Give Your Photos Life!

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin

So true!

You can literally take thausands of images but if none of them has certain wibe or feeling, it’s unlikely anyone will connect to it…

Shoot with your heart not your eyes…

Best,

Libor…

P.S. Give your photos life, so that people stop when they see your images… If it’s while they scrolling through their Facebook feed or on Instagram.

You could make your photos stand out if you follow these simple techniques Ben Willmore teaches in his amazing training…

Here is a link to it…

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

Be the best…

 

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About the photo:

I took this photo in Limbricht village on the way to Born. It was a cold, frozen morning with the blue sky. I was waiting for the sunrise while taking few photos around…

 

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

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

 

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