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Luminar Tip Video and Flash Sale!

Luminar 2018 has become one of my favorite photography tools. I keep finding slick new features to give my photos some extra "pop"! In the quick Luminar video below I have a play with the cool AI feature which can really enhance an image in seconds. In fact it is so fast I still have time to fix some color issues too!


Luminar 4-Day Flash Sale - July 19 thru Sunday, July 22

Skylum has marked Luminar down to their lowest price ever! New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $49 (instead of $69). Current users of Luminar 2017 can upgrade for $39 (instead of $49). I know you'll love it as much as I do, and if not, well you can get a full refund. No worries! :)

Join us for one of our upcoming Photo Adventures!

Be sure to check our Photography Workshops page for the list of upcoming adventures somewhere in the world! We have events for all skill levels and price points. Below is a little promo video where so many nice people say such amazingly nice things! Thanks y’all! 🙂

“The week is more than a photography workshop or location tour – it’s an experience. An experience that both challenges and delights the senses – all of them. Not an easy thing to do and a touch unexpected. My sincere appreciation for an amazing week from door to door and sunrise to sunset.”

– Mark Zaglas (Autumn Workshop, 2016)

See what's new in the Plotaverse

Plotagraph is now Plotaverse and is available for FREE on both iOS and Android. They have a a lot of cool stuff going from daily contests to hundreds of Plota FX overlays. They also have a free trial of the Pro version. Note I am part owner in this thing for full disclosure and stuff. is a personal blog where Trey puts up a new unique photo every day and writes about the art, the technology, and the story of the adventures. Actually, this is Trey writing about this in third person. Both Trey and I appreciate your support very much!

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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.

Some recent images for the blog

When I initially posted this, I thought for sure it was a sunset. But then my clever Aussie friends told me I was facing towards the East here, which means I was definitely 100% wrong. It's so strange, though, because I don't remember waking up for the sunrise there. But, clearly, I did. This just once again reminds me of how my memory is a slippery slope slipping more all the time.

Many hardcore people get angry when I call this a castle because it's actually more of a monastery on top of a medieval village. But I'm not much for semantics and the form largely ticks the “castle” pattern-recognition part of my brain. This is Mont St. Michel in the Normandy area of France. I still recommend this as an amazing destination, even if you are not into photography. It's kind of touristy in the daytime, but it really clears out in the evening. If you're looking for a “lively” place with lots of cool bars and restaurants, it's definitely not that kind of place. But if you're looking for a place where you can play real-life Assassin's Creed, well it's much more that kinda place.

It was fun to spend some time with Liz out of New Zealand! She joined me as part of the #80Stays tour in Kuala Lumpur. Boy, was it hot while we were there! It was probably over 90 degrees when we went into this mosque where we had to put on these heavy robes. Outside, there was a little bit of a breeze, at least. It had recently rained and left a thin layer of water on the marble… so it made for a nice reflection shot.

How beautiful is Hong Kong? I took this from the bar atop the Ritz-Carlton there on the other side of the bay. I tried to not just get the obvious wide-angle shots, but instead to zoom in and get some interesting details here and there. Naturally, there are all sorts of different apartments for different income levels. These are some of the nicer ones over on the Hong Kong side.

This was my first trip to Chengdu, China, and I was surprised to find they had this giant bamboo forest near a temple complex. There are these cool red-walled tunnels that weave all around and through the forest. This area is also known for their giant pandas. I was kind of hoping to see one swinging around the trees, but no such luck. But there were a lot of festive people out walking around, like these two girls.

When we travel, we're such an affable, fun-loving group of artists that we end up making great friends with all the staff at these resorts. I think that, often times, the guests kind of ignore that staff and just think of them as servants or something. Not us! They join in with us as much as possible and come to our after-dinner parties. This is a photo of some of the amazing crew from Namibia after they finished making an amazing breakfast on top of a mountain.

I was really excited to return to Shanghai with all my new photo skills! I'm not saying I have all the skills in the world or anything, but I certainly have a lot more than my first trip there almost ten years ago. I look back on those older photos and I don't even like them that much. Since I was here for a solid week or so, I decided to shoot my heart out and see what I could achieve. This spot was one of my favorites because it made for a perfect vantage point in Pudong. This is shot from the rooftop bar at the Ritz-Carlton there. We actually took over the whole venue one day for one of my art talks about the 80 Stays tour. On that particular day, it was quite cloudy, but our first night here made for the perfect view!
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