Sittard Kollenberg In A Beautiful Light (Morning Glory)

Few months ago I found this amazing collection of Lightroom presets. If you’re into speed editing then these presets are definitely something to look at.

http://sittard365.com/lightroom-presets

I took this photo when I was walking to Kollenberg. One of those mornings which were perfect for taking photos…

Why?

Because everything was there… The morning was a bit foggy, the light was perfect and It didn’t take long before I took my favorite photo of the day.

Anyway, enjoy it.

All the best…

Libor Bednarik
The Sittard photographer.

P.S. If you want to learn how to take better photos but you don’t know where to start and what to really look for, there is a course I highly recommend you check called The Art Of Seeing

I wish someone handed me such training when I was starting, I could have been somewhere else today and not wasting my time searching the information on Youtube, Google or whatever and then get confused along the way because one says one thing and the other another thing.

Here is where you can get your hands on it.

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

Ditch The Tripod

Ditch the tripod… You don’t need it!

It makes me crazy when I see someone in the middle of the day taking landscape photos with the tripod…

Why would anyone do that?

Especially if you have recent DSLR with stabilization build in. Or lens that can handle your shaky hands.

Like the other day when I was walking to Kollenberg. There was a guy shooting the surroundings with his Canon Mark 3 and Manfroto tripod…

Right in the middle of the day…

I mean, come on…

Shooting in the middle of the day sucks anyway… and using tripod? (laughing)

It becomes a snap shot. I can take better photo with my phone and without tripod.

Landscape photography is all about the atmosfere, light and the composition.Shooting in the middle of the day it’s just boring.

I told this guy to ditch the tripod…

As long as you don’t go below 1/50s, you should be perfectly fine.

I often think of it as three leg monster that could be used as a hanger for your dirty clothes.

If you understand the dynamic range, then you don’t need the tripod.

Anyway…

Ever heard about Frans Lanting, the National Geographic photographer?

He’s got an interesting opinion about it in his training called “The Art Of Seeing”…

Check it out if you want to learn more about it.

He goes into details and some of the tips he shares are simply amazing.

Anyway…

Here is where you get it…

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

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. Watch it… learn from it… and send me some photos… Would love to see what you’ve been up to.

P.P.S. There is no way I would carry heavy tripod with me on a bike trip. Never. There is no reason for that if you know what Frans is teaching in his course.

You’ll do great without it. No sweat my friend.

 

Time To Have Fun

This morning I was in the Ligne Library working on my photography project for one advertising company in Amsterdam.

They sent me an email asking if I can shoot ten photos of Sittard-Geleen and capture the historic sights.

I have a pretty descent archive of photos from Sittard-Geleen, so I knew that this is going to be a piece of cake.

And it was…

I’ve done my research, asked few questions and based on that I picked ten photos pretty quickly.

I sent them the license agreement and was on my way to do my own things.

MTB bike trip to Belgium and then overnight stay in Monshau.

Yeah!

What can be better than that…

Enjoy life, my friend…

Best,

Libor Bednarik

P.S. When you know these 5 powerfull techniques Frans is sharing in his magnificent course…

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

You can literally say goodbye to frustrations… I mean it!

Limbricht Castle And The Reflection Of The Frozen Lake

Few months ago I saw few intereting photos online that motivated me to go out and shoot reflections.

It was freezing outside so the first idea for a good photo that popped into my mind was the castle in Limbricht close to Sittard.

When I got there the lake around was frozen solid which reflected the castle beautifully.

As you can see from the photo, I was there early in the morning when the sky was clear.

Very important when you shoot reflections. The light is reflecting much better when the Sun is still low.

Anyway…

Taking the photo is one thing but to make the reflection stand out and bring the colors to life is another thing.

I was shooting in manual mode and RAW. Don’t even know why I’m bringing this up. It makes sense that if you want your photos look better you must shoot in RAW.

Anyway…

The magic always happens in Lightroom and then in Photoshop. That’s where you can bring the colors, select certain parts of the photo and boost that up.

Exactly what I did in this photo. I selected the water and played with the exposure to make it stand out a little.

If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry. There is an amazing traning called the “Lightroom Mastery” where I believe (but don’t quote me on that) in lesson 9 or 10 Ben talls about the selection and how to use them. Pretty awesome stuff.

So there is no excuse for you to not be able to turn any photo into stunning image.

In fact, when you done with the training I believe you can make any photo look amazing…

If you think it’s something you would be interested about here it is…

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

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud

A week ago, I have subscribed to a list of interesting quotes and the first quote I have received in my email is this one…

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
Maya Angelou – 1928-2014, Poet and Author

Isn’t that what we all should do?

Make people happy with photos you take, words you say, or with anything.

There is probably someone who’s misarable and need a bit of uplift.

I hope this photo above I took on Kollenberg will make your day a little better.

Have a great day…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. Imagine if you could take panorama photos like the one above… There is an easy way to do that using “Photo Merge” in Lightroom. Just few clicks and BOOM you’re done…

But to further edit the panorama is another story… You need to understand few other things as well to make the panorama look AWESOME…

Anyway…

I won’t go into the details because that’s what Ben Willmore teaches in his stunning Lightroom Mastery training…

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

If you get this training I’ll give you my new set of Lightroom presets for FREE… I use them myself. They were designed to quickly boost your photos and set the mood which you can of course change it.

In fact, you can make your photos look warmer or colder, that’s up to you.

It’s all about speed… And these presets are one click solution to make your photos stand out.

Just send me a receipt and I’ll send you an email with a link where you can download them.

 

Sittard-Geleen Train Station…Twilight Photography

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
— Karl Lagerfeld

 

Well said!

I took this moment long ater the Sun was gone. I was standing on the edge o the roof near the train station in Sittard and was glad to have such beautiful evening.

If you’re wondering how you can quickly enhance your photos and make them alive, then check this training…

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

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

Perfect conditions doesn’t mean perfect photos

Yesterday I’ve stumbled on an interesting article from a landscape photographer who was describing what it’s like to be outdoors shooting.

Here is what he said… (taken directly from the article)

“The wind in your hair, a camera slung over your shoulder and a great location in mind: nothing beats getting out into the great outdoors to shoot landscapes”

And he’s right…

Nothing beats that… especially if the conditions are perfect and you get some interesting light, clouds, fog, beautiful scenery, mountains, etc… and your batery is fully charged, you have your tripod and filters with you. Backpack stuffed with food and water and nothing is missing.

Ever experienced situatuion like that? Me multipple times.

In fact, just recently when I was in the Czech Republic in the mountains of the north east, I had perfect conditions and was glad that it stayed like that the whole day because the photos I took that evening and after the sunset were some of my favorite I’ve ever shot!

Anyway…

What boggles my mind is when I hear stories from other photographers that describe perfect conditions for shooting but the photos don’t really show for it.

In fact, the opposite being the truth…

I’ve seen photos that looked so dull that one would fall asleep while looking at them. Others being over sharpen to death. Some underexposed (which can easily be spotted in the shadows) and some even had wierd artifacts in them. And some looked like the photographer was color blinded with the white balance being out of whack!

Anyway…

The perfect conditions won’t do a shit if you don’t know how to use your gear properly…

The same applies to post-processing. If you’ve been convinced that switching to RAW will give you better quality photos, then I want you to wake up from this illusion and start paying a close attention to post-processing.

Why? Because post-processing if done right, can take your photos to another level and make other photographers wonder how the hell did you do that…

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of terrible photos that literally had no life in them, but I’ve also seen a lot of good ones.

And some were so good that I would never get sick of them even if I look at them every day.

Comparing them to the actual RAW file, you’ll be blown away what you can achieve in Lightroom and how easily you can turn average photo into a master piece.

There is a great saying that goes like this…

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it. – Ansel Adams”

And with some of the skills you’re about to learn you can go far beyond what you thought was possible and shock not only yourself but friends and familly and other photographers will start following you.

Anyway…

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that I’m super excited about one partucular training that was created by the only Ben Willmore called “Lightroom Mastery” which in my opinion is the best Lightroom post-processing training you can get your hands on and start using the techniques almost immediatelly.

It’s that good…

In fact, what you get is 30 lessons packed with golden nuggets that will transform your workflow forever. His worflow made so much difference in my post-processing that I’ve changed just about everything, including how I name my photos and back them up.

He is also big on file managment which was a life saver when I started working with clients and shooting tons of photos and I need to find particual photo.

With my old workflow I would be still to this day lost in the desert.

Anyway…

This email is getting too long so I better finish it up with saying this..

You better know how to post-process your RAW files if you ever want your photos look great.

It’s simple as that…

The “Lightroom Mastery” will get you going fast.

Here is how you get it.

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

All the best,

Libor Bednarik.

Seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph

“ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy

Saw this quote while srolling through my Facebook newsfeed.

It’s so true…

And it makes perfect sense…

Anyway…

If you want to know what happens when you apply certain techniques to your workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop, then get this training below…

…especially if your workflow is out of whack!

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All the best…

Libor Bednarik

How to Shoot Great Twilight Shots

Few days ago I was surfing the internet and found this great article talking about how to shoot great twilight shots.

I’m a big fan twilight photos just simply because it’s the time when the light gets interesting.

Here it is…

If after reading this article you still have hard time to shoot great photos at twilight, then go back and read it again until the information gets under your skin, into your blood and then into your brain.

Important note…

You’ll still need to post-proccess your twilight photos no matter what… especially if you shoot RAW.

There are specific tricks you can use to make your photos shiny.

You’ll have to learn how to adjust few things like…

Exposure, Clarity, While balance, color, etc…

Not to mention cropping your photos, getting rid of noise and sharpen your photos just right so that they don’t end up with wierd artifacts.

I could go into details here and take half of your day just explaining certain techniques I use to sharpen my images, but I won’t do that because I’m not an instructor, teacher or whatever…

I can’t be bothered… Instead I would rather spend time outdoors shooting new photos…

I leave that to professionals who taught for years like Ben Willmore who has been a professional Photoshop instructor for over 10 years. Taught his best tricks to more than million people, etc…

You get the idea…

Anyway…

He’s got this amazing training I mentioned in my previous emails called “Lightroom Mastery” and as the name suggest, you can become master Lightroom user in just 30 video lessons.

It’s not complicated at all… Once you set up your Lightroom using certain presets, it becomes super easy.

You’ll speed up your post-processing at least by half, so no more wasted time sitting behind the computer when you could be outside shooting or doing something else.

I think you’ll love the automation process… One click and you get 75% of the photos done.

I can now polish my photos in less than 5 minutes if I want to… not like few years back when I was guessing, not knowing what the hell was I doing.

Anyway…

If you the kind of person who loves to be challenged and love to learn new things, then this training is something you’ll love…

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

Best…

Libor Bednarik

Without pain there is no gain!

On my recent photo trip to the mountains of the Czech Republic, I almost broke my ankle while hiking up the hill.

I stepped on a loose rock and twisted my ankle. Nothing major just painfull as hell when I step on it.

So I sat down for a while thinking how much pain in the ass this situation was.

For a while I was swearing around and probably scared off few animals running in the forest.

But then, I started thinking that this could happen to anyone and it’s part of what I do.

It makes sense that if you spend time in the mountains chasing sunrises and sunsets all day long that things like that could happen.

Luckily, it wasn’t broken just a bit red around.

The pain was still there, but I decided to keep pushing through it until I didn’t feel it anymore. Only when I stopped. Then the pain came back so I made sure to keep going.

And so, as I’m walking it reminded me about one thing I heard from Chris Burkard when he said something very profound…

“Anything worth that is pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit”

Here is the thing…

The pain will eventually disappear but the gain from the experience that you go through and the photos you take will stay with you forever.

This in my opinion makes so much sense.

Think about it. There isn’t any sport where you wouldn’t feel pain as you trying to progress.

The same is in photography. if you don’t feel pain right now, then there is something you’re doing wrong. You’re not pushing yourself enough.

I could have turned around and give up. Let the pain control me. Stop me from going further.

But I didn’t and because of that I was able to bring home great photographs.

And witness stunning sunset with the Sun setting between two mountain peaks and the clouds turning red. Trully breathtaking scene! (I’ll share the photos with you later)

The pain passed completelly and I stood there, enjoying the moment.

Something the girlie men will never get to see.

Why?

Because they quit at the first sign of pain.

So if there is any pain, push through it, don’t give up.

You’ll be rewarded.

Best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. For more understanding get the “The Outdoor Experience” course made by Chris Burkard. Well worth the money

Here is how you get it.

http://sittard365.com/chris-burkard

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