Scott Bideau

PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG: Chasing the Light + Giving Back through the Lens.

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Printing Your Photographs

Photography has been transformed by digital. Thousands of images can now be saved to a $10 memory card. Hundreds of thousands can be stored on a $100 hard drive. Does printing even matter anymore? I say more so than ever!

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Over the Balloon

In anticipation of the 36th annual Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo next month, I’ll share my favorite image from the event’s past. Proof that when you have a balloon festival in an area that is literally trademarked as the nation’s “Ski Town” – interesting photo opportunities present themselves.

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104th Winter Carnival

This year marked the 104th anniversary of the Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, complete with ski racing, ski joring, obstacles courses, ski jumping, and much more. It’s always a pleasure to photograph the event, not only for my own kids, but to gift the photos to all of the other participants and their families. Lots of fun images in the full post.

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Help Portrait Steamboat 2016

I just returned from a 12-hour day at Help Portrait Steamboat. This year was our largest ever, serving over 110 people in a single day with free hair and makeup, a professional portrait session, and sending them all home with a framed print.  We also had a special visitor – Santa!

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My Top 3 Mobile Photo Apps

Smartphone apps have made a dramatic impact on my photography – from recording scouting observations to planning a shoot from afar and later having that intelligence at my fingertips while shooting. I’ve compiled a list of my top 3 mobile apps with a mini review on each. I hope you find these tools as useful as I have.

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An Evening w/ Jim Richardson from National Geographic

I had the great privilege of facilitating a Skype interview with National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson at this week’s Yampa Valley Photographers meeting. Jim offered some great advice on everything from ethics to gear to photography business management – all from his “Small World” studio in rural Kansas.

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Stormy San Juans

Landscape photography doesn’t get much better than a combination of fall foliage, towering mountain peaks, and stormy skies. And that’s exactly what I encountered last weekend during a quick trip down to the San Juan mountains.

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Several years ago, I was tipped off to snow falling in Aspen – enough to cover the higher peaks without disturbing the leaves. I drove down, slept in my car, and had the area almost to myself at sunrise. But recent reports from this and other popular destinations point to increasingly crowded conditions, sometimes with very disrespectful and illegal behavior. Let’s change that together.

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Under the Bridge

This image of the San Francisco skyline underneath the Bay Bridge is fairly straightforward from a technical perspective. But getting to this location is not so easy, especially with recent construction and government property restrictions on Yerba Buena Island, a rolling carry-on suitcase in tow, my extreme allergy to poison oak, and of course a steep cliff dropping into the bay. This is one of those “getting there is half the fun” stories.

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An 11 Stop Loss at Berry Falls

The only way to soften and blur water in motion is to lengthen your exposure, normally a second or more. But what if you’re in bright, mid-afternoon light that calls for exposure times closer to 1/100 of a second? Time for an ND filter…

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