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Guest article by Gregory Basco

Photography in the Rainforest

I’m fortunate to live and work in the rainforests and cloud forests (higher elevation tropical forests) of Costa Rica. This tiny country (about the size of West Virginia or Denmark) is home to an astounding number of different species. Costa Rica boasts more butterfly and bird species than in all of the US and Canada combined and there are 1,500 species of orchids and over 100 species each of bats, frogs, and reptiles. Subjects abound, and being a photographer here is akin to being a kid in a candy store.

Nonetheless, it’s a somewhat understocked, poorly lit, and messy candy store! There are a lot of species but few individuals of any one species. This means that finding subjects is the first challenge. Tropical forests also are quite dark, so even when I find a subject to photograph I’m dealing with low light. And these forests are characterized by exuberant, chaotic growth. The prolific growth is amazing and beautiful, but it makes getting a clear view of a subject or finding an orderly composition for a landscape quite difficult. With patience and some creativity, however, one can capture wonderful images!

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Guest article by Julia Anna Gospodarou: www.juliaannagospodarou.com

This tutorial is a fragment from the extensive tilt-shift lens study I present in my book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography – Architecture & Beyond, a book written in collaboration with B&W fine art photographer Joel Tjintjelaar. 

The fine art architectural images shown in this tutorial have been shot with a Canon tilt-shift lens TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II, using neutral density filters Formatt-Hitech ProStop IRND, and were processed using Photoshop, Lightroom and the Topaz Labs plugins, mainly B&W Effects, DeNoise, Detail and ReMask.

The Essential Tilt-Shift Lens Guide

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Here at Topaz Labs we’ve been busy at work and are happy to finally announce the release of Topaz ReMask 4! New to Topaz ReMask? Well it’s your lucky day as the program is now 50% off ($34.99) until the end of July with the coupon code JULYREMASKDon’t miss out on this amazing deal! (Get a free 30 day trial here.)

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 3.16.50 PMReMask’s sleek new interface

If you own ReMask 3 or an older version, then this is a free upgrade!

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