Nine Things For Your Photo-Brain To Consider

I did a long-form article for My Modern Met. Do you know this site? It’s pretty cool — run by a friend named Alice Yoo. They feature many different artists from various disciplines, and we decided to do this thing together!

So I wrote an article called, “Nine Things For Your Photo-Brain To Consider“. Jump on over to read all the details.

Also, they are giving away a $1,000 prize in their own photography contest (link), so you may wish to enter!

Selected Photos

My Modern Met also made a selection of some their favorite works to include with the article, and I will put a few of them here for you!

High Dynamic Range Photography

High Dynamic Range Photography

High Dynamic Range Photography

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  • Scott

    Great article! I think you strike alot of chords right. For most of my photographic ‘career’ I have been focused exclusively on nature photography, a subject which traditionally definitely follows many ‘rules’ or ‘best practices’ if you will. While I still consider myself a nature photographer, HDR definitely has helped me feel more creative about photography, while still maintaining the original beauty and feel of the subject.

  • Susan

    Super article Trey – nice way you have of encouraging us to all try harder – but in a more fun way!

  • Kelley Bard

    Great ideas put forward in your article. Thanks for the thoughts and the images!

  • Filip Farag

    Great article, great tips! I can’t imagine taking photos without my earphones, my Sigur Ros mix helps me a lot while I am out with my Nikon. :) BTW, “Ratcliff is represented by Getty” ? An error probably?

  • Simon Morris

    WOW… superb article Trey, probably the best I’ve read so far!
    Your quote “The best way to learn is figure it out, not by rote memorization, but by rote curiosity. That is, let your inner child come out. Curiosity should lead not straight to a book but straight to experimentation.” – so, so true! Thanks again for the tips/advice :-)

  • Dan

    Loved the article Trey, Some things that have left me thinking.

    I definitely need some changes, thanks for helping me understand it more. :)

    I was meant to ask, Do you have any tips on how I can make my website more ‘popular’ or appealing to people. I’d like people ( just like on your site ) to eventually check the place out every so often :).
    I felt great checking my google analytics and seeing the view count just reached 1000, I think that’s good for me. As you probably get that every hour hehe.


  • Andy Bird

    I’ve never seen that photo at the bottom with the lady walking through the temple – very nice indeed!

    I uploaded my latest HDR effort last night so I thought i’d share the link again with everyone here :)

  • Egidio

    Trey, thanks for a great article. I especially liked the F-stop point you brought up. How true that rings for me! I just started with HDR photography. Your tips will help me have more fun with my second hobby. Thanks from a fellow Austinite.

  • Trey Ratcliff


    Dan – Well… Not easy and it just takes a long time. Remember, I did this blog for several years before anyone noticed. But, keep giving stuff away for free… big photos etc etc. Also consider that MOST people on earth don’t even surf the web on a regular basis… there are BILLIONS more coming online, and they will want good content. So, it’s not too late… this feels like a mature market, but it is just the beginning.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Filip – Yes – she got that from an old bio I think… I dropped Getty a while ago to do licensing direct.

  • Patrick Ahles

    Loved the article, Trey. I actually tried to shoot regularly, but couldn’t even manage to shoot once a week! :P
    Now I only shoot when I’m in the mood! No pressure anymore.

  • Dan Roads

    I can’t imagine this place not popular/barely recognized…It must of been real quiet compared to now hehe.

    Well thanks for that Trey, I’ve got some idea’s in my head now.
    Hopefully it’ll get out there more, and as they say… it can only get better :)
    Thanks again

  • Keith

    I started putting up a picture a day at the end of October and it is a lot of work, but I love it! I hope I am still doing it after many years like Trey!

  • Mike Tinholt

    Just hear about Trey’s work and site on a padcast… awesome work and great content. Thanks, makes me want to hop on a plane.

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