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  • 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 Exposure.so 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: http://youtu.be/5qrGOi41iwE 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. http://youtu.be/bKS8tWWrkpA 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…

    Photoshop World Atlanta Want to spend some time learning photography and Photoshop from your favorite instructors, networking, and just having a great time with other creatives? Photoshop World Atlanta is where you want to be! Come hang with Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Jeremy Cowart, Zack Arias, Jerry Ghionis, the Photoshop Guys, and more! Leave a comment for your chance to win a Photoshop Guys book set! 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 Live with Matt Kloskowski Jan 31 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati Area) Feb 5 – Richmond, VA Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion Feb 19 – Lansing, MI Feb 26 – Oklahoma City, OK…

    About 2 years ago I was feeling somewhat stagnant. I remembered this feeling as it hits me every couple of years. I’d been doing some good jobs and was busy which meant that I was doing stuff to make a living but not necessarily stuff I was completely in control of and happy with. At that point in my career I had been slowly moving from Advertising and Editorial work to Entertainment and Celebrity work. It wasn’t easy to break into shooting celebrities as you were always up against people who were already proven in the industry. The resounding comment would be, ‘You haven’t shot enough celebrities to do this job sorry,’ and with that the door of the exclusive club would shut in my face. I slowly made some headway and had a few celebrities in my book and noticed that there was a…

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