New Years Thoughts, Desires and Wishes

New Years Thoughts, Desires and Wishes

Take a Leap of Faith.
Begin this Wondrous New Year by Believing.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Have you read Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach? It truly is a very inspiring book, a book that helped me gain clarity during difficult times.
The new year it is a time for me to celebrate what I have created and accomplished, and not dwelling on what I need to do or what I haven’t done. So easy to beat ourselves up over never doing enough…..
A dear friend made me aware that that I don’t talk much about myself and my accomplishments. Maybe 2019 is the year for me to do so. I was always taught not to brag, to play down accomplishments, but exactly what does that mean?
I think it meant something different to those who taught me that lesson. I think possibly they wanted me to play it small. If that is the case, then that statement was all about them.
So who am I in 2019?
I want to collect all the parts of me that I have given up or given away. I want to celebrate who I am.
In the image above, which I created last week, is called “Layers of Time.” It is part of my new series “The Invisible Story.” As a female growing up I felt invisible, without a voice. I chose a medium for expression that doesn’t make a sound (photography) and I primarily work in a non visible spectrum (infrared). This image is a composite of 2 images that were made 20 years apart, provoking memories of possibilities and making the invisible, visible. 
This is my stance coming into the new year.
Are you ready to transform your world in 2019?
Laurie will guide you through a journey of personal exploration to find your distinctive style.
02/09/19 – 02/10/19
Laurie Klein Loft, Providence Rhode Island
06/30/19 – 07/06/19
Maine Media Workshops, Rockport ME
08/19/19 – 08/23/19
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe New Mexico
08/24/19 – 08/30/19
4UR Ranch, Creede CO
10/20/19 – 10/31/19
Laurie Klein and 4URRANCH: A Boutique Workshop.
This workshop SELLS OUT every year!
Join us August 24 – 30, 2019
Register before Jan 10th for our early bird/holiday special.
This is the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.
Models: Nicole and Alison
Come join renowned infrared photographer Laurie Klein for a workshop hosted by 4URRanch in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.
Rate includes:
  • Accommodations in one of 4UR Ranch’s Adirondack style lodges
  • All meals prepared by Le Cordon Blue trained Chef Blake Bond
  • Photography instruction from renowned photographer Laurie Klein
  • Talented Models including Nicole Cudzilo
  • World class fly fishing on 7 miles of completely private tail water
  • Horseback riding throughout the Goose Creek Valley
  • Access to the heated pool and natural hot springs spa
  • Massages available daily**
  • Extensive wine and spirits list featuring Colorado purveyors**
  • Spouse or friend can spend the six night stay at 4UR Ranch participating daily activities
** Indicates additional charges associated with service
Early Bird Discount if Booked by January 10, 2019
Price per participant: $ 3,000.00
Spouse Early Bird Discount price for $: 2,250.00
Prices after Jan 10, 2019
Price for non-participant: $ 3,200.00
Spouse Early Bird Discount price for $ 2,450.00
6.84 percent tax will be added to bill
For more information and to register please contact:
Robin Christensen
phone: #719-589-2404
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Luminar Users ~ A note from Shelley
Any one who has worked with us, knows we highly recommend Luminar for its ease of editing infrared images. We continue to believe it is one of the best solutions for photographers who want maximum creativity with minimum time, effort and study. The release of Luminar 3 brings the long awaited digital asset management (“DAM”) function, which allows users to organize and catalog their images instead of using Lightroom’s Library or Photoshop’s Bridge. Unfortunately, this first iteration is a step in the right direction but not quite what people had hoped. Knowing the creative skill the Skylum team brings to developing Luminar, we feel certain a better version is already in the works. 
Our recommendation is to either stick with Luminar 2018 or use Luminar 3 only as a plug-in to Lightroom and Photoshop bypassing the new DAM module for now.
A sample of the key problems reported with this first version of Luminar 3’s DAM are:
  • Slow performance.
  • Limited metadata, no automatic file renaming, and no keywords making it impossible to search for an image on anything other than date or ratings assigned in Luminar 3.
  • Inability to apply a develop preset on new images when added to the catalog.
  • No support for RAW + JPEG image pairs.
Laurie Klein Photography


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Basics of Getting Started in Infrared Photography

Basics of Getting Started in Infrared Photography

So many students ask me how their images can stand apart from the millions of photographs made each and every day? They also are looking for a way to give voice to their vision in ways they haven’t been able to express with standard digital imagery. Does that resonate with you? If so, why not explore a medium that is artsy, unique and fun. When I first learned about infrared photography from Ansel Adams in the 70s, you had to have a great knowledge of technical skills to successfully work with infrared film. With digital, even the novice photographer can easily access infrared. 

Infrared captures the nonvisible spectrum, so your images will look surreal, unique and moody. Nature, landscapes, plants, foliage and people are wonderful subjects for infrared photography, because they reflect infrared light differently yielding white foliage or ethereally smooth skin. With standard digital photography, summer midday is a rough time to photograph because of the contrast. Infrared, however, loves lots of light and contrast.

I’ve got to say I don’t know one person who has tried infrared and didn’t fall in love with it. Here are some resources for you to get started on your infrared journey.

Equipment: Filters exist for the front of your lens that allow you to try infrared; however, for the best images and easier shooting, you need to convert a camera to dedicated infrared. I recommend you use an old camera that has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I am sure we all have a few of those lying around. If not, consider buying a used camera online and converting it. This is a great way to get started without a huge monetary commitment. You might want to take a look at Infrared Photography: Artistic Techniques for Brilliant Images to help you decide which part of the infrared spectrum you are interested in capturing. I use a Canon 6D camera converted to 720nm, which is the infrared spectrum used by many professionals. With this spectrum, you can get some color if that is your goal. Personally, I like black and white infrared the best, and 720nm yields stunning black and white images. Be sure to use a reputable, established company to perform your camera conversion. I recommend: Kolari Vision and Life Pixel. They have charts on their websites that compare the results of the different conversions.

Education: Here is a link to 3 free videos done in conjunction with B&H Photo Video and Skylum that will help guide you on your infrared journey. All of these videos talk to how infrared sees, the difference in the conversion options, custom white balance, histograms, and a much more to get you started.

Post-production: I recommend Skylum’s Luminar because of its user friendly, powerful design. Our Infrared Mastery Presets for Luminar make post-processing even easier.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming infrared workshops in Providence, Rhode Island, or at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Infrared Photography could change your artistic life!!! Just saying.