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I’m Back From Thailand!

A little over a week ago I came home to Portland from a two-week trip in Thailand, leading a workshop alongside Michael Bonocore with The Giving Lens. A few days after I was home I had a quick […]

By |March 31st, 2015|6 Comments
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What’s In My Camera Bag: Thailand Trip

At this time tomorrow I will be on a flight to Bangkok, Thailand. I’ll be spending a few days in the big city before jumping on a domestic flight to Chiang Mai, where Michael Bonocore and […]

By |March 5th, 2015|5 Comments
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Adding Shallow Depth of Field in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add a shallow depth of field effect to a landscape photograph using the Tilt-Shift Blur Filter in Adobe Photoshop, and then refine it with layer masking...
By |March 1st, 2015|0 Comments
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Taking a Second Chance with the Fuji X-T1

Not long ago, I purchased a Fuji X-T1. At first, I was in love. The retro feel, knobs I could change exposure settings with (I’m not much of a fan of all-digital settings), and the fact […]

By |February 26th, 2015|10 Comments
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New Release! The Complete Guide to Perfect Effects

I just released a brand-new product today, The Complete Guide to Perfect Effects! As many of you know, I'm a fan of onOne and have created training on their products in the past. This comprehensive [...]
By |February 19th, 2015|22 Comments
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Want Great Travel Photos? Get up Early!

I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a “morning person”, but when I travel my alarm is almost always set to wake me up before the sun rises. Whether it’s to photograph landscapes and nature [...]
By |February 13th, 2015|1 Comment
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Photographic Composition: Using the Corners of the Frame

When photographing an image with some type of line, path, or object that will go out of my frame, my very first instinct is to find a way to push it towards one of the corners...
By |February 11th, 2015|0 Comments

“Nicolesygram” in Hawaii

A few weeks ago I picked up a Fuji Instax Wide 300 instant camera from Photojojo. I have a few vintage Polaroid cameras, and love playing around with them, but oftentimes would get inconsistent results. So I […]

By |February 1st, 2015|2 Comments
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Q&A: Why Does Lightroom Not Recognize My Camera Files?

Question: I just got a new camera, but Lightroom (or Photoshop) does not recognize or support my files. How do I fix this? Answer: Many camera manufacturers use proprietary files for their RAW files, such as .CR2 (Canon), .NEF (Nikon), and so on [...]
By |January 25th, 2015|0 Comments
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Explore the Elements Photo Contest!

Explore the Elements is a contest that invites bloggers (that's you!) to showcase the images you’ve captured on your travels. There are four categories (Earth, Water, Fire and Air) and the challenge is to submit photos that capture the essence of each of these elements.
By |January 19th, 2015|11 Comments