The 2018 edition of Luminar is the latest from Developer Macphun (soon to be Skylum as they are no longer creating Mac only software) and is meant to compete with the likes of Lightroom and Affinity among other popular photo editing software. When I first saw an ad several months ago for Luminar I dismissed it as another attempt at competing with Lightroom or the countless other programs for processing RAW files. I am pleased to say after using Luminar for the past week I am VERY impressed. It's not perfect, but instead is a very powerful image editor that easily stands on its own. I could see how many photographers could make the switch from Lightroom or other image editors. Read on for an in depth review as well as a breakdown of the 50+ tools at your disposal.Read More
I have another post I'll be sharing soon on Astro workshops but just thought I'd share I won the Shoot the Frame 2017 Landscape award for my image of Grand Falls and the Milky Way!
Click the button below for a link to the website and details. Its a great competition, this is the second time I've won. The first of which was December of 2015 for my Wanaka Tree image. Its open to all countries and every year they put out a book with the winners and finalists. Great contest, I'm honored to have won. :)Read More
I'll be at Naked Mobile for April First Friday! Hope to see you there!Read More
At the beginning of this year I was nominated for a 2017 Viola Award under the emerging artist category! I am incredibly honored and really can't believe I made it to the final round of nominees. This past weekend was the award ceremony and although I didn't win it was awesome exposure and a great experience overall. Below is my nominee video where you can see me talk about why I continue to do what I do. Also is a link to the page on the Flag Arts website with my bio.
Here is the link to the page, where you can see other nominees and the winner for each category.
Pretty great experience! :)
I recently had the opportunity to do a product shoot for local high end Cooler manufacturer Canyon Coolers. I got to use their upcoming (2017) Scout model which is designed to be carried easily by one person as well as their...Read More
I wrote most of this post at the beginning of our Roadtrip through Australia which totaled 10,400 km or 6462 miles. Due to the remoteness of the outback I wasn't able to finish it before returning home, so here is a single post highlighting our trip through the massive country. From our journey from Cairns to Uluru and back to Alice Springs and then Darwin before making the slow journey back Perhaps a fitting title is There and Back Again, Through The Dreamtime and the Red Center...Read More
A few people asked me recently how I created my Startrail image which is below. It's easier than you think and all you really need is some time and a sturdy tripod. Read on to learn how..Read More
Now that DJI's Phantom 4 Quadcopter drone has been out for a month plenty of people have got their hands on it and a few have written reviews on it. Nearly all of the reviews I found when I was deciding on if I should get this or wait for the Phantom 5 (probably released a year from now) had the same type of example shots. A shot in a park. A shot of a house. A shot of some treeline in a neighborhood. All at midday when the sun is high in the sky, etc.
If you are like me and are considering one for filming and/or aerial still photography purposes those example shots mean nothing. How does it perform 400 feet above a desert? How does it perform in 20+ mph winds? How recoverable are the blown highlights out of a 4k video file or the RAW/DNG 12MP still files? How much detail can you pull out of those files? How is the sharpness? How is the distortion? I'll answer these questions below.Read More
This is an update on my panorama. This is a detailed look at several tiles for a 4.2 minute exposure.Read More
There are powerful, crystallized feelings that are experienced when skiing and snowboarding the backcountry of Arizona. They are mysterious, fantastic, gigantic, fleeting, and always require attention. Most backcountry photographs capture a thin cross-section or single layer of these feelings. This project was born as an attempt to explore new ways to convey those feelings.
The setup began with immense planning around the position of the Milky Way rising in relation to Fremont Peak depending on the time of night. Under the warm winter sun we began by hiking and then snowshoeing up to the inner basin arriving just before sundown. Troy continued on in the waning light and begin ascending up the north side avalanche chute to prepare for the light painting once it was dark enough. Abe remained in the middle valley and set up two cameras capturing alternate angles of the mountain. Over the next few hours communicating via radio we went back and forth and getting the angle and perspective just right.
We had planned to...Read More