New! Becoming an Artist with Trey Ratcliff Season 1

An Exciting New Series coming April 3, 2016!

The Pre-order is now avail! 🙂

It’s announced today and you can see a preview below.

Entirely shot in Africa, this is something a little different from me, and I think you’re gonna dig it! You know, I’ve been making tutorials for years, but I decided to add a new twist with all the post-processing work. I’ve added in a new element where you find out more about deeper-level, and probably more important aspects of photography, creativity, and you.

The whole series is more auto-biographical as I tell different stories (often embarrassing!) that helped me find my creative self. It’s a long journey, you know, this thing of life! I wasn’t always like this… I used to be so much more stressed and stumbling. Now I feel more creative and peaceful. I get so many questions about how things came to be. I believe these 15 episodes that comprise Season 1 will not only give you strange insights into me, but probably into you too.

PRE-ORDER SEASON 1 Before April 3rd

The first episode of Season 1 will premiere on Sunday, April 3rd but you can pre-order the entire series now for just $49! This is the lowest price the series will be offered plus it includes a ton of amazing goodies!

Act fast, the offer ends on April 3rd.

Pre-Order Now for $49

What’s included in the Pre-Order Bundle?

If you pre-order Becoming an Artist – Season 1 by April 3rd you’ll get …

  • 14 episodes filled with inspirational stories, photo tips, and post-processing techniques
  • Bonus 15th episode only available when you buy the entire series
  • Trey’s RAW image files you can use to practice with
  • Free trial of Aurora HDR Pro software
  • Bonus tutorial video for Aurora HDR Pro
  • Discount coupon for the full version Aurora HDR Pro

Season 1 Episode Guide

1. The Accidental Creation of Me
Trey tells the whole story of how he came to be. He ends the show by showing the photos that will be worked on in all of the episodes in Season 1 and does a brief introduction of the tools he uses.

2. The Little Person and Jabba the Hutt’s Tail
Trey tells a crazy story about Star Wars and his dad. He then goes on to talk about a counter-intuitive truth about the creation of art. In post-processing, Trey demonstrates Adobe Lightroom basics and works on a few of his favorite photos.

3. The Burning of Embrace and Being Alone
Trey has a quiet moment in the abandoned ghost town Kolmanskop, Namibia. An abandoned diamond mine, now consumed by sand dunes. Trey went in expecting to find sadness but found something else entirely.

4. Moved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A love of Impressionist paintings is an emphasis in this episode. Trey talks about a time he visited a museum in Paris with his father and how it changed him. He ends by showing how he created a light trail photo from the rooftop of Bar 7.

5. What Happens When You Sit Too Close to the TV
Trey visits one of the most amazing places in the world, the Deadvlei in Namibia. While here taking photos, he shares a story from when he was a little boy and got his first Atari 2600. It taught him something he did not expect about colors.

6. Writing a Failed Novel
Trey shares about his high school English teacher and how she said something special to him that ended up changing his life. He then discusses composition, experimentation, and gives a demo of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.

7. The F-Stop Question
This is a story about when an unassuming student asked Trey a very simple photography question to which he did not know the answer. He then goes on to loosely connect this to taking photos from high-speed-moving-vehicles.

8. What Goes Up Must Sometimes Come Down in a Different Location
Quadcopter photography! In this episode, Trey begins by talking about how HDR brought a new perspective to photography and how he believes that quadcopter photography is now doing the same thing.

9. Pregnant on a Roller Coaster
Trey talks about his incredibly awesome birth defects and how none of us were born to be normal. Trey shares some of his favorite night photography photos and demonstrates how to make a nighttime panorama.

10. A Reccy to Chernobyl
This story is about slippery memories and Trey’s first job at a nuclear power plant. Trey then talks about how much he has changed when he visited Chernobyl almost 15 years later and the difference in the nature of the memories.

11. What Burning Man Taught Me about People Photography
Trey talks about getting outside of his comfort zone and how he’s learned to take photos of people in a unique way. He explores images of people that he’s captured from around the world.

12. How I Keep Learning To See
This is a story about when Trey gave a keynote speech at Kent State and an unknowing student asked him something that made him question the nature of vision. He delves into Black and White photography and shares a few techniques.

13. Through Their Rich Tracery One Sees the Sky Beyond
Trey talks about how he was influenced by Mark Twain’s writings and how he failed at trying to make the photography equivalent of his writing. Trey finishes by creating a “Painting” of elephants by combining a photo with textures.

14. A Street Fight in Morocco
From Northern Africa in Morocco down to Southern Africa in Namibia, Trey talks about how he approaches both life and taking meaningful photos of people. He also talks a girl into taking off her clothes.

15. BONUS: The “Not-Sponsored-by-Mutual-of-Omaha” Animal Show!
This Bonus episode is only available if you purchase the entire series. Trey and Bel give a director’s cut voiceover of the most awesome animal footage captured while in Namibia and Botswana.

A few of the images from this series

A Devil in the Sand

Daily Photo – Trees into the Milky Way

You'll definitely recognize these trees from the episode called “Writing a Failed Novel.” That was a fun one… I started the episode one way, then decided to take it into another. You'll see what I mean! 🙂

Trees into the Milky Way

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-09-18 13:44:40
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time30
  • Aperture
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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  • susan ratcliff

    Awesome – am excited to watch it 🙂

  • TheloniousGonzo

    Love the credits

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