Day #10 | Macro Challenge

Day #10 of my Stay Out There 10-Day Challenge!  This means it’s the last day of the Creative Cloud Photography plan giveaway as well.  You’ve got until midnight tonight to enter it at the bottom of this blog post. Earlier in this series I mentioned that you can use lenses on your mobile phone to create vastly different perspectives. In that post I talked about the amazing Olloclip iPhone macro lenses and showed a couple of pretty cool examples of extreme close-up shots.  Those lenses take things to extremes, but you can still get macro-like shots with most mobile phones …

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Day #9 | Chasing Your Photography Dreams

  For Day #9 of my Stay Out There 10-Day Challenge, I want to share a little bit of my own story and talk about chasing your own photographic dreams. People always tell me that I’m “so lucky” to do what I do, but the reality is that there was very little luck involved at all.  I know that when most people say that, they don’t necessarily mean luck in the traditional sense of the word, like rolling a dice, but they still talk about it as if it’s something that they could never do themselves. I’ve met many people who …

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Day #8 | Self-Portrait Challenge

Today’s challenge for your photography is all about self portraits.  We’re up to day #8 now on my Stay Out There 10-Day Challenge, and this one is another easy one that anyone with a camera or a cell phone can take part in. I’ve found that when you really love taking photos, you can quickly become the designated photographer in your circle of friends or family.  The result is many great photos of them, but often much less in the way of evidence that you were actually there as well. At the time it might not seem like a big deal, but …

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Day #7 – Photoshop Sequences

For day #7 of my Stay Out There 10-Day Challenge, I wanted to highlight one of my favourite Photoshop techniques, called a sequence.  This is a technique that involves taking a number of photos in quick succession, and then layering them on top of each other in Photoshop CC. This kind of technique used to be confined to photographers with professional grade cameras, dude to the necessity for a very fast frame rate.  Thankfully these days, my iPhone shoots photo bursts and 10fps, and even my recently purchased Sony RX 100 IV pocket camera shoots at a mind-boggling 16fps!  Both of these …

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Dan #6 |Preset Power

  For day #6 of my Stay Out There 10-Day Challenge, I’ve got a confession to make: I use presets to process a lot of my photos. The reason?  Practicality. Once you start shooting a lot of photos, you have to start fine-tuning your workflow, or it’s easy to fall behind on organizing and editing your images.  Unedited images never see the light of day, confined to the depths of a hard drive or cell phone for eternity.  Presets can free them! Since I’m a Lightroom user, I’m specifically referring to the use of Lightroom presets here.  Presets are a 1-click …

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Day #5 | Share Stories

Kayaking With Grizzlies is the story of a photographic trip to shoot the grizzly bears of British Columbia, told using the Adobe Slate iPad application.

Day #4 | Mobile Photography Lenses

Day #4 of the Stay Out There challenge is something of an extension to Day #2 where I published a series of mobile photography tips. Lenses For Mobile Photography As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m a big fan of taking photos with my iPhone.  That might sound odd because I have a closet full of professional Canon DSLR equipment, but my phone is often the camera that’s with me and I never want to feel like I can’t take a photo of something that inspires me. It would be rare to find a DSLR photographer  heading out …

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Day #3 | Get Out To Stay Out

The challenge for day #3 is a simple one. This is something that everyone can do, and it doesn’t involve any new gear…

Day #2 | 7 Mobile Photography Tips

Make the best of the camera that’s always in your pocket with these 7 awesome mobile photography tips for Day #2 of my Stay Out There challenge!

Stay Out There With Adobe & The Creative Cloud

Today, I’m pleased to announce a new partnership with Adobe and their Creative Cloud Photography plan.  I’ve been a subscriber to the Photography plan since its inception a few years ago, and as mobility has become increasingly important to my business, the Creative Cloud has been right there with me.  The Photography Plan gives me access to Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC and Lightroom mobile, as well as added benefits in mobile apps such as Adobe Slate and Voice.  As far as I’m concerned, the less time I can spend in my office, the better!  Tools like Lightroom mobile, allow me