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How to Shoot a Sunrise: Part 1

By on Jun 25, 2019 in Photography, Tutorials | 0 comments

I love a good sunrise. I don’t mind getting up and driving through the night to catch one. In fact, it takes me back to when my dad would wake me up to go duck hunting. There is always a sense of excitement as you never really know what you are going to see that day. However, with all that anticipation also comes a bit of skill that needs to be cultivated over time. No two sunrises are the same and they all need careful attention and experience. Understanding the finer points of this style of photography will help you come back with more images that you are proud of. It does take a bit of planning too. I typically start to organize my shoots the night before, if it is a location that I am familiar with. If I have never been there before, I will take a bit of time to plan and scout the location at least virtually anyway. Peter West Carey has a decent overview of the process over...

Under The Influence of Trey Ratcliff’s New Book

By on Jun 13, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

If you are like me, you may find Instagram a little confusing. Not so much with regards to how the app itself works, but more on how a photo of an egg can beat out Kylie Jenner. Trey’s new book “Under the Influence – How to Fake Your Way into Getting Rich on Instagram: Influencer Fraud, Selfies, Anxiety, Ego, and Mass Delusional Behavior” dives deep into the dark areas of Instagram fame and then pulls back the curtain for us all to see. The only way that I can describe the kind of truth that Trey’s book details is that it makes Instagram look like what a nightclub looks like on a Sunday morning when the cleaning crew arrives. That hot and happening place now is a grungy space with a sticky floor. The new days light shows that the amazing people might not be who you thought they were as they stagger back home. This book is probably best described by the...

Editing a Seascape with Peter DeMarco

By on Jun 1, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

Recently, I had the chance to be a special guest on one of Peter DeMarco’s webinars. This was a great experience and one that really got me thinking about how we all see images differently. The first image that we worked on was taken by my friend Richard Bates and it is a really good one. I was also with him when he too the image. Suffice to say that I have a little insight into his shot. However, despite being there and actually taking the exact same image (see mine below), we both approached it differently. This made the webinar that much more interesting to me. As Pete worked on the image initially and then handed things off to me, I realized that we both had a few similar things in mind but went about them in entirely different ways. Despite wanting to achieve the best looking result for the image we both had different ideas about how to achieve it. It was really interesting...

How to Import Your Presets into Lightroom Classic

By on May 28, 2019 in Photography, Tutorials | 2 comments

I haven’t done one of these tutorials in a while, so I thought that I would give Fleeq a go and see how well it does on the blog. Fleeq, by the way, is the software that I used to assemble this tutorial. It is just something that I am experimenting with at the moment. With that being said, on with the tutorial! For this tutorial, I used Peter Mckinnon’s presets that I just picked up. I wanted to start with a fresh set of presets to show you the whole process from start to finish. Press “D” to Enter the Develop Module Once you are in the develop module, you can click on the “+” icon above your currently installed presets and then click on the “import presets” option. Find and Unzip… Your Presets Once you navigate to the folder with your unzipped presets, it is as simple as clicking on the folder and hitting “import” to...

Buddha’s Birthday 2019

By on May 18, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

So I have been a little preachy in these last few posts, so I thought that I would get back to basics and just talk about one of the best times of the year here in South Korea and one that few travels really know about. I am talking about Buddha’s Birthday. I was shocked that when I started posting my images, that there were a lot of people that were living in Korea that had limited knowledge about the event. With so many temples around Korea, I was a little put back by the messages that I received. I think many people just thought that the lanterns and elaborate decorations were limited to Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. Fortunately, they are not and many of the temples outside of Seoul have far better events and celebrations. Tongdosa At the entrance to Tongdosa This year is a particularly sad year for this temple as one man’s impatience and road rage lead to 1 death, another...

Don’t Be So Desperate! For Every Photo You Post, Do This

By on May 10, 2019 in Photography | 0 comments

I know that the squirt of dopamine that you get from posting photos to every site is a rush. I do it too. I get high from a night out of great photography and all I want to do is show the world my images. I want EVERYONE to see them. I will hammer every. single. site. with my images. Then sit back and wonder why nobody is interacting. The $1.80 Rule View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk (@garyvee) on Apr 18, 2019 at 4:44pm PDT Recently, I saw a post by Gary Vaynerchuck that got me thinking. Now, I will say that a lot of these so-called Social media “gurus” have a lot to say but not much of which is actually actionable unless you are a 20-something Coachella goddess or look like a male model. However, he made a point that got this 40-year-old bald photographer thinking. He brought up the idea of giving people your “2 cents” and then...

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