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Oneonta Gorge – One More Check Off the Photography Bucket List
3 months ago

Oneonta Gorge – One More Check Off the Photography Bucket List

Hey everyone. I’m on the plane heading back from Portland. I was out there for work this week and found some time to go shooting. Yesterday morning, I met up …
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Awesome Landscape Photography You Need To See
4 months ago

Awesome Landscape Photography You Need To See

I was reading the Fstoppers.com website the other day and came across a cool article called “The Top 48 Photographers To Follow On 500px“. The whole list isn’t all just …
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3 Tips for Shooting Portraits (and my TV Show Appearance)
5 months ago

3 Tips for Shooting Portraits (and my TV Show Appearance)

A few weeks ago I posted that I was a guest on TV show called “The Home and Family Show”, and giving some photography tips. The show airs on the …
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7 Tips For Scouting Landscape Photography Locations
5 months ago

7 Tips For Scouting Landscape Photography Locations

Last week I posted a photo I took in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the post I had mentioned that I didn’t know the area and that I got somewhat lucky in …
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Breckenridge Sunrise
5 months ago

Breckenridge Sunrise

I just got back from spring break skiing in Breckenridge, CO with the fam. I guess one of the benefits of traveling a lot for work, is that you build …
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Los Angeles Cityscape (Part 2)
5 months ago

Los Angeles Cityscape (Part 2)

Last week I posted a cityscape of Los Angeles. Well, the photo I posted had the sun coming up behind me so the sky had virtually no good color to …
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I’m Going To Be on TV Today Giving Photo Tips
6 months ago

I’m Going To Be on TV Today Giving Photo Tips

Hey everyone. First off, a big thanks to all of you that came out to my Lightroom seminar in LA yesterday. I had a blast. Great crowd, great vibe and …
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Los Angeles Cityscape
6 months ago

Los Angeles Cityscape

Good morning LA! (and everyone else) I’m in Los Angeles today for my Lightroom seminar. I’m still kinda on east coast time so I was awake pretty early and decided …
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Protected: WPPI Vegas 2014

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Interview: Why Patience and Passion Create the Best Landscapes
6 months ago

Interview: Why Patience and Passion Create the Best Landscapes

If you’ve never been to PhotoWhoa.com, you need to check out their site. It’s a photography blog/store with lots of great stories along with lots of great deals on photography …
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Photographing Cityscapes: A New Class Is Born
6 months ago

Photographing Cityscapes: A New Class Is Born

It’s really funny how things happen. Last week I taught a seminar in Houston and posted about how I met up with some photographers the night before and photographed the …
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3 Reasons Why Graduated Neutral Density Filters Are Dead To Me
6 months ago

3 Reasons Why Graduated Neutral Density Filters Are Dead To Me

I get asked all the time what filters I carry. And many times, whenever I recommend filters on one of my online training courses or shows/webcasts, people will comment on …
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Downtown Houston Sunset
6 months ago

Downtown Houston Sunset

I arrived in Houston Sunday afternoon for my Lightroom seminar today and was greeted by some beautiful clouds that looked like it would shape up for a great sunset. Luckily, …
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“The Chat” with Karen Hutton
6 months ago

“The Chat” with Karen Hutton

Last December, I traveled to Sacramento for one of my Lightroom seminars. I did as I always do and checked the map to see what’s close to Sacramento and I …
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Lightroom 5 Seminar
6 months ago

Lightroom 5 Seminar

Where: Houston, TX When: Monday February 17th, 2014 What: Everything you want to learn about Lightroom 5 Sponsor: KelbyOne.com Live Events Location: George R. Brown Convention Center

Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa Trampled!
6 months ago

Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa Trampled!

The photo above is from Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa and was posted on the Death Valley Facebook page. It’s a popular photo spot in Death Valley and thousands of photographers …
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Pro Photo Expo 2014
7 months ago

Pro Photo Expo 2014

I’m teaching my Lightroom seminar in Richmond, VA today and then heading straight to Cincinnati to teach at the Pro Photo Expo 2014. If you’re in the area I hope …
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My Landscape Photography Workflow Using Lightroom and Photoshop eBook Is Out!
7 months ago

My Landscape Photography Workflow Using Lightroom and Photoshop eBook Is Out!

Hey there and happy Monday. I just wanted to let you know that my new eBook is out (and my first eBook-only, not print, book). It’s called Landscape Photography Workflow …
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Downtown Cincinnati Sunset
7 months ago

Downtown Cincinnati Sunset

I’m getting ready to teach the first tour stop for my Lightroom 5 seminar this year in Covington, KY (across the river from Cincinnati). I got in to my hotel …
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The Secret To Getting The Most Out of Your Photography Gear In Winter
7 months ago

The Secret To Getting The Most Out of Your Photography Gear In Winter

Okay, I’m going to admit this right up front. This is not a photography tip. The headline I wrote is totally meant to grab attention (hope it worked) :) But I really wanted to write about this. I’ve seen this tip help (or how it could have helped) so many freakin’ photographers out there and I couldn’t think of any other title that people would actually read :-)

The Back Story
This time of year, many photographers are packing up their stuff and heading to cold places to photograph, or for vacation, work, or all of the above in some combination. Now, if you already live in a cold place, then you probably know what type of gear, clothing, etc… to pack. But what if you don’t (like me).

A True Story
Years ago, I went on a photography trip out to Moab, Utah. I looked at the weather forecast and it showed that the lows would be somewhere in the 40’s. “Meh… no problem!” I thought. I live in Tampa, Florida where it doesn’t get in to the 40’s much (although it is as I write this). And when it does, everyone breaks out their winter coats, boots, scarves, gloves, snow shoes (maybe not the last one). But I travel enough that I’m in cooler weather often, not to mention I grew up in the northeast so I know what it’s like. Anyway, so when I saw 40’s I didn’t think much of it. 40′s ain’t bad at all.

What Did I Miss?
Some of you already know the ending to this story because you’re saying to yourself, “Yeah, it was 40, but what about the wind”. Sadly I didn’t think of that. And I paid for it. We got out to some locations and there was a 10-20mph wind blowing. As I’m sure many of you know, 40 isn’t so bad. But 40 in high winds can get really cold really quick. So cold that all I wanted to do was get back in the car when I was supposed to be out there shooting. It wasn’t just uncomfortable, it was downright miserable. I couldn’t be creative and I couldn’t even think about shooting. And I was with a group and several people were the same way. You know who wasn’t? The people that had the right clothing.

Okay, So Why Am I Writing This?
So what’s the point here. The point is that I think there is a secret to getting the most out of your photography gear in the winter that a lot of people can miss. The right clothing. See, we spend so much money on our photo gear Read More

Free e-Book: The Landscape Collective
7 months ago

Free e-Book: The Landscape Collective

For all of you landscape photographers out there, I just saw over on PhotoWhoa.com that they have a free ebook called The Landscape Collective. It’s a collection of landscape, cityscape …
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Why I’ve Been Shooting Canon Photography Gear
7 months ago

Why I’ve Been Shooting Canon Photography Gear

I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately over why I’ve been shooting Canon gear. And rightly so. During the course of the year, I personally come in to contact with …
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The Fog-Curse of the Golden Gate Bridge Has Lifted (Literally!)
7 months ago

The Fog-Curse of the Golden Gate Bridge Has Lifted (Literally!)

I mentioned the other day that I’d be in San Francisco this week and was looking for some places to shoot. I’ve also posted (several times before) of my bad …
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Shooting Photos In San Francisco
7 months ago

Shooting Photos In San Francisco

Hey everyone. I’m heading out to San Francisco today for an Adobe event. It’s not really a shooting event and I’m not sure how much time I’ll have, but the Bay area is one of my favorite places so I packed up my camera gear with me as well. Just searching around 500px.com (which is what I do whenever I go on a trip somewhere for inspiration and cool places to shoot), I found a ton of great long exposure possibilities so I’ve got my ND filters too. But, if anyone reading knows so good photo spots, by all means please let me know. I’ve always wanted to get a photo of the top of the Golden Gate poking through the fog, but I’m not even sure if this is a good time of year for that. All I know is that any time I go to shoot it, it’s totally engulfed in fog ;-)

Anyway, here’s a couple of photos I took on my last trip out there. I went to one of the popular beach areas (Baker beach, and no I didn’t see any nude beachgoers ;) ) to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.

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But as it got closer to sunset, some hazy stuff started to roll in and covered the bridge. So I switched gears,

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My Long Exposure Photography Class Is Here!
7 months ago

My Long Exposure Photography Class Is Here!

It’s been a long time coming but my Long Exposure Photography class is finally here. Because of a few tweaks in the release calendar for Kelby One (formerly Kelby Training), …
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The Photographer’s 50/50 Time Limit Rule
7 months ago

The Photographer’s 50/50 Time Limit Rule

Yesterday on our live talk show, The Grid, we talked about ways to become a better photographer in 2014. One of the things we talked about was how it’s okay to try to model your work after some of the pros out there. It’s okay to try to shoot weddings like Cliff Mautner, or light portraits like Joe McNally. Learn what the pros do that interests you, try to shoot like them and develop the confidence that you need, and your style will naturally develop from it because, well, you’re simply not Cliff or Joe. That alone, will make sure that your photos and your style are different from theirs.

Same thing goes if you’re into shooting outdoors and landscapes. It’s okay to go to Death Valley and shoot the typical photo that everyone shoots at the Racetrack with the mysterious moving stones. Learn why that viewpoint at that time of day is good, and take the photo. Build your confidence by visiting some of the “gimmee” spots where ever you travel. Nobody said photography, and making a great photo, means going to a place no one else has and taking a photo that nobody else has. Sometimes it’s just fine to go to a place that everyone has gone before, and put your own spin on the location. Maybe your tripod is up higher or lower than the others. Maybe you go at sunset rather than sunrise or you do a long exposure when no one else is. Even though you may be modeling your photo after another photographer or photo you’ve seen, I think just the fact that you’re taking the photo (and processing it), makes it different.

The 50/50 Rule
This brings me to the Photographer’s 50/50 rule. I’m not sure where this rule came from. I learned it many years ago and I wish I could credit some one for it, but I have no idea where/how I learned it. Basically, the premise is Read More

A Key Step To Becoming A Better Photographer in 2014 (Update!)
7 months ago

A Key Step To Becoming A Better Photographer in 2014 (Update!)

Hey everyone. Today on our live talk show, The Grid, we’re going to go back to a topic we covered last year – the key steps to becoming a better photographer in 2014. We have a special guest, one of my favorite photographer friends out there, Karen Hutton. I know she’s going to bring a lot to the table because, well, she’s awesome, talented and just so cool to talk to. Anyway, we’re not just going to rehash last year’s show but also put some new stuff in there as well, so I hope you’ll check the show out at 4pm Easter time. In the meantime, I wanted to talk a little about the first step and how it’s impacted me over the last year.

The Most Important Step
For me, one of the most important steps, and one of the most satisfying years in my photography, happened when I decided what kind of photographer I wanted to be (that’s the first step by the way). Personally, it was one of the most impactful moments in my photography career so far, and I think developing a plan can tremendously help your photography going forward.

See, 2012 was a big year for me because I really had some clarity and purpose in my photography. I told the story in last year’s episode but I’ll give you the quick version. Working at Kelby Media Group, I’m surrounded by many inspirational photographers throughout the year. You name it, from portrait, to landscape, macro, lighting, wedding, fashion, food, aviation, or even car photography. Because of my job in being the Director of Education there, I spend time with people that are at the absolute top in their field. In doing so, I think a very natural thing has happened to me over the years – I’ve tried to be everything. I’ve never really defined to myself what I want from photography. I’ve known that I’ve been better at some areas than others, but I’ve always felt that, with time and practice, I could get really good at any one of those areas if I decided to really put my mind to it. But up until 2012, I hadn’t put my mind toward any one thing.

Once I started thinking about it, I realized I love photographing the outdoors. Landscape, travel, and even people that are enjoying the outdoors became the type of photographer that I wanted to be. Once I figured that out in 2012, I noticed a huge improvement not only in my photography, but also my happiness as a photographer.

So What Happened In 2013?
I continued that focus in 2013 and I have to say, it was a HUGE year for me as a photographer. You have to realize that my job is not to travel around and take photos. But I do have the advantage in that I travel about once or twice a month for my Lightroom seminars. Read More

A New Blog Facelift And My Long Exposure Photography Class
8 months ago

A New Blog Facelift And My Long Exposure Photography Class

Hey there and happy Monday. You may notice a little bit of a blog facelift. I tested out about 20 different blog themes and came across the one you see …
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Topaz New Star Effects Plug-in with Landscape Photos
8 months ago

Topaz New Star Effects Plug-in with Landscape Photos

Hey everyone. First off, if you’ve noticed me a bit absent lately, it’s because I’ve totally been taking it easy over the holiday. I finished my last Lightroom seminar on Dec. 13th, and really pulled back on as much as I could, so I could enjoy some holiday time with my kids to watch as many holiday movies as we could, and cram in as much xBox time as possible ;) I’ll resume a more regular schedule in the beginning of January though.

Anyway, I recently downloaded Topaz Labs new Star Effects plug-in. As a landscape photographer, I love shooting in to the sun. I usually close my aperture to around f/16 and try to get that nice star effect of the sun just as it’s on the tip of hitting the horizon or some other element in the photo (and yes, my photos are still plenty sharp at f/16 for all of you lens geek/techies).

So I gave it a try on a photo I took at Clearwater beach, which is about 30 minutes from where I live. The sun had just went behind a cloud and I couldn’t get the sun-star I was looking for as it happened. But Star Effects definitely helped out.
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Enhancing Landscape Photos Webcast with Lightroom and onOne Software
8 months ago

Enhancing Landscape Photos Webcast with Lightroom and onOne Software

Hey everyone. I’m really psyched to be doing a FREE webcast today with onOne Software. They just released Photo Suite 8 and some of the effects in it are so …
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The Landscape Photography Holiday Gift List
9 months ago

The Landscape Photography Holiday Gift List

Okay, I know there’s a ton of holiday gear lists out there. But I haven’t found a good one for landscape photographers specifically. So, I recently went through my camera …
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Pre-Sunrise At Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe
9 months ago

Pre-Sunrise At Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe

Over the years I’ve learned to never believe the weather forecast. I looked at my weather app the morning I was getting up to shoot Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe …
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Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe
9 months ago

Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe

I’m getting ready to teach my Lightroom seminar today in Sacramento. We have almost 400 photographers signed up so it looks like it’s going to be a great day. I …
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The Difference That F-Stops Can Make In Landscape Photography
9 months ago

The Difference That F-Stops Can Make In Landscape Photography

I’ll admit it, I’ve always said when it comes to landscape photography I rarely ever shoot at any f-stops other than smaller apertures (f/11, f/16). Those smaller apertures help to …
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My Long Exposure Photography Gear
10 months ago

My Long Exposure Photography Gear

A few weeks ago I recorded a Long Exposure photography class for KelbyTraining.com online. As the class gets closer to the release date, I wanted to write a quick list …
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My Two Favorite Features on the New Sony A7R
10 months ago

My Two Favorite Features on the New Sony A7R

Earlier this week I got the chance to use the newly announced Sony a7R. It’s Sony’s new 36 megapixel monster mirrorless full-frame camera, and it’s definitely getting it’s share of …
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My Fall Photography Class is Live on Kelby Training
10 months ago

My Fall Photography Class is Live on Kelby Training

I just wanted to let you know that my fall photography field guide class is live on Kelby Training. Yeah… I know it’s a few weeks late. All I can …
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Behind the Scenes: New York City Long Exposure
10 months ago

Behind the Scenes: New York City Long Exposure

I’m in New York this week for the annual PDN PhotoPlus Conference and brought my camera along in case I got the chance to shoot. Well, if you didn’t know …
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5 Things To Look For When Photographing In The Fall
10 months ago

5 Things To Look For When Photographing In The Fall

My Kelby Training online class on photographing fall colors is just about done and should be up any day. But if you’re looking to go shoot early this week, I …
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Fall Photography Gear, Resources, and Stuff
11 months ago

Fall Photography Gear, Resources, and Stuff

Earlier in the week I posted some photos from my trip to Colorado to photography the fall colors. From the comments here and on social media I wanted to do …
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