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And the Survey says...!

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey last week. We received thousands of replies which will help guide us on what you would like to learn more about. Congrats to Tanya McDouall who was the randomly selected winner of the $200 B&H Photo gift card. If you didn't win don't despair, look in your inbox soon for a little token of our appreciation!

We're still pouring over the thousands of suggestions but we did learn the following..

I didn't include any pie charts from the survey but I did share one from TheOatmeal.com, that guy cracks me up. :) But we did learn some good stuff, some quick highlights are:

i-49ZP8cf.jpg- you want to see more free photography tips and in-depth video tutorials
- you enjoy Trey's travel videos and funny stories
- you still frequent the blog but watch a lot of content on YouTube
- most describe themselves as skilled amateurs or part-time professional photographers
- Canon and Nikon still lead in the gear category with Sony a close third
- surprisingly only 13% said they use a drone for photography (personally I love mine!)
- top photo categories were Landscape, Wildlife, Architecture, Street, Black-n-White, and Portrait
- MacOS only topped Windows by a razor thin margin of 51% to 49%
- most still use Adobe Lightroom but as much as 50% of you now use Aurora HDR and Luminar

One BIG thing we learned is...

One BIG thing we learned is that many of you might have missed some great videos or announcements because everything flies by so quickly! I encourage you to turn on notifications inside of YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. to ensure you always see my latest videos and updates. Each app is different, for YouTube you need to click the SUBSCRIBE button and also click on the "bell" icon. That will ensure you don't miss a thing! We have a ton of great new videos coming out from locations all over the world full of photography tips, funny situations and mind vitamins.

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Aurora HDR Tip Video - How to make the grass look extra soft and alive

In this video I show how to use Aurora HDR to make the grass look extra soft and alive. I have a theory about landscape photos in that people imagine walking around inside of them and many may imagine walking barefooted so I like to do little things like make the grass look extra squishy or sand look extra warm and soft. Anyway, enjoy!

Windows users... You should really try Aurora HDR!

Our survey shows that half of you are running Windows but still aren't using Aurora HDR. The team at Skylum has done a phenomenal job of bringing the best HDR software to the Windows platform and I guarantee you'll love it or you can get a full refund, no questions asked! Visit my online store to download a free trial now!

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Art Unveiling Partay!

A few weeks ago, one of my collectors had a fun party at her house so people could experience her new art! This is a quick mobile-phone shot I got with my Pixel 3 (not bad, eh)? That shows off how massive this piece is. You should see it at night! I’ll have to go back and get a photo of it then. Anyway, this particular one is now sold out, so that’s pretty cool. All 3 are gone... one was purchased by an NFL player who is playing in the Super Bowl this year, and I think we’ll have a party at his place soon too! See more about the fine art at www.TreyRatcliff.com.

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One spot left in my New Zealand Photography Workshop

store-img-autumn_142ddbb6-b5d5-450f-8efa-c41620e8b438_2000x.jpgWe had a last minute cancellation so we now have one spot available in my upcoming photo adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand this April 22 - 26, 2019. It is five action packed days of photography fun and education.

We begin each day before sunrise and end well after sunset. And we keep you well fed and well hydrated with water or wine (my personal preference!). Plus Autumn is absolutely the most beautiful time of year, it is a photographer's dream.

Click here for more details!

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StuckInCustoms.com 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! If you think your family or friends might like this Newsletter (subscribe for free), please forward this to them. It'll make a fun email chain!

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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's some recent photos from StuckInCustoms.com

Blade Runner in Hong Kong
I feel like this Blade Runner trope is getting old. I wish I had another comparison to make. Fifth Element, maybe? Yeah, either way, even though I am a total introvert, I do enjoy spending a bit of time in these crazy cities. Maybe because I live in a tiny town of less than 50,000, I get overly excited with my camera when hitting these megacities in China.

A Midnight Stroll in Krabi
This is the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi. How beautiful is this place? I actually did yoga in that place a few times... It was a perfect and serene place to practice. I would also take strolls around here at night, always with my camera in tow.

Over Bangkok
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I only had one night in Bangkok, but it wasn't nearly as exciting as that song would indicate. I was pretty exhausted, but I did find this cool rooftop restaurant to have a great dinner with amazing views. Right after this, a huge thunderstorm started, and I was out without an umbrella. It was at least a 15-minute walk back to my place (I stayed at the St. Regis - super nice!), and I could not decide if I wanted to get soaked or wait it out. Eventually, the universe delivered me a perfect umbrella that already had the St. Regis logo on it! I was like... hey, that's kinda weird. But I took it as a sign... a sign to use an umbrella.

Postplume
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One of my favorite things about this photo is how you can see the shadow of the vertical plume as it kept going up, up, up. I tell ya, these rocket launches are really emotional and exciting. It's a strange combination of fright and awe.

The Missing Link
Thailand is surrounded by islands with some of the most epic shapes. It's really fun just to hang out in front of the boat with your camera, and do a bit of target practice. I probably took over 100 photos up there, and this one was one of my favorites. Even though the water was that perfect Thai-blue, I decided to reduce it to black and white to keep it about the shapes rather than the color.

A Quiet Night in Portofino
I can't tell a lie... this isn't Portofino. It's actually Universal Studios, so I feel a little weird about taking photos of "fake" places like this. But, as fake as it is, it's still pretty beautiful! I don't actually know if you can get in those boats or not. Probably not. But I'd like to see them stop me.


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