My favorite photo from Kollenberg

Few weeks ago, I walked down from Kollenberg when I saw a strong beam of light coming out from Rosa chapel.

My curiosity level was shooting through the roof. I have never seen Rosa Chapel light up like this before. 

Then I came closer and realized it was just a regular light illuminating the inside of the chapel. 

However... the light gave new dimension to the scene and made me to come up with few other compositions I wouldn't otherwise think of. 

Like the photo below: 

https://goo.gl/dHBms3

Anyway...

Back to the important stuff...

I've got something special for you...

Can you imagine yourself flipping through the pages of the book "The Best Of Sittard - A Journey Through The Lens" and listen to a very specific music used by world class motivational speakers, linguistic experts and students around the world to increase your cognitive brain function and help you focus better?

If yes, then I have something very special for you...

For years, I've been experimenting with certain music that has the power to calm you down naturally and take you on a journey you won't easily forget. 

I've been listening to this music everytime I go out to take new photos and boy it's a completely new experience. 

I don't know exactly what it is but it helps me to concentrate better. 

I feel like there is nothing that can distract me. 

If you would like me to send you a list of this music, then simply reply to this email and say... "yes, I want it" 

I'll then send you the list of the music...

All the best. 

Libor Bednarik 

P.S.  Here is what most professionals agreed on... 

The music will...

- calm you down.

- Rejuvenate your body and mind.

- Make you feel good. 

- Help you focus better.

- Help you get rid of stress

- Energizes you.

- Improve your concentration

- Improve your cognitive brain function 

...and more...

There are lot of benefits listening to this music. 

I'm still exploring it but from what I have experienced already, I'm not going back to what I used to listen any time soon.

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.

 

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.

 

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!

http://sittard365.com/lightroom-mastery

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

5 quick messages to set you on the right path

There are so many great motivational messages floating on the internet.

Some of them have helped me when I didn’t feel like picking up my camera.

Check them out…

They’ll get you back on your feet.

“It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.”- Vince Lombardi

Do you feel the power in it?

Amazing, right?

Here is a second one that had an impact on me.

“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.”- Steve Jobs

So true!

When I read it for the first time I was in Austria on a short trip shooting photos of the mountains. The area was so beautiful that I was pulled in…

Another master piece is the one below.

“People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.”- Rob Siltanen

I have it on my wall, right in front of me so that I can look at it everyday. I love it.

Another very powerfull message I found few yers ago was when I was struggling to keep up with the “good work” as many would say. I was in the middle of my 365 days photography project when it hit me and I wanted to give up.

“Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough.”- Og Mandino

It steared my thoughts to another direction and I kept going with the project.

And the last, probably the most important message is the following…

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” –Anonymous

This is so powerful that it gives me goosebump when I read it.

Anyway…

These messages are there for a reason! Read them everyday and I promise you, you perspective will change.

It’s simple as that…

Best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. There is one photographer I admire for his work but more importantly for his ability to push me out of my confort zone.

His name is Chris Burchard and with his recent training on CreativeLife the “The Outdoor Experience“, he proves that there is much deeper meaning behind every little action, trip, story and photo we take.

If fact, he is a real example of what happens when you go outside of your confort zone.

In his training he talks about how important this is and many other things that makes us who we are as photographers and why are we taking photos in the first place.

Anyway…

If you want to check it out, here it is…

http://sittard365.com/chris-burkard

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…

 

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

 

Shoot Landscapes Like A Pro

It’s not your average cup of tea!

Frank has been around for over 25 years.

Few photographers improved their images just by following these two fundamentals.

Including me!

In fact, you’ll be able to spot dozens of new opportunities you weren’t aware of before.

It’s that good!

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

Anyway…

Best,

Libor Bednarik
Sittard’s best photographer

There is more to it than you think

Few days ago I went to shoot new time lapse video on the Kollenberg but it was too windy so I end it up taking bunch of photos instead.

Which turned out to be a really good idea because I could quickly walk further and have another cloud formation flying accross the sky.

That’s how fast the clouds were approaching.

Anyway…

Today I had a little more time to sit down and actually edit few of those photographs.

One of them you can see above.

I could go on and on about what settings I’ve used and how I put this panorama together and so on, but I won’t do it now.

…and here is why.

I’m working on a mini 3 day course where I’m going to lay down the whole shooting and editing process…

And to get you even more excited about it, here is what will be in it.

– 3 biggest mistakes even pro photographers make while shooting landscape photographs

– The true behind shooting “RAW” and why is necessary preserve as much information as possible when shooting against the Sun.

– How to use this simple setting and achieve sharp images almost every time.

– Learn one of the best composition tricks that will instantly take your photos to the next level.

– The one and only filter that I use and why I wouldn’t change in a million years. (Yes… It’s that great!)

– The sneaky ways professional photographers use to make their images almost perfect right out of the camera.

– Avoid these deadly 4 mistakes before you even start shooting and get the exposure and white levels right 99% of the time.

– The only reason why you should spent more time on your subject and an easy way to think your images through.

– How a simple adjustment in your camera settings could be a difference between your shots being average or blow someone elses head off.

– How to use grid to your advantage.

– How to take dull looking photo and turn it into an image that your audience will love.

– The fastest known way to use this simple Lightroom trick that can help you process your images in seconds.

– Why shooting too many images can work against you and what to do about it.

– The only lens that made me truly happy and why I use it 95% of the time.

– A simple 5 minute exercise for stunning panorama images.

– Two biggest things you must know before you even decide to go for a photoshoot.

– Why most photographers miss out on great photos and what you can do instantly to make your images look 100 times better.

Pheew…

A lot is coming your way…

And that’s just a beginning because i’ll also dive into your questions and hopefully get most of them answered.

If you don’t want to miss it, then get on my notification list. Just click on the link below and sign up. I will then let you know when the guide is done.

http://sittard365.com/photo-mini-training/

Anyway…

All the best,

Libor Bednarik

 

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