Trey Ratcliff's List of Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals
Searching for the best photography deals? We've made a tidy little list which will hopefully save you time and money!
What's in Trey's Photo bag?
Over the past year I've made a LOT of changes in the bags and photography gear I travel with for my little photo adventures. I'm using the new Travel Backpack from Peak Design (hint, I love it!) and upgraded both my main camera and my drone! Check out all my gear listed on Kit.com/TreyRatcliff
Amazon Black Friday Deals Week
I always spend WAY too much money at Amazon but it's because they simply have the best prices! And if you're a Prime member they'll ship it for free. They have thousands of products on sale, too many to list here, but you can follow this link to see their entire week-long set of sales and discounts! View all Amazon Deals!
B&H Photo Black Friday Deals
If I don't buy things on Amazon, I buy them from B&H Photo. They have excellent prices, often equal or lower than Amazon. But the very best thing is they offer free shipping and NO taxes when shipping outside of New York! That will save you big $$ for sure! Check out the B&H Photo deals now!
Save 10 - 15% On All Peak Design Gear (Nov 22 - 26)
I have only a few bad habits, and camera bags is one of them. Even worse, I’ve gone vertical with my habit by teaming with Peak Design to make some of the best camera bags in the world. The design, the quality and the functionality is unparalleled. You can save $$ on all of their awesome products by following this link where your discount will be automagically applied at checkout.
Try Stuck in Customs Passport for just $9.99 per month
For the VERY best savings become a SIC Passport member! It's only $9.99 per month (or, even better, $99 per year). Members get access to all of Trey's BEST Tutorials, Presets, Textures, and eBooks, plus exclusive access to tons of extra behind-the-scenes videos, tips and discounts. It will help you become even more creative and awesome in your ever-evolving and changing artistic life. Click here to learn more and subscribe now
50% ALL of Trey's Tutorials and Presets (Nov 21 - 28)
Visit Trey's Online Store and you'll find that ALL of his Tutorials and Presets for Aurora HDR, Luminar and Lightroom are marked down 50%. This includes Trey's newest tutorials for Beginning Photography and Drone Photography, plus his all new Festival and Experimental preset! Shop the online store now
Save an additional 5% on Trey's Photography Workshops (Offer ends Nov 30)
Register for one of Trey's upcoming photo adventures before the end of November to and we'll mark the final price down an additional 5%! We have several amazing trips planned to New Zealand (April 2019) and Africa (Sep - Oct, 2019). You’ll end up with great photos and stories no matter your skill level. We limit the workshops to a small group of photographers, so reserve your spot quickly! Click here to learn more and reserve your spot now
Save $10 off the lowest price for Aurora HDR 2019 (Nov 21 - 28)
Aurora HDR 2019 uses Skylum’s new Quantum HDR Engine. It is a completely redesigned HDR algorithm, paired with artificial intelligence, which took 3 years of development by Skylum’s AI lab. My favorite thing about this new version is you no longer need to make corrections on the initial results because it virtually eliminates noise, halos, and other little issues you often needed to fix.
Save an extra $10 on Luminar 2018 (Nov 21 - 28)
Luminar, from Skylum, is an extremely powerful and fast photo editor that can do not only the basic adjustments, but literally millions of “looks” for your photo. It’s extremely easy and fun to use, designed for all skill levels, and is available on Mac and Windows.
Save 40% on a SmugMug Portfolio (Nov 22 - 26)
The two best things about SmugMug? Beauty and Flexibility! Oh, and Speed. That’s three, I suppose. But, after testing a ton of different portfolio sites, speed is a very important factor. Really, I am amazed at how fast the site is. I recommend their Business plan (that’s what I use) Sign-up for a SmugMug Portfolio site now
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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.
Here's some recent images from StuckinCustoms.com
California on Fire
The fires are intense out here in California... here's a view of San Francisco I took a few days ago when I was on the way to Napa by ferry to visit my mom.
Robin Williams, San Francisco
I had a great time in the bay area while I prepared for that Burning Man art auction which included seeing my mom in Napa; that was fun but I forgot to get the fudge she made me...haha! Anyway, there are so many interesting things to see here in the streets of San Francisco. This photo of Robin Williams was actually made with my Pixel 2 phone. I just bought the Pixel 3 phone but haven't set it up yet... I can only assume it will be better!
Beautiful Shapes In Beijing
There’s something interesting about some of the buildings throughout China and here in Beijing, especially. They have some of the craziest and most interesting architecture in the world, and the vast majority of it comes from Western architects. The Chinese educational system has lacked an emphasis (in the past) on the creative arts, so there was a dearth of innovative architects for many generations. But some city planners decided to make statements by bringing in Western architects that were really able to experiment.
Chinese Wedding Photographers In Queenstown, New Zealand
These guys are pretty easy to spot, I tell ya. And not because they happened to be near a Chinese couple in wedding garb. Wedding couples seem to ALWAYS bring their own photographer from China. And, since the couple are so over-the-top in their outfits, the photographers have started to assume all manners of dress as well. Some are all-Banksy like this guy and others wear shiny three-piece suits.
Awwww this was a sad day! But the good news is that we saw our friend Randy, the Loadmaster again. We got to be friends with him on the 10-hour flight down from Christchurch. There wasn’t much else to do on the plane except meet various members of the military! He turned out to be a great guy and it was fun to hang out with him. He even got me into the cockpit on the way home so I could get some cool photos of Mount Erebus.
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