News and Notes / Upcoming Events /website update /E-Book now available

JUST PUBLISHED:  SERIES 1 of my E-Book SERIES available at www.jackgrahamphoto.com . Each series will contain between 2-3 essays on related subjects in nature photography. Series one covers preparation ( before) proportional photography( during) and processing(after).

SERIES 1      PREPARE  /  SHOOT  /  PROCESS

Series one of my E-Book Series encompasses three important steps in making quality photographs. All three essays are delivered in PDF format, downloadable at www.jackgrahamphoto.com

Essay1 …. PREPARATION COMES FIRST….. Preparation is essential. It seems like few photographers actually prepare properly for a day in the field. I explain the why’s how’s and reasons that preparation is important.

 Essay2…..PROPORTIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: I discuss some everyday compositional issues, as well as well as subtle issues that can make a good image a great one. I discuss how to deal with issues that both complicate images and render them mediocre at best.  I bring these issues to light in both Landscape and Macro venues. Easy to understand concepts are discussed and depicted in this image filled essay.

 Essay3…..  QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE TO PROCESSING YOUR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHS

 This is just that, a reference guide to how I process my images. I use Adobe Lightroom and CS4 as well as software by NIK. Leaving the minutia to folks like Scott Kelby and others, this publication discusses topics such as:

1)     Why Lightroom® and CS4® are both important and how to integrate both easily.

2)     Examples of processing, controversial processing, photo-art, processing tools

3)     How to properly evaluate an image

4)     Typical workflow incorporating Lightroom®, Photoshop® and NIK Software®

5)     Processing challenges such as avoiding over processing, bad cropping, over sharpening………………….  And more!

 ALL 3 Essays in my E-BOOKS / SERIES 1 are available for sale at $ 9.99  www.jackgrahamphoto.com

 Use Adobe reader 5.0 or higher. LIGHTROOM™ and PHOTOSHOP™ are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Color Efex Pro3.0™, Viveza 2.0™, Define 2.0™, Sharpener Pro 3.0™ and Silver Efex Pro™ are trademarks of Nik Software Inc™

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REVISED WEBSITE…………… www.jackgrahamphoto.com

I am very proud to announce  my newly revised website www.jackgrahamphoto.com. Return visitors my thing things are the same .. but there are many changes.

IMAGES:…..In addition to my ability to add new images on a much ( and I mean much) more frequent basis, you now will be able to view my images than before by clicking on the thumbnail within each gallery. (Also you can now go images to image without going back to main gallery section page. Many new images going into gallery area over the next 2 weeks as time allows.

SERIES 1 of my new E-Book is now available. It is downloadable there on the website, and in addition you’ll receive an  individual email to download it as well if you wish.

The  e- commerce functions are much easier and smoother …  Coming products may include instructional DVD’s, more E Books, and more (any suggestions?)

Check out the LINKS page for lots of useful information and many great websites of my fellow nature photographers, well worth looking at!_____________________________________________________________________________________________

UP COMING WORKSHOPS:  

OREGON COAST and a Very Special Workshop with Mike Moats, Bill Fortney and Jack Graham in the Smoky Mountains….. FALL in NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

OREGON COAST  JULY 15-19 2010

COAST WORKSHOPS OVERVIEW                        REG MASTER 2010

The Oregon coast in July is something special

The Oregon coastline offers the photographer some of them most beautiful and famous marine views anywhere in the world. This diverse landscape ranges from sandy beaches with 500-600 high cliffs dropping off on rocky beaches with crashing waves, to tide pools filled with marine life. Many working lighthouses offer unique photographic experiences. Many small fishing towns offer beautiful harbors with easy access to fishing boats to capture the essence of life on the Oregon Coast.

We will spend time photographing all of this and more during our 5 days on the coast. We will begin in Ecola State Park, where old growth rain forests abound. Views of the ocean and Tillamook Lighthouse make this area a must. From there we head down the coast to Cannon Beach, known for Haystack Rock and fabulous sunsets. The town of Tillamook is a bit further south (know for Tillamook Cheese!).

We will parallel the coast, often not driving on HWY 101 to shoot locations like Cape Lookout, Cape Mears, Devils Punchbowl, Cape Fowl weather, Haceta Head, Yaquina Head, Newport Harbor,  Charleston Harbor,Cape Blanco, and more great locations ( with great names!).  Itineries will be customized to light and weather conditions. We will shoot the many lighthouses that still even today, serves aids to mariners. We will spend evenings in, Tillamook, Newport, Florence, and Charleston, near Coos Bay.

 In addition to field, work time will be spent reviewing images made during the workshop. Critiques and information that will aid your photographic development are offered during these review sessions.

 We will also discuss the processing part of digital photography. Without exception, previous attendees have found these sessions invaluable.Not only will we be shooting the vistas, lighthouses etc, but we will be shooting some of the pristine landscapes as well as the close up world found in the many tide pools along the coast.

 Sunrises and sunsets can be amazing. We will get you to the right locations, at the right time of day and make the best use of the week on the coast.

 Please contact me for additional information……  This is a trip you won’t forget!    jack@jackgrahamphoto.com

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LANDSCAPE…….. CLOSEUP….and PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN  workshop, ownsend Tn, (Smoky Mountains)—JULY 29-Aug 1, 2010

  Bill Fortney( www.billfortney.net),  Mike Moats ( www.tinylandscapes,com)  and I are conducting a complete photographic workshop entitled LANDSCAPE, CLOSEUP and PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN in Late July, early August.   This is a one of a kind event will take place in Townsend Tn, the home of  Great Smoky Mt. National Park. I can guarantee you an unforgettable and unique experience, one that will make you all better nature photographers.

This will be a combination of classroom and field work. Field work will be in the early mornings when it’s not only the coolest, but the time when subject matter (in addition to the sunrise of course!) is something special, due to the normally heavy dew. Mid Day and afternoon classroom sessions will offer discussions beyond what you usually get in photography workshops.  Bill, Mike and Jack will offer their own vision and ideas which will be on display during this workshop. Each specializes in a different phase pf photography and therefore offers you a wide range of information.

Dont miss this one. It is rare to get three top nature photographers in one workshop setting.

Please contact Jack at jack@jackgrahamphoto for more details.

DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE  FMG_SCPD WORKSHOPS_TN_Summer2010v2     REG FORM F M&G

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FALL in NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP  Jack Graham & Ralph Nordstrom

NOVEMBER 4-7  2010

Once again, Ralph Nordstrom (www.ralphnordstromphotography.com ) and Iwill be teaming up for an exceptional few days in Northern California in the fall. The tourists are gone, the kids are back to school and things are never better in this beautiful area of the country. The days are still warm and the smell of fall is in the air. We’ll be spending quality photographic time in the Napa Valley and on  the coast in and around San Francisco. We’ll also spend some time in San Francisco itself to capture some of the flavor of this unique city.

As always classroom sessions will take place to look at our work, and discuss important topics that will greatly aid in improving you photography.

Please read  this overview for lot’s more information and consider joining us for a very unique experience.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-WORKSHOP INFO NOV 2010                REG MASTER 2010JGRN

L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, NW Oregon

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMEMT COMING SOON: E-BOOKS have arrived!

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Wow… what a little gem… I went up there yesterday to scout for a workshop I am doing for members of the Tualatin Valley National Wildlife Refuge Photographic Society next Saturday.

The park is only about 45 minutes or less from Portland about 4 miles off HWY 26( on the way to Cannon Beach) off Hwy 47.

The weather was pretty much as it’s been here in Oregon since I’ve returned from the desert—cool, windy & rainy, though yesterday afternoon was quite dry.

I checked out 2 trails near the back of the park. One ( called Boomscooter…)was very muddy and hilly so I was kind of limited to getting into some spots & wanted. This trail is about 1 mile or so and covers 300′ elevation drops& rises. There’s a little pond there that’s very photographic. I saw a beaver den, but no beaver.

The other trail I waled along was called Skidder Row. This is a short loop trail with a 200′ or so climb featuring some nice views of the coastal range.

There were lots of wildflowers and lots of cool Macro or close up opportunities.

Other areas of the park look interesting as well. There is a nice visitors center and plenty of campgrounds with great views as well as a few new cabins.

This is a great place to get away really close to Portland.

I took a ride through the small town of Vernonia. Vernonia is known for 2 things… the great floods that have occurred there, most recently just a few years ago and for the home of one of the participating families in  “AX MEN” from cable TV fame. I was surprised to stumble on a gallery called the GREY DAWN GALLERY www.greydawngallery.com that features the work of Christopher Burkett, one of my favorite nature photographers. Christopher was born in Vernonia in 1951 and spent many of his formative years there. If you are in the area or even want to take a drive up there Vernonia is a quaint , logging oriented town in a beautiful part of Oregon.