Geleen – Along The Rails

Geleen – Along The Rails

Sony NEX6 – Sigma 19mm lens

So, here is the truth:

If you want to take better photos, especially in low light situations like sunrise, sunset, or at the blue hour, you better have the following:

Tripod, good camera and fast lens…. and of course the most important from them all, knowing what you’re doing!

Because if you don’t know what you’re doing, none of the above will matter.

Not even the best camera in the world is going to take the photos for you. It will help, but I’m sure I’d do better with any basic, entry level DSLR.

Why?

Because I know how to spot great compositions, light, and I know how to set up the camera for the best result.

Luckily, there is an amazing course you can get your hands on and start learning immediately, if that’s what you desire.

It’s from Marc Muench and it’s called Landscape Photography.

I went through this training few years ago and I must say it’s really good!…

…and that’s because the information is pure, specific and doesn’t overlap.

One thing I used to hate a lot was when I bought a new course and realized that a lot of the information was overlapping with a course I bought from another photographer.

And so… Landscape Photography from Marc Muench is different and very unique.

Anyway…

If you want to level up with your photography, Marc will give you a lot of “aha” moments and put you on the right path… and answer your questions.

But it isn’t cheap…

It’s more than I like to pay.

But It’s worth every penny!

It’s that good!

Click the link below, It will take to the course where you can get a short glimpse before you decide to purchase.

Marc Muench – Landscape Photography

All the best…

Libor “learning everyday” Bednarik

Sunrise In Stadspark Sittard-Geleen

Sometimes, no matter what you do, it’s difficult to take exciting photograph. That’s the fact.

You can’t pretend that every time you go out shooting it’s easy.

It’s not!

It’s hard, even when the conditions are perfect.

You still need to know your camera. Know about light and have a descent understanding about compositions.

And the better you know it, the better chance you have to shoot beautiful images.

Watch this quick video to learn more about the fundamentals in photography.

It might surprise you how little you know…

Learn something everyday my friend.

Be the best, forget the rest.

Libor Bednarik

P.S. This photo is from Stadspark in Sittard.

I must have been to this park at least 200 times but every time I go something new happens and I have to take a photo.

This time I liked the composition. And the colors as well.

Anyway…

Enjoy it.

Morning Secret To Shoot Better Photos

Are you a photographer who likes to shoot early in the morning?

If so, then you are going like what Frans Lanting said in his lesson…

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

This little secret helped me substantially to take better photos and I think if you’re into sunrise photography you must know this…

In fact, it will change the way you shoot.

Be the best, forget the rest.

Libor Bednarik

P.S. The photo above is taken in Sittard very close to German border.

Fear nothing!

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward” – Amelia Earhart

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Found this message few days ago and thought you might like it as well.

It addresses the biggest problem that holds people back… and that is FEAR…

After talking to so many photographers, I think the biggest fear they have or used to have is this…

“I’m afraid people won’t like my work”

Can you relate to that?

I can…

In fact, when I started with photography I was afraid to share my photos. I thought people wouldn’t like it.

But then, I got rid of the fear and things started to change.

I found this video quite helpful…

It got me thinking about fear differently…

Anyway…

Here it is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoN0D337GaA

Best…

Libor Bednarik

 

Sittard-Geleen – Sittard Garden Panorama Part 2

Stop fiddling around and start importing your images into Lightroom the right way. Not only you’ll save a lot of time but your photos will be named properly, copyrighted and backed up.

And the best thing is… Once you set it up you can literally forget.

To learn more about it, check this…

http://sittard365.com/ben-willmore-lightroom
Few days ago, I’ve visited one of the gardens in Sittard to test new panorama techniques I’ve learned from the “The Art Of Seeing” course.

When he talked about his gear and what he uses to capture the beauty of the nature, I’m getting super excited because that’s what I’m about as well.

Anything heavy I can get rid of and not affect the quality of my images, I’m happy to sell.

I hate caring heavy equipment which I know I’ll use maybe once or twice in the entire trip.

Last year when I was in Slovakia hiking the Tatra Mountains I had everything with me. Full bag of gear which I wasn’t even using.

It hit me big time!

I realized that this is redicilous.

I wanted to trow everything of the cliff but that would spoil the beautiful nature Tatra Mountains are famous for.

So swallowed my stupidity and carried that shit all the way.

And guess who went to sleep early that night instead of to enjoy the beaty and open fire.

I said to myself, never again!

So since then, I’m on the hunt to reduce the weight of my camera bag and everything I didn’t use for the last six months has to go.

And I must say, it feels fresh…

It feels so good now…

I have way more energy and I don’t miss 5 other lenses, second camera body, small tripod, big tipod and other junk…

I now go with a little Sony camera and I have fun.

You know what that feels like? It’s amazing to walk on the beach in the morning backpack free, with a small camera in my hand.

Anyway…

If you think your gear is killing your creative juices, then this course is for you…

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

You won’t regret it…

Best…

Libor Bednarik

Sittard-Geleen – Sittard Garden Morning Panorama Part 1

“Adventure is calling, the question is will you go”

 

Just in the middle of planning a bike trip to Belgium for couple of days…

Something I love to do from time to time because it refreshes my mind and the photos I bring back home are worth the trip.

This time I’m going to a new place I’ve never been before so even better.

Can’t wait…

Anyway…

The the photo above is from one of the secret gardens in Sittard. I took this panorama from no other reason than to try new settings I’ve learned recently.

I hate using tripod. I think tripod is heavy and it slows me down when I’m hiking, biking or do other things. So this was a brilliant test.

I’ve also learn a good albow technique to lock the camera in place and rotate around it.

In fact, I hate tripod so much that I’ve spend months figuring out the best way to get rid of it…

…and still being able to bring home images that are worth the trip.

Anyway…

If you hate caring tripod around for whatever reason, then check ” The Art Of Seeing” training.

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

All the best…

Libor Bednarik

P.S. One thing… When you shoot without the tripod and you do a panorama, use your body and the camera strap to stop any movement…

I’ll show you what I mean next time. It’s a great technique.

The best thing is that I can leave that monster at home and not be worried that I screw up…

For now… go out and shoot amazing photos.

Talk to you later…

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

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

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.

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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