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Teaching Lightroom 5 in full swing

June 13th, 2013 |  by No comments

Our Lightroom Workshop in Chicago was treated to a very nice surprise as the first day of the workshop was the morning after the official release of Lightroom 5. These lucky folks were among the first in the world to receive training on Lightroom 5. From Chicago I head to Toronto for where I will be giving a creative lecture and a lecture on Lightroom 5.

The next big Lightroom 5 workshop is in our home in Palm Beach Gardens July 23-26th. When we teach in our home we include a very special 7 course dinner with wine.

This week Adobe mentioned us in the official Lightroom Blog as a training resource

Lastly our Lightroom 5 book is in production and will be released within a month.




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New D65 Lightroom Workshop added for July 23- July 26 in Palm Beach Gardens

March 3rd, 2013 |  by No comments

We finished our Palm Beach Gardens sold out workshop and our next one in April is now sold out as well. We just added one more July 23 – July 26 in Palm Beach Gardens. The workshops in Palm Beach Gardens are limited to 10 people and include an incredible dinner with fantastic wines. The menu this past workshop was roasted figs stuffed with goat cheese and topped with caviar, followed by roasted escargot, slow roasted beef tenderloin and salted carmel and coconut gelato. Wines included some fabulous burgundy and one of my favorite vintages of Araujo of course. Register now for July 23-July 26


Dinner at Palm Beach Workshop

Dinner at Palm Beach Workshop




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Day Two of Digital Photo Destinations 2012 Antarctica Trip

February 10th, 2013 |  by No comments


Beautiful sunrise from Hotel in Ushuaia overlooking the harbor

Beautiful sunrise from Hotel in Ushuaia overlooking the harbor


I have a really good feeling that this Antarctica trip is going to be awesome. We had all 17 folks make it to Ushuaia but getting there was a bit rough as it always is in South America. Just as I was leaving for the airport I received a call from a passenger who was not allowed to board because she was lacking a receipt for an Argentinian visa even though the visa was in the Passport. Knowing that I too had the visa but with no receipt I suddenly had a vision that no one would be allowed to leave the US. I proceeded to the airport and then found out that JP somehow left home without his cameras and both of my kids were suddenly getting sick with very high fevers which required an emergency room visit. By the time I was at the airport both of my kids had vomited in bed on Jamie my beloved so the stress level was a bit high to say the least. To make matters worse two of our folks were told that there flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia was cancelled.



Tall peaks in and out of the clouds with fresh snow in Ushuaia

Tall peaks in and out of the clouds with fresh snow in Ushuaia

Somehow everything began to calm down once JP and I arrived in Ushuaia. We had a beautiful sunrise and went to all outdoor stores and then onto our favorite wine store where we were invited to a private tasting later that night which was simply awesome. On Friday morning we went to the wine store and purchased wine to share with everyone in our group and supplied them each with their own crystal wine glass for tastings to be held with dinner each night.
At wine tasting sampling great grapes for our group

At wine tasting sampling great grapes for our group

Dining on some incredible local King Crab in Ushuaia

Dining on some incredible local King Crab in Ushuaia

We headed to the boat and photographed some wonderful color at the dock area before boarding. We held our first group get together, did the mandatory life boat drill and dinner and then headed down the Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage. It is now Sunday and we have been on the Drake for 12 plus hours and it is our mildest crossing so far. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being a ferocious Drake we are at about a 3 and there are no complaints about that.
Color along the pier in Ushuaia

Color along the pier in Ushuaia

A tire hangs on the side of a fishing boat in Ushuaia

A tire hangs on the side of a fishing boat in Ushuaia

Working on mast of ship in port

Working on mast of ship in port

As we pull away from port towards Antarctica, the crew of a large sailing vessel works on the mast with the Ushuaia mountains in background.

As we pull away from port towards Antarctica, the crew of a large sailing vessel works on the mast with the Ushuaia mountains in background.


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Three New Photo Destination Workshops Antarctica, Greenland, Atacama Desert

February 1st, 2013 |  by No comments


View of Iceberg extending deep into the ocean in Paradise Cove, Antarctica


2014 Antarctica Circle Crossing


February 16-25, 2014




After flying to King George Island (avoiding The Drake Passage) you’ll experience an incredible voyage to beautiful Antarctica on one of the most comfortable expedition vessels in the fleet – The Ocean Nova. You’ll journey south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never sets and few have ever gone!

More than a photo tour, this workshop is a life-changing experience.

Join us for our 6th trip to Antarctica.

Space is limited. You’ll receive lots of personal attention.

Find out more here and reserve your space today

See some of Seth’s Antarctica images 





2013 Greenland Western Fjiords


August 28-September 10, 2013




Join us for a voyage along the spectacular west coast of Greenland . We’llvisit dramatic fiords with towering ice cliffs, magnificent glaciers calving icebergs, ancient villages, and wonderful wildlife (polar bears, walrus, seal, whales, and many sea birds).

This is more than a photo tour. This is a life-changing experience. Our photography workshop offer seminars, demonstrations, reviews, special pre/post voyage webinars, and lots of one-on-one attention.

We’ll have Zodiacs dedicated to our photography group only with one instructor guiding each boat.We’ll work closely with the crew to shoot in the best times at the most beautiful places.Most importantly, we’ll work closely with you to help you make the most of the adventure and get the best results possible

 Space in our program is limited, so you’re assured of receiving lots of personalized attention while traveling with fellow voyagers who share your passions.

Find out more

Reserve your space today.
You must be on our list to register in our program.

Seth’s images from 2012 trip







2013 Atacama Desert 2013


December 6-14, 2013




Our Atacama/Puna Desert (South America) adventure in December was such a tremendous success that we are returning in December 2013 with an even better itinerary. The trip will sell out extremely fast. Only 6 spaces left. 


For More Info and Registration

Images from our 2012 trip

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Auroras / Night Photography, Glaciers & Ice Caves ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT

January 18th, 2013 |  by No comments



Our March 14 – 20 Iceland Workshop is completely sold out so we added a second workshop from March 6-12. We have only one spot left in the second workshop. This is going to be an awesome workshop which is coordinated around the 10 year peak of the Norhtern Lights. We will be in an optimal location for the best viewing in a decade. If you are interested in the one open spot Register Today.

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Second Workshop Just Added Auroras/ Night Photography /Glaciers and Ice Caves Added March 6-12, 2013

November 20th, 2012 |  by No comments

Our Auroras and ice Caves Workshop in Icelandsold out so fast that we added a second session March 6-12, 2013. This session only has 9 spots left. If you would like to reserve a spot contact

Einar Erlendsson <>.

Workshop Updates


Our Atacama Desert workshop  December 3 -11 2012 in Chile is sold out .

Our Antarctica South of the Circle Workshop, February 8-21  has only 4 spots left.




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Highlights from our DPD trip to Iceland

September 3rd, 2012 |  by No comments

John Paul Caponigro and I (DPD) in conjunction with Einar Eriendsson and Focus on Naturejust concluded our Iceland Workshop. We had a fantastic time and are already planning to return this coming winter to hold a workshop on Auroras, Ice Caves  and glaciers and aerials which we will announce soon. If you would like to

2013 is a super year for auroras – a twelve-year peak. If you are interested in early notification about this workshop which will be limited to 14 people, please write to

I realized on this trip that Ice is my muse and wanted to share some of the highlights of our Iceland trip which is the first part of our Arctic Adventure. Tomorrow we start out Greenland Workshop and will post those images when I return.

 Green algae in pools at crater on Snafellsnes, Iceland

Church on Snafellsnes

Computer screen in lava near summit of crater on


Multicolored lava at crater


Sensual lava


Basalt formations on Snafellsnes

Basalt Columns Snafellsnes

Birds foraging for krill in breaking waves

The highest peak in Snafellsnes is snow free for the first time

Car at sunset on Snafellsnes

The aurora as seen in Snafellsnes


Opera house in Reykjavik

Silica flats at Powerplant

Breaking waves in Rekjanes

Crater in the Highlands

Striations in the hillsides of the Highlands

Sheep on a mountainside in the Highlands

Waterfall in the Highlands

Waterfalll in the Highlands

Waterfall in the Highlands

Waterfall in the Highlands

Wall of volcanic crater

Panoramic of entire crater

Obsidian reflecting blue sky near crater

Full moon rising over Heckla Volcano



Rainbow at Seljalandsfoss




Rainbow at Skogarfoss

Storm brewing in South East Iceland

Sculpted ice in Glacial Lagoon

Formation in Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Ice on Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

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Special discounts on upcoming Workflow and Creative Workshops

June 20th, 2012 |  by No comments

From June 25-28 we are holding a very special digital workflow workshop at our new home in Palm Beach. In addition to our workshop we will have a wine tasting and food experience in a truly intimate setting. We will extend $250 off of the regular price of  $1099 for any new registration. For more details

From August 12th to August 17 I will again be teaching with Greg Gorman in Mendocino at his studio and home. This creative workshop concentrates on lighting both studio and on location with models. This is an amazing workshop limited to a very small group. We have worked out a special fee for any new registration through D65 for $3500 for the week. This is more than $1500 of the regular price. For more information





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Highlights from D65’s Africa trip to Johannesburg, Namibia and Botswana

June 14th, 2012 |  by No comments

 In May of 2012 I took six students to Africa for a Best of Africa trip which included, Soweto in South Africa, the sand dunes in Sossuvlei Namibia, The Himba people in Northern Namibia and wildlife in Botswana at King’s Pool, Vumbura Plains and finally Mombo. The trip included helicopters, hot air balloons and private vehicles with special access. The trip was AWESOME and below are some of the photographic highlights of this adventure.


 Great faces in market in the Soweto area of Jonannesburg.

 Running down a street in Dobsonville, Soweto, South Africa 

We were greeted in Soweto with smiling faces.

A very poor section of Soweto known as Klipspruit 

Handprints on a wall in Klipspruit 

Inside a school in Klipspruit, Soweto.

Peeking into school window

Window in school

Wire fences at school in Klipspruit, Soweto

More happy faces

 A recycling dumpsite with squalor conditions in Klipspruit, Soweto.

 Bottles behind mattress springs

 Coke sign reflects in the glass of the Old Diamond Building in downtown Johannesburg.

Only in  Johannesburg


The highlight of this trip for me was Namibia and specifically the sand dunes in Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. This area is characterized by high sand dunes of vivid pink-to-orange color, a consequence of a high percentage of iron in the sand and consequent oxidation processes. The oldest dunes are those of a more intense reddish color. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 200 metres, the highest being the one nicknamed Big Daddy, about 380 metres high. Everything that excites me about photography was here. The colors and shapes were beyond anything I could imagine. The only place I have ever been where I felt the same kind of excitement was in Antarctica. I will definitely be coming back to Namibia.

 Sand dunes after sunset on tungsten

Within the area known as Sossusvlei is Deadvlei,  another clay pan, about 2 km from Sossusvlei. A notable feature of Deadvlei is that it used to be an oasis with several acacia trees; afterwards, the river that watered the oasis changed its course. The pan is thus punctuated by blackened, dead acacia trees, in vivid contrast to the shiny white of the salty floor of the pan and the intense orange of the dunes.



 Deadvlei was different from every angle and changed constantly with the light

 A couple on a dune at sunrise

 Hikers at sunrise on dune

 Cracked earth

 Hot air balloon rises over the desert floor at sunrise 

 Driving across the desert at sunrise

 Sunrise on the dunes

 Rock formations at the base of the dunes 

 Pan at Sunset 

By far the most amazing sky I have ever seen. The Milky Way is the main group of stars and visible to the right of the trip is the Andromeda Galaxy.

 Patterns of vegetation from an aerial view.

 View from hot air balloon 

 Fairy circles in Namibia. These fairy circles consist of round areas barren of vegetation; as yet there is no clear picture as to how they are formed. One theory suggests termites as the creator of these circles, but recent studies have stated that there is no evidence termites would cause this phenomenon. In the oral myths of Himba people these barren patches are said to have been caused by the gods, spirits and/or natural divinities.Studies done by South African scientists shows that these circles are under continuous development. They grow in diameter, expanding to as large as 9 m in diameter, where they One of Africa’s most mysterious natural phenomena still cannot be explained despite 25 years of research, scientists have admitted.The findings will come as a relief to the region’s bushmen who have traditionally attributed magical, spiritual powers to these desert rings.These circles are not moving and after 22 years they have remained in the same spot.

  The color of the desert floor was simply stellar.

 Patterns from a hot air balloon

 Hot air balloon over Namibia

 Multicolored sand and vegetation in Namibia

 Shadow of our hot air balloon on sand dunes

Copper and iron intrusions in sand dunes

Overall of sand dunes


Serra Cafema in Northern Namibia was our next destination. Here we had sand dunes of a different texture and color and we had the Himba people. The Himba are an ethnic group of about 20,000 to 50,000 people living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene region. They are mostly a semi-nomadic, pastoral people, and speak Otjihimba. The Himba breed cattle and goats. The responsibility for milking the cows lies with the women. Women take care of the children, and one woman will take care of another woman’s children. Women tend to perform more labor-intensive work than men do, such as carrying water to the village and building homes. Men handle the political tasks and legal trials. Members of an extended family typically dwell in a homestead, “a small, circular hamlet of huts and work shelters” that surrounds “an okuruwo (ancestral fire) and a central livestock enclosure.” Both the fire and the livestock are closely tied to their belief in ancestor worship, the fire representing ancestral protection and the livestock allowing “proper relations between human and ancestor.” The Himba wear little clothing, but the women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, to protect themselves from the sun. The mixture gives their skins a reddish tinge. This symbolizes earth’s rich red color and the blood that symbolizes life, and is consistent with the Himba ideal of beauty.

 Sand dunes in Serra Cafema

Very different sand and light then what we saw in Southern Namibia

In Serra Cafema the sand was deeply striated with strong texture.

 A Himba boy plays in the sand.

 Himba boy

 Himba girl

 Himba women 

 Body covered in otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre, to protect against the sun

 The Chief 

 Himba children playing in the sand

 Himba woman braids hair

 Himba women walking across desert sand in Northern Namibia

 Himba feet

Oryx tracks in sand dunes

 Oryx crossing the sand dunes

 Pano of the sand dunes

 Patterns and shadows in the sand

 Blowing sand

 Striations and patterns in the desert sand

 Patterns and texture and great light made me very happy

 As the sun started to set the graphic nature of the sand dunes became even more defined.

Pit Vipers were very common in the sand dunes

 A very large and neat spider called the white lady who lives in a hole in the sand with a trap door.

 With the sun down a very long exposure on Tungsten


We left Namibia via private plane and headed to Botswana where our first stop was Kings Pool Camp located in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a vast private concession in the northern part of Botswana, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park.

Glasses on a table at King’s Pool 

 Beautiful old dead trees around King’s Pool

 Leopard in early morning light

 This was as close as you can get which is minimum focusing distance and full frame.

 Wild dogs took down a baby kudu in seconds

 Lion reflection in water

 Hippos showing their stuff

 Such beautiful eyes


After King’s Pool we took another private plane to Vumbura Plains in Botswana.

Buffalo running through water 

Very close to a cheetah

Majestic gesturing elephant in Vumbura Plains

 Reed Frogs

 Giraffe at sunset

 Helicopter view over the Okavango Delta

 The delta is spectacular from the air and the ground

 Red Lechwe cross the Delta


After Vumbura Plains we again went via private plain to Mombo which was the final stop in Botswana.Located in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Mombo Camp is the flagship property of the luxury safari operator Wilderness Safaris. Widely recognised as the finest safari camp in Africa, Mombo is Botswana’s most famous property.

 An ancient Baobab tree in Botswana

 Sunrise at Mombo

 Nothing like a NY Sirloin, Mombo style.

 Nothing like a little cuddle after a good meal.

 A little too close for comfort

 Definitely a little close for comfort

 Ok! Time to move.

 Drinking at the favorite watering hole.

And a little more cuddling

 Beyond close to a leopard 

 You can’t get any closer than this

 Nice kitty

 We had great leopard encounters in Mombo

 Spectacular light and our last leopard encounter 

 The leopard had just killed an aardvark and taken it up the tree

 Blood stains on chest from dinner

 Coming down to say hi and it is time for us to say bye.

Our Africa trip was one of kind but a good sample of our creative location workshops. We hope to return to Africa with our good friends Journeys Unforgettable who help set up our Africa expeditions. Other creative workshops coming up include Seth Resnick and Greg Gorman in Mendocino and Digital Photo Destination workshops with Seth Resnick and John Paul Caponigro in Iceland and Greenland, the Atacama Desert in Chile and a newly announced trip to Antarctica which will be our fifth trip to the continent where we will go South of the Antarctic Circle.

All the best,


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Pre-Order D65’s Lightroom 4 Book

March 6th, 2012 |  by No comments

Pre-Order D65's Lightroom Workbook, Workflow Not Workslow in Lightroom 4

This book is based on the D-65 workshops which are a dynamic resource for photographers of any level. The 4-day intensive workshop equips pro photographers art directors, photo editors, image heavy bloggers, and the advanced amateur with the tools to manage their workflow efficiently, effectively, and effortlessly.

With our book or workshop, utilizing the 7 modules of Lightroom 4, we’ll teach you detailed workflow, digital asset management, processing and image delivery. You’ll also learn to tag, name, size, and sharpen your images so they’re perfect for reproduction. Plus, you’ll become an expert in keeping every image you shoot organized and archived.

By the end of our book, workshop, or consultation you will have the skills to create your own successful workflow in Lightroom 4.

If you read our first or second book, The Photoshop Lightroom Workbook, Workflow not Workslow in Lightroom 2, or D-65’s Lightroom Workbook Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 3, you will already know why we love Lightroom.  If you haven’t read our earlier books, or been to one of our workshops or webinars, Lightroom is a one-stop solution for digital workflow. It utilizes the power behind Adobe Camera Raw, combining image processing and a digital asset management system under one roof. The aim of Lightroom is to be simple and to streamline workflow.



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