Using Lightroom Presets with Sleeklens and “The Fader”

Lightroom gives me a lot of great tools to get my images to look the way I want them to look. Usually I just clean them up and give them a little “pop” – nothing too fancy. I am a documentary photographer with an artistic bent, meaning I like my images to look good, but realistic. Lightroom has a feature called Develop Presets, which are just develop settings saved into a single, one-click preset that you can apply to images with the push of a button. You can build your own or buy commercial preset bundles. You can also save presets...

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Texas Highways Wildflowers Issue

It is always fun to get my images into Texas Highways magazine’s annual wildflower issue. Last year I had the cover. This year I have a full-page inside cover of one of my images, a simple image of a winecup. My instinct when shooting is to crop in as tightly as I can. I have to remind myself sometimes that I need to shoot a version with some negative space that can accommodate text. I am sure that was a huge reason why Texas Highways chose this image. I also love that they chose an image from the Big Spring in the Great...

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New Website Now Up

I have been hard at work re-doing my website and it is finally “live”. It is a lot more powerful than the old one, with better visuals, more content, and a better look. Check it out at www.seanfitzgerald.com. Here are a few of the new features: New Portfolios with slideshows Full page blog posts Easier to find stuff. Check out the new Showcase mega-menu. Better project pages for Great Trinity Forest, Blackland Prairie, and Vermejo Park Ranch (with more to come). Much more information about all of my photo workshops, with an updated Event Calendar, and info on my...

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Dallas DART Campaign to Stop Trash in the Trinity River

My images have been used recently in a campaign City of Dallas/Stormwater Management and anti-pollution campaign on Dallas Rapid Area Transit (DART) buses, both on the rear banner and inside. It is of an image from McCommas Bluff, overlooking the Trinity River. A friend with the City recently sent me some pics from some of the buses, and I think it looks pretty cool! Great campaign, too. It is heartbreaking sometimes to see the trash that ends up in the Trinity River, and everywhere else near the river. Every time the river flows, it deposits that trash up into trees...

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