Finally! Step By Step Blueprint To Enhance Your Photos

Let’s face it!

Post-processing is hard if you have no idea what the hell you doing. It’s confusing if you have no system in place. If you haven’t done any preparation ahead. If you have no presets set up or your workflow is all over the place. Not to mention your file managenment.

Let me ask you something…

Ever got lost in Lightroom?

Well… that’s because you don’t have a proper – bullet proof worflow and you probably still doing the post-processing the old school way…

…and getting confused along the way.

So what do you do to stay away from all the confussion and spending hours post-processing your photos?

First relax…

There is a step by step blueprint created by Ben Willmore, someone I keep mentioning a lot recently because he is a master Lightroom and Photoshop user who taught millions around the world in 6 continents.

He’ll show you what I think is the best workflow and then walk you through every little detail to picture perfection. From importing your photos to enhancing even the tiniest detail in your post-processing.

When all my hopes failled on me and I thought I’ll never be any good at post-processing, he pretty much saved the day for me.

Anyway…

Here the link with the course that can literally save you hours and take your photos to the next level…

http://sittard365.com/ben-willmore-lightroom

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

Great Secret Of Exposure

Yesterday, I finished reading an amazing book from Bryan Preterson. He is a comercial photographer for over 35 years and has done photography assignments all over the world for many of the fortune 500 dollars companies, including Kodak, American Express, UPS, etc…

The book is called “Understanding Exposure” and it’s right on the money…

If you want to get deep understanding about the fundementals of photography, camera settings, etc… then this book is right for you.

Here are few golden nuggets I think every photographer (especially beginners) must know about, including the ones mentioned below…

– The number one “dirty little trick” for the best contrast and sharpness, and when to use it to get the most out of your photographs.

– How to use apertures and guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone

– What aperture creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity

– Everything you need to know about how to freeze an action or imply motion in your photographs.

– The number one thing photographers miss when shooting a sunset and how simple meter reading can improve your photographs when shooting snow, or a city at a dusk.

And there is way more…

I’m just scratching the surface here.

Brian has an interesting way of teaching and if you’re new to photography, this book is great for you…

It’s on amzon… Just google it…

Anyway…

The photo you see above has been taken after limbright village when I was going to Born.

I like that area for taking photos and will be back there when spring hits full force.

Best,

Libor

P.S. I was playing with Lightroom yesterday and found few settings that work so well with sunrise images that your photos could instantly see a massive improvenment… I might give away the preset next time.

Will see…

Chase your dreams

Chase your dreams! – unknown

 

I took this photo out of complete spontaneity without any planning…

And I hope it’ll make you realize how beautiful sunrise can be…

Don’t miss the next one…

Go for a morning walk and I guarantee you’ll come home rejuvenated, energized and ready to face the day…

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. If you want to know how some of the best photographers in the world use Lightroom to organize their images and make their photos look amazing, then this Lightroom training Ben Willmore put together is going to be the most important you have ever seen…

http://sittard365.com/ben-willmore-lightroom

35 Minutes of heaven!

Yesterday, I have met the most beautiful girl ever.

Here is what happened…

I went to Eindhoven to sign up a contract for my new accomodation in Sittard.

When I walked into the loby, a women on the reception told me to wait for someone to pick me up.

About a minute later, the most beautiful girl I have ever… ever… ever… seen (and I mean it) walked to me and introduced herself.

She was so gourgeous that I couldn’t stop looking at her, like a poetry in motion.

It wouldn’t matter if someone was giving away golden brigs next door, I could stare at her forever.

That’s how pretty she was.

Anyway…

She has done some travelling as well.

In fact, she reminded me a lot from New Zealand and the time I have spent in Queenstown, which in my opinion is one of the most prettiest place in New Zealand if not in the entire world. If you’ve never been there, then you really missing out.

Just about everything from the landscape to the lifestyle is perfect down there. And if you love adrenaline, then Queenstown has everything you desire, skydiving, highwire bungy jump, zipline, the biggest swing, tandem paragliding, canyon swing, hang gliding… you name it… It’s all there.

It’s also a perfect place for landscape photographers to go crazy.

And if I’m correct, the most respected photographer in the world Trey Ratcliff lives there.

In fact, Trey was the one who got me into photography. I love his work.

Back then, he had this amazing photography traning (not sure if it’s still availble) that took me from knowing nothing to have a pretty descent understanding about landscape photography, light and composition. He planted a seed in me which I then water it and water it…

If you ever get the chance to see his earlier courses, do it! It’s worth the time and money.

Anyway…

All the best…

Libor Bednarik…

P.S. I found that training. So, if you want to have a look, here it is…

http://sittard365.com/trey-ratcliff-new-zealand

And if you’re wondering what the “35 minutes of heaven” means, then make sure to come back next time…

And take pen and paper with you because I’ve got something special for you…

 

So True

“The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.”

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The video training that Ben Willmore put together could literally turn the shittiest photo into a master piece.

Ever happened to you that you came home with crappy images? Happened to me million times.

So what do you do?

You watch the training to the teeth. You learn every little trick he shares and then apply it to your workflow.

In fact, he has an amazing trick you can use right away. This simple technique will take your images to another level.

I went all in and created my own workflow based on this.

Your brain is going to burst out of excitment and in the first week you’ll be ahead of most photographers who really don’t know what they’re doing.

Anyway…

Here is the training…

http://sittard365.com/master-photo-editing

Best…

Libor Bednarik

 

Marriage is like a larve stage for true happiness which is divorce

Recently I was on youtube watching Luis CK and his amazing stand up comedy show. If you don’t know who he is, just type his name in Youtube search and I promise you that you’ll have a hard time to not laugh.

So while I’m watching his show, there is a part when he get’s into divorce.

Something I’m going through right now and so listening to his show was a like a breath of fresh air.

I’ve been married for about 8 months and there were days I really liked but for some reason I don’t like to be a married man. I thought this would change as I get older but the opposite is the true. The older I get the more free I want to be.

And so, Luis put a big smile on my face.

Here are few things that cracked me up….

“Merriage is like a larve stage for true happiness which is divorce”

“Divorce is forever.”

“Nobody ever says my divorce is falling apart, it’s over. I can’t take it anymore.”

It’s funny but at the same time it’s true.

If you want to have a laugh, then watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FEMTxQhJrI

Anyways…

Back to photography…

I shoot in RAW. It’s because I like to preserve all the information and then play with it later in Lightroom and Photoshop

Recently, some of you have asked me what do I do with my images…

Well… Here it is… The short answer would be that I use Lightroom and Photoshop but there is of course more to it.

There is at least 15 steps I go through almost every day to make my images “pop”

And that’s after I have all the presets in place.

I don’t know how about you but I prefer my worflow to be as painless as possible.

I like to catalog my photos, name them properly so that I can easily find them later.

For me it’s all about speed. I hate wasting time on things that could have been set up ahead and save me time.

So to have a good workflow in place is what keeps me sane.

And the best place I can recommend you to go and learn the process would Ben Willmore’s amazing course called “Adobe Photoshop CC – The Complete guide” 

If I could go back and save 3 years of my life, I would get his Lightroom and Photoshop course and be done with searching through mix-matched-all-over-the-place videos on Youtube where everyone claims to be an expert.

I’ve learned 95% of what I know today in just 8 weeks going through his courses.

Anyway…

Up to you…

If you want to know more, here is where you get it.

http://sittard365.com/master-photo-editing

Go figure…

Libor Bednarik

Watch: The Sky Turned Red (timelapse of Sabic, Sittard-Geleen)

Watch this timelapse video right to the end and tell me if this isn’t a beautiful day to night transition with a sunrise that is rather unique. At least here in Sittard.

I walk the streets mostly in the morning and to see sunrise like that is always a celebration.

When I was standing there, looking at the sky, I kind of predicted that the clouds are going to turn red and there will be a show at the end.

Anyway…

Ever thought of making your own timelapse like this?

If you don’t know how to do it, but you would love to know, then check out some of the videos on youtube. I bet there is a lot of people teaching this stuff.

I can’t be bothered to create a tutorial unless there will be at least 100 people interested.

Otherwise search for terms like “how to shoot a time lapse” and you should be able to find a lot of good tutorials

But before you even consider going that road, consider the following.

You should have basic understanding in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Preferably knowing how to enhance timelapse images once you import them into your computer.

It isn’t a rocket science or whatever but there are few things that if you do right, your timelapse will look better.

Anyway…

For dozens of little tips and tricks neccesary to craft amazing images which you can then turn into a timelapse, check the Ben’s Willmore – Lightroom and Photoshop course he did with creativeLive.

It’s a bit pricey but the wisdom you find in it will pay for itself multiple times later.

Trust me on this one…

Here is where you get it.

http://sittard365.com/master-photo-editing

Best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. Just the Lightroom presets are worth the money, not to mention all the bonus material that comes with the course.

Good luck…

Kollenberg At The Most Beautiful Light

See the photo above?

What seemed to be a boring start of the day quickly turned into a spectacular morning when the sunrise colors and a thin layer of fog spread accross the landscape like a wispy ghost.

This wasn’t one of those mornings when I would walk to Kollenberg and get disappointed by the lack of good light.

No…

This was something else I’ve never seen on the Kollenberg yet.

It reminded me when I watched “The Outdoor Photography Experience” course that Chris Burkard put together, talking about light and how to use it to your advantage. I don’t want to go into details because that’s what he teaches and he is really good at it.

So if you want to know more about these techniques I guess you’ll have to purchase his course…

The good thing is that, once you understand how light can improve your photographs, you wont need to think about it ever again. You’ll just know it.

In fact, you’ll know when it’s the best time to shoot and why…

Of course there are other things to look for when shooting landscapes, but light is one of them.

Anyway…

For more details about this, go here…

http://sittard365.com/chris-burkard

I’m off to Belgium today hoping to shoot some great photos.

Wish me luck…

All the best,

Libor Bednarik

P.S. For action takers and those who want to level up, here it is.

http://sittard365.com/chris-burkard

 

Why I switched to Sony from Canon

Want to take better landscape images but don’t know how? Then make sure to get your hands on this amazing landscape training that Chris Burkard put together for CreativeLive. Worth every penny, even if you think you know it all. I guarantee you, you don’t. There some amazing insights that will make you realize few key techniques you can start using imediatelly. Anyway… For more details, follow the link.

http://sittard365.com/chris-burkard

 

Hey It’s Libor here…

There is a new documentary film called “Under An Artic Sky” from one of the best travel photographer Chris Burkard. He and his team came up with this amazing trailer which I think you should go watch it.

Chris has been my motivation for many years. He also helped me switch from Canon to Sony system which I’m very pleased with.

I was a proud owner of Canon 60D for many years, but on a trip to Tatra Mountains in Slovakia back in 2014, I wished I had something smaller and lighter.

So, I sold the body, the lenses and just about everything I had from Canon and bought Sony A6000 with few other lenses.

Now it is an old camera but back then I couldn’t believe how something so little can perform so well.

But the biggest factor for me was the size and the weight.

You probably heard the quote before…

“The best camera is the one that you have with you”

And that was exactly the case…

Something I used to hate with Canon. It woudn’t fit into my pocket. And as I have learned many times, the best photos happens when you least expected.

Anyway…

Why am I telling you this?

Because there are so many people who believe that the bigger camera they have the better. Or the more expensive the better. Or the latest the better, etc.

But the reality is that the baddest and the most expensive gear won’t make you great photographer.

Not in a million years.

It just won’t happen…

Forget it…

The only way you become good and then great at something is by practising every day.

And if you don’t carry your gear with you all the time, you’ll not only miss on great shots but also go against yourself.

In fact, recently when I was listening Chris Burkard talking about it in his outdoor experience on CreativeLive he did not long ago, I couldn’t agree more.

He shared great tips and was able to tap into mistakes I was making for years.

Valuable insights that is hard to find these days in a world where everyone is claiming to be an expert.

Anyway…

If you feel like it’s time to step up and learn from mistakes of great photgraphers who went through similar struggles you’re going through right now, and really understand how they approach certain situations, then this training that Chris put together is going to be the most important you’ve ever watched.

Here is where you get it…

http://sittard365.com/chris-burkard

All the best…

Libor Bednarik.

Using Sony Xperia Z3 To Test HDR

Would you tell that this photo above is shot with Sony Xperia Z3?

I had this phone for a while now but I’ve never shot any sunrise or sunset images with it.

I had no idea that the dynamic range would be any good on this phone.

But It worked so well…

It’s not the best thing in the world but for a phone, I mean common.

The technology it’s getting better every day.

With a simple phone you can take amazing photos and really have fun with it.

I hope that in the future, Canon and Nikon cameras get replaced by small gadgets which you can easily put into your packet.

Wouldn’t that be great?

No more frozen hands in the winter from carrying heavy equintment.

No more sweaty back from carrying 30kg in the backpack while hiking.

No more missed shots. (This was the reason why I dumbed my Canon camera)

No more feeling exhausted while other friends having fun.

And on and on…

Could tell you dozens of reasons why smaller and lighter is better.

Imagine if there were no gadgets at all and you could just take images using your eyes, which will then get stored in your brain where you could easily process and uploaded them wiresly on your website, Facebook, Instagram at the same time.

That would be fun!

Anyway…

Enjoy the photo…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. Let me ask you something…

What do you know about natural light? Someone just asked me that question recently and It got me thinking. If you don’t know much about it, how can you take great photos.

Ever heard about Frans Lanting? His a professional National Geographic photographer with more than 20 years of experience in the field and in his course “The Art Of Seeing” he talks about different sourses of light, how to use them and which type of light to look for in landscape photography.

Want to take stunning landscapes, then follow the link below…

http://sittard365.com/the-art-of-seeing

Even if you decide to pass on this great training, I want you to remember one thing…

It isn’t in your camera, or in your lens, or in your other gear. It’s in you!

Learn every day my friend…