Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Let's Make A Difference In A Child's Life and Pick Up A "Ton" of Training Videos, E-Books, Actions & Presets At The Same Time! Last Call–14 Hours Left!


This Summer’s educational opportunity of a lifetime is over just 14 hours from now!

Hi Everybody,

I shot out a quick email last Sunday evening telling you about an absolutely fantastic opportunity to pick up 100's of training videos, eBooks, over 825 Presets and Actions, 6 full 1 year subscriptions, and much more PLUS help children in need at the same time. If you didn’t receive it let me fill you in now.

Tell Me What’s All Included?

These bundled resources cover a wide range of photographic topics - Lighting, Photoshop, Posing, Weddings, Nature Photography, just to name a few.  These resources are from over 30 of the industry's TOP photographers and trainers including yours truly ;~)

I writing you today to remind you that the deal goes away 14 hours from now!!!

Want to find out everything that’s in this treasure chest of goodies -


Buy The Bundle and Help a Child

The cool thing is that in addition to the tremendous value of the Ultimate Bundle, a full 20% of the proceeds benefit two great charities; Team Jesse to fight Cystic Fibrosis and Seedlight which benefit's children in disadvantage communities around the world. That's a really good thing - I think we would all agree.

Just look at some of the contributors involved: Scott Kelby, Lindsey Adler, Rick Sammon, Jared Platt, Richard Sturdevant, Dave Cross, Colin Smith, just to name a few.  I know all those I've just mentioned and they all are great photographers, educators, and trainers - you just can't go wrong with this opportunity. I mean, my gosh, only $99 for over $4200 worth of prime photography goodies.  You really do have to check it out!


Here is the complete list of contributors who are involved in this summer's amazing photography bundle - I told you it was the "who's who" of world class photographers and trainers.

Total Value of all contributions to the Summer's Ultimate Photography Bundle 

OVER $4200.00!!! for only $99

All yours for only $99 and 20% of that benefits the two charities mentioned above.

Check out everything that's included - It will knock your socks off!

Here is the LINK to the Description and Value of everyone's contributions to the Ultimate Bundle

Remember, 20% of all proceeds to Team Jessie Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and SeedLight charities.

Hey gang, like I said, I really hope you check this out.  For only $99 it really is a "no-brainer" for this "best in class" educational/value opportunity.

DAZ Signature
David Ziser
Photographer, Trainer, Lecturer

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer's Ultimate Photography Bundle is Happening NOW! - Only 3 Days Left!

OK gang - here is the back story of one of the most fabulous photographic educational/value offers EVER!  I get a call from one of my buddies over at Think-11, a major player in many things photographic – training, actions, gear, etc.

They tell me they plan to put together the BIGGEST offer EVER for photographers wanting to take their photography to the next level with 100's of  hours of training videos, eBooks, and over 825 Presets an Actions, 6 full 1 Year subscriptions, and more from over 30 of the industry's best photographers and trainers.

First let me say - I was honored by the request to be part of the great educational adventure. And, not only that but the whole deal was going to raise a 10's of 1000's of dollars for two great charities. Hey, they raised over $30,000 in the first few days!!!

For all the details


or click on the image below.

Just check out who's all involved in this summer's amazing photography bundle - I told you it was the "who's who" of world class photographers and trainers.

* Lindsay Adler - Designing an Image & Studio Lighting Guide, Subscription to NEW website

* Jared Platt - Comprehensive Collection of 400 Lightroom Presets & Lightroom Webinar

* Mylio - 1 Year Subscription

* Dave Cross - 1 Year Subscription

* Tony Sweet - 13 Videos Covering Macro Photography, Texturing, Infrared, Mirroring plus more

* Rick Sammon - Master the Art and Craft of Bird Photography Video

* Simply Color - Simply Cash

* PhotoshopCafe - Photoshop Destination CC LIVE

* Lee Varis - Online Course in Mastering Image Creation & Photo Illustration in Photoshop

* Bobbi Lane - Posing & Directing Video

* Craig Minelli - Retouch Toolkit & BeautyBar Pro set of Actions for Lightroom/Photoshop

* Phlearn - PhlearnMethod Bundle, Photoshop 101 & 201, Beginners Guide to Levitation

* SharkPixel - Landscape Photography Presets for Lightroom

* Lesa Snider - The Skinny Ebooks Series

* Scott Wyden Kivowitz - E-Book: Time Is On Your Side: Exploring Long Exposure Photography

* Lance Sullivan - Architecture Power Pack of Presets

* Tyler Meade - 73 Sports and Commercial Photography Lightroom Presets

* Sean Duggan - Photoshop CC Essentials: Selections, Masking & Compositing Video

* Nik Pekridis - Video Training Course: Wedding Photography in Action

* Gavin Gough - Photographers Workflow: Ebook & Videos

* Perfectly Clear - Photoshop and Lightroom Plugins

* Cris Duncan - Photography Business Starter Set: Ebooks & Video

* Dane Sanders - Fast Track Photographer Audiobook

* Andrew S Gibson - Mastering Photography & Understanding EOS Ebooks

* ViewBug - 1 Year Membership

* Eyefi - 1 Year Cloud Subscription

* Peter Eastway - Subscription to Better Digital Photography & Photoshop Layers Class-

* David Ziser – Over 10 hours of Training Videos

* Stephanie Cotta - Mastering the Art of Newborn Photography

* Kelby Media - KelbyOne Photoshop and Lightroom Creativity Bundle

* Richard Sturdevant - SturDaVinci Art Tools Photoshop & Corel Painting Bundle

* Photofocus -  Develop Great Images in Lightroom & 72 Essays On Photography Ebooks

The generous contributions from all the partners allow FotoPromos to give back 20% of all sales to Team Jessie Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and SeedLight charities.


Hey gang, That’s it for me today. I really hope you check this out.  For only $99 it really is a "no-brainer" for this "best in class" educational/value opportunity.

Adios for  now, David

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

”Surf City”

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©David A. Ziser

I made this image a few days after a long 90  minute walk down the beach.  My final destination was a little beach restaurant named Zipper’s.  It’s quite popular with the surfers that make their annual pilgrimage to San Jose del Cabo for the fine surfing ways.  In fact, this weekend is the annual Los Cabos Open of Surf competition [link] with takes place right at the world famous Zipper’s beach.

Just as I was making my way from the beach up to the restaurant, I had to pause briefly for this “surfer dude” to pass by.  The moment was perfect as he passed right in front of Zipper’s.  His long stride, the perfect horizontal position of the surf boards balanced on his head, and all the Cabo colors in the background made for a strong composition.

Yes, I did tweak the image substantially. And yes, the image was made on my iPhone 6+ phone – my favorite phone of all time ;~) The first image tweak was made in an App named Dynamic Light – it’s a kind of cool instant HRD app.  After dialing in the effect I wanted – basically a super saturated contrasty effect, I saved out the image and reopened the image in a second App called Painteresque. This second app results in some of the most unusual and painterly images I have ever seen.  I prefer the Painteresque2 setting.  It is just so much fun to play with.

A final tweak of colors and contrasts in Lightroom CC gave me the final result I was looking for.

I know some of you may be thinking that I’ve gone over to the “dark side” of camera phone photography - but not true. The technical excellence built into these little jewels is amazing. For me it’s all about the finished image – a final rendering of color, contrasts, composition, color harmony, imagination, and creativity that pleases the viewer.  I think this image does just that!

Camera specs: Apple iPhone 6+  at 4.5 mm, F2.2 at 1/3000 second, ISO 32. 

Enjoy! David

Monday, June 08, 2015

Hurricane Blanca–The White Fury!!! We Survived!!!

Good Morning Everybody,

As most of you know LaDawn and I have been hanging out in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico for the last few months. Somewhat sadly, we actually head for home in just a week. 

H0 LD and I

Our stay has been wonderful over the last several weeks -  but in just the last few days we have experienced quite an adventure.

Anyone listening to the news this past weekend surely heard about the category 4 hurricane named Blanca heading for Cabo San Lucas and the Baja peninsula.  Uhhhhh, that would be directly towards us!

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Things were looking somewhat dicey for a few days leading up to the storm making landfall today. The reality was that this storm was both the earliest and fastest growing hurricane in the region for many years. After last years horrific Hurricane Odile, needless to say everybody was worried.

As the week progressed Hurricane Blanca subsided from a Cat 4 storm to a much smaller but still quite intense Cat 1 storm. Well, Mother Nature is not always so predictable and before you knew it Blanca had grown back into a Cat 4 Hurricane by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and was heading our way with the strongest winds predicted to reach us by Sunday afternoon!

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The staff at Alegranza, the beautiful luxury condo development in which we are staying, showed up and said it was time to put up the hurricane shutters. Within a few hours we were buttoned down and ready for the storm.

We made the run to the airport to pick up my daughter Elizabeth who would be joining us along with LaDawn’s son, Zak  and daughter-in-law Emily for the week  Unfortunately, no time at the pool today!

The good news was that by Sunday morning the storm had subsided back down to a Cat 1 hurricane still with blowing wings at 90 MPH! Most of the day was gray and cloudy with unusually high humidity and with very calm breezes you still had the feeling that something ominous was heading our way.

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The good news that was coming from Weather Underground, the best app for monitoring storms like this had the track of the storm verging westward missing us by about 90 miles - a slight reprieve at least.

The five of us were beginning to settle in for a great dinner when the winds began picking up speed, the storm was getting closer. I thought, "Heck, how about a pre-hurricane swim about now."

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The winds were hitting about 40 MPH on our 5th floor condo but I was hoping they would be reduced a bit at ground level.  After dinner we settled in for the huffing and puffing of the White Fury - Hurricane Blanca!!!

The winds really starts picking up around 9:00 p.m. I couldn't resist - I grabbed a chair and headed out to our terrace.  This was not the place to be sipping a nice glass of Chardonnay.  The wind was whipping around like crazy and the entire experience gave one a brand new respect for Mother Nature.  My super-windy time on the terrace also made me think of what the residents went through during Hurricane Odile just eight months earlier.  Hurricane Odile was the most devastating hurricane to hit this area ever with winds hitting over 150 MPH!!! Yesterday evening was just a walk in the park by comparison.

DAZNOTE: Check out this YouTube video [link] of what Hurricane Odile did to Alegranza and San Jose del Cabo last year – unbelievable!!!

We all turned in about 11:00 p.m. and as we all lay in bed you could really hear the winds increase in velocity. One of our guests was a bit un-nerved by the intense whistling and blowing of the very stronger winds and spent the night in the bathroom on one of the matts from the chase lounge - pretty funny.

The wind was howling intensely but finally began to subside about 3:30 p.m. How do I know this - well, many of us were not having such a sound sleep last night;~)

By morning the storm had completely passed.  We were up a 6:00 a.m. Anxious to remove the storm shutters and reclaim the terrace as ours once again.  By 7:30 a.m. We are all back to normal enjoying the easy, albeit somewhat cooler, summer Cabo breezes.

H4 Trees downDamage to the resort was minimal with only a few small trees destroyed.  Thankfully, everything and everyone else was fine. Time for a nice walk along the beach, and a swim later on today.  I suspect we'll be blessed with another gorgeous sunset this evening and and a fabulous sunrise tomorrow

All is good and as they say - No Bad Days in Cabo. 

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Hey gang that's it for me today.  Everybody have a great day in your part of the world and I catch you again soon.

Adios for now,

David - the Hurricane Hunter.