Dan Cope

  • Hi Hannah! A couple of things stand out. First of all make sure the horizon is level. This is especially important when photographing the ocean! Secondly I see your ISO is at 1600 and your shutter speed is at 1/4000. This means that you had plenty of light to be able to lower that ISO way down and improve the image quality while still maintaining…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Badlands in the forum Photo Critique 1 month ago

    Thanks James! To answer a question you had during the webinar, I believe the colored area in the valley is actually dry grass and definitely became over saturated during my editing process.

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Butterfly in the forum Photo Critique 1 month ago

    That’s a beautiful shot! The composition is nice, although I would like to see more space along the bottom and left sides so as to include the entire flower and give it a little “breathing room” around the edges. The real problem I see is the fact that the main subject, the butterfly, is so much darker than the rest of the image. Perhaps you could…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Round Trip in the forum Photography Q&A 1 month ago

    You’re welcome! Glad it’s working for you!

    I’m assuming that you have inadvertently clicked on the icon for the before and after comparison mode. Notice the area I’ve circled on the attached photo. The two “Y’s” denote the before and after mode which will show your photo in two separate windows, one for the original photo and one for the edite…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Badlands in the forum Photo Critique 1 month ago

    Thanks guys! @dfrazer, I’m using a Dell monitor. My struggle in editing this photo has been to obtain the right tint. It seems like it naturally has kind of a greenish-yellow hue that I don’t like but somehow I haven’t been satisfied with my attempts to correct it. Making global adjustments to the white balance never seemed to yield the desired…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Round Trip in the forum Photography Q&A 1 month, 1 week ago

    While in Lightroom, right click on your photo and a task bar will pop up. Click on “edit in” and another side bar will appear. Click on “edit in Adobe Photoshop” and it should automatically open Photoshop with that picture. After you’ve made your edits in Photoshop, just go under “file” and click “save” or simply hit “ctrl-s” to save your work.…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Badlands in the forum Photo Critique 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thanks @rmadaris!

    I went back to this photo this morning and made a few changes. It seems I’m always trying to discern that fine line between getting as much color and vibrancy as possible without making it look over-processed!

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Badlands in the forum Photo Critique 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I might add that this is a blend of two exposures. The EXIF data that I provided is for the foreground. The sky was taken at f/22 and 1/13 sec in order to obtain the starburst effect.

  • Dan Cope started the topic Badlands in the forum Photo Critique 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I took this shot in Badlands National Park one morning last August. It was a hazy sunrise and lacked the drama that every landscape photographer hopes for, but I tried to make the best of it. With less than 24 hours to spend in the Park this would be my only opportunity to photograph the sunrise in this unique setting. After picking my way around…[Read more]

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Sheep in the forum Photo Critique 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    My first suggestion would be the same as what @elianafranzenburg mentioned about placing the sheep on the right so they will be facing in toward the center of the photo. Also the background is a little distracting. The buildings beyond the trees distract from the subject and should be eliminated from the composition or sufficiently blurred so as…[Read more]

  • I would suggest cropping off most of the dark area on the right. If you were to shoot it again I would leave more space along the top and left of the tombstone. Also you might try lightening up the tombstone itself a little and perhaps adding some contrast to make it stand out more.

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Yosemite Valley in the forum Photo Critique 2 months ago

    Thanks for all the great input!! Here’s my re-edt after taking it all into consideration!

    @nasa I do like the panorama but you’re right, I’m not sure it works real well with the trees.

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Lincoln Memorial in the forum Photo Critique 2 months ago

    I guess it’s nice when your pictures are so good that no one has anything to say about them for a whole month right??!!😀 I agree with James in that I like the less contrast in the unedited version. The leading lines in the sidewalk are nice but I’m going to be really picky and point out that you could have shifted slightly to make that center lin…[Read more]

  • Here’s a shot of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. There’s not much that can be done to come up with an original composition from this vantage point but the scene is so majestic! I decided to try editing this in B&W and I like it! I’m not sure if Ansel Adams would be proud of it or not! 🙂 But my purpose for posting this is to get feedback on…[Read more]

  • It had been a long week in downtown Sacramento, CA where I had been staying with my brother and his family working on a recording project during the day and preaching for revival services in the evenings. But now it was Monday morning and time for some sightseeing! The day started early as we headed to San Fransisco, hoping to get ahead of some of…[Read more]

  • Probably those who have told you that Nikons are confusing are those who are accustomed to using Canon or another brand. As a Nikon user I find myself confused whenever I pick up a Canon 😀 But it’s not because Canon’s are necessarily confusing, it’s simply the fact that I’m not accustomed to using one! I’m sure that if you used a Nikon you would…[Read more]

  • Thanks Vince! To start with I opened the file in Lightroom and adjusted the contrast and white balance and brought down the highlights and increased the shadows. In order to bring out the colors, I opened the file in Photoshop. Using selection by color range, I selected the green tones in the trees and applied that selection to a layer mask on a…[Read more]

  • I think it’s a great idea as well! Here’s my edit.

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Lindy Point in the forum Photo Critique 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the comments! @jamesstaddon I did blend two exposures, one for the foreground and one for the sky. However the sky itself is only one exposure taken at 1/5 sec. The foreground was exposed at 1/3. At this point I have not established an online portfolio where I can sell my photos.

  • Dan Cope replied to the topic Lindy Point in the forum Photo Critique 3 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks! You’re right I should have shifted to the right just a bit. I had already thought of that, so I agree with your “little nitpick”!😀

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