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

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

Get this and there is no chance you’ll ever shoot bad photos

If you get this…

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

… there is no chance of you shooting bad photos. Even if you had a bad day, you’ll have an understanding of the fundementals in photography.

In fact, you’ll understand the following…

– You’ll know what exposure to choose in certain situations.

– You’ll know how to easily spot compositions that most photographers don’t see.

– You’ll know why shooting at higher ISO isn’t as bad as you previously thought…

– You’ll get to know the one secret that almost no one talks about but is the key to shooting better images. And don’t worry if you’re a complete beginner it’s easy to get the grip on it.

– You’ll get to know your DSLR better than you know your own shoes and which lens should you use in landscape photography.

and that’s not everything.

In fact, there is way more.

For example…

– How to avoid these 5 horrible mistakes that almost every landscape photographer make.

– The single biggest secret landscape photographers use everyday to make their images look so good and how exactly their worflow looks like.

– You’ll see real examples of different settings used in different situations.

– You’ll know how to shoot long exposures or stars. And how to prepare your self for the unexpected.

– 7 things you should know if you want to freeze the action.

…and ton more.

This training is without the doubt one of those I wish I found earlier.

Anyway…

If you’re interested I highly recommend it.

Here it is…

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

Best,

Libor Bednarik.

Are You Sick And Tired Of Shooting Boring Photos, Then Read This…

Are you sick and tired of trying to get your photos look right but failing on just about every level and wondering how some professional photographers do it?

What techniques, tricks or whatever they use to make their photos look amazing and how could you do the same if not better?

So then listen up…

it’s actually quite easy if you have few things in place…

In fact, you don’t even need to be an expert or post-processing genius to improve your photos dramatically.

I’ve been struggling with post-processing myself, so I know exactly how does it feel when you try your best but end up with a photo that looks like it lost life.

And it doesn’t end there…

Especially when you know you did something wrong but don’t know what it is…

This can be the most frustrating situation there is… I bounced off the wall so many times before I fugure it out what the pro’s do to make their photos look amazing.

And it was a long journey…

And now…

Hopefully, I can point you the right dirrection. If nothing, at least show you what got me out of my own misury.

So here it is…

Ever heard about Ben Willmore?

He is know for his amazing skills with Lightroom and Photoshop.

In fact he taught millions around the world and is considered as one of the best.

If you listen to his training you’ll know why…

This man will help you demolish any walls you currently bouncing off right now.

He’s got some tricks in his sleeve to make you a post-processing master whether you want it or not…

You just need to give him some time…

I’m talking about a week before you really start seeing a dramatic improvements your post-procesing skills.

Not to mention your eyes will get trained to spot details you had no idea about before and that’s something more than worth it… Not to mention your photos will stand out as a result of that.

You won’t be a beginner anymore… But someone with pretty descent skillset which you can keep improving on as the time goes…

Anyway…

Here is the link to the amazing Ben Willmore – Adobe Lightroom CC traning…

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

Best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. Keep improving your skills and you wont ever need to worry anymore… You’ll get feedback, grow your audiance, and make people happy with your images.

You’ll more likely get new clients, and sell prints, and make a descent income doing what you love.

 

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The photo above is actually one frame from a recent timelapse I did for a Hout Video company in Maastricht. It was a beautiful evening and the day-to-night timelapse transition end up to be a big success.

Stop Dicking Around…

Why are you STILL dicking around avoiding doing that really important thing you know you gotta do? – John Carlton

Can you releate to this quote?

I certainly can… I used to be doing all kinds of things just to avoid the ONE thing that really mattered.

As a result of that, I was busy instead of being productive.

Here is the thing… You can be busy whole day long, checking off the to-do-list, but if that one important thing doesn’t get done, you’re not progressing anywhere.

For example…

I would spend hours post-processing my images just to avoid looking for new clients, even I knew they’re the livelihood of my business.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Another example would be…

People spend days perfecting their portfolio when 99% of the clients don’t have trained eye to spot the tiniest details.

And so on…

Since I’ve realized there is a big difference between being busy and productive, my life changed dramatically.

So stop being busy and get that one important thing done. If it’s getting new clients or shooting new photos. Whatever it is, find it and act on it right now….

…and watch your life change for a better…

And If you want to know more… then this (totally unrelated to photography) training from the worlds most respected self development leader Brian Tracy, who has helped millions of people to improve the quality of their life and get them from point A to point B in the shortest period of time, is going to be the smartest move you can ever do in your life right now.

Why?

Because you’ll see an increadible change in your life…

Anyway…

He is the bread and butter… and below is the honey.

http://discover.briantracy.com/SHmh

Take it or leave it…

Up to you…

Best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. The photo is shot at sunset on Sittard train station. I just happened to walk by and had my camera with me, so I took this shot.

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

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

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