Category Archives: Paul Christopher James

Botany Bay

A few days ago I was able to spend a little time on this wonderful stretch of beach in South Carolina enjoying the sunrise with clients. What a great way to spend time during the Easter and Passover holidays.

Sunrise - Botany Bay

Sunrise – Botany Bay

 Wishing everyone time with family and friends during the holidays.

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Charleston Spring

Each spring I head to Charleston to teach and capture images and every time I am amazed at the beauty that I find. I spent most of today scouting locations I will be taking clients to shoot.  This is one of the locations we will go to at the end of the day to capture the soft light at sunset.

Charleston's spring Bloom

Charleston’s spring Bloom

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Angel Oak – Charleston, South Carolina

Angel Oak is one of my favorite Charleston locations and I am looking forward to seeing her again.

In the morning I am flying to Charleston to start shooting and do a little image scouting before the workshop starts.

Angle Oak- The Oldest tree east of the Mississippi

Angel Oak- The Oldest tree east of the Mississippi

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A Photographers View of Charleston – eBook

I have finished an eBook of images from Charleston using the Topaz Labs software. I am using it as a promotional giveaway to help promote Topaz software and my workshops and would be grateful if you share it with your friends.

To download “A Photographer’s View of Charleston” click on the link below

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fa00odinw6cg967/A%20
Photographers%20View%20of%20Charleston.pdf?dl=0
A Photographers View of Charleston

A Photographers View of Charleston

Charleston is an American treasure, rich in our early history. This beautiful city shows visitors what southern charm and grace were like in the colonies. When you photograph the streets around Battery Park, you capture images of homes and churches that were built before the signing on the Declaration of Independence. Stroll through my collection of favorite images in this eBook.

Topaz Labs software plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom were used to give my images the finishing touches that make them sing and make you will feel like you are there.

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Focus stacking close up images

When shooting in close for macro or close up images it is often difficult bringing everything into focus even at f/22 or f/32. The depth of field of an image will often come up short and leave parts of the image out of focus. This is when focus stacking becomes useful. This image was focused manually starting at the point closest to the lense and work my way into the image taking 4 exposures at different focus points. After taking the four exposure I blended them in Photoshop bringing the whole image into focus.

Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS6

Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS6

The image below focuses on the flower pistil closest to the lens. I took 4 exposures at different focus points leaving the corners at the top soft to help draw your eye into the image.

1st of four focus exposure

1st of four focus exposure

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Grand Canyon South Rim Panorama

Nature has a beauty that refreshes our souls and keeps calling us back. Our National Parks are exceptional locations that have been set aside for us and future generations to spend time in. This year I will be spending teaching in both the Smoky Mountains and Zion national parks. Smoky Mountains April 19 – 22, 2015, Smoky Mountains October 25 – 28, 2015, Zion National Park/Painted Desert Tour Nov 7 – 11 2015

Morning Storm Grand Canyon 60x24

Morning Storm Grand Canyon 60×24

I hope that you are able to join me on location to capture images and refresh in Nature.
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Charleston spring location workshop March 29 – April 2

On cold winter nights like this I find my thoughts wandering to the warm shooting locations that I have planned for this spring. In late March and early April Charleston emerges from its winter sleep and explodes in vibrant color. Hope you are able to join me Charleston for early an early spring location shoot in some of Americas best gardens.

Southern Charm - Charleston Spring

Southern Charm – Charleston Spring

In lightroom 5.7 I used the Develop module to for a few basic adjustments and then exported Southern Charm into Topaz Clarity to make this image pop.

Southern Charm - Charleston Spring - Raw adj. in lightroom

Southern Charm – Charleston Spring – Raw adj. in lightroom

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