workshop is $6,900 per person. The price includes: lodging, all meals, domestic economy flights, ground-transportation, guide/translator, boat fares on scheduled rides, entrance and archaeological fees for scheduled visits, portage charges at airports and jetty, camera and video fees, and tips for local staff. A visa for your passport is required for Burma which can be easily obtained by Zierer Visa Service at   Single Room Supplement: $600Not included:  International airfare to and from Yangon, airport taxes, entry visa fees,  alcohol, soft drinks and personal shopping.Workshop LimitThe workshop is limited to 6-8 participants.  I will be working with everyone individually and as a group to better their photography skills, throughout the entire trip.Skill LevelBasic understanding of your camera operations including using f/stops and shutter speed is needed for this workshop. This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced photographer wanting to expand their knowledge of photography & capture one of a kind images in this special part of the world.RegistrationTo register for The Burma 2012 Workshop, visit my blog here for more info & please contact me for a registration form & full itinerary.  For more information about reserving a space, deposits or anything else, please e-mail me anytime.  **update as Sept. 1   …  trip is full…**