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January 20, 2022
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Have The Perfect Portfolio

Hi Everyone,

Make this the best New Year your photography business has ever had. Update your portfolio to give you the best chance of success. Check out my ebook, How To Assemble And Show Your Portfolio, at www.creativecauldron.com/portfolio

how to assemble and show your portfolio ebook

You’ll not only learn how to put together a top-notch portfolio, but how to show your portfolio in a professional manner and what follow-up you need to do after your presentation.

You will:

  • Have access to my years of experience.
  • Be able to avoid common mistakes that every beginner makes.
  • Cut years off of your learning curve.
  • Look like a pro on your first presentation.
  • Show your clients that you know what you’re doing, and will not waste their time or money.

Don’t wait another minute to make this year your year.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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January 13, 2022
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Photo – Cracked Mud

Hi Everyone,

I love to photograph mud that had dried and cracked. There are so many interesting shapes, textures and patterns. And sometimes the mud is very thin and curls, while other times it’s thick and flat, like in this photo.

I discovered this cracked mud next to the road in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and spent about an hour shooting there. Every time I go to this area I hope to get more photographs of dried mud, but ever since that trip the area has been covered in plants. It would take a huge rain storm to wash all the plants away and create a mud flat again. But that has not happened in the twelve years since I took the photographs.

That’s why if I see something in nature that I want to photograph, I do it then and there. Every time I’ve said, “I’ll come back and shoot this next time,” I regret the decision. Because when I return, what I was going to shoot is gone. Even if I go back the next day. Nature changes too quickly to expect anything to last.

When you see something that will make a good photograph, take the picture. You don’t want to have any regrets about that great photograph you didn’t take.

Check out my photographs at JeffColburn.com/photographs. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let me know what you want. I have thousands of images to choose from.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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January 6, 2022
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Photographer’s Quote #1

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field. Peter Adams

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December 28, 2021
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What’s In My Bag – 5-in-1 reflector

Hi  Everyone,

In this issue of What’s In My Bag, I talk about my 5-in-1 reflector.

I love photographing in nature, but you have little to no control of lighting. You can get up early, or shoot at sunset, but clouds, trees, plants, shadows and other aspects of nature can keep you from getting that perfect shot.

The easiest way around this is to have a reflector that will let you shine light where you need it, or cut back on the light on a bright sunny day. It only works for small things, like models, bushes, flowers and the like. The nice thing about reflectors is that they are small, light and easy to use. And the one I use lets you do five different things with light.

Check out my video and you may find that a reflector is just what you have been looking for.

I hope you enjoy this video https://youtu.be/CU2sUT1mPfE

Check out my other videos on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcd8nqgH0CiaveaIlKbE1mA

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 16, 2021
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Photo – Lightning Strike

Hi Everyone,

This photograph was taken when I was pretty new to lightning photography. Back then I didn’t use a lightning trigger. Instead I put a 6-stop neutral density filter on the lens, for day shots, or for night shots like this, adjusted the settings so I could take 10-60 second exposures. I used a wired shutter release that could be locked open and set the shutter speed on Bulb.

Canon Rebel XSi / Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens at 39mm / 1/6 second / f/8 / ISO 100 / Tripod used

With the camera pointed toward the storm, I would lock the shutter open and count off the seconds, then close the shutter. I repeated this for an hour or more and wound up with 100-200 shots, and maybe three containing a lightning bolt.

On this day I had just set up, and this was my third or fourth exposure. I opened the shutter and this huge bolt struck. I wasn’t sure if it was too far to the side to be captured, so I quickly checked, and the bolt was smack dab in the center of the frame. I captured several other bolts that night, but none as large as this one.

You can go to my Articles page at JeffColburn.com to see two articles I have written on photographing lightning, How To Photograph Lightning and Live to Tell About It and The Lightning Bug – Lightning Trigger.

Lightning photography is dangerous. I have almost been struck by lightning three times, and I know four people who have been struck. While they are fine, lightning can kill or cause serious injuries.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 9, 2021
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Have A Happy, And Slightly Twisted, 2021 Holiday Season

Following are some of my favorite Holiday music videos. You’ll find the entire spectrum from traditional to shall we say, unique. I hope you enjoy them.

Let’s start off with these cute birds.

Lindsey Sterling, is an amazing hip-hop violinist with some great moves. Listen to her perform Carol of the Bells, Hallelujah and Santa Baby.

Next is Pentatonix, an acappella group whose voices blend beautifully. Listen to their versions of Hallelujah, Little Drummer Boy, White Winter Hymnal and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

I’ve always been a big fan of Jewel’s music and poetry, and was fortunate enough to see her in concert once. Listen to her amazing voice as she sings Ave Maria, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Silent Night.

There’s always someone who thinks Christmas us just a bunch of Bah Humbug. This video is for you. I hope you enjoy Carol of the Old Ones.

My favorite irreverent Christmas song is The 12 Pains Of Christmas. Have a listen.

Karen Carpenter was an amazing singer, and left us all far too soon. Listen to Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

I’ve always liked Gloria Estefan’s voice and music. I was even a member of the Press when she dedicated her statue to the Wax Museum in Buena Park, California. I have some great pictures of that event.

Christmas is more than presents and parties. It’s about reaching out to those in need, righting the wrongs in the world and putting the Christmas Spirit in all we do, all year long. In this video you’ll see wrongs that need to be righted, and successes that have been achieved. We can all do something, big or small, to help others. Go out and help others. Hear Silent Night by Gloria Estefan. And This Christmas.

Many years ago there was a great Christmas special called “A Claymation Christmas.” It shows the amazing things that can be done with this form of animation. I hope you enjoy these videos, and remember, it’s all done with clay. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer and Joy To The World.

The Piano Guys make some great music. Check out Carol Of The Bells and O come, O come, Emmanuel.

Another great piece of Christmas music is the Christmas Canon by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Is it really Christmas without hearing Madonna sing Santa Baby?

And finally, if you think you have a great light display on your house, check out The Grinch – Christmas House Projection Show and Larsen’s Christmas Lights Show too.

What’s your favorite holiday video?

Have a Great Holiday Season! Party on!!!

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 1, 2021
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Photo – The Mysterious Moon

Hi Everyone,

If you photograph nature, landscapes, critters or anything else outside, you need to be adaptable. You never know what will happen.

Once, I went to shoot on a trail in Sedona, Arizona only to find it closed due to a wildfire. Another time a rock fall had blocked the road to a shoot location. I’ve also had to change or cancel shoot plans due to snow, rain, wind, sand storms, haboobs and lightning.

Canon Rebel XSi / Canon EF-S 55-250mm kit lens at 135mm / 1/3 second / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Tripod used

This photograph is a great example of being flexible. I went out to shoot a meteor shower only to find the sky almost a solid sheet of clouds. I knew the meteor shoot was a bust, so I started looking around to see what I could shoot. Just then, the moon appeared through a small break in the clouds. I saw other breaks moving my way, so I decided to shoot the moon.

I processed the moon shots, a lot, to bring out colors and textures and wound up with this shot and others like it. If you go to my YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcd8nqgH0CiaveaIlKbE1mA you will find a short video showing several of my other moon photographs from that night.

Check out my photographs at JeffColburn.com/photographs. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let me know what you want. I have thousands of images to choose from.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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November 24, 2021
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How To Be Your Most Creative

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November 16, 2021
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This Photograph Could Be In Your Home Or Office

Grand Canyon Photo
Snow storm floating across the Grand Canyon

This photograph of a snowstorm floating across the Grand Canyon, and many others, could be hanging in your home and office. Check out some of my photographs at JeffColburn.com/photographs. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let me know what you want. I have thousands of images to choose from.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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November 11, 2021
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Photo – Belly Dancer’s Belt

Hi Everyone,

Most of my work is landscape and nature photography, but I never pass up the chance to photograph anything that will make a good image.

Canon Rebel XSi / Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens at 55mm / 1/100 / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

This image was taken at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. We go there every year. It’s a great source for photographs of performers, buildings, costumes, fabric and much more.

This photograph is part of a costume for a belly dancer. The belt had so many wonderful shapes and colors, that I had to create this photograph.

One tip about shooting at the Festival, if you see something you want to photograph, take the picture immediately. Light and weather change, things get moved around or sold, shadows appear and disappear. You never know if that great image will be there five minutes later. Carpe Imago, Seize The Image.

Go out there and shoot whatever you want to shoot. Leave your comfort zone regularly to stay creative and fresh.

You can see more of my photographs at JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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