Click here if you have problems viewing this email

Photo Tip: HDR with the Sony NEX-7

This video was shot last year while Trey and the Stuck in Customs team was in the Virgin Gorda. In the video Trey shows how to use the Sony NEX-7 to create an HDR image in a couple of different lighting situations.

There are many, many more of these quick tips under the Photography Tips category on the Stuck in Customs blog and on Trey’s YouTube channel. Click the subscribe button on the YouTube page to be notified when new videos are released.



Trey and the SXSW PhotoWalk on the BBC

LJ Rich, Technology reporter for the BBC, did a story about “Life Logging” and included many elements of the SXSW Photowalk. It’s great story - plus, if you watch closely, you may recognize a number of people in the video.



Q&A Video for the Landscape Photography Tutorial

We held a private Q&A session for everyone who purchased a pre-release copy of Trey’s newest tutorial, Landscape and Travel Photography: New Zealand. To download a copy log into your account at and go to My Account, then My Downloads.

If you haven’t purchased this new tutorial yet, you definitely need to check out this short preview of what’s included. We think you’ll be impressed with the quality of the videos and learn a number of new techniques for improving your photography.



20% Off Sale at Flatbooks Ends Soon!

The April spring cleaning sale at Flatbooks officially ends on Tuesday, April 30th. Don’t worry though! We decided to give our newsletter subscribers a few more days. Use code “APRILEBOOKS” to save 20% through this Friday, April 3rd.

If you haven’t visited in a while, there are many new eBooks available - like this one from Troy Paiva called Boneyard. The eBook contains over 60 full-sized light painted night images, shot in two separate aircraft graveyards: “The Secret Boneyard” and “Aviation Warehouse.”




Have you ever practiced the Camera Sutra?

We don't take ourselves too seriously around here... occasionally we seem to find ourselves in embarrassing positions with our tripods, so we thought it best to consult the hallowed ancient tome of the Camera Sutra and make a t-shirt out of it.



Want to try HDR? Start with Photomatix!

Photomatix Pro from HDRsoft is an integral part of my HDR processing. If you would like to purchase Photomatix Pro (or get a free trial) be sure to use the Photomatix Coupon Code code "TREYRATCLIFF" at checkout to save some money. You can find the software for Mac or Windows at the HDRSoft website.

You can also check out Trey's new Photomatix Presets at the Stuck in Customs store!


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.


Check Out What You Missed!

Have you missed a past issue of the most beautiful newsletter on the Internet? Well, we've got great news! We've been saving them all along just for you.

Thanks from Trey! is the photographic work and shared adventures of Trey Ratcliff. 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 the Newsletter (Subscribe Free), please feel free to forward this to them. It'll make a fun email chain!

Catch my live weekly show, Trey's Variety Hour, each Monday evening or subscribe to the video podcast.

Join me on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.



The Dramatic Chateau
HDR Photo

I took photos of this side of the chateau twice. Once in the morning when the clouds were heavy, and once again in the afternoon when the clouds parted. I ended up liking this cloudy one better.


The New Garden Path Along the Great Wall of China
HDR Photo

Just to get to this point required a long walk through a rocky forest. It wasn’t like the super-pristine part of the Great Wall — where you can drive up in a huge tour bus and park in huge parking lot. Instead, there was a “path” that was barely discernable that wove up through a forest along an old creekbed. I’m not sure I could find it again if I had to!


The Gardens of Queenstown
HDR Photo

The class took a nice stroll through these gardens. I challenged people to try to get five different photos of this bridge, and this was one of mine.


The View From Above
HDR Photo

Here is a good example of a daily image. I went to the top of the gondola with Tom Anderson to look down on Queenstown, New Zealand from above. I want to sleep up here one night to get the sunrise… if anyone can hook me up with that, drop me a note! :) I’ll bring the hot chocolate!


Fun with the Fisheye in Paris
HDR Photo

This is a close up of one of the two chandeliers in the entry way of my hotel in Paris. I was still getting used to the fisheye at this point, so it took me about five shots to get this exact one I wanted.


Under the Bridge in Central Park
HDR Photo

And here is one of the final images from the video you can see at the blog by clicking on the image…


Morning Reflections of Bowen Falls
HDR Photo

We had a great still morning in Milford Sound! I think, in retrospect, that it was very very risky taking everyone down there. The weather could have been horrible the whole time and there would be no shots! But, we got lucky and everything was beyond awesome.


The Amazing Bridge in Sydney
HDR Photo

I really wanted to get up there on the bridge, but they don’t let you take your camera, which is a real bummer. I wish I could get special permission some time. Whoever can get me special permission can go with me – that would be a blast!


Walking in Yosemite
HDR Photo

Here’s a photo from a walk along this beautiful little path in Yosemite. It looks very serene and welcoming, yes? Well it is! I was sad I only got to spend one day here in the forest… I’d like to go back.


Bryant Park in New York City
HDR Photo

This is where I ended my walk that night in New York City. It was sort of a lazy, meandering walk… going here and going there. I lament that I never got a shot inside the awesome library, but the tripod police were out in full force. I actually felt like I was in more danger there than in the middle of this New York City park in the middle of the night!