My Photography Workflow –  From Shot to Sale
Nov14

My Photography Workflow – From Shot to Sale

My Photography Workflow I started doing a vlog post about this and then I realized that it probably made sense to chuck out a blog post that also outlined my photography workflow as well. It might be easier to follow along. So, here it is. This is the process, and these are the steps I take in my photography workflow and selling my photos. If you prefer following along in video, there’s my vlog about this below. And, to add a little colour to this text-heavy article, I’ll include my photos from yesterday’s shoot at Phra Singh Temple here in Chiang Mai. Step 1 : Take the Pictures I know this seems like an obvious step. But, if you plan on selling your photos, you can’t just take them and sell them. They not only have to be well shot, but they should have been shot in RAW so that you can edit them a bit later. Moreover, you have to think about who you might be selling the photo to.  What is their style preference. What things do you have avoid having in your photos? That’s especially true for micro-stock photography. Step 2: Computer and Hard Drive Transfer It’s important to keep your RAW files in a couple different places so that you don’t lose them somehow. Personally, I keep them in 3 places: 1) I keep them on the memory card I shot them on. 2) I copy them directly onto my computer where they’ll stay temporarily. 3) I copy them onto a SSD where they’ll stay forever. Step 3: Importing I import the RAW files that are on my SSD into Lightroom. Step 4: Editing Editing, of course, is such an important process. But, there’s not much to explain from a workflow standpoint here. Since this isn’t my editing workflow, but my filing workflow. I’ll just say that I do the vast majority of my photo editing in Lightroom. I avoid Photoshop as much as I can. But, I do from time to time bring files over there to do work. The beauty of using Lightroom is that even if you decide a file needs to be adjusted in Photoshop, you can bring the file back and forth between the two. So, it’s actually really efficient. The last thing to say about the editing step in the photography workflow is that you should edit from the place that you want your files to stay.  Lightroom creates a file which it catalogues to each image. So, if you want to go back and edit your raw file a bit, and don’t want to have to start from...

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Best Photography Locations on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Aug25

Best Photography Locations on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

There are few places in travel photography hotter right now than the Isle of Skye.  The Scottish Islands are popping with tourists as photographers have been reeling off beautiful images from some really cool locations recently.  This past week, I headed up to the Highlands of Scotland for a little bit of a scouting missing for a future assignment.  I only had limited time, but I was set on finding some of the best photography locations on the Isle of Skye.  And, luckily, I found loads of them.  These were my favourites. Old Man of Storr This is maybe the most iconic place on the whole of the Isle of Skye.  It’s just a wonderful photography location.  Landscape photographers will drool over the possibilities up here at the Old Man of Storr.  Essentially, this location is a series of pillar rock formations that stick out over the island.  A 30-40 minute hike gets you up to some perfect images. Note, though, that due to the geography of the location on the leeward side of some mountains, the weather can change quickly here.  We shot this location at sunset and alternated between getting epic light and hammered by rain. These are some of my favourite images from The Old Man of Storr: Info: How to Get There: There’s a parking lot about 15 minutes drive north of Portree. It’s easy to find.  From there, it’s a 30-40 minute hike to the view. I would guess it’s about 100-150m elevation gain. Parts of the hike are slippery, especially after rains. Best Time of Day: The location works for either sunrise or sunset. Gear: I shot my 16-35mm lens the whole time.  You’ll also likely want a nice set of filters.  I used these grad filters for my images. Fairy Pools Honestly, I didn’t really give the Fairy Pools much notice in my plans.  But, with so much extra time I thought they were probably worth checking out.  I’m glad I did.  Even though I didn’t photograph this location much, it’s cool.  And, I think that much of the imagery online is pretty weak considering it’s such a cool spot.  Like most of Scotland, we got hammered a bit by rain here, but still managed to take a photo.  And, I didn’t even photograph my favourite composition of the falls.  I think, though, I’ll come back here next time and shoot it at either sunrise or sunset. Info: How to Get There: The Fairy Pools look well off a road according to most maps. But, a single track will get you right to the edge of them. The turn off is signed...

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Best Spot for Sunset Photography in Edinburgh
Aug20

Best Spot for Sunset Photography in Edinburgh

Today’s blog is quick.  There is still content coming from Kyrgyzstan, but I really wanted to share with you this sunset location in Edinburgh because it was killer.  I spent 4 or 5 days in Edinburgh a couple years ago, but somehow never made it up here.  I shot a lot of photography in the city, and it is one of the most photogenic cities in all of Europe, but somehow managed to miss the absolute best place to photograph the skyline at sunset. This is Carlton Hill: Honestly, when Jodie and I got to Edinburgh we were absoluately crushed.  It was a long night before as we didn’t have mats and had to sleep right on the cold floor in the Lake District.  And, after a long drive and a couple meetings with a client in the city, we were both just ready for an early night.  However, needing some content for my travel vlog, we forced ourselves out of our hotel and shot up Carlton Hill to photograph sunset.  Instantly leaving the hotel I felt better.  The city is just so stunning. And everywhere you look there’s a new photograph to be made.  And, it actually took a lot of self-control to just force ourselves up the hill to shoot only one location in Edinburgh. The light wasn’t brilliant, but it did work extremely well for the type of photo I wanted to shoot.  So, I thought I’d walk you through a set of my photos from this location in Edinburgh in today’s blog. Golden Light at Carlton Hill This photo wasn’t easy to make.  But, it wasn’t a challenge technically, or because the light was bad, but because there are so many people wandering around here at sunset that it’s hard to get a clean shot.  But, with a little patience it was totally worth it.  I took this image on my 70-200mm lens at f/6.3, 1/80sec., ISO500 @115mm.  The aperture was 6.3 because I wanted to blur the background enough to put the focus on Jodie, but keep it recognizable.  I love how it came out. Lucky Light I was waiting for the light to come down a little bit more, and it was getting a bit overcast in the sky, so I was kind of losing hope for nice light.  But, we were sitting up at this view and I noticed a bit of golden light hitting the rock you see Jodie sitting on in this photo.  So, I had her go out and pose there. Amazingly, the light moved up and hit her face. It was incredible, the only light in the entire...

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Join us in Peru and/or Iceland!
Feb24

Join us in Peru and/or Iceland!

Of all the places we get requests to run tours, Peru and Iceland and far and away the most popular.  I get emails almost every week asking when our next Peru travel photography workshop will be.  I get about the same amount of emails for Iceland.  So, it was just a matter of time before we’d go back to Peru, and initiate our first workshop in Iceland. Going Back to Peru Our trip to Peru in 2014 was a massive success.  Not only did we have a great tour filled with incredible imagery, but we had an amazing group of participants which made the tour even more special. Peru is one of the most photogenic countries in the world.  It’s also one of the most diverse places in the world for photography.  In just a 2 week period, we’ll photograph the desert, the coast, the Andes Mountains, and even parts of the rain forest.  As far as subjects are concerned, there will be people, mountains, wildlife, seascapes, and so much more to photograph in the country.  As usual, Jeff Bartlett will be co-leading this tour with me. You can download the full itinerary for Peru here. And, for more information on the trip to Peru or to book, visit this page. Iceland! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be heading back to Iceland.  It’s one of my favourite countries to shoot, and definitely one of the most impressive places I’ve ever been.  As usual, I’ll be running the Iceland photography workshop alongside my buddy and fantastic photographer, Jeff Bartlett.  He has also spent a lot of time in Iceland scouting locations and organizing this trip.  We’ll also have with us a local photographer named Ivan Olaffson who will help guide us around and show us some of the secret photo spots off the usual beaten path. For the full itinerary for Iceland, click here. And, to book, or for some more information on the trip, click here. Images from Peru and Iceland If you’re interested in seeing some of the imagery you can come up with in these two incredible countries, check out the videos below.  The first one is a piece I put together from my first time in Iceland in which I spent a week exploring the ring road of the country location scouting. The second video is from my last photography workshop in Peru: Can’t Join These Ones? If you can’t join these photography workshops, but are interested in potentially joining one in the future, be sure to sign up to the form below.  That way, when we launch future workshops you’ll be...

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Manila, Sagada & First Impressions of The Philippines
Feb16

Manila, Sagada & First Impressions of The Philippines

After a visit to Spain that felt shorter than it actually was, I was off again. This time, I was heading to The Philippines – a new country for me. Not only is The Philippines a new country for me, but one of which I had absolutely no expectations. Honestly, I knew very little about The Philippines. My knowledge of Filipino people, too, is limited to those I’ve met. Those I met, I knew to be very friendly, and love photography and basketball. So, I assumed we’d get along. So far, I’m right. Manila I landed in Manila really late, and really didn’t have any time planned there. To be honest, I have little to no interest in Manila. I want to see the nature, countryside, and landscapes of the country. So, the next day, I was already off again. However, on the couple hours I had free in Manila, I did get out and explore a little bit. In doing so, I came up with some of my first impressions, and observations of The Philippines: People are extremely friendly and welcoming. Jeepneys are awesome – local transport. I want one. The people do seem to love basketball – there’s always a game on somewhere. There’s a lot of foreign guys living there and dating local girls – not prostitution, but dating. There is no way I wont stand out – I’m a foot taller than the average person. I’m like a giant Q-Tip wandering around the streets. That night, I caught the bus north on the same island as Manila. It was a 12 hour journey to the town of Sagada. Jet Lagged in Sagada When I arrived in Sagada I was on a bit of a high. And, looking back, there’s a good chance it was more of an adrenaline rush keeping me going. The drive into Sagada as the sun rose was stunning, and I couldn’t wait to get out and explore. However, as I got settled into my hotel in Sagada, it became apparent to me that jet lag was finally catching up with me. I took what was meant to be an hour’s nap before exploring. It ended up being a 3 hour sleep and I nearly missed sunset because of it. With no idea where to go and shoot photos, I made the mistake of asking the hotel receptionists. She recommended a place called Lake Banum. But, after hiking an hour to get there, I realized it wasn’t much of a lake, but more of a swamp. And, the reason I was pointed in this direction wasn’t because the landscape is beautiful, but...

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Travel Diaries: Colombia
Jan18

Travel Diaries: Colombia

There’s this funny thing that happens to you when you travel the world. At first, you start to feel like you don’t really belong anywhere. You feel like you’re searching for your home, but can’t seem to find it. Then, after a while, you start to realize that there are a dozen of different places pulling you in each direction. When you travel so much, different destination, people, and experiences that you know, and are comfortable with, start to make you feel like you want to be in 10 different places at once. Before heading to Colombia, I felt that way. And, honestly, that feeling beat me up a bit. Obviously, I couldn’t be everywhere at once. Obviously, I couldn’t be with all the people I wanted to be with at once; not when they’re scattered all over the globe. I’m a believer that you have to listen to the signals that your mind gives you. You have to give in to the ideas that spring to life in your conscious.  And for whatever reason, it felt like the energies of the world were all pulling me back to South America. In the end, I decided I needed to make a trip down to Medellin. I needed to see if I still had the same love for Medellin I had back when I was living there. And, so on a bit of a whim, I booked a flight to Colombia. A Colombian Road Trip I landed in Medellin after a sleep-free night flying from Phoenix via LAX and Panama City. As soon as I got there, I rolled over to the family finca (country home) of an old friend. There, we sprung plans to head out on a road trip. Because, you know, sleep is over-rated when you can drive across a country. So, we drove through the night to the city of Pereira. The next day, we drove out to Salento and the Valle de Cocora – both places I’ve been before. With no desperate need to take photos, I kind of just enjoyed spending time with friends and not worrying about getting shots. It’s kind of nice to be a tourist every now and then. I need to remember to do that more often. It reminds be that travel is about more than just getting some shots. That night, we went out on the town. And, yeah, we kind of over-did it. We woke up complete disasters. But, we had a long drive ahead of us back to Medellin. On the way, we stopped at some hot springs in Santa Rosa de Cabral. It was actually the perfect...

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