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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 …

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Just A Few Tweaks

On a foggy morning shoot in Greece I photographed this Dalmatian Pelican on Lake Kerkini. I loved the softness that was created from the fog. However, the fog left the scene almost monochromatic. I decided to process the image using one of my favorite and often “overlooked” adjustments in Photoshop- Auto Tone. Once inside Photoshop …

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2017 Coastal Brown Bear Cubs in Kodiak Alaska

Coastal Brown Bear Cubs in Kodiak Alaska ~ July 12-18, 2017 A Creative Adventure Workshop 5 Full days and 2 half days – $6699 Limited to 8 participants./ 4 spots left Join Denise Ippolito in spectacular Katmai National Park, AK for six days of photographing Coastal Brown Bears. Mid-July is prime time for viewing and …

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Cooler or Warmer? Which Do You Prefer?

The above image reflects my creative vision for the scene. I was photographing in temperatures at about minus 15 Celsius. The tips of my fingers hurt so bad that morning. I had forgotten my hand and foot warmers so I was in agony as I photographed these cranes in Northern Japan. In-camera I set my …

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Iris Garden Photography Workshop ~ 2017 Announced!

Schreiner’s Iris Garden Photography Workshop/ Salem, Oregon (located just outside of Portland) May 17-20, 2017 ~ 4 FULL DAYS: $1399 Meet & Greet May 16th at 7pm at hotel Limit 12/3 spots available Join Denise Ippolito for a one of a kind Iris workshop at one of the most amazing Iris Gardens in the US. …

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Getting Creative with the Fisheye Lens

From Wikipedia: In photography, a fisheye lens is a wide-angled lens that takes in an extremely wide, hemispherical image. Originally developed for use in meteorology to study cloud formation and called “whole-sky lenses”. My first experience with a fisheye lens was when I borrowed one from a friend several years ago. I fell in love …

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Impressions of Bosque del Apache II Available Now!

Finally, it is finished! It gives me great pleasure to announce Impressions of Bosque del Apache II. This eBook is not intended as a how-to book but rather a visual expression of my thoughts and feelings as I photographed my way through this amazing place. I want to immerse you in what I call the …

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Steller’s Sea Eagle

One of my favorite images from my recent Japan trip was this Steller’s Sea Eagle standing on a snow covered wall. I wanted to create a soft effect so I got low and tried to put the snow between me and the bird. The snow was blowing around from time to time and as a …