My Thoughts on Workshops or In Person Classes?

Hi all. I thought I'd write an answer to a question I've gotten a lot lately. The question usually comes in the form of what workshops or in-person...

This Photoshop Tip Saved My Sanity

A while back, Photoshop changed the way the Save window works by defaulting it to the Cloud. That means you either accidentally save your photo...

Bird Photographers Need This Editing Tip

Over the years I've had a number of photos sent in to me to review and there is one small editing issue that I see a lot of people miss. And I...

5 Random Thoughts About Google Buying Nik Software

NOTE: This is an old blog post. I was obviously very wrong about some of my thoughts in it, as it looks like Nik is officially dead according to the Google/Nik website and the message (at the very top in orange) that they have no plans of updating the plug-ins again....

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Lightroom Presets – Desaturated Sports Photo Presets

Not a great sports weekend here in Tampa. The Giants beat the Bucs. Even though I'm from New Jersey, I've been in Florida long enough (over 20 years) that I consider the Tampa Bay Bucs my home team. Sadly, my USF Bulls lost to Rutgers the other night too (yes, another...

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The Story Behind The Photo (Week 7: Mesa Arch)

This week's story is about a photo that'll go down as one of the coldest photos I've ever taken. It's a sunrise photo and it looks much warmer then it really was when I took it (especially for this Florida guy). But First...The Story Behind, The Story Behind the Photo...

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Thanks Seattle – The Story Behind The Photo (week 6)

I got back over the weekend from my Seattle Lightroom seminar and I thought I'd share a photo I took while there. First off, a big thanks to everyone who came out. Like always, I had a great crowd and met lots of people who follow the blog. The Backstory and Why I...

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Lightroom Presets – Focal Point Background Effects

A while back I had an idea about using the adjustment brush to create a focal point in certain parts of the photo (by darkening the rest of the photo). The vignetting controls (in the Effects panel) are great for doing this but if your subject isn’t in the middle of...

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The Wacom Pen/Tablet That I Swear By

I'm gearing up for my Lightroom seminar in Seattle tomorrow, and I was thinking of just skipping the blog post for today because I'm freakin' beat. I've been shooting sunset and sunrise all week, and busy days of driving or meetings in between. But as I unpacked my...

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Photo Update From Portland

I'm teaching my Lightroom seminar in Seattle on Friday, so I decided to visit some friends in Portland and shoot for a couple of days. Well, last night, my buddy Brian Matiash and I drove to the Oregon Coast to a place near Cape Perpetua called Thor's Well (a 3+ hour...

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Free Lightroom Presets – The Dark City Night

People love to shoot skylines and cities while traveling so I thought these would make a good recipe to try out on those photos. Like many of my presets, there are 3 flavors to this one (Light, Medium, Strong). They all have a slightly dark theme to them so if you...

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