“Hang on” for Sharp Photos with Varina Patel

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Landscape photographers and Team Induro members, Jay & Varina Patel, created this video on how to deal with a wind-blown tripod which can certainly prevent sharp photos. Watch below for a very simple solution to this problem:


Well respected as photographic educators, Varina and Jay have recently branched out
into creating a series of workshop-style lessons on video. Now viewers can follow the Patels on-location, witness their techniques and get an insider’s look at the decision-making process that drives their creative choices in a variety of shooting situations.

Travel to New Zealand in the latest installment, Behind the Lens, where you’ll learn how to approach a scene and how to navigate the range of options available to you in order to produce a finished image that matches your artistic vision.

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Bret Edge on Moab and the Natural Beauty of Utah

We are delighted to receive this rich report from Induro shooter and Moab local, Bret Edge. Stay tuned for the end where you can have a chance to shoot with him! bret-edge

by Bret Edge

Mention Moab to a nature photographer and they’ll likely drift off to daydream about massive sandstone arches, red rock spires piercing a clear blue sky and rugged canyons carved by muddy rivers. The breathtaking scenery that surrounds Moab attracts photographers, tourists and adventurers from around the world who come to enjoy what is affectionately nicknamed “Canyon Country” by locals. With two national parks, a state park and over two million acres of high desert and alpine landscape to explore, planning a photography trip to Moab can be intimidating even for seasoned travelers. Mesa Arch and Sunburst, Utah
As a local photographer, I’ve spent years developing an intimate knowledge of Moab’s seasons, light and locations. I wrote this guide to help traveling photographers make the most of their time in the Moab area – you’ll spend less time scouting and more time making quality images!

Lay of the Land
Moab acts as the gateway town to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The entrance to Arches is less than ten minutes north of town. Canyonlands is divided into three districts: Island in the Sky, Needles and The Maze. For the purposes of this guide, when I refer to Canyonlands, I am referencing the Island in the Sky district, which is about 45 minutes northwest of Moab. Dead Horse Point State Park is located near the entrance to Canyonlands and is also a 45 minute drive from downtown Moab. I often recommend that photographers who only have a couple days in the area shoot sunrise in Canyonlands or Dead Horse Point and sunset at Arches, which puts you closer to your hotel or campsite at the end of a long day. Sunrise at North Window and Turret Arch, Utah
Arches National Park
Though Arches is small in size, it is absolutely packed with jaw dropping views. Every bend in the road reveals another exciting scene, some of which may seem familiar, as many movies and commercials have been filmed in the park. Arches offers opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography and even a few mid-day options – a rare treat indeed!

One of my favorite sunrise locations is The Windows area, which is where you’ll find the iconic view of Turret Arch framed through North Window. Obtaining this perspective requires a bit of a scramble but the reward is one of the Southwest’s most iconic views. Other great options for sunrise in Arches include Courthouse Towers and Landscape Arch. In autumn, cottonwood trees along Courthouse Wash are ablaze with bright yellow leaves. They’re an interesting foreground for grand scenics and are wonderful studies for those who enjoy the intimate landscape.

Take a Ranger guided tour through the Fiery Furnace in the middle of the day to take advantage of reflected light inside narrow passages between sandstone fins. At sunset, visit Balanced Rock or the Fiery Furnace viewpoint for dramatic views that include vibrant sandstone and snowcapped peaks all in the same composition! Washer Woman Arch and Monster Tower at Sunrise, Utah Canyonlands National Park
If endless canyon views are what you seek, you’ll find them in abundance at Canyonlands National Park. Though it won’t be obvious in your photos, many of the most popular vistas require little to no hiking to access. And, setting up your tripod at the edge of a cliff provides a unique birds eye view of the expansive landscape far below your feet. Stormy Sunset at Green River Overlook, Utah
My favorite spot to photograph sunrise isn’t actually in Canyonlands, but we’ll cover it here since it is very nearby. Dead Horse Point State Park overlooks a gooseneck on the Colorado River 2,000’ below and your views extend well over 50 miles to distant canyons and mountains. From here, drive into Canyonlands to photograph the La Sal Mountains and Washer Woman Arch framed through Mesa Arch, the underside of which glows with reflected light up to two hours after sunrise. Another great sunrise option is Grandview Point, which offers multiple interesting compositions as you walk along the canyon rim. At sunset, there is no finer place to set up your tripod than Green River Overlook. Gazing upon the White Rim below and the Henry Mountains in the distance, you may well find yourself feeling infinitesimal. Juniper Tree Framing Landscape Arch at Sunrise
In spring, look for a tall, feathery yellow wildflower blooming at the edges of cliffs. The princes plume flower is a wonderful foreground element. In July and August, Moab is visited by almost daily thunderstorms in the afternoon. Watching these magnificent storms roll across the desert from any viewpoint in Canyonlands will surely inspire you to trip the shutter button. The ominous clouds and scattered light that accompany thunderstorms often create conditions that are ripe for black and white photography. Tower of Babel and The Organ
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Not all of Moab’s iconic scenery is located within a national park! Scenic Byway 128 leaves Moab and travels through the Colorado River canyon and provided non-stop opportunities for photography. Side canyons lead to interesting Native American rock art and ruins and, in a thunderstorm, you’ll find waterfall after waterfall cascading off the tall cliffs. Desert Wildflowers and Fisher Towers at Sunset, Utah Approximately 16 miles from Moab, the narrow canyon opens up for the first time at Castle Valley, home to many plateaus and spires that are reminiscent of a smaller version of Monument Valley. The most prominent feature, Castle Tower, offers opportunities for sunrise, sunset and panoramic photography. Other nearby named landmarks include Round Mountain, The Priest and Nuns and Parriott Mesa – all of which are fun to photograph. Candlestick Tower in Clouds, Utah
A few miles farther down the road you’ll reach Fisher Towers. This area holds the tallest freestanding sandstone tower in North America – The Titan. At almost 1,000 feet from base to summit, The Titan is a most fascinating photographic subject. Adding to the allure is the fact that the Cutler Sandstone that accounts for the majority of the area is among the deepest red in the entire Moab area. At sunset, it almost appears to glow from within. Cottonwood Trees in Fall Below Castleton Tower, Utah
I hope this guide inspires you to plan a visit to Moab and that it helps you to create stunning images while you’re here. If you need a little more guidance or are interested in learning a few skills that will help you make even more impressive photographs, please consider joining Jason Hatfield and me at our upcoming workshop in Moab on October 9 -12, 2014.

All photographs in this blog post are ©Bret Edge – all rights reserved and used with permission. Induro supports photographers’ rights – please respect them and do not use, take or borrow other people’s photography anytime or anywhere without permission. Thanks!

Understanding the Importance of a Tripod with Noah Gilbert

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Photojournalist Noah Gilbert and Induro have paired up to show how and why using a tripod is critical to the quality of images. In Gilbert’s earlier years as a photographer, he was trying to focus on a single style of shooting, but it wasn’t until, “a few horribly failed sessions” that he embraced the obvious – “Tripods are crucial to creating a sharp and thoughtful image”.  Familiarizing himself with the importance of using a tripod cemented his direction in architecture and still life photography. Today, a good tripod is an absolute requirement in most of his shots given there’s no substitutes for a solid tripod.

Gilbert suggests tripods take patience and a bit of adapting but in the end, it’s all worth it once you’re comfortable and confident with one.

Read the whole article from Noah Gilbert below:

Photojournalism, still life, portraiture, street photography, fine art…for some, it’s difficult to focus on a single style of shooting. Sometimes, that specialty is chosen for you based on obvious strengths. For me, getting to know a tripod helped cement my direction in Architecture and Still life photography. I fought it in the beginning, not wanting to be locked down or tied to anything, I tried to shoot everything freehand. After a few horribly failed sessions I quickly embraced the obvious – Tripods are crucial to creating a sharp and thoughtful image. A good pair of sticks has become an absolute requirement in most of my professional photo sessions for Product and Architecture. High ISO to increase the shutter speed is no substitute for a solid tripod and the proper exposure.

Mounting my camera on a quality Tripod, locking up the mirror and taking the time to perfect my composition, has become an incredibly gratifying process. It forces you to slow down, look at the geometry in the room and pinpoint spatial relationships by making minute incremental changes to the head of the tripod (hopefully a fluid or ball head for the smoothest action and best response to micro adjustments).

Most quality tripods have spirit levels on them that help you compensate adjustment of the legs to ensure your frame is as straight as possible despite any uneven surface you may be on. This is extremely helpful when using a Tilt-Shift lens that can throw your sense of balance after 8 hours of tweaking perspective and geometric lines. A quick glance at the level builds confidence for me that my starting point is still accurate if I need to reset the lens. This helps consistency of the image and being able to get what you want out of camera and not rely on convergence or distortion correction in post-production.

The more I became one with my tripod, the more I realized there’s something very exciting about the process. Walking the space, seeing your initial frame, marking the spot, mounting the camera and starting to hone in on the frame, all the while moving, tilting, and sensing the way the space should be seen. It’s a very artful way of shooting. Setting up a shot and waiting for that timed shutter to release…knowing that those few seconds of the open shutter are being absorbed by the camera and slowly, methodically, coming to life…is an incredible feeling.

Aluminum. Steel. Carbon Fiber. There are a few different types of materials that have different behaviors under load and will affect the stability or movement in inclement weather. Steel is obviously the heaviest, but also stable and stiff at full extension (you don’t want legs to bow when fully extended). Steel or Aluminum is great for indoor studio work where weather isn’t an issue and you can get full extension for tall overhead shots. Weight is also nice in a studio in case one sandbag isn’t enough, and a stylist or art director trips over a leg. Aluminum raises the bar by being stiffer than steel and a bit lighter, making it more mobile, but ultimately – I still don’t feel Aluminum is suitable to throw on your back and take up a mountain trail. Then you have Carbon Fiber. Ahhh, Carbon Fiber – the magic material that is now used in everything…fighter jets, sports cars, bicycles, and yes, tripods. Carbon Fiber is considerably lighter than Steel or Aluminum, extremely stiff and has fantastic vibration damping qualities, making it an excellent material for a tripod. Less vibration = sharper image. In the studio, I prefer something a bit heavier, but anywhere else – it’s Carbon Fiber for the win.

It’s true, tripods take patience and a bit of adapting to in the beginning, but there is a huge reward once you become comfortable and confident with one. Every frame has thought and precision, and every frame is exactly the way you created it. For those of us who are a little OCD, I highly recommend investing in a good pair of sticks. It will help satisfy the compulsion for perfection while slowing you down to truly feel your image and enjoy the sharpest possible results.

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Canon In Action Tour

Are you ready for Canon’s official educational roadshow? The highly anticipated Canon In Action Tour is a brand-new educational roadshow designed to unleash your creativity. You’ll gain the essential skills, knowledge, and confidence to create images like the pros.

Designed for intermediate and advanced amateurs, the Canon In Action Seminars and Workshops provide the tools you need to take your photography and videography capabilities to the next level.

On Saturday, participate in the Imaging Essential Seminar from 10am-6pm. Learn from industry experts while experiencing photography education in a dynamic atmosphere. Learn more about your instructors here.

Extend your knowledge by participating in one of the Sunday workshops as well. You’ll be given the option to choose between the Exploring DSLR Video Hands-On Workshop and the Speedlite Intensive Hands-On Workshop.  These workshops provide the ultimate opportunity to practice your new skills, work with live models, and try out professional Canon equipment.

Click here for more information regarding dates, cities, and registration.

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Online Film Premiere: Into the Canadian Wilderness with Jay and Varina Patel

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We’re very exited to announce a special event for you featuring the talented TEAM Induro Members Jay and Varina Patel! We sent a film crew from Shade Tree Films out with them into the Canadian Rockies near Banff in Canada to document how they make their stunning outdoor photography.

This film will be premiered online via Google+ exclusively to those who RSVP at InduroGear.com/patels.

The Google+ Hangout will be in three parts:
PART 1
Exclusive film premiere of “Outdoor Photography in Banff & Canadian Rockies with Jay and Varina Patel”.
Live Q&A.

PART 2
Tools and Techniques with Jay and Varina Patel.

Special screening of “In My Bag” videos filmed on location in the Canadian Rockies, plus live Google+ Hangout with Jay and Varina to discuss how they achieve their spectacular landscape photography.

PART 3
The Story Behind the Story: Go behind the scenes with Shade Tree Films, Jay and Varina.

Join us and the photographers and filmmakers to discuss what got left on the editing room floor, the process of documenting this journey and the techniques Shade Tree Films used to capture this special peek into the lives of two renowned landscape photographers.

On top of that, we will be having a truly special giveaway for those that attend! Awards will include life-changing tools from Induro, F-stop bags, SmugMug, and Joby plus a complete collection of Jay and Varina’s educational titles totaling nineteen books. RSVP today to learn more!

See you there!

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New eBook by Jay and Varina Patel: The Photographer’s Companion

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We’re delighted to share that TEAM INDURO members Jay and Varina Patel have published another fantastic eBook titled, “The Photographer’s Companion: A Simple Guide to Getting More from your Camera“. Our suggestion: Get it! Get it now!

“What if you could produce great photos right away – without learning all the technical details first? This is the eBook that will get you there.

This highly anticipated eBook from professional photographers Varina and Jay Patel offers 40+ tips and tricks that will help you improve your photography by leaps and bounds… without a lot of technical knowledge.

You’ll get pro tips on camera settings, equipment, light, and creativity in bite-sized pieces designed for beginners. The Photographers Companion is one ‘Aha! Moment’ after another.

If you are just starting out in photography, mastery can seem overwhelming. The Photographer’s Companion is the hand of a pro on your shoulder when you aren’t sure of yourself – and the steady voice in your head when you are fumbling with your controls.”

http://jaypatelphotography.com/photography/ebooks/the-photographers-companion

LensProToGo – HUGE Annual Used Gear Sale!!

Our friends at LensProToGo are holding their annual Used Gear Sale Wednesday, November 13th starting at 12:00PM ET.

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Last year’s event was HUGE!! This year’s event promises to be even bigger with hundreds of used items for sale at great prices.

All cameras and lenses come with a 2-year warranty in their original boxes.

If you’re in the market for a camera or lens, don’t miss out! Head on over to LensProToGo for more information.

Against All Odds

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In his senior year of high school, Photographer David Munson, bought a beat up Deardorff 8 x 10 and proudly refurbished it himself. To compliment his “glorious” work, he needed an “equally as glorious” tripod to hold it. With his budget and passion for tailoring equipment, he bought a pair of Ries legs and a Ries head to, once again, assemble and refurbish the entire structure. He couldn’t have been happier with his end result and still, to this day, has yet to sell it. Needless to say, he hadn’t found a tripod comparable. Until he came across the Induro CT213.

Though he bought tripods in-between, there were a few things that made this upgrade worthy and enjoyable for David:
Its weight. The Induro CT213 was lighter than all of his previous tripods but strong enough to support more than his largest ones could.
The solid felling it had once it was set up. Being made of carbon fiber, it was able to soak up more vibrations than his past aluminum tripods.
It’s height as it was able to extend as high as needed without extending center column.

His list of admirable qualities does not end there though. From the ease and smoothness of expanding and collapsing this tripod, to the hook at the bottom of the center column that holds a significant amount of weight, and so much more, David deems the Induro CT213 a high functioning, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to use tripod.

Read on to unravel why he thinks a tripod is “like a cat without the cute or cuddly aspects and with more practical responsibilities.”

Webinar: Tools & Techniques for Photographing the Passage of Time

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Webinar: Tools & Techniques for Photographing the Passage of Time
Date
: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 1pm EDT
Presenter: Joe Brady

Induro would like to invite you to a live webinar!

Photography is magical. You can use your camera to capture a fleeting moment and a passage of time in a single photograph.

In this free webinar sponsored by us, join host Joe Brady as he demonstrates his approach to capturing the passage of time in both pastoral and urban settings. To capture a unique perspective that creates extra interest, Joe will introduce the Induro Hi-Hat system. A tripod support with a small footprint and big versatility, this incredible system makes it easy to have a stable and low-to-the-ground system that makes capturing a unique perspective both safe and easy.

To calculate the perfect exposure for such long exposures – accomplished with the use of neutral density filters, Joe will also show how he uses the Sekonic L-758DR light meter for easy and precise exposure calculations. In addition, for hiking photographers, you’ll see the lightweight and versatile Benro Travel Angel II system in action.

The images created are fun and exciting, so join us for this informative and inspiring session.

In My Bag: Bret Edge

Photographer Bret Edge is no stranger to the art of serious hiking to get the shot he’s looking for. Here’s his account of the main gear he carries through exotic locations, and how he stows it all to get the great shots he’s known for.

Last Light at False Kiva, Utah

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One of the questions I’m most often asked by other photographers is, “What do I typically carry in my backpack?” Before I answer that question, allow me a moment to tell you what I don’t carry there – a camera. That’s because I carry it in a Clik Elite chest pack where I’ve got immediate access to it without having to stop, take off my backpack, lay it on the ground and dig the camera out of it’s padded compartment. I also carry a remote shutter release, hot shoe bubble level and microfiber cloth up front. Now that I’ve got that off my chest (unfortunately, the bad pun was intended), let’s look at what gets stuffed inside my f-stop gear Tilopa BC backpack.

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