Heading Home from Japan

This morning I head home after three weeks in Japan. I have had a wide variety of photography subjects to work with, interesting cultural experiences, I’ve had some good food and ice cream, visited with old friends, had a few glasses of Plum Wine, enjoyed two live guitar jam sessions, several trips to Seico Mart …

Framing with Branches

Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography These images are inspired by my co-leader Paul McKenzie. Paul has been coming to Hokkaido, Japan for over 12 years and some of these images were captured at his favorite location that he shared with our group. The goal with images like this is to create a pleasing image that …

Steller’s Sea Eagles & Pack Ice

Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ My favorite one from the day was this older eagle with the feather stuck in it’s bill. CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO SEE THE LARGER, SHARPER VERSIONS. The Steller’s Sea Eagle is an extremely large raptor with a wingspan of up to 8 feet and they can weigh roughly …

Apple Watch Series 3

I have jumped feet first into the Apple pool–yikes! No, not with my laptop (let’s not get crazy) but with a new iPhone X and Apple Watch Series-3 38mm. I got the one with cellular data and GPS. It was approximately $400.00 at B&H. I also purchased the Apple wireless earpods and have been downloading …

Part I ~ Japan

We are heading to Hokkaido this morning and probably won’t arrive until after dinner. I wanted to share some of my favorite images from the trip so far. The monkey head shots are my favorites to compose- each one is so different and their personalities come out. Click on the images to see the larger, …

Reviewing Your Own Images

I am in Japan leading a workshop and one of my clients asked me if I had a single bit of advice for the group before they headed to bed. My response was–yes, review your images. It seems like an obvious thing but you would be surprised at how many people just don’t do it… …

Are you a Collector or an Artist?

I use the term “Collector” to refer to a photographer who collects images, rather than creating original art. I came up with the “Collector” title while reflecting upon the way some people go about collecting their images. A collector to me is someone who sees an image created by another person and then tries to …

Determined

As I am typing this blog post I am on a 14 hour trek from New Jersey to Japan. While packing for this trip I was going over lots of ideas that I have had regarding my upcoming photography in Japan. I also went to over my lens selection–over and over again and am going …

Color Mood Swings

Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography I created a very soft effect for this rose image. I used a very shallow depth of field for the initial capture using the Voigtlander 42.5 Macro lens attached to my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera . The Voigtlander is an f/0.95 lens that …

Auto Tone

Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Before Auto Tone Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ After Auto Tone To use Auto Tone effectively in Photoshop start with a duplicate layer. Then go to Image> Auto Tone. The amount of Auto Tone applied to the top layer may be too much–in fact it often is, but …

Mindshift Backpack

The Mindshift UltraLight™ Dual 36L is priced extremely well at $199.00. It is one of the most durable bags I have used at that size for that price. I like the way the bag is designed as it has a side panel that allows you to rotate the bag without taking it off to access …

Death Valley Trip Report

Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography ~ Zabriskie Point My workshop at Death Valley ends later today directly after our early evening photo shoot. It has been a great 5 days for me. I truly liked this group of photogs and it almost went off without a hitch. During an afternoon photoshoot one of the participants …

Sensei Brand Collapsable Hoods for Olympus and More…

Thanks to client/friend Tom Wester, I found a perfect replacement for the Olympus 40-150mm lens hood. The lens hood that comes with the lens is not great to say the least, it often breaks and is pulled out too far creating an issue. I think that the Sensei collapsible rubber hood is the answer. The …

Hidden Gems

I want to tell you a story about a photographer that I know. I’m not going to include her name but this person has been on several of my workshops. This past year she took one of my flower photography workshops. I think it was on the next to the last day of the workshop; …