Thursday, January 10, 2019

If it’s print worthy, it’s worth printing on the Epson SureColor P400

Let’s face it, a lot of the photos we shoot will never be seen a second time.  But, when you get that perfect shot, it would be a shame to leave it just in the cloud. Printing it out and displaying it at home or the office lets everyone enjoy it. And, isn’t that why you shot it in the first place?
Epson SureColor P400 printer with fine art print
After having used the Epson SureColor P400 for a number of months, I can now unequivocally recommend it as the printer of choice for your best artistic creations.  Unusual among inkjet printers, the P400 comes with 8 colors of pigment ink for beautiful renditions of your exceptional images.  Combined with some of Epson’s specialty papers, I’ve been blown away by the quality.
eight ink cartridges
For a printer capable of printing ten-foot-long banners up to 13” wide, the printer is remarkably compact on the desktop.  It’s also so versatile with different paper paths for different paper stocks.    [Continue reading]

Saturday, December 8, 2018

4 Easy Ways to Start Recording High Quality and Impressive Travel Videos

Recording videos while you’re traveling is a great way to capture some of the amazing sights, interesting people, and unique aspects of your trip. However, often people find that the videos they record fall short of their expectations, and don’t really look all that good.
The fact of the matter is that there are many factors that can affect how your videos turn out, and while you’re traveling you won’t have much control over most of them. By focusing on the areas that you can control, however, you could start recording travel videos that have a much better quality and look far more impressive:
  • Dial up the frame rate

As a rule, you should increase the frame rate of your video camera to its maximum (i.e. 60 frames per second) when recording travel videos. A higher frame rate will produce smooth and clear video footage, even when there is a lot of movement in the frame – as is often the case in travel footage.
Just keep in mind that a higher frame rate will result in larger video file sizes, and take steps if necessary to ensure you don’t run out of storage space.
  • Use the rule of thirds
Every time you start recording, you should take a moment to frame your video using the rule of thirds. On most video cameras you can enable the ‘grid’ feature that will overlay a 3×3 grid on the frame, and you can then use that grid to align the subject and other elements.   Continue reading

Monday, October 8, 2018

Photography Tips on How to Take Great Portraits in the Golden Years

Your golden years are a time when you’ve most likely discovered your best set of friends, when you have a family of not just your own children but also grandchildren, and when people of all ages go to you for advice. All is well, and it shows in your face. Sometimes, it’s great to immortalize these feelings in pictures.
A lot can be learned from people just by looking at their photographs. As such, it’s important that you portray yourself in the way that you’d like to be remembered, so people can understand you more even through a photograph.





Monday, March 26, 2018

Registration Open for Florida's Birding



St. Augustine, Fla (March 26) The 16th Annual Florida's Birding & Photo Fest is fast approaching. From April 18 - 22, 2018, one of the most popular events among birding, nature and photography enthusiasts in the southeast will take place on Florida's Historic Coast - St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches.
WHAT: With more than 110 birding and photography field workshops and classroom sessions led by acclaimed photographers, Florida's Birding & Photo Fest has something for everyone. Whether you're a beginner photographer, advanced or somewhere in between, there are hands-on workshops at locations around St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches. The festival guide and registration information can be found at FloridasBirdingAndPhotoFest.com
WHEN: April 18 - 22, 2018
WHO: Instructors are a "Who's Who" of photographers including Bobbi LaneLee VarisRoman KurywczakScott BourneLewis KemperLisa LangellChas GlatzerJoe BradyVinny ColucciBrett WellsShiv VermaJack RogersKevin Loughlin, Dan Walters, Stephen Ingraham and more.
WHERE: Guana Tolomato Matanzas (GTM) National Estuarine Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra, FL.
PHOTO CONTEST: Photographers can submit their best photos to Florida's Birding & Photo Fest 2018 Photo Contest. The winning image receives a Sigma 100-400 mm lens and will be featured in the festival's 2019 promotions. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 30. Take a look at last year's winners.
KEYNOTE EVENT: The public is invited to attend the festival's keynote presentation Friday, April 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Barn, 259 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Keynote speaker is Lisa Langell, a nature photographer who has won honors and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, the North American Photography Association and more. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at FloridasBirdingAndPhotofest.com.
Florida's Birding & Photo Fest is sponsored by Canon, Fujifilm, Hunt's Photo and Video, Sigma, Sony Olympus and Panasonic.
Registration for Florida's Birding & Photo Fest can be made at FloridasBirdingAndPhotofest.com. There is a $25 registration fee, all classes and field workshops priced individually. 
For more information, contact Erin Masters, (904) 209.4422 or emasters@floridahistoriccoast.com.

About Florida's Historic Coast
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra Beach and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Two new great photo books

Just reviewed two photo books on my blog over at DougBardwell.com and wanted to alert you to both of them.


If you've gotten a new drone, I'd seriously studying a book like this before sending your drone into the stratosphere.  You don't want to lose it, and that's all too easy to do.  There are also some great suggestions for getting the best photos and videos from your on-board camera. See the complete review. 


Making a successful video involves way more skills than making a still photo, and this book is a great introduction to all the additional things an aspiring videographer needs to consider. Explained in easy to understand language, there's something here for photographers of all skill levels. See the complete review.

For more photo topics, check the Photography section of the DougBardwell.com blog. 




Friday, September 30, 2016

2016 RV Adventure

Just completed two trips in two different big RV's, reporting about them on our blog at DougBardwell.com.  Headed to Savannah, Georgia in a Class C Thor Chateau for five days, then took a Class A Thor Challenger to Key West and the Everglades.


It was our first experience driving big rigs like these and when all was said and done, it was a blast. It did take a few hundred miles before I really got to feeling comfortable driving them, but after that, there weren't many places we wouldn't go with them.


The additional creature comforts of having a full-blown house on wheels were amazing.  Follow along with all our posts on DougBardwell.com where we give you the highlights and lowlights of travel in a large RV.

Check out these articles in our 2016 RV Adventure series:

2016 RV Adventure - Part One
7 Reasons to rent an RV and travel in September
Why an RV is better than a hotel?
How quick is it set up your RV at a campground?
Packing it all in an RV – is there enough room to take all your gear? [an inside and outside video tour of the Class C]
When buying an RV – you could use a friend in the business
A tour of the Class A RV – inside and out
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Discover New Parallax Scrolling with Adobe Muse CC

Terry White, Adobe worldwide evangelist, shows how Adobe Muse CC lets you create stunning effects with just a few clicks. Make images and elements move in di...

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