What to do after un-boxing your new camera

What to do after unboxing your camera

Watch the video below to learn the best practices after unboxing your new camera. I’m probably too late. You’ve already taken photos with your new camera…. but just in case, here’s a checklist to follow for future purchases. Plug in the battery — plug in the battery as soon as you can. Do not use […]

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Should you shoot jpg or raw?

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In this video I’m going to tackle the biggest debate in photography history: jpg vs. raw. The issue of jpg vs. raw files is one that can really divide photographers.  I’ve been through the roller coaster of shooting raw files 100% of the time, then dropped to 0% raw files. I used to call my […]

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Which camera should you buy?


In this video you’ll get tips for buying a digital camera that’s perfect for you. So, you’re looking for a digital camera! This blog post is for eager beginner and intermediate photographers. People like you, who take pictures for the joy of it. You’re not doing this professionally, but you’ve got a good eye, someone […]

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Photo printing tips for your dramatic edits

I’m a big believer in printing my photos. And I like them BIG. But what about those super dramatic edits I’ve been doing in Luminar? Are they printable? Or are they only good enough for viewing on mobile screens on Instagram? I wondered that too, so I’ve done some tests. And the results were great. In […]

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Masking in Luminar 2018

masking in Luminar

In this video I demonstrate masking using Luminar 2018. If you can’t see the video above, check it out here on YouTube. Masking is a method of blocking off or protecting an area of your photo so that when you make edits it only affects those areas that are masked, or not masked. It’s similar […]

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Luminar 2018 and RAW Files


  Deals on Luminar and Aurora – Click here for info Don’t let Adobe hold your raw files hostage, while you wait for updates to the Camera Raw plugin. Is Adobe holding your raw files hostage? In this video I show you how Luminar 2018 can open raw files from brand new cameras that aren’t […]

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Luminar 2018 – First Look

Luminar 2018

Update 2019 Luminar 4 is now available. It’s even better than that previous versions. Check it out here.  If you can’t see that video, watch it on YouTube. About Luminar: Luminar offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module […]

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Edit your photos using Luminar – Part 1

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What the heck is Luminar? Luminar is stand-alone photo editing desktop application. This is the first in a series of tutorials I’m creating on Luminar. You’ll learn the basics of the interface and how to use dramatic filter pre-sets. If you don’t want to cough up monthly fees to Adobe for Photoshop and Lightroom CC, […]

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Lighting tips for skateboarding photos

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If you use lighting in dramatic and creative ways, your skateboarding photos will pop out above the rest. Read the video transcript. Okay let’s dive into lighting tips for skateboard photography. The lighting I’m talking about is 100% Natural – Also known as available light. I use natural light 100% of the time for my […]

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Skate photography: The 3 things I worry about the most

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This is Part 1 of a series of video lessons on taking better skateboarding photos. In this vlog I teach you the three things I worry about the most when shooting skateboarding photos. They are: Shutter speed Capturing the decisive moment Composition Shutter speed basics Typically with skateboarding photos, the skaters are frozen in the shot […]

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