Tips on Photographing with an Infrared-Converted Camera

I have been wanting to play with an infrared-converted camera for quite some time. So I contacted the folks at, one of the sponsors over on Photofocus, and was able to test out an IR-converted Canon 5D Mark II (they also have other types of IR-converted cameras available to rent as well) ...

By |August 15th, 2014|0 Comments

Processing an Infrared Image using Lightroom and Photoshop

I recently had the opportunity to play with an infrared-converted camera, thanks to the folks over at, and had a lot of fun photographing my dog at an expansive dog park just outside of Portland, Oregon. I ended up with some really great images, and wanted to share my start-to-finish processing steps with one of the photos to show some of the basics on how to process infrared images...

By |August 13th, 2014|0 Comments

The Joys of Landscape Photography

Join me, Brian Matiash, Rob Sylvan and Randy Van Duinen in just a few hours for an online video hangout all about landscape photography! We will share tips, insights, planning, and more throughout the event...

By |July 31st, 2014|0 Comments

The “Creative Control II” Preset Pack – Now Available!

I am very excited to announce a brand-new product in my store, the Creative Control II Preset Pack! This pack comes with over 100 presets to use on any type of image and file type inside of Lightroom or Photoshop (ACR), and is a great way to refine a photograph ...

By |July 29th, 2014|0 Comments

Removing Glare with a Circular Polarizer Filter

When photographing water, it can oftentimes be a good idea to tame the reflections with a circular polarizer filter. A circular polarizer is a filter that rotates on the front of your lens, allowing you to cut through reflections in water and glass. ...

By |July 24th, 2014|1 Comment

Lightroom Mobile for iPad & iPhone

Not long ago, Adobe released an app for the iPad. But with their most recent update to the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile just got a whole lot better. Since the update, I have been playing with the apps on my iPad and iPhone, and wanted to share some of my findings.

By |July 21st, 2014|1 Comment

GPS for Photographers

I share a lot of "behind the lens" photographs on my Instagram page, and one of the questions I get most frequently is "what's that thing on top of your camera?". The answer is that it's the Canon GPE-12, a small GPS device that sits on the hotshoe of my canon 5D Mark III. When turned on, it logs the information and embeds it directly into the metadata of my photograph, making it possible to view where each photograph was taken in software or on photo-sharing websites.

By |July 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Happy Independence Day!

It's Independence Day here in the US, and I'm spending the weekend with my family in Nebraska. My brother always puts on a good at-home fireworks show, and it's a great holiday to spend quality time with everyone. Freedom sure is pretty awesome. :)

By |July 4th, 2014|2 Comments

The Benefits of L-Brackets for Cameras

About four years ago, while on a short trip to Moab, I can clearly remember an incident that nearly cost me my camera (and lens, for that matter). I was placing my tripod with camera attached to it into the back of my car, and just as I was about to set it down ...

By |July 1st, 2014|3 Comments

Develop Great Images in Lightroom: A Free Lightroom iBook from Photofocus

Many of you may know that I am a regular contributor to the Photofocus website, where I write articles about photography and post-processing. And today we have BIG NEWS! ....

By |June 27th, 2014|4 Comments

Is HDR a Fad?

I recently read a blog post from someone who casually mentioned that HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) was a "fad", and they were hoping it would eventually go away. Now this was, of course, a very opinionated statement, but it was not really one that was embellished with photos or even an explanation as to what their own definition of HDR is ...

By |June 12th, 2014|2 Comments

Processing HDR using Lightroom and Photoshop

I do a lot of landscape photography, and with that, I also do use HDR to make some of my images. I do my best to keep the processing as minimal as possible, without "nuking" or over-saturating the end result. It can be easy to be heavy-handed with HDR processing, ...

By |June 10th, 2014|3 Comments