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Black Friday Deals and My New Preset Pack

By on Nov 28, 2017 in Photography | 0 comments

Time is running out on my Black Friday Campaign. However, I have extended it until Friday to make sure that no one misses out on the savings. I know that it sounds like a plug but to be honest, I really want people to check out these courses. Over the last few months, I have been doing a number of photowalks and a lot of people have been asking about editing and cinemagraphs. I’ve realized that not many people know about the courses that I have available. Click and use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY55 to get the discount The one thing that I am proud of is my new preset pack. I put together a number of great presets… 12 of them in fact! I made sure to keep these as “usable” as I could. Meaning that I have bought a lot of presets that are just terrible and I do not know who would actually use them. What I put together are a series of presets that are one-click...

Fall Colours of Korea

By on Nov 26, 2017 in Korea, Photography, Technique Tuesday | 0 comments

If you talk to any Korean over the age of 40, they will no doubt tell you about the “4 seasons of Korea” and look a bit astonished when they realize that places like Canada also have four seasons as well. This concept comes up in a lot of older textbooks and even my Korean language books as well. While it may seem strange, Korea does not disappoint when it comes to the seasons. Fall in Korea is beautiful and that is why so many people are proud of the season here. The beauty of fall is that there is a vibrant burst of colour before the long grey period of winter. I love the colours of fall, especially at the Buddhist temples around Korea. The trick to capturing great colours is to really make good use of the light. I find that you can stretch the shooting times out a lot more on the clear days. Not to mention that the bright mid-morning light often works best for these...

Basic Workflows for Luminar

By on Aug 14, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 5 comments

Since my last post about Luminar, I have altered how I process a lot of my images. The reason being that Luminar has for the most part provided such a creative solution to making photos pop in every way possible. However, if you are new to photography and editing, Luminar may seem a little complicated. Trust me, it gets easier with practice. However, to get you going I have chosen two very simple workflows for you that can help you get your photos looking amazing! Start with a Preset If you absolutely have no idea what you want from your image then I would suggest starting with a preset and see where that takes you. The reason that I say that is because at times, we just don’t know the capabilities of our image and the presets not only give a starting point but the set up the workspace as well. From here you can tweak the settings, as many times the initial preset effects may not...

Faces of Seoul Workshop with David Guttenfelder

By on Aug 11, 2017 in Korea, Photography, Theory Thursday | 0 comments

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a lecture and workshop with the esteemed National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder. If you are not familiar with his work then you should really check out his site and his instagram. David is probably one of the most interesting photographers that I have had the pleasure of meeting. His accomplishments are amazing and the stories that he told during not only his lecture but the workshop were unlike anything that I’ve heard before. I will leave the fanboy gushing for a later time and just let you read his about page to fully understand how awesome David is. The lecture It was interesting to see the different people that collected in the Seoul City Hall building on that Saturday afternoon. From mother’s to longtime expats like myself, it was a great collection of creative minds. It was inspiring to hear how dedicated...

How to Accept Criticism as a Photographer

By on Jul 18, 2017 in Photography, Theory Thursday | 2 comments

Last month, Chase Jarvis recently gave an in depth answer to a question of mine. He peeled back the layers of my website and tutorials and gave some hard advice to something that I have been struggling with for a long time. That show has since been added to a recent podcast of his as well. Now, this has put my photography, my site and even myself in a slightly harsh light. Due to the popularity of the show, it has opened up the door to a number critical comments. However, it has been one of the best things that I could have ever asked for. Here is how I deal with criticism as a photographer. How could someone be happy about a random stranger saying “I looked at your site and your photos and many of them are certainly amateurish” as one person stated on my most recent youtube video. The reason is that I am learning from these comments and you should too. Great comments and...

Luminar Neptune First Look

By on Jul 3, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 2 comments

With the sad and slow death of my beloved NIK Efex, there is a light on the horizon. That light is coming from Neptune. Not the planet but the recent iteration of Macphun’s editing platform Luminar. Recently, this platform has been creating a ton of buzz around the photography world and I decided to give it a look. Now I must make it clear that I love lightroom and I am not looking at something to replace it. What I am looking at with Luminar is a way of taking my photos to the next level. By that I mean that I want to create images that are detailed, colourful, and evoke some sort of feeling. This means that I am not looking to simply document a moment like a street photographer but rather create an image that reflects the vision that I have. If you are looking at simply taking pictures of people waiting for their bus in black and white, read no further. Preparing for Blast Off...

Getting Advice from Chase Jarvis

By on Jun 24, 2017 in Photography, Reviews, Theory Thursday | 4 comments

About a month or so ago, I saw a link from the legendary, Chase Jarvis to call him and leave a question for his new show. I wanted to hear his answer about my current situation and to find out if he had the chops to answer a real question. I wanted the kind of answer without the usual “lifestyle entrepreneur” mumbo-jumbo of “hustle” or “build your tribe” that so many of these people say. A little while later I commented on one of his posts and got a response from Chase stating something along the lines of “it’s been recorded and will be out soon” or something like that. As any artist knows, the biggest period of stress is when someone famous or important looks at your work. This was one of those times and I immediately started to sweat once the show started. Chase went straight to my site and my tutorials page. From there he started...

Combining Images for Better Cinemagraphs

By on Jun 13, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

One of the issues when creating cinemagraphs is that sometimes the point at which the clip begins is not the same as end point. While this may seem fairly normal, it becomes an issue when dealing with liquids. As you add more to the cup the level changes and thus causes an issue with the mask that you create in cinemagraph pro. Watch the video below or head to my youtube channel and subscribe for more videos like this If you mask for the starting point, in the case of the video below, the coffee will be fine but it will miss a key element of the image (my hand). If you mask for the hand then the starting point of the coffee will be much lower than than the final point and will end up looking off. So what can you do? Combine the best of both images in photoshop.   The Best of Both Worlds If you didn’t already know, you can drag the purple bar to any point of your video clip...

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