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How did I become a photographer? What’s the backstory?

A couple of years ago I had the privilege of being invited to speak at TEDx right here in Queenstown. It was an awesome experience. If you ever have a chance to go to one of these things, do it!

There’s a group of questions about me that come up pretty often. How did I become a photographer? What’s the backstory? What are some of the counter-intuitive things that I figured out along the way via a series of embarrassing stories? Well here’s all that and more!



Did you know I was an Amateur Apiarist?

Did you know I'm a beekeeper? Yes, I'm full of surprises. Truth be told, I'm not that great, but 4 years in, I'm still learning. And it's honey harvest time! A few weeks ago I did a Facebook Live of my honey harvest with my friend Nick from Tiny Fury Honey. Check it out!



Keep the party going with this cool gadget!

My Favorite Party Speaker

(Note, not a paid sponsor, I bought 3 full price!)
I want to recommend the JBL Pulse 2 Speaker (which is an affiliate link btw). It’s fantastic and I travel with it everywhere… Also be sure to get the firmware update to get the new light mode that has a rainbow equalizer. It’s so cool!

You can find it along with a whole lot of other goodies that I use regularly on my new KIT page.

1.5 Million Downloads for Aurora HDR!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped us get to this milestone.

It has been 18 months since we released the original Aurora HDR, which I co-developed with Macphun, and the software has now been downloaded over 1.5 million times! And that's only the Mac, just wait until we release the Windows version! (Yes we are still working on it! Promise!).

To celebrate, we've bundled Aurora HDR 2017 and my newest HDR tutorial together for a great price. It's just $89. That's a 55% discount! Grab it before the offer ends on March 31st!







To celebrate that crazy number of downloads, I’m also giving away 5 copies of Season 1 of Becoming an Artist. We filmed the whole thing in Africa, and I think you’re gonna love it… a very personal project chock-full of tips & tricks.

To win a copy for yourself and a friend, simply head over to this Blog Post and leave a comment (and, well, say whatever you want!) but also be sure to mention your friend. We’ll pick 5 random winners in the next week! :) Here’s the promo video:



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Reminder: The Text HDR Tutorial is Always Free!

I keep a completely FREE HDR Tutorial on my website. It is a living document that continues to evolve over the years. It goes over everything you need to get started and is a great introduction to the basics of HDR photography and post processing.

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Here are some of my favorite photos that I've processed in Aurora

This was my first time at this lake… what a great spot! There are so many lakes on the South Island of New Zealand… I have a side-goal to visit all of them. Well, this is another one marked off the list. My friends Mark Richter and Curtis Simmons came out this way with me… it was a great find – thanks again Mark.
I was walking on the beach one night in Bali here at the Ritz-Carlton. I don't remember ever seeing a church or any kind of religious thing at any hotels before… so this one really stands out because of its architectural impact. I knew there was a storm coming, so I went out here on the beach to watch it for about half an hour, trying my best to capture some lightning, and then I did it! As fast as lightning, they say.
I did a lot of research before going to Istanbul to find the best places to see the sunset. I usually don't do quite so much research, but I knew my time was limited. I did visit a lot of rooftop bars and restaurants, but I reckon this is one of the best. It's atop the Seven Hills Hotel at the not surprisingly named Seven Hills Restaurant. They have great food and incredible views of both this mosque and the Hagia Sophia.
This was my first time ever to shoot these terraced rice fields. I saw a few in China, I guess, but they weren’t nearly this pretty. I thought shooting these would be easier than it was… I found a bit of difficulty in finding the best angles and compositions! I’ve heard some of the best rice fields and in the Philippines, so that’s definitely on my list!
While in Abu Dhabi I didn't want to leave anything on the table so I tried to scoop up every shot I could. Even though I'd love to go back some day and take my family, I may never get that chance. If you see one of these shots at night, you can be pretty sure I got the exact same perspective at sunset and in the daytime. I would find a shot that I like and then add it to my list, to make sure I ticked each box three times!
Here's one of the first photos I edited with Aurora HDR 2017. I really like the way it turned out. As you can imagine, there was A LOT of ghosting in this, so it's cool to see how much better the anti-ghosting technology is!
Some friends and I just made the trek down to Milford Sound for a little photo getaway. you NEVER know what the weather is gonna be like down there. We had good karma I suppose and ended up with incredible weather! It was a great road trip... great tunes, good friends, good wine, and good snacks! Oh, and a few good photos here and there too... a lot more to edit! Oh btw, that is the famous Mitre Peak there on the right sticking out through the clouds.
I think this photo came out rather incredible if I do say so myself! I actually don't like most of my photos. Well, that's not true. I mean I think that most are a bit interesting, but I don't actually “love” many of my photos. But this one I kinda love. I was in the right place at the right time. I got a TON of photos of this incredible mosque and spent a beautiful day here.
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