Monthly Archives January 2014

McNally is #1! First, a hearty congratulations and a big high five to my buddy Joe McNally for being named the #1 Most Inspiring Photographer in PhotoShelter's 2nd annual "Photographers Outlook" survey of more than 5,700 photographers. I didn't get to vote in this survey, but I would have voted for Joe myself because I look to him and his work first when I need inspiration. Way to go big Joe!!! :-) Photographer's State of the Union (hint: it ain't pretty) This past Wednesday on "The Grid" we took a frank look at where the industry is today, what photographers are struggling with, and how to make the most of it, and you've got a break and want to check it out, it's right here (above). If you're a landscape photographer, man do we have a book for you! So many Photographers have…

Social Media for Photographers with Colby Brown Take your social media efforts to new heights with rock solid advice from Colby Brown, a landscape, travel, and humanitarian photographer, who has become one of the most followed photographers on the Internet. In this class Colby gets you up to speed on the hottest social media networks for photographers and explains not only why they are important, but how you can start developing a social media strategy that is smart, efficient, and enables you to attain your goals. Leave a comment for your chance to check this class out for free! KelbyOne Live Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours! Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby Feb 21 – Tampa, FL Feb 24 – Atlanta, GA Mar 12 – Phoenix, AZ Mar 28 – Minneapolis, MN Lightroom 5…

Elia, Fujiyoshida, Japan 2013  |  Photo Credit: Naomi Locardi

Each new year brings with it an opportunity to reflect on days gone by and look forward to the promise of the year ahead. If we're lucky, life leads us in positive new directions we may not have expected and things unfold in ways we could never anticipate.

Since 2009, with a unique blend of inspiration, passion, caffeine and a touch of insomnia, my wife and I have visited more than 40 countries and flown over 1 million air miles. In March of 2012, we surrendered our apartment in central Florida (and most of our possessions with it) taking to the road full-time and becoming completely "Location Independent." Our vision for our life is continually changing and evolving as our experiences, and the people we meet along the way, inspire us to visit new places and seek out new and richer experiences.

Sleeping Giants – Mount Bromo, Indonesia 2013

The Evolution of My Photography Style
Throughout my career in the post production and visual effects industry I always strived to bring something new and fresh to the table, something that would break the standard mold. I had the opportunity to work on many talented creative teams and bring unique visions for client projects to life. While that experience was invaluable, the accumulative stress of working long hours, under harsh deadlines, drove me to the brink. I knew that I wanted my life to go in a new direction – one fueled by passion and inspiration, focusing more on life experience, so I completely reassessed what was important. With a mix of anxiety and anticipation, I left my job as an Art Director and a decade long career in the industry along with it.

In 2009, when I decided that Professional Travel Photography would be my new career path, I knew that to be successful in such a competitive market I would have to attack the task of creating my portfolio with that same drive to create something new and fresh. I would need to find ways to raise the bar and make my photography stand out.

I was driven (my wife might say obsessed) to create a new look by experimenting with different post-processing techniques. With more than a decade of working experience in Adobe® Photoshop, and a past rooted so heavily in software based production, I was able to completely reverse engineer my photography by implementing this accumulated technical knowledge.

Going Home – London, England 2010

The Future is Now – Dubai, UAE 2012

In the very beginning my photography was 100% experimental. Primarily composed of my joyous exploration of the world around me, as I'd capture and catalogue subjects that I found most interesting and inspiring. Rapidly, I realized that I wanted to transmit my sincere feelings of awe and wonder to the audience viewing my work. Beyond that, I also wanted to create a "wow factor" - a moment of meaningful impact - that I could share with the viewer.

Belly of the Beast – Stockholm, Sweden 2011

Last week on "The Grid" we were doing our popular "Blind Critiques" episode (where viewers send in their best images for us to critique on-air, but we don't give the photographer's name --- we just to through and review their images). Anyway, in this episode we ran across this series of shots sent in by a photographer; they were scenes of some interestingly lit buildings in an office complex/entertainment area, most notably a "Hampton Inn" and the buildings nearby. While the shots were technically correct (exposure, composition, sharpness) they were just find of "nothing" shots. We were actually struggling a bit to describe precisely why these shots were so lackluster, when I viewer (JWPhoto) sent in this very insight comment that I think absolutely nailed what was happening in these photos. He said: "These are 'Hunting Shots." This photographer is hunting for a photo,…

Last year, after my trip to Rome (where I led a local walk as part of my Worldwide Photo Walk), I did a live Webcast about the trip where I shared some of the spreads from the photo book I always create after a trip (here's a link to that Webast), and while I posted that video here on my blog, I never actually shared the images here. Well, since  then, I've fallen in love with the photographic story-telling site which was born for things like this (I first used them for sharing my favorite football shots of this season), and I was looking for another opportunity to use Exposure again, so I used it to tell my Rome story. If you've got a quick minute, I hope you'll check it out -- here's the link. Here's wishing you a warm, cozy Monday…

Happy Friday everybody! Here's a few quickies to take you into the weekend: If Only This Software Actually Existed I shared this wild video on social media yesterday, and was asking the question, "Is this software real?" Apparently, it's not -- it's a music video with a message, but man do I love the on-screen interface, and what it does (well, theoretically) is amazing. Either way, the video had to be really challenging to make. Give it a quick look -- it'll totally blow your mind. Dissolve: changing the playing field for stock video clips I predict this is gonna blow up big time: it's called "Dissolve" and it's a very clever, super-low cost stock video footage service. They're licensing HD video clips starting at an average of around $5 a clip, which is a game-changer price. It's from one of the…