Insta Inspiration Presets for Luminar

Replicate the most popular Instagram looks on your DSLR images with the Insta Inspiration preset pack for Luminar by Macphun.

I’m pleased to announce that Macphun has released a custom set of presets that I authored for their Mac image editing software, Luminar. The Insta Inspiration pack of presets gives Mac users a 1-click approach to matching the most popular Instagram looks directly from your own DSLR images.

Luminar is compatible with both RAW and TIFF/JPEG image formats, and you can also use it as a Lightroom plug-in. What I like about it is that unlike most 1-click presets, Luminar shows you all the adjustment tools that went into creating a particular look. That means not only can you modify the presets (Want to change the vignette? No problem!) but you can also save those changes as your own custom presets, too!

Other cool things about Luminar
  • Layer support
  • Luminosity masking
  • Image adjustment and special effects tools
  • Add custom textures to images, and make composites

If you’re a Mac user and find Photoshop intimidating, you may want to give Luminar a try.

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Fall Photo Cruise! New England & Canada

Travel Photography Experience aboard Regal Princess
Join me in New York City for a 7-night travel photography experience aboard Regal Princess!

Update: We are now accepting reservations for this event.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve scheduled an exclusive photo tour of New England aboard Regal Princess, September 30th through October 7, 2017.

On this amazing tour, you’ll enjoy top-notch accommodations as we sail from New York City along the New England coast, stopping at major destinations along the way. In port, we’ll have private photo tours and lots of time to explore the history, culture, and architecture of New England. I’ve teamed up with Dancing Moon Travel to design a custom travel photography oriented itinerary tailored to photography enthusiasts who want to explore this region by ship. Our five ports of call include Newport, RI, Boston, Bar Harbor, ME, St. John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, NS. Those interested in coming to NYC a day early will be treated to a photo walk near Brooklyn Bridge park, where we’ll photograph the lower Manhattan skyline at sunset.

Onboard and during our land excursions, I’ll be there to help you with your photography, teach you new techniques, and provide creative inspiration along the way. My goal is to make you a better travel photographer and help you return home with unique photographs that you’ll be proud to share.

Receive full booking details when registration opens by signing up here.

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Field Report: Caribbean Photo Cruise

A Caribbean Photo Adventure

Well, that was fun!

I’m back from leading a week-long travel photography workshop to the Caribbean aboard Liberty of the Seas. Many thanks to Dancing Moon Travel for organizing a fantastic itinerary for the tour group!

We departed the port of Galveston, Texas and crossed the Gulf of Mexico for two days. At sea, we explored photo opportunities aboard the massive ship, and I offered classes on creative composition, long exposure, and HDR capture techniques. Continue reading Field Report: Caribbean Photo Cruise

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Color Management 101

Is the color cast in your image something real, or is it an artifact produced by your monitor?
This image is neutral. If it doesn’t look that way, it means your monitor needs profiling.

Updated: Jan 2017

Color is extremely important in photography. Getting accurate color is even more important. With digital photography, you are relying on a monitor to display your images properly so that you can make any necessary corrections and adjustments to brightness, contrast, and color. The problem with computer displays is that they just aren’t accurate. When your computer communicates with your display, it sends a command to generate a particular color value in the RGB universe. The monitor responds in turn by lighting up its phosphors or LCD elements accordingly. But your computer cannot “see” that the actual color produced by your display matches the command it sent. You see, most monitors have inherent flaws that prevent their actual output from matching what the computer told it to produce. What’s more, the human eye has an uncanny ability to compensate for color casts, so if your monitor is a little off, you might not even know it. Continue reading Color Management 101

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January Online Classes: Get to know Adobe Photoshop

Discover the art of texture blending, January 7th online.

Adobe Photoshop used to be one of those software applications that only the pros could afford (or justify purchasing). However, now that Photoshop is included with the Adobe Photography Subscription, which is how many of us get their copy of Lightroom, it might be a good time to see what this powerful software can do for your photographs.

I’m teaching two classes this month that will utilize Adobe Photoshop to do things that you cannot do in Lightroom. All participants will receive a printable PDF notes companion.

Learn more after the jump… Continue reading January Online Classes: Get to know Adobe Photoshop

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