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What’s in Trey’s Bag now?

Here’s a new What’s in Trey’s Bag video! I haven’t updated this in YEARS, so it’s time for some fun! I have all of this stuff listed at Kit.com/TreyRatcliff – you’ll actually see in there I have it separated into different sort of kits for beginners or experts. I also have other mini-kits for gadgets, books, and all sorts of goodies. Enjoy!


For a complete list of products and much, much more visit Kit.com/TreyRatcliff - you might find some Christmas gift ideas!


Is Luminar 3 with Libraries a replacement for Lightroom?

I've been playing with a beta version of the new Luminar 3 with Libraries and I love it! Adobe Lightroom is slower than molasses in a Tennessee winter so I'm excited to see Luminar catching up!

Is Luminar ready to fully replace Lightroom in my workflow? Watch this video to find out!

How do you get Luminar 3 with Libraries?

Everyone who owns Luminar 2018 (the current version) will get Luminar 3 with Libraries for FREE when it's released later this month! If you don't own Luminar 2018 yet, then you can buy it now at the lowest ever price, plus a ton of bonus items. But you have to act fast, the offer ends December 18.

Click here to learn more and buy it now! (Hint: Use the coupon STUCKINCUSTOMS to save an additional $10)


Trey's Cinematic LUT Pack

i-M9KWWZp-X2.jpgI just released a new Cinematic LUT Pack compatible with Aurora, Luminar, Photoshop and more. Look Up Tables, or LUTs, can be thought of as "Film Looks". Think about some of your favorite movies and how they have a certain color cast. Ones that come to mind are Wes Anderson films like "Moonrise Kingdom" or "Isle of Dogs", orange-ish color movies like "300" or "Mad Max", hyper-real futuristic movies like "Bladerunner 2049" or "The 5th Element", to movies like "Shape of Water" and "Amélie". All of these films share one thing in common, they push the whites and the blacks into new color spaces while moving the curves of other colors in subtle directions. It's all really hard to explain and accomplish, so that is why they are boiled down into these simple LUTs. Get ready for some funky new looks on your photos!

Note: These Cinematic LUTs work on PCs and Macs, and are perfect for Aurora HDR 2019, Luminar 2018, Luminar 3 and other LUT compatible software such as Photoshop.

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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

Camels In Africa
I took this on our family trip to Egypt. We spent the day exploring the pyramids along with an amazing guide the Ritz-Carlton got us there. It was the first time riding camels for some members of the family and they were in for quite a ride! There’s nothing like your first time riding a camel, and especially the initial launch off the ground. It’s a very scary experience, even for the bravest people in the world!

Over Mont Saint Michel
I probably should not have been flying my drone after having half a bottle of wine, but it did pay off with some rather amazing photos and video. Here is one right over the top of this amazing monastery-castle.

Beautiful Hallway In Hong Kong
Check out this hallway in the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. This hallway leads to some absolutely amazing restaurants where I ended up eating way too much food! Also, this hallway seemed to be very popular among Instagrammers. I had to be pretty patient to wait for all of them to get out of their egoic selfie zones so I could set up with my tripod.

Airport In Madrid
I know people say a lot of negative things about the economy in Spain, but, for some reason, they have absolutely beautiful airports. They are better than almost any airport in the USA. I spent many many hours walking around and just taking photos. If you plan on traveling internationally, I always recommend putting big gaps between your flights to explore all these airports photographically!

Checking Out Books In The Tianjin Library
This library was both amazing and confusing, in more ways than one. I spent about three hours inside of here taking all sorts of photos. They would not let me use my “big boy” camera, so I had to use my Pixel 2 phone. But hey, I must say, that Pixel 2 phone is pretty incredible. Now I’m using the Pixel 3, and it’s even better!

Pena Palace From The Sky
This was one of my more frightening drone flights! I’m not used to doing a lot of quad excursions that take the unit a few miles away from me, but I decided to go for it here because I might not ever have another chance. Also, there was not really a “perfect” angle to take a photo from the ground. There is lots of space all around it, but it’s covered in trees so you really can’t get a clear view. Getting a shot from the air seemed like the best solution!

Magical Tree
I saw this rather unusual tree in Thailand. Obviously, this growth pattern was engineered by humans, but I can’t exactly figure out how they did it. Living on a beach can be a little bit boring, I assume. There’s not much to do. So maybe some of these people with an engineering mind came up with a novel way to grow a palm tree. I’ve thought of a few different ways to make a tree grow like this, but I’m not sure any of them are correct. I’ve obviously spent a few hours thinking about this and I am not sure it was the best use of my brain.

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