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Join me for a week in Venice during Carnival... it will be AMAZE-MAZE!

Beautiful Venice, Crazy Carnival, Masquerade Masks, Exclusive Parties, Hidden Surprises and, TONS of Photography!

We’re extra excited for this new adventure because not only is it in Venice, but it is during Carnival! They call it the Most Beautiful Carnival in the World and I’m not going to argue with the Italians! The adventure will be February 4 – 10, 2016. We’ll be staying at the epic Hotel L’Orologio located in a historic building in Riva de l’Ogio, in the San Polo district. I’ve stayed here before and it is absolutely amazing. The city will be full of people from around the world in intricate costumes and masks. We’ll take on the challenge of capturing the epic landscapes coupled with all of the interesting people and events of Carnival.

Visit the Carnival Of Venice Photography Adventure page for more details, to learn about our guest instructor Renee Robyn, and to sign up! We are keeping the group size quite small, so the spots will sell out quickly!

The Search for What is Out There

I recently gave a talk at the TEDx in Queenstown, New Zealand. It's about how I got into photography and, well, how everything has come to pass. Some people will have no idea what the heck I am talking about, but it’s my hope that some of the things in here resonate with you.

The Arcanum Critiquepocalypse - Friday, May 29th

A FREE 24 hour Critique-fest open to the Public!

Would you like to get some live, real-time feedback on your photography from a Master? Well mark your calendars!

What: The Arcanum Critiquepocalypse
When: Friday, May 29th 12AM EST (check your local time)
Length: 24 Hours!
Where: Live on YouTube
Who: ANYONE and EVERYONE!!

Here's how it will work. Anyone can post one or more images as a comment on this post for consideration. During the event, Masters from The Arcanum, in a variety of Photography genres, will be broadcasting Live on YouTube and will be randomly selecting from the submitted photos. They will openly discuss an image and provide feedback... what they like about the image, and what could be improved.

Critiques are an absolutely amazing way to learn. It's interesting to hear the different perspectives from the Masters. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn by watching a critique of your own work, but also that of others. So feel free to just watch and learn, you don't have to submit your own photos. Go post your photos now!

Barn Sunset by Chris Martin, an Apprentice in The Arcanum

Chris Martin took this great shot on a recent storm chase. It reminds us the show that comes with a storm isn't always during the storm. Masters will be critiquing this photo and many, many others during the Critiquepocalypse!

Have you applied to The Arcanum? Now is the time!

Now is an excellent time to join The Arcanum because we are quickly doubling the number of Masters in Photography and they are looking for Apprentices to join their Cohort. It will only take a few minutes to complete your profile. I'm confident you'll have an invitation from a Master in no time! You'll be taking the first step to unlocking your creative awesomeness! Apply Now!

Get my Newest and Most Detailed HDR Tutorial for just $59

Now through the end of May you can get my Complete HDR Tutorial for just $59, that is 40% off the normal price. I've been doing this for years and years, and I share all of my new tricks, workflow, and post-processing techniques that will give your photos a great and unique look. Even more important -- maybe this is unexpected -- I will help you find your own style of photography.

There are over 10 hours of detailed video instruction in the course. It is aimed first at beginners but there is plenty of intermediate and advanced material too. I edit a ton of photos in every possible situation: Indoor, Outdoor, Sunrise, Sunset, Mid-Day, Mixed Indoor-Outdoor, Action, Movement, People, Nature & Landscape, Architectural, Travel, and more. Even better, you get all of my RAW files! So you can follow along, step-by-step, and see exactly how I do each and every move.

Check out the Complete HDR Tutorial now!

Robot Trey Visits Vietnam

I had an amazing time recently in Vietnam! This is a beach on Phu Quoc, a small island off the coast of Vietnam (right under Cambodia) — what a cool place! While I was there "Robot Trey" made a few appearances. Here are a couple of videos, here and here, that might amuse or perplex you! Follow me on Snapchat (treyratcliff) to see more of Robot Trey, my true identity.

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!

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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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A few photos from recent trip to Dubai