Today is Thanksgiving.  Wow, time sure does pass quickly!  On this day last year, I was sitting in my living room with my Dad and talking about the outdoors, fishing, and photography, while we drank coffee and laughed together.  I planned on taking some photos of my Dad with my kids and my brother.  I am glad I did.  My father passed away on June 27th of cancer.  He passed quickly and my family and I were able to see him before he left us – Thank you Lord.  As I sit here, tears are rolling down my face as I wish I had more time with him.  “Life moves pretty fast  and if you don’t stop and look around once in while you could miss it” –  Ferris Bueller.  Certainly words to live by.  I have much to be thankful for, but today, I am thankful I saw my Dad in his last few days.  I am thankful he was a kind man that taught me much of the world, the goodness in a fathers heart,   how to me a man, and how to love the outdoors.  I love you Dad!

Remember – Hug the ones your with and call the ones you wish you were with.  I think Ferris would have also said that given the chance!



Travel Photography Tip

I recently had the pleasure to attend one of Scott Kelby’s Shoot Like A Pro seminars in Orlando, Fl. If you have never attended one, I highly recommend it. Well worth the $89 and the use of a vacation day from work.

Anyway, one of the tips that Scott recommended for travel photography was to scout the location. This can be done numerous ways, including using Google Maps in a first person view, which I have done many times. But the idea that really opened by eyes to the photo possibilities of locations I wanted to visit was researching the location on 500PX. That is the tip that really hit home for me. 500PX is an amazing photo site with images that will blow you away. The type of creativity that we all seek as photographers oozes from many of the photos. Learn from them, and don’t allow yourself to feel incapable of producing such images yourself.

Prepare yourself for your next trip by looking at the images of others and finding new locations or new ways to see old locations.

Bad Real Estate Photos

When I went to sell my house, I read Scott Hargis’ book The Essential Guide to Lighting Interiors. I believe my house sold quickly because I took the photos instead of the realtor, and I used many of the tips and techniques Scott mentions in his book.

As with any learning process it is good to see the bad as well as the good or great! In steps the website Bad MLS Photos. I was amazed at just how bad some of these photos were. If you are feeling a little down on your own photographic work, maybe it will give you that boost you need to see how BAD, bad can be!

Cheap Alarm for Your Camera Bag

Voltage Valet

I have some photography travel coming up in a few months and I have started to look at security solutions for my camera and computer gear.  After a quick search I found the very affordable Voltage Valet Cable Alarm.

This slightly bulky device allows you to lock anything that will fit around the adjustable cable and will either alarm on a cut cable or if the object is moved.  I plan on using the lock in the hotel room as well as on the go when stopping for food, or when I just need to set my bag down.

I got my off of eBay for $9.95 with free shipping which  seems to be the going rate (Amazon

So far the device seems to work as promised but I have not used it long enough to list the pros and cons.





Use Adobe Camera Raw on Layers in Photoshop CS6

I hear that Photoshop CC now has Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as a filter within Photoshop.  Sometimes things are just easier to do in ACR, clarity for example.  Drag this, drag that, slide this one over and boom, my image looks great!  However, I am not one of the cool kids with CC, I have CS6, so what am I to do?   Thanks to Russell Brown’s efforts, we now have an ACR extension of CS6.   I installed it and it works as expected.  Great job Mr. Brown!

Scroll down and look for “Edit Layers in ACR 1.1.8″   Also, watch the video to get it setup.  He walks you through the process except for the initial install, which is simple.  Remove the file from the zip and double-click it.  The Adobe Extension Manager will launch and prompt you for the installation.