Light is photography... photography is light, interesting & unusual Photos from my last trip.
When the light is just right...
© Gunther Deichmann - “Pyramids” & Flowers - Jan. 2010
Before leaving for India and Nepal in February I like to share with you some simple but unusual Photos from my last Journey, no other explanation is needed judge for yourself...is it a setup or have they been manipulated later?
For those of you who are interested I am happy to post an explanation on my Blog prior my departure to India.
© Gunther Deichmann - The Palm Leaf - Jan. 2010
© Gunther Deichmann - Strange - Jan. 2010
Check out also the latest GD PhotoWorkshop Calendar updates, only posted yesterday with the latest dates, Workshops/Seminars at the Power Mac Center in Manila & some new international destinations for 2010 & 2011.
Photography & Environment: Hot & Sour Coca Cola with a touch of Petrol. Recycling Plastic?
“Hot & Sour Coca Cola”...
recycling our Plastic?
© Gunther Deichmann - recycled Coca Cola Bottles
now used for local made Vinegar, Philippines.
I guess it is recycling...sort off... our plastic by-products at least for the Bottles, but when it comes to the sheer number of plastic bags then we are way behind the disposal.
During my Travel I come across a lot of weird and crazy things, like in Cambodia where they use Plastic Bottles for Gasoline along the country road (see the photo below) a favorite image from my Facebook Friend Steve Galano, it was actually Steve who requested some more of these type of images.
© Gunther Deichmann - recycled Coca Cola Bottles now used for
local made Vinegar with Chili, Philippines
Here you go Steve as promised; on my way home the other day from Batangas in the Philippines I spotted these Coca Cola Bottles along the road containing some with Vinegar others with Vinegar and Chili, what amazed me the Coca Cola labels where in perfect condition and made me think...
I am sure after all the Coca Cola had gone they must have cleaned these Bottles before re-using them for what ever concoction they had in mind. Did they get a supply of new labels from the Bottling Plant or maybe they just took good care during the cleaning process. Who knows?
© Gunther Deichmann - recycled Coca Cola Bottles now
used for Gasoline, Siem Reap Cambodia
The real issue is our disposal of Plastic, the culprit the plastic bags...we have to stop using them!
I remember when I ventured deep into Arnhem Land in Australia visiting remote Aboriginal tribes, the first thing I noticed where the ugly blue and pink plastic bags thrown around all over the settlement. That was way back in the in the eighties, it could be worst now. We introduced the Aboriginals to this ugly menace, before we came along they used bags made out of degradable materials from mother nature.
© Gunther Deichmann - local Children at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
collecting plastic. Why can’t the tourist take their own trash home?
Or lets take all those plastic bags which get thrown overboard by ships only to be found later in stomachs of dead Turtles which they mistakenly took for their natural food, the jelly fish...and not only Turtles!
These photos of plastic Coca Cola Bottles are some form of “Recycling”... but not nearly enough what we should do... Stop using Plastic Bags!
Photography: "Blues Night" messing up the Bar on our first evening...
“Blues Night” at Buri Resort...
© Gunther Deichmann - cool Blues...with a touch of lemon.
It was on our first night at Buri Resort in Puerto Galera, everybody had gone to sleep with the exception of the Bartender... it was way to early for me to do the same so I decided to have a couple of Beers with my buddy Arj and listening to some cool Blues from my MacBook Pro.
A few moments later while looking at the ceiling I jumped up and started to unpack my cameras, the rest of the evening...well, you see on this Blog.
© Gunther Deichmann - “Blues Night at Buri...
© Gunther Deichmann - the Fan...
No image manipulation of any kind, using only the Nikon D700 with a 24 to120 mm VR lens at ISO 400 straight shots with only a little adjustments in Aperture 2. Even the Bartender hang around watching crazy me running around instead of relaxing.
So there you have it, a cool “Blues” evening at the beach. In the coming days I post some more very interesting and unusual Photos from my last Journey.
So, if you into Blues then turn up the volume, sit back, have a drink and check out the images.
Photography: Three days on the Beach with Aperture 2 & great Light in the sky.
Great Light in the Sky, the bonus images...
editing with Aperture 2 on the Beach.
© Gunther Deichmann - day one Puerto Galera,
Direct from the Beach... thanks to a good internet connection at Buri Resort and Spa; the weather has been great particular very early in the morning and in the afternoon.
© Gunther Deichmann - day two Puerto Galera,
More interesting images will follow shortly but today I like to share with you some scenes in the afternoon taken over the past three days all taken from the same location but with amazing color changes everyday.
Edited a few minutes ago with Aperture 2 on my MacBook Pro applying only minor adjustments, very quick and easy right in front of the beach.
© Gunther Deichmann - day three Puerto Galera,
BTW... thanks to the Twitter plug-in for Aperture I send out an image earlier, great integration as always.
The cool part is, by the time I get back home I am almost done with all my editing (2000 images in three days) and concentrate on my next Journey. India is just around the corner...
Now I am going to have a couple of beers under the stars with my buddy Arnold before going to bed.
Enjoy the light in the sky...
Support Images without Borders, Photographers helping Haiti with contributions of their Images
Images without Borders helping Haiti!
© Gunther Deichmann - Umbrellas in Snow, Germany
I am happy to announce to be part of the Images without Borders making photos available for sale and raising money for the Earth Quake victims in Haiti, for the substantial and ongoing donation to Doctors without Borders.
Soon you find some of my Images on their site which is sponsored by PhotoShelter and others.
Thanks for the opportunity to be part of Images without Borders.
© Gunther Deichmann - an Egret in the wetlands of Northern Australia
Excerpts from the Blog Post Images without Borders below.
Thanks to the contributions of nearly 100 fine photographers from around the world and the donations from Photoshelter, Bay Photo Lab, and Adorama Pix, we are able to make these fine art prints available to the public for a very low cost...read more @ http://imageswithoutborders.blogspot.com/
Photography: Painted skies & oceans the Colors of Micronesia, adventure travel with your Digital Camera.
“Painted Skies & Oceans”
the Colors of Micronesia.
© Gunther Deichmann - Dramatic Sunset & Rainbow over the Pacific.
A dramatic sunset in the Pacific, the Image above taken between Chuuk (Truk Lagoon) and Pohnpei in Micronesia.
The Federated States of Micronesia is an independent, sovereign nation made up of Pohnpei and three other states; Chuuk, Kosrae, and Yap. Together, the FSM comprises approximately 607 small islands in the Western Pacific spread over almost 1,700 miles (2,700 km) from east to west just above the equator some 2,500 miles (4,000 km) southwest of Hawaii and about 1,800 miles (2,900 km) north of eastern Australia, above Papua New Guinea.
© Gunther Deichmann - Sunset over the famous Truk Lagoon,
a Divers paradise for WWII ship wrecks
Chuuk or better known amongst the Scuba Diving community as Truk Lagoon is a must for Divers who like to explore the amazing WWII wrecks in this Lagoon. A whole Japanese fleet was sunk here during the WWII. Great Visibility and little current makes this a perfect destination for Wreck Divers.
© Gunther Deichmann - A lone Coconut tree at the edge of
Truk Lagoon, Chuuk Micronesia
© Gunther Deichmann - dramatic clouds over the
Palau Rock islands, Micronesia
Palau is also know as one of the best Dive destinations in the world, diving highlights include Blue Corner and the Blue Hole, plus so many others. In 2009 Palau became also the first Shark Sanctuary in the World, one of Natures best kept secret with its amazing bio diversity below and above the waves. Check out Sam’s Tours for all your scuba diving activities in 2010.
© Gunther Deichmann - a small island just in front
of the Palau Pacific Resort
© Gunther Deichmann - typical Pacific sunset, Palau
© Gunther Deichmann - Islands at sunset, Palau Micronesia
© Gunther Deichmann - Coconut trees at the edge of
Truk Lagoon, Chuuk Micronesia
© Gunther Deichmann - aerial view at sunset, Rock Islands Palau
© Gunther Deichmann - view from inside a
cave in the Palau Rock Islands, Palau
© Gunther Deichmann - sunset at the Palau Pacific Resort also known as PPR
Check out the GD PhotoWorkshop site for all the Calendar dates in 2010
including a trip trip to Palau Micronesia in June 2010
Adventure Travel with your Digital Camera!
Combining Photos & Video using the Leica D-Lux 4 with “A little Help from my Little Friends”
© Gunther Deichmann - Hobbit House Manila, Philippines, just a fun evening. QT 1:57min
If you ever pass through Manila then you should check out the Hobbit House (Lord of the Rings) in Malate, founded in 1973 by Expat Jim Turner, a fun and very entertaining place with good music, food and cold beers.
I took this video some time ago while having a couple of beers with my friend Arnold,
of course my little Leica D-Lux 4 was strapped on my belt. As you know, I never leave home without it.
Some very special, fun loving people run this establishment, the “Little People” with their big hearts, great smiles and cool sense of humor.
The main attraction is Egoy the Elvis Presley impersonator, small in size but with exceptional good vocal cords.
I thought… lets try out the video function on the Leica, and see what I can come up with… no tripod using only available light…oh boy it was dark. Plus some flash photography from other Costumers made it even more awkward.
A quick edit in iMovie (iLife’09) inserted a small intro soundtrack to the photos from GarageBand and it was done.
Nothing special, just a fun video with the help of my little friends.
Thank you all, you have been so cool and entertaining, your hearts are so much bigger then most others.
I think even Joe Cocker would love this place and he might join in with his song…
"A Little Help From My Friends" or as I call it “A little Help from my Little Friends”
So, there you have it, never leave home without a camera, try to shoot and experiment just for fun sometimes.
Messing around with new software, GarageBand & the Nikon D300s mixing Images & Video for presentations.
“My Photo Gallery” the Prototype...
© Gunther Deichmann - “My Cambodian Gallery” 1.36 min QT Prototype only.
Broadband recommended 13.2MB
During my last trip in Cambodia I used the new Nikon D300s a lot (I might add for the first time) but had very little time to test the Video function on the D300s (a lot more when I get back from Nepal/India in March)
All image editing was done with Aperture 2.1.4 and the video was very quickly edited using the new Quick Time on Snow Leopard which is fast and so easy to use.
I managed to get a bit of Video footage, nothing special but easily applied in a presentation like this. Of course the music was created in GarageBand before and I pulled this track from my archives.
In due time and when I get back from India I put up a nice mix with stills and Video. Having the ability now to create presentations where we can use stills and video combined is just so nice and cool.
I hope you like this small and first demo...the adventure only started.
Also on YouTube as: "My Gallery" the Prototype http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVi8IgL1tGI&feature=channel
Photography: A Never Ending Story & Times have changed, updates & PhotoShelter plus a letter from a publisher
Sort of a chilling story from a Publisher that is...
the email exchange Part Two.
© Gunther Deichmann - Hot Chilies in Phnom Penh just uploaded
on my PhtoShelter Archives.
Today’s article was prompted by my friend Tony Wu an outstanding Underwater Photographer and Mac user.
I received the news from Tony while working on my new GD Photo Workshop site, uploaded yesterday new images into my Agency archives and today finished with more make up on the GD Photo Workshop site (it never stops) plus uploaded some 200 new Photos to my PhotoShelter Archives.
PhotoShelter: Click this link and then click on Link to all Galleries: New Cambodia Dec.2009 http://www.deichmann-photo.com/page6/page6.html
A lot of work done in a relative short time, but it needs to be done, how good are your images if you only have them parked on your Hard drives. As a professional Photographer this work is as important then creating those images. Thanks for the computer age; things are not quiet so horrendous anymore. Good software like Aperture 2 and good fast machines make our lives a lot easier today.
But sometimes I sit back and think about the old days; the horror of labeling slides, storing and editing, and sending them via FedEx or DHL to Agencies was a real pain and expensive!
However the nice part was that fewer Camera Models had been produced, a Nikon F5 or FM2 would last you a lifetime. I still have the old Nikon FM2 Battleship tucked away on standby, including my good old Music…the Classics.
Now new models sprouting up every month like Bamboo, technology has changed and many things around us. But do we really need all those new Camera models? That I leave today for you to decide.
Now back to Tony, my inspiration for this article; Tony just received his new jazzed up MacBook Pro and was beaming with sheer joy, I wont go into tech details now but we both came to the same conclusion…”It is a Never Ending Story”
Yes there is a need to upgrade your Computer otherwise you can’t keep up with the huge file size and Videos, but a very good MacBook Pro is a lot cheaper than some of those Cameras, Tony made the right decision and upgraded his system after many years, it was time. I am very happy for Tony and his new set up, now his emails to me will be even faster, he, he.
Now part two: Changing Times…
I received this email in the first week of January 2010 from a reputable German Publishing Company requesting 20 to 30 Photos on Palau.
This is a true story! See below excerpts from the email, unedited except for names and the address, everything else I left.
1. Email: Please can you send me Pictures from Palau everithing what you have on the Galleries 20 or 30 Pictures. Thanks we are a Newspaper from Germany
2. My reply:
please advise on your terms, conditions and usage for publishing the Photos.
Dear Gunther, For a Newspaper ……… in the Januar for travelogue.
4. My reply:
please advise on your paying/publishing rates, circulation of Newspaper and size of images,
Dear Günther, we are looking for free Pictures.
6. My reply:
sorry but this is the wrong address for free pictures! I have to make a living too. I might remind you that all the images on the website are protected by International © Copyright
Times have changed!?
Travel Photography: Sneak Preview Cambodia, December 2009 Photo Gallery updated on my Blog
“Small Taste of the Latest” updated with a
selection of Photos from my last trip to
Cambodia in December 2009.
© Gunther Deichmann - Angkor Wat Cambodia Dec. 2009
View more images in the Gallery click on the Photo or go to
“Small Taste of the Latest”on the menu bar.
In September 2009 we had our very cool and humoring GD Photo Workshop in Siem Reap and then in December I had to return to finish a few projects on my own, namely the very soon to be launched Heritage Suites Hotel and Heritage Adventures websites. They be up very, very shortly and I keep you posted. Only a few more days and I announce the NEW LINKS to you.
During my last trip in December 2009 I did spend more time at the Hotel then shooting but I guess that’s life and work, however I had to show my good friend and webmaster Arnold around a bit since it was his very first trip to Cambodia, plus I had to finish a couple other things deep in the Jungle. I know my suspense again but unfortunately I can’t share these images with you yet, all pending on a publication later this year. I know, shrouded in secrecy again, sorry about that.
But I made a small selection from the last trip today which I can share with you, just a mixed bag from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
What I like about Cambodia so much, no matter how often I go back, say for example Angkor Wat I always find and discover new things or the light is just in my favor like on the day I took Arnold for the first time to Angkor in the afternoon.
While he was dazzled and overcome by this architectural master piece trying to catch his breath, I just wondered around and played with the light.
The next morning at 5:30 we left for Ta Phrom with a perfect sunrise and a slight cool breeze, a welcome change from the normal humid condition earlier in the year. Besides my Jungle trip (more on that later) that was all the time we had exploring Siem Reap this time around.
Due to unavailability of flights from Siem Reap (sort off lucky for us) we chose to drive from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, a town I know only to well, again we only had two days but since I know my way around it was easy to get to the right places at the right time.
Located along the Mekong River, Phnom Penh has a lot to offer for visitors and Photographers alike, charming French restaurants and Bars lined up along the “Boulevard” overlooking the Mekong, and behind you the majestic Grand Palace with its famous Silver Pagoda.
Thanks to Aperture 2, editing was fast and smooth, plus I have finished all my tagging, key wording etc., uploaded all the latest images into Archives from my Agencies and in a few days everything will also be on my PhotoShelter Archives and Galleries.
I hope you’re going to enjoy this small selection of Images from our last Journey, Cambodia is certainly one of my favorite destinations in Asia, more very soon on PhotoShelter.
Announcement: Travel Adventure with your Digital Camera...New look for GD Photo Workshop site,
NEW look for the GD Photo Workshop site in 2010...
Adventure Travel with your Digital Camera.
Screenshot: The NEW Home page
It has been long overdue but this morning at 4AM we had it pretty much licked.
Thanks to my good friend and web guru Arnold for hanging in there with me until the early hours in the morning.
My old and rusty GD Photo Workshop site is gone and a new one took shape by 4 AM.
Now directly wired to my Blog (press the button GD Photo Workshops) plus on my main site, nicely integrated, ha, ha how I love this word and YES it was all done on a MacBook Pro. No need for many words, it is all self-explanatory.
This one is easier to update and has already all the PhotoWorkshop dates for 2010, India being the first, starting in February and the participants getting very excited already.
A lot of rambling the other day on tech issues, so I keep this one brief plus I have to catch up with some more sleep, so I am not sure on that one either since my good Buddy Dirk from the Dugong Dive Center in Palawan is on the way to me.
Take a moment and check out the NEW site and if you feel up to it join me on one of my Photo Workshops in 2010 or 2011.
Enjoy, I hope you like it.
Aperture 2.1.4 Tip: Sluggish? Perform a Consistency & Rebuild, plus using Nikon D300s & Aperture 2
Aperture 2.1.4 Tip: Sluggish performance?
For those of you who have missed this post from March 2009 and due to more recent concern re. Aperture 2 performance with newer Camera models, I have posted this article again plus some additional comments re. Aperture 2.1.4
© Gunther Deichmann - Phnom Kulen, Cambodia very first test
on the Nikon D300s using the repaired 180mm 2.8 lens.
Shooting Raw and imported into Aperture 2.
Thanks to Nikon Singapore for doing such a great Job on my Lens.
BTW importing files from the new Canon D7 and the Nikon D300s are absolutely flawless since the recent RAW file update by Apple. As a matter of fact I was in Cambodia at the time when the update arrived...installed it and imported all my RAW photos from the Nikon D300s without any problems, about 2000 plus of them, including some Video files and Aperture 2.1.4 ask me where to store them too. They went on the Desk Top for some very quick editing with the new and very cool QT, released together with Snow Leopard
Video Screen shot from the Nikon D300s straight from the Box
into the Phnom Kulen Waterfall in Cambodia ...very first test.
No adjustments on camera or lens, more and real video
from the Nikon D300s later.
In 2009 we saw quiet a few new camera models hitting the market; bigger...better?...more pixels... hence requiring more storage and more computing power and I am sure the trend is going to continue in 2010.
I have mention the word Patience in my post from the 24th of December...see below some excerpts from the article, we see more new Camera models in 2010 and if we like it or not they will require some more powerful computers to cope with the ever increase in MB per image. The performance can drastically be improved by running Leopard or the latest Snow Leopard...I have written an article on the performance increase on the Snow Leopard, big difference in speed and no more sluggish behavior.
(Article from September 5, 2009: Test driving Aperture 2.1.4 on Snow Leopard. Is Aperture 2 running smoother & more efficient now?) Again I have posted the most important improvements below.
© Gunther Deichmann - Heritage Suites Hotel Spa
Nikon D300s using the 50mm 1.4 G lens. (wide open)
Imported into Aperture 2 as RAW file.
Excerpts from my previous post Dec. 24, 2009
New Camera models have been popping up non-stop in 2009; now we blame Apple and other for not keeping up… sad! What ever happen to patience? From my past experience when Apple has done something they did it real well and not using some Beta version like Adobe with Lightroom. Would you buy or work with a Beta Version of a Camera? As a serious Photographer I don’t like to test things, I like them to work…don’t forget who came out first with the almost perfect Digital Photography workflow…Aperture was way ahead and made things possible which had been very difficult before and could only achieved with Photoshop then.
Patience…all real GOOD things take Time and I am sure Apple will come up with something soon enough…they have always done so in the past, maybe a bit slower but for sure it will be awesome and no need for Beta testing.
Last years article on performance re. Aperture 2
Just like a car engine, Aperture 2 needs also a good tune up once in a while to run smooth and trouble free.
Say you working happily away and all off a sudden this window appears asking you to Rebuild or run a Consistency check.
Since you never seen this window before…panic strikes… oh my what is wrong?
This happen to me a few times, pushing Aperture to the limit…but don’t worry it is an easy fix.
It’s Ok… Close down Aperture, then hold down the Option and Apple Key while restarting Aperture again, now this little window appears asking you either to Rebuild or run a Consistency Check.
I have run both options and not only if I got the warning but also when I noticed that Aperture was running sluggish or behaving a bit erratic.
This works well if you have a lot of projects and images, however you have to have a bit of patience running the Rebuilding or Consistency Check as this could take some time, it all depends on the size of your Library.
Don’t Panic again if after the Consistency Check some of your Projects and files have disappeared, no worries just repeat the step and this time run Rebuild and you find all your Projects are there.
If you’re not comfortable activating the Rebuild or Consistency Check window then just wait until the window appears one day, but then you have almost no choice but to go through this exercise keeping Aperture 2 running nice smoothly.
But isn’t nice that Aperture 2 is given you a warning sign, just like the oil indicator for your Car engine.
Now a final word of advise, make sure you made a back up of all your Images on an external drive, regardless how good your Mac or how big your drive is and how well Aperture 2 performs, back up is rule number one… disaster can strike anytime.
Note: I work exclusively with reference files and keep all my Projects on external drives as well, backing up everything in the field with two identical hard drives. Back home I then transfer all my files and Projects to my Mac Pro storing everything again on my Raid system for back ups, only then I delete the Images on my portable Hard drives. I also archive my Project when I am done with them on external drives, giving me breathing space for my Library, I can always go back to them when needed.
Excerpts from the article September 5, 2009:
Test driving Aperture 2.1.4 on Snow Leopard. Is Aperture 2
running smoother & more efficient now?
1. Opening Aperture, much faster now with Snow Leopard
2. Going to full screen mode, no more delay, it is instantly
3.Selecting multiple images in editing mode and then going to full screen, very fast now.
4. Retouch Tools & Spot Patch Tools have improved by 100% almost no more delay when retouching using clone or repair tools, this is a very big improvement.
5. Opening from within Aperture an External editor like Photoshop CS3 is super fast now
6. Opening Mail from within Aperture also super fast improvement by at least X2
7. I exported some 28 high res Raw images in one go as Versions to full jpg size, wow, that went real fast, again a huge improvement.
8. I also experienced the same during import using a fire wire 800 Card reader, nice speed increase.
9.There had been some delays before on some commands in particular the Cloning and Repair but that has disappeared now.
10. I tried also the slide show with some 50 plus Raw images, almost no delay very cool.
11. Edit with: Dodge & Burn, very fast opening with the use of the Tools, super fast on saving and closing.
12. Hitting the Z key (zoom) wow again, it is instant; the bit sluggish Navigation before is now very smooth, the same applies for the Loupe much faster and so much more responsive on all settings.
Aperture 2.1.4 performs very impressive on Snow Leopard, a significant speed increase and overall smooth performance. I think Aperture was ahead of its time and was just waiting for the New Cat…. Snow Leopard is made for Aperture 2.1.4 the perfect combination. Not to mention the increase of disk space after installation of the S.L.very cool. (see my comments from my previous Blog Post)
Run like you never run before… Aperture 2.1.4 is doing just that; everything is just so much more liquid and responsive.
I only used Raw and very large Tiff files, really pushing it, editing has picked up another 100%.
So, if you’re using Aperture 2.1.4 go ahead and install Snow Leopard, find out why I love Aperture even more now, feel and experience the difference.
Please note the above information is based on my personal test only, and I can’t be held liable if you experience different results or performances.
GD Photo Workshops 2010 adventure travel with your Camera... Journey Through Color & Time.
2010 GD Photo Workshops in Asia
Happy New Year to you all and I hope you can join me on one of my Adventure Travel Photography Workshops in 2010.
We are in the process and updating our GD Photo Workshop website and that should be done shortly, a new look with more information and the Calendar for 2010. In the mean time we make all official announcements on this Blog.
For those of you who live in Manila I am also conducting regular Seminars and Photography related Workshops on Aperture 2, iLife and Pages at Power Mac Center in TriNoma and Greenbelt 3 Makati. (please contact the Power Mac Center for schedules and details)
© Gunther Deichmann - New Power Mac Center, TriNoma
© Gunther Deichmann - Rajasthan India 2009
Leaving in late February 2010 our first GD Photo Workshop will take us to India where we celebrate at the same time the magic of “Holi” India’s most colorful festival. Other Photo Workshops been finalized for Palau in Micronesia (Natures best kept secret) an amazing Journey into Myanmar/Burma, Laos and of course once again one of our favorite destination Cambodia later in the year.
In Cambodia we’re not only visiting the famous Angkor Wat and other well known temples but this time we go way beyond... exploring hidden Khmer treasures deep with in the Jungle of Cambodia. For those who like to stay on we extend our stay and travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh for an additional 3 to4 days.
We keep our Groups to a minimum of eight (8) participants to give you the very best value and attention. These are field-Photo Workshops, followed by honest critique of your images and process. There are almost daily critiques and informal gatherings, all providing an opportunity to share your work and having fun doing so, stress is not part of the agenda.
© Gunther Deichmann - Laos
Digital photography has changed the way photographers create images, both in terms of the actual work with the camera, and the possibilities that exist in the digital darkroom. Instead of waiting a day or more for film to be processed, the photographer can now relate to the image while still at the location. This presents possibilities for improved exposure and composition, as well as new visual discoveries and insights that arise from seeing the image immediately after it has been exposed. In the digital darkroom, precision adjustments for color and tonal balance, contrast, and sharpness allow for unparalleled creative and technical control.
© Gunther Deichmann - Laos
The workshops are for advanced amateurs and experienced professionals who want to gain insight into how to make better photographs for editorial, stock sales or for personal satisfaction. A digital SLR camera capable of capturing RAW images is required. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop.
Students will work in digital formats and are expected to have basic digital photography skills including image capture, downloading, editing, etc. For those with experience on Mac Computers Gunther will guide you through the understanding of Aperture. He will also teach basic editing skills in Photoshop. Gunther is a certified Apple Pro trainer for Aperture 2 and has years of hands on knowledge using Photoshop as a photography tool.
Work Shop Outline
The program offers a combination of presentation, exploration and discovery. On most days, we will be learning exposure and capture techniques with our digital cameras in the morning & afternoons then using Adobe Photoshop and Aperture for exploring the digital imaging workflow at lunchtimes and in the evenings.
During the workshop we will provide direction to photographers looking to improve their photography as they travel on personal trips, or photograph on assignment. Our primary focus in these work shops is on the technology of shooting digitally and learning to tell the stories of other people's lives. The entire world of the photographer is reviewed as we discuss gaining access, researching places and story ideas, as well as understanding the complete digital workflow.
We will cover using digital cameras, and all of the gear needed to be fully prepared to go out and cover stories while traveling. Daily lectures and discussions will also include how to use strobes and a portable digital darkroom. Throughout the week you will photograph various editorial assignments: picture stories, point pictures and captions writing.
© Gunther Deichmann - Phnom Penh Cambodia Dec. 2009
© Gunther Deichmann - near Phnom Penh Cambodia Dec. 2009
You will photograph for example places in Cambodia and the other destinations while learning from one of the best travel photographers around. Gunther covers all aspects of the shoot: how to solve technical problems, how to work with people, gain access, digital workflow on the road, and how to use a small strobe. You will learn how to research a story, select a destination, prepare a shooting list, edit your pictures and ways to share your work with a larger community.
Gunther will work with students in critique sessions and in the field, sharing his working knowledge and techniques.
© Gunther Deichmann - Palau Micronesia,
No Photoshop used here, this is a natural reflection.
General Workshop Information
A successful workshop begins with advance knowledge and good preparation. Take the time to do a little research on the area(s) you will visit. This document is intended to inform you of what lies ahead and assist you in fully preparing yourself to take maximum advantage of the learning environment workshops with Gunther.
Students will be pushed to photograph not only scenes and environments, but also the people and life for example in Siam Reap and Angkor Wat, Cambodia or India. People that are naturally timid about approaching people will learn techniques and be exposed to ideas and a spirit that will help them go forward with their photographic communication including photographing people.
© Gunther Deichmann - Myanmar/Burma
Students will spend much of their time exploring and photographing the rich daily life for example, the Angkor Wat Ruins and the colors of India.
Gunther will discuss technique, intent, composition, and the creative use of the camera and lens. He will review and critique your portfolio, and works-in-process, discuss careers, getting published and give you an idea of where you are, and what to do next to become better, but most important you will learn how to see things in a different light.
For Gunther’s Bio please click this LINK.