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Join me in Namibia for an Epic Adventure!

Only ONE spot is left so contact us soon!


We initially shared the details of the African Photo Adventure: Namibia to our newsletter subscribers and we ended up selling out in less than 24 hours before we could even mention it anywhere else!

Currently, there is ONE opening because of a cancellation, so contact Curtis Simmons ASAP if you're interested. We put on maybe 2 or 3 of these workshops per year in different parts of the world, so space is limited.

Photo Critiques in The Arcanum

Trey Ratcliff provides an example of a Photo Critique with Peter Giordano

The Arcanum is the most personal, effective and enjoyable way for you to Level Up your skills. Using proven Master & Apprentice learning methods in a personalized online social learning experience, learners quickly close the gap between aspiration and ability. A fundamental part of the learning experience are Critiques. At every 5th Level within The Arcanum, an Apprentice is required to have a one-on-one Critique with a Master. Watch the example below of Trey providing constructive feedback to Peter.

Pete Giordano, CEO of The Arcanum, says "If you don’t know what’s keeping you from Leveling Up, you won’t Level Up. That’s why the greatest of the great athletes, executives, artists... they all have coaches or mentors to help the see and remove the obstacles that stand in their way. There was NO way I was going to Level Up my skills solely by watching passive videos."

There are already 100+ critiques in the The Arcanum's Grand Library with more added each day. They will be an invaluable resource to both Apprentices and Masters.

Mirrorless cameras and the war with DSLRs

Here's a special video I made for Frederick Van Johnson that debuted at one of his live events at a conference. I talk a bit about my switch from Nikon DSLRs to the Sony Mirrorless system.

Shooting the sunset in Queenstown

Previously unshared video... you're the first to see this!

A behind-the-scenes video of a recent photo I took near my home in Queenstown, New Zealand. It shows my settings and how I set up the photo! Enjoy :)

Shibuya Station

What is it like to ride the subway to the busiest intersection in the world?

Warning: This video may be very boring!! This is what it looks like (wearing Google Glass) when taking the subway to Shibuya, then getting off and exploring the busiest intersection in the world. There’s no commentary or anything... Let me know if you like videos like this.. I’m really afraid it’s a bit boring haha! :)

Bonus Photo!

This is a sneak preview of a Selfie that I took where they filmed Gladiator and Game of Thrones! 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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Attack on Gaijin
So I was walking through a market in Tokyo and this crazy bird came started dive-bombing this food beside me. I quickly focused on the food (manual focus!) then panned the camera up to grab this. I cannot claim full credit for this being so sharp — I will gladly admit that it was Extremely Lucky!
On Camel, Across the Sahara Desert
I absolutely loved my time in the Sahara. I did not expect the dunes to be as overpowering as they were. It was completely overwhelming, in an awesome way. Everything is so minimalist that it makes photography extra-fun and challenging. To move across this endless sea of sand — where do you aim your camera?
Across the Crystal Lake
Those islands you see in the middle of the lake there are Pig Island and Pigeon Island. You can actually take a little kayak over there and there are huts where you can sleep for the night. No one lives there, and they just sit there empty almost all the time… I never see anyone on the lake at all… this is quite a remote area, really, even though it is quite easy to get to. This whole road to get here was only paved about 10 years ago, so it all still feels very fresh and undiscovered!