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More Than A Snapshot provides online photography education.

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This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

A $4000 Image!

Gary Detonnancourt

Why is this image so expensive, because right after I took it, disaster struck.  I found this great scene and I was working it for all it was worth.  I had that great swirl in the water and some fantastic fall color in the background.  I decided that the image could be even better if I used a polarizer to remove some glare from the leaves and water.  Photographically this was a great decision but it caused me to fight with the filter holder which caused me to unlatch the tripod head.  Then I got my shot, but I forgot about the tripod head and when a picked up my tripod a heard a big splash.  My Canon 5D M IV and my Canon 17-40 mm lens were completely submerged.  I was able to retrieve them and I tried to dry it out and I sent it to Canon and they were both a complete loss.  Luckily the memory cards survived and I was able to get the images and my insurance should pay for most of the loss and as it turns out this image won second place in my camera club, so I guess it was all worth it in the end. 

How to Create a Slideshow with Photoshop CC

Gary Detonnancourt

Slideshows can easily be created with Adobe Lightroom, however, you can have more options and media choices if you make your slideshows with Photoshop.  I made this set of tutorials to show you how you can use Adobe Photoshop CC to make simple slideshows with just still images or mixed media slideshows that can include animation, video and text.

How to Make a Slideshow in Photoshop CC

Here are some of the important steps in the process along with screenshots.

  • Export Images from Lightroom at 1920 x 1080
  • Photoshop:  Click File>Open
  • Open one image
  • Click Window>Timeline
  • Click create video timeline
  • Click add Media to add more images
  • Drag images around to re-order them
  • Drag the edge of images to change the length of time they will be displayed
  • Add transitions between images
  • Add animations to individual images
  • Add a black background for images that may not be 1920 x 1080
  • Add Sound and adjust sound options
  • Click the hamburger menu on the right side of the timeline > Render video (see video #2 for more information.)

Basic Slideshow with still images only.  Music from Bensound

Enhancing a slideshow with video and text.

Adirondacks slideshow with Text and Video.  Music from Bensound


Brown’s Tract Inlet Sunrise Time-lapse

Gary Detonnancourt

On Day 3 of my Adirondack trip I photographed this sunrise time-lapse.  This is also where I learned that I should bring a second camera and tripod when shooting time-lapses because there were a lot of great shots happening behind me that I couldn't shoot because my camera was busy shooting this time-lapse.

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Fall Foliage and the Night Sky

Gary Detonnancourt

I recently traveled to the Adirondack Mountains to photograph the fall foliage.  It was workshop put on by Mark Bowie and sponsored by my camera club.  On the first night, we photographed the night sky from the backyard of our Inn.  The lights from the inn lit up the trees which allowed us to capture the fall colors and the night sky.  Here are some of my images from that night along with a short time-lapse video.


Osprey Delivering a Fish

Gary Detonnancourt

Great Egret

Gary Detonnancourt

The great egret, also known as the common egret, large egret or great white egret or great white heron is a large, widely-distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Wikipedia

Scientific name: Ardea alba

Mass: 1.5 – 3.3 lbs (Adult)

Wingspan: 4.3 – 5.6 ft. (Adult)

Length: 2.6 – 3.4 ft. (Adult)

Rank: Species

Did you know: The Great Egret (also known as the Common Egret) is a large wading bird found worldwide.