February 2013 Newsletter

Greetings

In this Newsletter:

– Greetings
– Stuff I Like This Month
– Iceland and Africa 2013
– December/January GOAL Assignment: Groups
– February GOAL Assignment: Fitness Photography
– eBook Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by Michael Clark
– Product Review: Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Leveling Base
– Digital Tidbits: Should You Use Adobe HDR Pro?
– Workshop and Business Updates

clearing storm

Clearing tornado storm clouds over Choctawhatchee Bay, Florda.

Welcome to the February 2013 Visual Adventures newsletter.

One thing that most shooters agree on is that photography helps us see the world with enhanced clarity. I find that just bringing my camera with me wherever I go heightens my senses and adds great joy to my adventure. At the same time, my cameras give me the perfect vehicle to remember my adventures in vivid color.

Quite a few years ago when Amazon.com was just getting off the ground, I remember an interview with CEO Jeff Bezos where he talked about how quickly his life was passing by. In order to better cope with the speed of life, he took a camera with him everywhere he went in order to create memories of each day’s activities. He knew he wasn’t going to be able to actually remember everything, so he self-documented his crazy life with photographs.

For me, photography is a livelihood as much as it is a passion. Like Jeff Bezos, I use photography to document my life. But more than that, I want to document the beauty and joy of everything I do. This world is full of negativity and divisiveness that add a dark pall over our daily activities. My goal is that my photography helps me, and those who view it, consider the simple joys of every-day life. A daughter’s smile. The serenity of a sunrise. The awe of a surging wave. The clearing of storm clouds. The bonds of friendship. Photography has the ability to transform all of these things into powerful imagery. Normally, these events are but a fleeting memory, but they are made permanent by the trip of my shutter.

Stuff I Like This Month

 

Naneu K5 v2

The Naneu K5 v2 photo hiking backpack should be a great product for taking your gear with you while trekking or exploring the back country.

1. I love climbing and mountaineering, but taking my camera gear along with me has always proven to be somewhat difficult. I’ve never been able to find a good solution for storing my dSLR camera in front of me while also keeping it out of the elements AND while also wearing my big backpack. A couple days ago I found a new Kickstarter campaign for a product from Naneu (http://www.naneubags.com) that solves this exact problem. Their new bag is called the Naneu K5 v2. Here’s a link to their new Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/555067135/photo-hiking-hybrid-backpack. Can’t wait to get one and try it out myself.

2.  The new Inkling from Wacom is going to be a wonderful product for creatives in many disciplines. The Inkling device allows you to sketch on paper then upload the sketch into Adobe software products as a vector based document. Once in Photoshop, Illustrator, or In Design, you can continue manipulating the drawing as you normally would any regular vector file. Here’s a link to Wacom’s Inkling website: Inkling

3. The photographs used in Dodge’s Super Bowl advertisement “God Made a Farmer” were stunning. I was truly intrigued with the imagery and wanted to learn more about the shots. Peta Pixel has put together a quick background piece on the commercial, the photographers, and the process Dodge used to create the ad. Link: Peta Pixel God Made a Farmer.

4. Here’s a good, quick Luminous-Landscape article from Eric Meola on the evolution of landscapes, architecture, and color in photography.

 

Iceland and Africa 2013

Iceland

Iceland volcanic seascape.

serengeti zebra.

Zebra on the Serengeti.

Our big 2013 photo adventures to Iceland and Tanzania will be incredible opportunities to create some of the best images of your life. For both trips, I’ve worked long and hard to put together top-notch itineraries completely focused on photography. Each day, we’ll be in the best spots for sunrise & sunset, wildlife spectacles, cultural interaction, and natural phenomena.

The Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure runs from July 29th – August 6th, 2013. Our goal is to photograph the birds and landscapes that make the Land of Fire and Ice so incredible. Our adventure is based out of Reykjavik and runs in conjunction with Tim Vollmer Photography. Our daily adventures take us to stunning landscapes, historic harbors, and wild bird rookeries all around the country if Iceland. Bring your camera and your sense of adventure for an unbelievable journey. More information here: Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure

Our 2013 Tanzanian Photo Safari runs from November 4 – 15, 2013. On this photo adventure, we will photograph the great wildebeest migration and the African “big five” which include buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, and rhinoceros. Each day of the trip takes us to new biologically diverse locations throughout the national parks of Tanzania. Our vehicles are high-end Toyota Landcruisers and we only allow three people per vehicle for a top-notch photo experience. More information here: African Photo Safari.

December/January GOAL Assignment: Groups

Pine trees

Stand of pine trees, Destin, Florida.

Shells on beach

Shells on the beach, Rosemary Beach, Florda.

kayaks in Destin Harbor

Kayaks in Destin Harbor, Florida.

kids, snow, Cashmere, Washington.

Groups of kids at winter youth camp, Cashmere, Washington.

The GOAL (Get Out And Learn) Assignment for the last newsletter was to spend some time photographing groups. I didn’t give specific criteria around what types of groups you should shoot, but I wanted you to be on the lookout for assemblies and collections of similar objects or people.

During the last two months, I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the USA with my cameras between Florida, Illinois, and Washington State. I always have my cameras with me so I found quite a few opportunities to create images of groups. Here are a few of my favorite group pics from the last two months.

Stand of pine trees, Destin, Florida. I took my nieces and nephews on a hike through the woods in Point Washington State Forest just outside of Destin, Florida. When I visit an area, I always shoot the typical cliché photographs, but I also enjoy taking images that aren’t typically what you would expect. When most people imagine Florida’s Gulf Coast, they think of beach, sand, and vacation homes. For this “groups” image, I photographed a forested scene that could have been taken in many forests around the world. Nikon D600, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Gitzo CF tripod.

Sea shells on beach, Rosemary Beach, Florida. Here, I broke down and took the cliché image of seashells on a sandy beach. Everyone needs to take one of these pictures at some point in their life! Nikon D600, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, handheld.

Kayaks, Destin Harbor, Florida. As I walked through the new boardwalk district in Destin Harbor, Florida, I was looking for images that spoke to fitness and outdoor pursuits found in the harbor. These colorful kayaks fit the bill and looked great when juxtaposed against the brooding sky. Nikon D600, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, handheld.

Groups of kids at winter youth camp, Cashmere, Washington. During the first week of February, 2013 I traveled with a big group of Middle School kids to Camas Meadows Youth Camp (www.camasmeadows.org) up in the mountains of Washington State. We had an incredible time in the deep snow, playing snow football, going on midnight sledding adventures, and just being silly. I took the opportunity to photograph the kids’ cabin groups, then put together each image in a pentaptych using Photoshop CS6. I took the photos with a Nikon D600 and SB-800 flash. I set the camera for Auto FP high speed sync to allow me to use the flash in the bright sunlight.

February GOAL Assignment: Fitness Photography

This month’s GOAL assignment is to simply get outside with your camera and be healthy. A few days ago I took my children on a run on some local trails with our cameras. Each of us took one camera, one water bottle and one granola bar as we jogged through the forest searching for pictures. During our short adventure we would run for a few minutes at a time, then stop to take pics of whatever interested us.

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My son taking a photo of a fallen log during our fitness photography run.

It was great fun and a wonderful way to experience nature with our cameras. My son took along his Nikon D80, my daughter took her Kodak Easyshare, and I took my new Nikon D600. I encourage you to do the same thing this month with your camera. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then push the wheelchair. If you can’t push the wheelchair, then have someone push it for you. The goal is to get out, get some fresh air, and take some great photos.

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My daughter climbing trees during our fitness photography adventure.

EBook Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, A Professional Photographer’s Workflow

Lightroom Workflow Book Cover

Cover of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, A Professional Photographer’s Workflow

Michael Clark (www.michaelclarkphoto.com) is well known for his adventure sports photography. He’s photographed everything from mountain biking to surfing for clients as diverse as Apple, Nike, Nikon, Adobe, Red Bull, Microsoft, Patagonia, and more. His photos are beautiful and I’ve always wanted to get a glimpse into his digital workflow to learn how he processes his images in the digital darkroom.

Michael has recently updated his Lightroom eBook for the newest software version, Lightroom 4. The title of his book is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, A Professional Photographer’s Workflow. I’ve been running Lightroom workshops for many years now, but know that I can always learn new and improved techniques from other experts. With this mindset, I delved into Michael’s ebook, hoping to learn some of his best practices.

If you are a new Lightroom user, you’ll find Michael’s explanations very clear and understandable. Don’t be intimidated by the book or the software, rather just jump in and start learning his excellent techniques. If you are an advanced Lightroom user, then you’ll be very pleased with many of Michael’s technical explanations. One example of his technical attention to detail is how he goes about removing chromatic aberration with the assistance of the eye dropper tool. It is an excellent technique and he demonstrates it well.

Michael’s discussion on color management is also excellent. He is very thorough when explaining the process he uses for calibration, and for managing color spaces across different software and platforms. For example, he explains in great detail how he moves from editing the image in ProPhoto RGB color space to outputting the image for the client in Adobe RGB or sRGB. Color management isn’t an easy topic to understand or explain, but Michael does a good job of detailing the requirements and steps needed to output excellent images that are color matched and accurate. Kudos.

Lightroom Workflow Book

The book is laid out very well, with numerous full-color examples.

Michael spends a very large portion of the book talking through the Develop module of Lightroom and does an excellent job of explaining each of the tools therein. He goes through all the important aspects of the software including exporting, setting preferences, using presets, organizing files with the Library module, and using the Print module.

Chapter Six of the book is dedicated to showing how Michael finishes image in Photoshop. Throughout the book he describes his workflow as getting as much done as possible in LR, then sending the image out to Photoshop for finishing. He explains in great detail what he does in Photoshop and how he incorporates Adobe Bridge into the workflow.

As I read through his book, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that he uses Lightroom in almost exactly the same way I use (and teach) Lightroom. His philosophical approach is similar, he follows the same workflow, and he even recommends the same resources I recommend.

There are modules of Lightroom 4 that Michael doesn’t use in his workflow such as the Map module or the Book module. Unfortunately, Michael doesn’t describe how to use these sections of program; rather he provides other resources for learning on your own. Keep in mind that Michael is an image creator and he uses the aspects of the program that work for his professional workflow. If something doesn’t work for him or doesn’t meet his needs (like the map or book modules), then he explains why and moves on.

The last chapter of Michael’s book is dedicated to data backup and archiving. The good news here is that Michael follows almost the exact same protocols I recommend in my book, Thousands of Images, Now What? I fully support everything Michael says in his chapter and agree with his conclusions down to which disk drives work/don’t work and whether or not you should use DNG files in your workflow.

One of these days, I need to meet up with Michael to give him a hearty pat on the back for a job well-done. His Lightroom book is excellent and I highly recommend it to all my readers.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, A Professional Photographer’s Workflow is 409 pages and in full color. The PDF document is readable on just about any modern electronic document reader such as the iPad, Nexus, laptop, or smart phone. The eBook design makes it simple to zoom in and out to see details of his screenshots.

Follow this link to purchase the eBook: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, A Professional Photographer’s Workflow.

P.S.
As I finished up writing this review, I just received a notice that Michael has a new book titled Location Lighting for the Outdoor Photographer. Judging by my reviews of his previous two books, this new one is sure to be a winner. Here’s the link: Location Lighting for the Outdoor Photographer.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark.

Product Review: Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Leveling Base

Sunwayfoto leveling head

The Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Leveling Base.

For video work, the tripod pan head needs to be perfectly level so the camera stays level as it pans from side to side. Because of this, video shooters have a love/hate relationship with their tripods. They love the tripod because it helps produce stable images, but they hate the tripod because of their constant battle to set it up perfectly level. The solution to this constant leveling battle is to use a tripod head leveling base.

A tripod head leveling base fits between the tripod and tripod head, and allows for the head to be quickly leveled, independently from the tripod. This cool tool allows a videographer to quickly set down the tripod at just about any angle, then instantly level out the pan-head for a perfect setup.

pan head Sunwayfoto

This image shows how the tripod can be setup at an odd angle, but the leveling base can be quickly adjusted so the pan-head is perfectly level.

Leveling bases are primarily used for video photography or for situations where a standard tripod head needs the ability to pan from side to side. Still photographers who use a ball-head don’t necessarily need a leveling plate because the ball head makes it extremely quick to level the camera for single shots. However, still photographers who shoot panoramas use leveling bases so they can produce level horizons in the final output of their panos.

I recently purchased the Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Leveling Base from B&H Photo Video and put it through a field test two weeks ago at a youth retreat in Cashmere, Washington. I used it while shooting video of kids riding inner tubes down a snow hill on a very steep slope. I set up the tripod on the snow slope, and then used the leveling base to quickly make the tripod pan head level.

The Sunwayfoto base has a built-in spirit level on a small offset tab. This feature makes it extremely efficient to use, even when the tripod is down at ground level. Operating the leveling base is as simple as unlocking the release knob, leveling the base, and then locking the release knob. Once locked, the Sunwayfoto base remained locked down tight for the duration of the shoot. I never once had to readjust the base due to slippage or a loose connection.

sunwayfoto spirit level

The spirit level is built-in to the leveling base on a small tab to the side.

Attaching the Sunwayfoto leveling base to the tripod was extremely simple. Just screw the base onto the tripod’s standard 3/8” mounting screw then mount the tripod head on top of the base and you’re done. In my specific test last week while videoing middle school kids inner tubing in the snow, I mounted a Manfrotto 701DHV Pro Fluid Video Mini Head on top of a Gitzo Carbon Fiber tripod. The Sunwayfoto base will easily work with smaller consumer video heads or larger professional duty video heads.

Sunwayfoto with Manfrotto 701HDV

Here’s the rig set up with the Manfrotto 701HDV video head.

The best thing about using the leveling base was the amount of time I saved. When doing video work in the past, I would set up my tripod, and then fiddle around with the legs until I got the head perfectly level. Once everything was leveled out, I didn’t want to move the rig because I knew I’d have to spend another couple of minutes setting it up in another location. With the leveling base, setup was literally a matter of seconds, so I was much more willing to move around the scene to capture more points of view.

I am honestly impressed with the quality of the Sunwayfoto product, as it is truly top-notch. The base is fully anodized aluminum and very strong. It had no issues whatsoever stabilizing up my video head, f/2.8 lenses and Nikon D600 and D800 cameras with vertical grips. In fact, I can’t find anything bad to say about the Sunwayfoto Tripod Leveling Base. The price is great and the build quality is excellent. It does exactly what it says it will do and I heartily recommend it for anyone needing a quality tripod leveling base of their own.

Purchase the Sunwayfoto Tripod Leveling Base here: Sunwayfoto Tripod Leveling Base

Sunwayfoto also makes a wide variety of camera brackets, plates, and ball-heads. All these are available at B&H Photo Video here: Sunwayfoto Gear at B&H Photo Video.

Digital Tidbits: Should You Use Adobe HDR Pro?

Open HDR Pro

To open HDR Pro from Lightroom, right mouse click on your image sequence, choose Edit In –> Edit in HDR Pro

HDR Pro window

Here’s the adjustment window for HDR Pro. The settings are broken down into three main sections: Edge Glow, Tone and Detail, and Advanced.

HDR Pro compare 1

Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 on the left, Adobe HDR Pro on the right. I had a difficult time holding detail in the clouds and achieving realistic colors in Adobe HDR Pro (right). Nikon D700, 14-24mm f/2.8, handheld.

HDR Pro Compare 2

Again, I quickly lost highlight details in HDR Pro (right), while I was able to easily manage them in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 (left). Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8, Kinesis SafariSack beanbag.

HDR Pro Compare 3

For this image in Yosemite, California, Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 (left) did a much better job producing a natural color palette. The Adobe HDR Pro (right) produced an odd color in the sky and in the grass. Nikon D800, 14-24mm f2.8, Gitzo CF tripod.

HDR software has definitely come of age over the last five years. The diversity of options is amazing and the quality of output is generally very good. I think I’ve worked with just about every HDR software package out there, but I’ve really come to rely on Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 for most all of my HDR processing.

HDR processing software works either as a stand-alone program or as a plug-in for a host program like Lightroom, Photoshop, or Aperture. While some HDR software is free, the best programs normally come with a price tag between $79 and $150. That’s ok if you have the cash, but the truth is that it represents a serious chunk of change for most people. For shooters who already own image processing software, buying “yet another” piece of software gets pretty old after a while.

If you own Adobe Photoshop CS5 or CS6, then you have a free utility built into software called Adobe HDR Pro. It works along similar lines as other plug-ins like Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 and Photomatix Pro 4 in that it operates in a separate window inside Photoshop. Even though I’ve owned Photoshop for years, I haven’t thoroughly tested HDR Pro in my workflow to see if it was a viable alternative to the industry’s other programs. My goal for this article was to see if I could produce excellent quality HDR images from Adobe’s HDR Pro that meet or exceed the output I reliably get from Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 or Photomatix Pro 4.

To perform my test, I ran 10 bracketed exposure sequences through Adobe Photoshop CS6 HDR Pro and then the same 10 sequences through Nik HDR Efex Pro 2. In each case, my goal was to use the full capabilities of each software package to achieve final images worthy of publication. Ideally, my hope was that each program would be able to produce an excellent image from each of the 10 tests. As far as I was concerned, there was no reason why each program wouldn’t be able to create beautiful results given the same starting data.

The overall operation of Photoshop’s HDR Pro is relatively straightforward. The first step is to open the images into the HDR Pro module. Since I work primarily from Lightroom, I simply highlight the bracketed image sequence, then right click to access the “Edit in HDR Pro” command. If you work primarily from Photoshop, then you can also open HDR Pro by choosing File –> Automate –> Merge to HDR Pro. In both cases, Photoshop will open the images into the HDR Pro utility window for adjustment.

Fine-tuning the resulting HDR image in HDR Pro is accomplished via three main sections: Edge Glow, Tone and Detail, and Advanced. All of the slider adjustments show up in the preview window in real time, so you have a good feel for what the image will look like when finished.

Edge Glow is designed to define the size of glow around local brightness regions. In other words, this section determines how much “glow” appears between bright and dark sections of the image.

Tone and Detail adjusts the overall brightness of the image as well as how much detail appears in the scene. This section includes a Gamma slider that allows you to globally emphasize highlights or shadows and a detail slider that adjusts overall crispness or texture.

The Advanced section controls shadow & highlight information as well as vibrance & saturation of the colors in the scene.

Adobe’s HDR Pro has a few built-in presets such as “Photorealistic” and “Surrealistic” and “Monochromatic Artistic.” The presets basically take a configuration of sliders and present them to you as alternate processing options. In general, I found that I didn’t care for the preset options and could do better on my own.

So, after working on 10 different picture sequences, what were the results? Remember, my goal was to run the same images through both programs, with the expectation that each program would be able to produce ten usable images.

Here’s the score:
Adobe Photoshop CS6 HDR Pro = 0
Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 = 9

That’s right. I wasn’t able to produce even one image from the CS6 HDR Pro utility that I thought was worthy of publishing. Granted, I’m not an expert with the Adobe HDR Pro utility like I am with the Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 software, but I do know my way around Photoshop very well. Also, Adobe’s HDR Pro utility isn’t nearly as complicated to operate as Nik’s or Photomatix’s software, so the learning curve is fairly quick.

Of the ten photo sequences I ran through both programs, I was able to achieve excellent results with Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 on nine. In other words, I didn’t like the results on one of the photographs from Nik. However, on that one bad image from Nik, I liked the results from Adobe’s HDR Pro even less.

The images I processed from Adobe’s HDR Pro generally looked flat and lacked overall clarity and vibrance. I had a difficult time pulling realistic colors out of the scenes without making them appear garish and “HDR-ish”. Also, I commonly ran into difficulty when trying to hold highlight detail in the clouds. Where the Nik software easily held detail in clouds, the Adobe HDR Pro software would quickly blow out.

To be honest, I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to produce great images from the Adobe Photoshop CS6 HDR Pro utility. I like having alternative options in my software to assist my photo processing needs and really wanted HDR Pro to kick butt. In the case of Photoshop CS6 HDR Pro, I’m just going to have to wait for a future iteration (CS7?) and see if they improve it. For now, it doesn’t deserve a spot in my toolbox.

If you are interested in learning more about Adobe HDR Pro, here’s a nice video put together by Lynda.com on the utility.

Also, for a more detailed description on HDR Pro from Adobe, check out this link:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/photoshop/cs/using/WSfd1234e1c4b69f30ea53e41001031ab64-78eea.html

Workshop and Business Updates

Iceland

Join me on a photographic journey to the land of fire and ice. I’ve set up this trip with renowned photographer and trip leader Tim Vollmer to show off the best of Iceland in the summer. We’ll be photographing birds, landscapes, cities and villages as we travel in our own private vehicles around the stunning country. I’ve limited the number of participants to 10 so photographers will get the most out of this adventure.

Find more information here: Iceland Photo Adventure

Tanzania

We have four remaining seats available for the November 2013 photo safari to Tanzania. This will be our fifth Tanzanian photo safari and I would love to have you come along to experience the wildlife and landscapes of East Africa.

Here’s the link for more information: Tanzania Photo Safari

Mike Hagen’s Books

Our how-to books continue to sell well and we are in communication with our publishers about the next round of reprints. More information here: http://visadventures.com/shop/category/photo-books/
– Thousands of Images, Now What?
– The Nikon Creative Lighting System, Using the SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, and R1Cq Flashes
– Nikon Capture NX2, After the Shoot

Masters Series Workshops

Our next Masters Series workshops are scheduled for Los Angeles, California and Fairfield, New Jersey. I’ll be teaching classes on the Nikon D800, D600, D4, D7000, and Adobe Lightroom 4 through the Nikonians Academy.

Los Angeles at Samy’s Camera (www.samys.com) – Mar 7-9, 2013

Fairfield New Jersey at Unique Photo (www.uniquephoto.com) – Apr 4-7, 2013

Sign up for the workshops here: Masters Series Workshops by Mike Hagen

Nikon Camera Setup Guides

If you are looking for information on how to set up your Nikon camera, then check out our Nikon Camera Setup Guides here: Nikon setup guides

Staying Current

You can stay current with our new workshop by watching for news to be posted at the blog (visadventures.com/blog/), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MikeJHagen), Twitter (@MikeJHagen) and Google+ (http://gplus.to/MikeHagen).

Website

Our Visual Adventures website www.VisAdventures.com is the new hub of our business operation. You’ll find links to everything we do including our books, workshops, products, newsletter, blog and photo galleries. For now, our previous website www.outthereimages.com will stay put in its present form, but we won’t be adding new content there.

Iceland Photography Workshop

Custom Group Trips

This last August, I ran a custom photography trip for six photographers who wanted to improve their nature photography. We spent a few days in a beautiful national park working on photography techniques and learning new skills. This summer, I’ll be running a custom trip for a small group of people to Tanzania.

If you have a group and want to arrange a custom photo trip similar to this, contact us and we’ll put together an incredible itinerary just for you. I run custom trips for people all around the world on topics ranging from nature photography, landscape photography, urban photography, location portraits, and just about anything else you can imagine. Simply email or call and we’ll give you all the details for how to go about creating the trip of your dreams.

Private Tutoring and Consulting

Every month I run private workshops for people who want to learn in a one-on-one environment. These are great for folks who want to focus on specific topics related directly to their interests. Topics have included product photography, learning your camera, Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture, Capture NX2, wedding photography, color management, nature photography, digital workflow, macro photography, location portraiture and many others. I also regularly consult with businesses, schools, organizations and museums to assist with their photographic and digital workflow needs.

If you have questions about private tutoring or business consulting, call (253) 851-9054 or visit our site here: http://visadventures.com/services/private-travel-tours/ .

Thanks:

Thanks for reading this month’s newsletter. My hope is that it encourages you to work at improving your photography by getting out there and taking some pics.

As always, if you need more photo encouragement during the month, be sure to check out http://visadventures.com/blog/ for regular updates, news, tips and commentary. Also, I encourage you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Best regards,

Mike Hagen
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