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Processing a photo from a Queenstown Helicopter

Passport Sunday Fun!

If you’re a Passport Member then you know it’s Sunday, that special day when I release a new how-to video! Now we’re at well over 150 videos, so you also have access to a massive back catalog. Enjoy!

Processing a photo from a Queenstown Helicopter

This is a fun little lesson and the photo turned out fantastic! It once again reminds me that I should take more photos from the portrait orientation! Today’s was processed from a single RAW.

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Standing Guard in Rabat

Passport Sunday How-To

If you’re a Passport Member, then today is the day for a new how-to video! In today’s tutorial, you’ll see how I created this photo below. Passport Members have an extra little section that opens up so they can see behind-the-scenes and how-to videos. Enjoy!

New Presets Added to Passport!

For all you Passport people, as well as getting the new travel photography tutorial added back in November, my Aurora HDR 2019 presets pack is now included in your subscription. Go grab it now

Making of the Rabat Shot

This was a very quick under-3 minute edit that I think you’ll enjoy! (And remember, the Presets section of Passport now includes the download of my Aurora HDR 2019 pack. Have fun!)

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Daily Photo – Standing Guard in Rabat

Here’s a photo I just finished and I really like the way it turned out. I was in Rabat, Morocco, and visited this tomb just as it opened. There was almost no one around, and I gave the “international signal” asking if it was okay to take his photo. He gave me a mustachioed nod, so I took a quick one. Believe it or not, I spelled mustachioed correctly the first time… I was waiting for the red squiggly.

Standing Guard in Rabat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-01 21:04:30
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Queenstown Gardens Edit

Upcoming Queenstown Photo Workshop!

The image from today’s video was taken during our Queenstown, New Zealand Photo Workshop which is coming in soon in just a few weeks! It’s going to be a great time and this is one of the many locations we visit together. If you’re a Passport Member then you get to see the edit of this video… If you were there at the workshop, you got to see it live!

Queenstown Gardens Edit

This was a fun edit. I really enjoy these situations where you get to mix together soft areas with defined areas all in the middle of a soup of pretty colors. Enjoy! 🙂

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Home Photo Edit

Passport Present for the new Year

Thanks again to all the subscribers to Passport! Since it’s Passport Sunday, it’s time for another how-to video to add to the 150+ that are already there!

Home Photo Edit

I’ve been working on taking photos of my own home a lot lately because of the AirBnB thing. In today’s video, you’ll get to see one of the edits!

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Using Textures in Luminar

Passport Sunday Texture Party!

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see a new tutorial video I made about using textures with the new version of Luminar! I’ve been playing with it quite a bit, so you’ll get to see all my new tricks. I had a lot of fun making this new tutorial, as you can tell!

Using Textures in Luminar

If you’ve seen my previous tutorials on textures, then you know how it can be a bit daunting to use these with Photoshop. I think when you use Luminar that things are about 100x easier because of the interface. In the video, I show three levels of expertise. I start with fairly basic stuff that anyone can easily understand and then I ramp it up to the next few levels if you want to try some more advanced techniques.

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Pretty Girl at the Kwik-E-Mart in Madagascar

Luminar 4 is go!

Wooo! Luminar 4 is officially out! That team over at Skylum has added some incredible features to this go-around. Be sure to get it! I use it every day!

Daily Photo – Pretty Girl at the Kwik-E-Mart in Madagascar

I took this with my Pixel 3 phone. Incredible, right? At some point, I’m going to stop being amazed at all the cool photos I get with this incredible phone. I’m about to get the Pixel 4, which is supposed to be even better. Another interesting thing is that this girl wasn’t even posing. That’s how she was sitting when my friend Mark and I walked into the store together. I thought she was really beautiful and asked to take her photo… she was so cool and said, “Sure, why not?”

Pretty Girl at the Kwik-E-Mart in Madagascar

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-10-02 21:27:53
  • CameraPixel 3 XL
  • Camera MakeGoogle
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture1.8
  • ISO724
  • Focal Length4.4 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Passport Sunday Fun!

Today’s video for Passport Members is a quick and dirty edit from a single RAW file that I think you’ll really like. I was pretty sure that this overexposed photo was a goner, but I was shocked at what Aurora HDR did to it!

The Overexposed Pirate Ship

I use Aurora HDR so much and I’m often surprised how I am still amazed by it. I almost just deleted this photo altogether. It was completely overexposed but somehow Aurora just made it look perfect! Enjoy!

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Pittsburg from Above

Daily Photo – Pittsburg from Above

When people ask me which city I was most surprised by during my trip to the US, I always say Pittsburg! I had no idea how beautiful it was. Anyway, it gave me another chance to experiment with a new technique, which you can see in today’s photo. Now, when I take cityscape shots, I purposefully cut off the top of the buildings so you can’t quite tell what city it is. From sharing travel photos from so many places around the world, I notice people really enjoy trying to guess where a place is. Showing the whole skyline, therefore, makes the photo a bit more predictable and boring!

Pittsburg from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-08-04 19:01:50
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length86.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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Baobab Trees of Madagascar

Luminar 4

Today’s photo reminds me that I used it as an example to show some of the new features of the new Luminar. There are about 20-30 different skies you can automatically swap out. One of the cooler aspects of the tool is that if you choose a sunset sky, it actually changes the tone of everything not in the sky as well. It’s adjustable so you can make it look incredibly realistic.

Baobab Trees of Madagascar

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The Amazing Organ at Notre-Dame in Montreal

Passport Freebies!

I wanted to give you two free videos that we released to Stuck In Customs Passport Members earlier this year! This is obviously an incentive to get you to join. When you do, you’ll get fresh videos every Sunday! Also, I’d appreciate your support… it keeps the website going and we can keep feeding the machine! 🙂


Daily Photo – The Amazing Organ at Notre Dame in Montreal

This organ is one of the only organs the Catholics are allowed to touch and look at during services. I have all sorts of ways I poke fun at the Catholics… probably because I went to an all-boy Jesuit school for four years where they tried to brainwash me. But, it didn’t work! However, having just poked more fun at them, I do actually have a decent amount of respect for the Jesuits. They at least have a lot of critical thought and philosophy that makes up the backbone of their teachings. There are a few logical fallacies here and there where it breaks down for me. But hey, that’s just me. I want to go back and do some DMT with some of my old teachers to see what they think.

The Amazing Organ at Notre Dame in Montreal

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-07-27 08:12:30
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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