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I loved doing this interview, because the Interviewer (Sophia Betz) asked some really great questions. We went into stuff like: Q. What do you find is interesting to talk to photographers about these days in terms of new technologies that didn’t exist even three or five years ago? Q. What tips do you have for photographers branching out into video? Q. When you’re out talking to photographers or taking photos, how do you define success in an image? Q. For first-timers to Photoshop World like myself, what advice would you give? Q. Do you have any other advice for up-and-coming photographers? And a bunch more. You can read it right now right here.

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Hey everyone, RC here. I was chatting with Scott a couple of days ago about my experiences at the Star Wars Celebration that just happened in Orlando, FL – and he thought it a good idea to share them here on the blog. I was happy to oblige! [NOTE: RC is being kind here. I absolutely loved his images, and the story behind them, and I begged him to do a post about it—Scott].

I walked into this opportunity not really being a Star Wars fan. I’d seen the second half of the movies as a kid, but never really got around to watching the three prequels. For the most part, I don’t watch a lot of movies, so it wasn’t something that I felt I was missing out on.

Why I Went
elvis-1What attracted me to go to this convention was passion. I’m a passionate person by nature – you kinda have to be to work here. Because of that, I find myself attached to people who are really into being passionate about things. I don’t follow sports, but i’ve always wanted to be friends with one of those superfans who paint themselves with the letter D and hang out by a stadium.

I mean, i’m the guy who drove by myself a ton of hours to go to the “RC Cola Moonpie Festival”. I love talking to people about the things that they love talking about. The sparkle in a person’s eye is just awesome- I guess it’s why I enjoy environmental portraiture as much as I do. To be able to go to a place where people get dressed up to pay tribute to something that they love was just something that I couldn’t pass up.

I packed a bunch of lights in my car and headed out to the convention. I was prepared for anything – from small lights to a pack and head scenario. More often than not, i’m usually the guy that’s packing 6 strobes so this isn’t entirely out of character. It’s the McNally in me. Last minute – I threw my tripod in the car, not really knowing why.

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Yesterday Nik Software announced a brand new HDR plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom (and compatible software) for creating HDR images called "HDR Efex Pro" (that's it shown above). It's slated for release sometime in October, but I've been playing around with a pre-release version, and I have to say----it's pretty cool. True to Nik form, it's got a great interface. I particularly like the previews of the built-in presets along the left side, and the fact that Vignetting, Levels, and Curves adjustments are build right in, so after you're done with the Tonemapping, you don't have to head back to Camera Raw for final tweaking---you can do it all right in the plug-in. Plus, it has "Viveza-like" control points which let you adjust individual areas in the image. The noise seems very low too, which is big. Anyway, head over to and check…

Hi Gang: I had so many requests yesterday about how I did the frame around my Maine images, I thought I would include it here today. I originally did this tutorial for NAPP members, and it ran on the NAPP member Website nearly a year ago, but I'm running it here today, because if you're a NAPP've already seen it. Anyway, there's an extra technique in here as well (a matting technique), along with the frame technique. Hope you find it helpful. :)

Hi Gang: I took last week off and headed up to Kennebunkport, Maine with my family for a week of just doin' nuthin'. It's so hot down in Florida, my wife wanted to spend a week someplace where you didn't break into a sweat just looking out the window, so off to Maine we went. Although we were there for a week, I only went "shooting" twice (well, technically two and half times, as you'll read in a moment). Once when we took a one-day trip up to Bar Harbor (about four hours away), and once with my buddies Scott Eccleston and his photography business partner Mark Hensley (both of whom I met on my first trip up there back in July of 2007). Here are a few shots I got along the way (I haven't gone through all of them---I had a flight…

Hi Gang: Just a quick update from Los Angeles where I just spent an amazing day with entertainment photographer Jeremy Cowart shooting two live on-location classes for I always feel like, if I take a class and I learn even one new thing, it was totally worth it. We were only about 30 minutes into Jeremy's first class and I had already learned half a dozen new things. I was blown away! By the time the class was over, my head was swimming with new ideas, and things I just had never thought of. I called my wife at the end the day and here's exactly what I told her: "I learned more about photography today than I have in the past year!" I'm not kidding. We filmed both classes in the same documentary style as our online class "A Day With Jay…