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Namibia Trip Report

I am almost home from my wondrous photo-tour to Namibia, South Africa, where I co-led a workshop there with Arthur Morris. Our hosts Wim and Ben were fantastic; they knew each of the locations intimately and worked tirelessly to get the group on great photo opportunities every day. Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography Image © …

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Kolmanskop, Namibia

I’ve wanted to visit Kolmanskop ghost town in Namibia for years. I have always loved the images that I have seen from there and really had high hopes for what I would discover. I was not disappointed at all. In fact I was blown away by the amount of structures that were in this ghost …

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Angel Oak, Digitally Enhanced

I photographed the above image with an Olympus OM-D 5 II that had been converted to IR. I used the Olympus 14-150mm lens and hand held the capture at 1/80 sec. I did not crop one pixel as I liked the framing. The vignette is not added, it is a combo of the lens, the …

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Charleston, It’s a Wrap!

Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Topaz Impression and Topaz B&W Effects I am back home in New Jersey after a flight delay leaving Charleston yesterday. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be laying in my own bed typing this blog post . I need to get up and start packing for …

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Patagonia 2017 Announced!

 Torres del Paine with Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure ~ March 30-April 7, 2017 – 8 nights/ $6,400.00-All Inclusive, double occupancy Limit 10. Join me for my third visit to Torres del Paine and my second photo tour at this location. I say photo tour as this trip is not based around formal Photoshop classes, it …

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Oak Avenue & Magnolia Gardens 2017 Announced!

When I think of Charleston and the low country, I always think of trees with Spanish Moss draping down. I love tree lined roads and old structures. I couldn’t help but make the drive down to Oak Avenue to capture the image above. To process the image I used Topaz Simplify BuzSim and Nik Color …

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South Carolina

I just finished up with my first group in Charleston and am expecting my second group in a couple of days. When I leave Charleston I will be home for 3 days before heading out to Namibia. I sure hope I have everything I need . Here are a few images that I have captured …

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Church on Easter Sunday

I went to the ruins of the Old Sheldon Church in South Carolina on Easter Sunday. I’m in Charleston for two back to back workshops and my first group gets here in a couple of days. I wanted to check out some of the places that I might take the group to make sure that …

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Adding Textures & Gradients

There are many ways to go about adding a texture to an image, however there are a few tweaks that can be made along the way. For me, I like to see some kind of sharpness in my textured images. The out-of-focus overly “fogged out looking” textured images don’t do it for me. I like …

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Zoom Blur

After I processed the original Nasturtium image (see below) I felt that some of the petals looked “blotchy”. I wanted to soften them up and create a piece of art from my photo so I added a slight bit of Photoshop’s Zoom Blur Filter to the image. Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Nasturtium When …

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Creative Patterns In Nature

It’s fun to look for patterns in nature and it is even more fun to photograph them! I also like to look for multiple flowers or leaves that form a pattern. I photographed this pattern shot at Longwood Gardens with Pam Corckran. We spent a private day together before my workshop. Pam is a very …

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Nasturtiums

Image © 2016/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Nasturtium Nasturtiums are vibrant colored edible flowers, in fact both the flowers and leaves are edible, as long as you don’t use pesticides. I’ve only seen the red, orange and yellow colored flowers but at Longwood Gardens this week I saw a cream colored Nasturtium with some pink and …

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Heading Back to Charleston SC

I will be leading two back to back workshops in Charleston SC at the end of this month. During the workshops we will be visiting Magnolia Gardens with all of its draping Spanish Moss and beautiful trees. This will serve as our main shooting location but we will also visit the infamous 300 year old …

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How I Set Up My Workspace in Photoshop

At some of my workshops I get asked how I set up my Photoshop Workspace. I also get asked about that Calibration Strip displayed on the right sidebar of my blog. Below are my answers You may need to click on the above image to see a larger view ( you may also need to …

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My View on a Portrait

I often get questions regarding sharpness and the degrees of sharpness. Sometimes I will be lecturing and talking about a specific image and mention something along the lines of “I didn’t want the entire image to be sharp”. I will go on to say that “one way that I control the viewer’s eye is to …