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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.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday Deals

Gary Detonnancourt

Happy Thanksgiving! I’d like to take a moment to say how thankful I am for all of you that visit my website and support my courses. I enjoy making content for you and I hope you find it useful. I have big plans for the upcoming year, including the release of a new course on about Luminar 2019. This is a program that I have been using quite a bit lately and it has impressed me as a possible alternative to Adobe Lightroom.

Skylum will not be releasing the new version of Luminar until December 8th and my course will not be finished for awhile after this release date. Therefore, I have decided to create a pre-sale bundle where you can purchase the Luminar 2019 course now before it’s even been created at a deeply discounted price. This will help with the development of the course and since I want you to get plenty of value from my courses, I’ve decided to add three of my most popular courses to this bundle as a special pre-sale bonus. This four-course bundle will include:

  • Luminar 2019

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Lightroom

  • F**k the Rules, Your Composition Your Way

  • Learn to Create More than a Snapshot Photography Course

The pre-sale Black Friday price is $50 and you can click here to purchase this bundle.

If you don’t currently own Luminar you can purchase it now during their black Friday deal by clicking here. Since your purchasing it now you will get the upgrade to Luminar 2019 free when it’s released on December 8th. They are also offering many bonuses with this sale that you can check out on their sales page.

If you decide to buy it use the coupon code “SNAPSHOT” to get $10 off.


Gary Detonnancourt

PS if you read the blog post called Topaz Studio Vs Luminar Quick Edits you can get links to Topaz’s Black Friday Deals. I highly recommend the AI Bundle, I think AI Clear is the best new software I’ve seen in a long time.

Fall! A Great Time to Get Out to the Woods

Gary Detonnancourt

Fall! A Great Time to Get Out to the Woods

And not just for beautifully colored leaves. This fall try slowing down and really observing your surroundings. You never know what you’ll see. On a recent trek through a local nature trail I discovered a nice variety of wild mushrooms and learned that they make great photographic subjects. If you can identify any of these mushrooms, please post in a comment below. Click on the images to see them larger.

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. 

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.

From Tuesday 10/17 Until Monday 10/30

Use Coupon Code “Fall25”

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.