Look For All The Angles

Always look for all the angles as you define your composition
A while ago, I created an Album in Adobe Lightroom CC called “Ready to Share.” The purpose of this album is pretty obvious, right? Any time I finish editing a photo and feel that it’s ready for social media, I add it to this album. It’s what I did when I used to use Lightroom Classic and I follow the same process with Lightroom CC. This collection... Read more

Three Reasons To Use Adobe Photoshop Instead Of Lightroom

If you feel like you've reached a plateau when editing your photos with Lightroom, it may be time to switch to Photoshop
A sunrise over the Grand Canyon is just about the best damn way I can think of starting a day of shooting.
The theme of introspection is a very important one as I get older and continue gaining experience about what I find aesthetically pleasing. For such a large part of my life as a photographer, I edited all of my photos in Adobe Lightroom. On rare occasions when I couldn’t accomplish what I envisioned creatively, I’d send the photo to a 3rd party... Read more

Shooting With A Computational Shutter, The Spectre App

The makers of Halide release an iPhone app for long exposures generated by AI
“There’s a ghost,” the waitress told me. That’s fitting because I was taking ghostly-like long exposures at a favorite Seattle haunt, the Alibi Room. The dive is under Pike Place Market, a crooked stairway down from where the guys throw fish and with an entrance across from the gum wall. I didn’t meet Frank, the actual... Read more
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Anatomy Of A Photo: Infrared

The next time you plan on upgrading your camera, consider keeping your older one and converting it to infrared
Anatomy Of A Photo: Infrared
Sony a7 (IR Conversion) | Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS 1/50 sec. at f/4; ISO 100 October 22, 2016 Silver Falls State Park, Oregon If you’re like me, you often sell your existing camera to help fund a new upgrade. However, the next time you plan on upgrading, think about keeping your older camera if you can and consider converting it to infrared. Rather... Read more

Why You Should Consider A Photo Critique

One of the most helpful and impactful investments I’ve ever made to help myself grow as a photographer was to have my portfolio critiqued professionally
One of the most helpful and impactful investments I’ve ever made to help myself grow as a photographer was to have my portfolio critiqued professionally. In fact, I’ve done so multiple times and it was through these critiques that I got the sort of candid feedback that truly helped me break through to new heights as a photographer. A productive... Read more

An iPad Pro 11-Inch Photography Workflow

If you're willing to compromise, the new iPad Pro 11-inch is compelling for photographers who put a premium on traveling light
Earlier this month, I wrote about how photographers are able to carry more power and capacity with far less weight than ever before. That article was about how traveling with the new MacBook Air and mirrorless cameras isn’t a compromise. If you’re willing to compromise (a bit), the new iPad Pro 11 is compelling for photographers like me... Read more

Google Wants Your Phone’s Camera To See At Night

The future is bright with Google's Night Sight
Colby’s photo taken with the Google Pixel 3 XL – No editing. Photo Credit: Colby Brown – Used with Permission. Every October, I make the traditional pilgrimage to my hometown of New York City to visit my family and to attend the PDN PhotoPlus Expo. In addition to catching up with industry friends and contacts, going to “PPE” also... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Experimentation

Shooting the same scene can get tedious, so try experimenting for a fresh perspective
Anatomy of a photo: Experimentation
Sony a7R II | Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS 1/8 sec. at f/20; ISO 100 October 26, 2016 Oregon Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of yards of neatly arranged poplar trees at the peak of the fall color season. Sounds great, right? Now, imagine yourself there after three hours. Things could get tedious at that point, right? When that happens, instead of... Read more

Traveling Light With Mirrorless Cameras

Photographers are able to carry more power and capacity with far less weight than ever before
Traveling Light With Mirrorless Cameras
MacBook Air with a Sony a9 and rugged SSD. Ever since mirrorless cameras arrived on the market, I’ve been obsessed with traveling light. Now the new MacBook Air, peripherals like a tiny SSD, and featherweight prime lenses have finally caught up with the mirrorless promise. Photographers are able to carry more power and capacity with far less weight... Read more

Three Things I Used To Do In Adobe Lightroom But Would Never Do Today

Finding inspiration in your own past and experiences
As I made my 40th trip around the sun last September, I’ve become more keen on the idea of introspection on all aspects of my life, especially photography. I subscribe to the idea that you should never stop learning, and while there are countless sources of inspiration, one that shouldn’t be ignored is your own past and experiences. I’ve found... Read more

Work Smarter, Not Harder, With Social Media

A useful tool to help you save time when sharing your work on various social media platforms
How many times have you begun a sentence with, “I wish I had X”? I know that I’m guilty of overusing that phrase. I wish I had that lens. I wish I could spend a year traveling and taking photos. But of everything I’ve ever wished for, the one that I’d happily give up most anything for is time. Time is possibly the most precious resource we... Read more

Adobe Lightroom CC Mobile And Depth Masks

Every year, Adobe announces a bunch of updates to their suite of Creative Cloud applications at their annual Adobe Max conference. At last year’s (2018) show, we saw some nice updates to both Lightroom Classic CC and its younger sibling, Lightroom CC. However, amongst all of the changes and features announced, the one that has Read more…

This is a Portrait-mode photo I took using my Apple iPhone Xs Max
Every year, Adobe announces a bunch of updates to their suite of Creative Cloud applications at their annual Adobe Max conference. At last year’s (2018) show, we saw some nice updates to both Lightroom Classic CC and its younger sibling, Lightroom CC. However, amongst all of the changes and features announced, the one that has me most excited is a... Read more
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