A Moving Sunset

Free 27 Minute How-To Video!

This comes from the full 4-video Art of Photography series that we recently launched for Beginner to Intermediate photographers. The live launch was a huge success (thanks everyone for the GREAT comments on that page!) and we have just released this first video for free. Sadly (but awesomely) you can go purchase the other 3 episodes if you find the first one to be helpful. I believe you will!

Many Days of New Zealand

I miss my new home in Queenstown, so I’m going to be posting a series of photos from NZ over the next few days. I hope that is okay. Normally I jump around and post places out of order, but I’ll make a departure from that for four or five days. Thanks for indulging me!

Daily Photo – A Moving Sunset

When the sun started going down in Milford Sound, I figured I was going to start using up a lot of memory cards. I’m still using those RAW Steel cards that are 16GB each. The D800 has been filling up my cards pretty quickly, so I’ve been thinking about upgrading to 32GB. But I already have a load of 16GB and swapping isn’t that much of a pain… maybe I should just wait until I need the 64GB some day… if ever.

A Moving Sunset

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The Shuttle Machine

Segment on Fox News

Here is part 1 of something I did with Fox News. I know many of you saw it live, but in case you missed, click play below! :)

No More Space Shuttle

It’s kind of a bummer, eh? I wish NASA had something exciting on the heels of the space shuttle to get everyone excited. Surely they have designed some awesome new ships… let’s see them and get ‘em up there! :)

Daily Photo – The Shuttle Machine

I went out to the launchpad during the “retraction event” which is quite exciting. Well, it’s kind of exciting because it’s all in slow motion. The unit retracts very very slowly – so slowly you barely even notice it. The whole thing takes over an hour, but it’s still pretty cool.

About halfway through, I got the feeling that the shuttle was intertwined into this huge, hulking machine, and that is when I grabbed this shot.

The Shuttle Machine

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Giants Stadium and an Interview with Forbes

Interview with Forbes

I did an interview with Forbes Magazine a few days ago, and the highlights of the video are there on the right. There’s also a longer article by Michael Humphrey after the link there. I talk about how being “Human” can become intensified with the internet and technology.

Daily Photo – Giants Stadium

When I spent the evening at the Giants game in San Francisco, we had carte blanche to go anywhere and shoot anything, so that was pretty awesome. Tom and I had the number of the PR guy in our pocket in case anyone gave us any trouble… but no one did. We spent most of the night roaming around the stadium, taking photos from many vantage points. No one ever bothered us about the tripods and stuff, so that was a welcome delight!

This was shot with the Nikon 14-24 lens… as usual, all the EXIF info is there if you click through to SmugMug! :)

Giants Stadium

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How To Set Up A Large-Scale Live Webinar with YouTube Live and Google Hangouts

A Quick Step-by-Step Guide

We’re trying something innovative with our new Art of Photography online class – as far as I know, we are the first to try this.

For the previous one, we used GoToWebinar, which had the downside of being expensive and a Limit of 1000 people.

Using a combination of unique steps, we can scale a paid webinar to well beyond 1,000 people (unlimited, in fact) and it’s totally free.

Background

My team has figured this out, mostly because we’ve been really hitting Google Hangouts hard. I have a weekly show that goes out for free called “Trey’s Variety Hour” – go subscribe on YouTube! Very early on, I made friends with a genius named Dave Veffer, who is now my producer and has been doing all the heavy lifting on the logistics of that weekly show and the live webinar. Dave and Curtis Simmons worked together on the complete solution for this process, so a big thanks to both of them!

Note: we use e-Junkie for a payment system so that people can register and pay for the live Webinar.

Benefits of this Method

– It’s Free
– No Limit on Registrations
– Users can watch the video in 720p or 360p
– We can control the entire user experience
– We can show pre-canned videos live at a very high frame rate
– With everyone watching these pre-canned videos at the same time, it increases the excitement of the live event, it compels more people to stay with the event in real-time, and it keeps the Live questions in sync since everyone will be in the same place
– When we are done, the entire video is recorded so we can provide a URL to any registrants that missed the live broadcast.

The How-To

Step 1: Set up the page that the viewers will visit

1) We make a branded special page on StuckInCustoms.com. This page is password-protected.
2) On that page, we include the YouTube Live Event broadcast (embedded video player)
3) We also include the Google Moderator embed code (for Live questions during the event for our moderator to handle). How to Embed it.

Step 2: Set up your eCommerce solution

1) We set up an account with e-Junkie
2) We created a product inside eJunkie so people can sign up for the Webinar for $149.
3) After they register and pay, we have an email address that we will use to send them a link to the page with password we created above.

Step 3: Tell people about your Webinar and link them to your sales page.

1) We created a sales page at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/art-of-photography
2) On that page, use the code that you get from e-Junkie so people can buy a seat at the webinar. (basic shopping cart embed code)
3) After people make the purchase, they will receive a confirmation email automatically through e-Junkie.

Step 4: Run the Live Webinar

1) My producer, Dave, creates the Event (which is set to “Unlisted”) on my YouTube Live account, configures it for 720p and 360p, and notes the YouTube embed code.
2) Dave starts a Google+ Hangout with a limited audience of me and Karen Hutton who will be asking me all the questions.
3) Dave uses Wirecast to capture part of the screen where the Hangout window is, which he then streams through my YouTube Live account to the Event via 720p and 360p as well as recording a local copy to his hard drive.
4) Dave verifies that the broadcast does NOT appear on my YouTube live channel (it’s unlisted).
5) Dave takes the unlisted video embed code and places it on our private webpage on StuckInCustoms.com that we set up in Step 1.
6) We do live introductions and whatnot through the Google Hangout for everyone to see.
7) (optional) Dave can then play a pre-canned video on his computer and Wirecast can pipe that through to YouTube Live.
8) We then begin the detailed Q&A and take live questions through Google Moderator. I can answer on video and screenshare my computer to show how to do certain tricks or whatever in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

Daily Photo – Boulders at the Beach

This is quite a unique beach, isn’t it?

I came down to these boulders many times per day. The light was different, and on this particular evening, I was hoping for a good sunset. The kharma must have built up because everything came out quite nice…

And even better, the water was warm enough to wade into…

Boulders at the Beach

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  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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The Edge of Virgin Gorda

Also from Virgin Gorda

Today’s photo was taken at the same beach as the video below. I could have taken pretty much the same photo with the Sony NEX-7, but I chose the D800 because I like the wide-angle lens a little better. I mean, I suppose it’s not a big deal, but I still get a tiny more flexibility with lenses when it comes to the D800.

However, if I only had the Sony NEX-7, I could get something very very close to this, I believe.

Daily Photo – The Edge of Virgin Gorda

I wish my D800 had a articulating screen! It’s so hard to shoot close to the ground, isn’t it? I mean, Live View helps a little bit, but it’s so tough to really know for sure.

There are certain positions you can get in (I call them the camera sutra) that can be crazy-painful. I’ve gotten a little better over the years, since I simply kind of “know” what the picture will look like without having to gorilla-pod my neck…

The Edge of Virgin Gorda

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  • Aperturef/5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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What’s in Trey’s Bag

Live Show Tonight – Bag Tours!

Join me live tonight for Trey’s Variety Hour where we’ll have on several guests that will give tours of their bags. I’ll be available for Q&A, so if you have questions, please write them below and I’m happy to answer! :)

Time: 7 PM CST (Your World Time)
Location: My Google+ Stream or my YouTube Live page (go there and click on “Live”)

What’s in my bag?

Here’s the new video! I’ll give it a permanent home on the “What’s in Trey’s Bag” page here on the site. I reference several links in the video: Stuff You Need, Camera Reviews, Nikon D800 Review, Sony NEX-7 Review and Trey’s Favorite Things.

Cafe near the Colosseum

Interview on GigaOm

The tech blog GigaOm came out the conference to grab me for an interview — here are the results!

Gladius

Did anyone else ever play this old game?  It was one of my favorites…  I was reminded of it by the Colosseum photo today…

Daily Photo – Cafe near the Colosseum

While I was taking a photo of this scene, a fight broke out!  I wasn’t in the middle of it…  but I was close enough to hear the nature of the argument.  It involved a bunch of drunk guys and mentions of futbol players from various countries.  There was even a barstool that was brandished!  It was very exciting, but I had to wait for everyone to get their grip before I took the photo…

Cafe near the ColosseumWhile I was taking a photo of this scene, a fight broke out!  I wasn’t in the middle of it…  but I was close enough to hear the nature of the argument.  It involved a bunch of drunk guys and mentions of futbol players from various countries.  There was even a barstool that was brandished!  It was very exciting, but I had to wait for everyone to get their grip before I took the photo…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Order a Limited Edition print of this photo

Printing Your Photos for Profit

Printing Your Photos for Profit

I get this question a LOT! I’ve put some new information about this on my SmugMug Review. If you sign up, be sure to use “STUCKINCUSTOMS” to save some money. Since many photographers would like to make revenue from their photos, I wanted to show what it looks like when you sell some prints. In the case below, a customer purchased four prints from our online store in SmugMug. I am putting this up for the benefit of photographers who are curious about what this looks like on the back-end. As most people know, I am very open in all this “sharing” of how things work behind-the-scenes.

Personally, all of my prints through SmugMug are of a limited series, and this is one reason I sell them at a higher cost. You can of course choose a system that works best for you and the art you choose to share with the world in the form of prints.

SmugMug Review

The Rest of the Hearst Castle

See the rest of Hearst Castle here in that category.  Don’t forget to click “Previous” to see more photos.

Even though this photo below is taken just south of San Francisco in the San Bruno area, Hearst Castle is about a six hour drive to the south in San Simeon…

Daily Photo – The Hearst Tomb

Thomas Hawk brought me to this cemetery. He always takes me to the most romantic places.

He remarked (and he is right) that he is surprised that Hearst has such a “small” tomb. It does seem rather understated, compared to the other monstrosities he built. But maybe he’s just being a little bit humble in his tomb. It’s hard to say…

This photo was pretty much pitch black with a little bit of light that would collect over time. This is what I got out of a 30 second exposure at f/6.7.

The Hearst Tomb Thomas Hawk brought me to this cemetery. He always takes me to the most romantic places.He remarked (and he is right) that he is surprised that Hearst has such a “small” tomb. It does seem rather understated, compared to the other monstrosities he built. But maybe he’s just being a little bit humble in his tomb. It’s hard to say…This photo was pretty much pitch black with a little bit of light that would collect over time. This is what I got out of a 30 second exposure at f/6.7.- Trey RatcliffClick here to read this entire post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Old Forest in Yosemite

Robert Scoble Video from Yosemite

Scoble was there with us for the photowalk… and he grabbed some video that maybe you have not seen yet…. here you go!

Daily Photo – Old Forest in Yosemite

This was a fun trip!

When I was walking through this forest, we had a photowalk-of-sorts going on with a ton of people going here and there.  It was sort of Ewok-like with all the activity.  We’d all have to ask one another to hide behind trees and duck out of the way, since we were all criss-crossing our shots this way and that.  Often times, the shot I really wanted to get required me to clamber up and over big fallen trees.  There’s not really a graceful way to do this.  No matter how many times I do it, I continually look like I’m just barely keeping it together…

Old Forest in YosemiteWhen I was walking through this forest, we had a photowalk-of-sorts going on with a ton of people going here and there.  It was sort of Ewok-like with all the activity.  We’d all have to ask one another to hide behind trees and duck out of the way, since we were all criss-crossing our shots this way and that.  Often times, the shot I really wanted to get required me to clamber up and over big fallen trees.  There’s not really a graceful way to do this.  No matter how many times I do it, I continually look like I’m just barely keeping it together…- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this entry at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Waikiki at Night

Space Cadets

Dallas Nagata White took this photo of Tom and me right after the photowalk.  She has a cool method for doing this…  I put it below so you can read more.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II…Yes, I shot these two with a Canon…I’m a rebel (but not a Rebel) like that. ;)
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 24 mm (It was using the EF 24mm f1.4L II, if anyone is curious…I personally love the flare it gives)
ISO Speed: 200

Two Canon Speedlites with Pocketwizard Plus II triggers…a 580EX is being held by my friend hiding in the shadows behind them, pointed into the lens, and my husband was holding a 580EXII (with a small softbox) is above me and to my left for fill. They are standing at the end of a concrete pier/jetty with their backs to the ocean, and I’m crouching in front of them. Those aren’t stars – they’re rain drops! :) Although I definitely love the idea of them as stars…that’s inspiring, and a concept I’ll have to play with later.

I also posted on more shot that doesn’t have the lens flare, just rim lighting, when I shifted and the flash was hidden from the lens.

Daily Photo – Waikiki at Night

And during the photowalk, there were many great chances to take photos of the city.  It was exciting for me — it was my first time to see the city at night.   All the Oahu people were kind of used to it, I assume…  But it was also exciting to have them all around.

When I set up for these shots during the photowalks, it’s always extra-strange.  Because I’m really trying to get a good shot, but I also know that a ton of people are watching me right there.  And then I talk through my shot while I’m taking it.  And, of course, I NEED to get a good shot… there are so many vectors of attention that it can be a little distracting… but I do my best!

Waikiki at NightAnd during the photowalk, there were many great chances to take photos of the city.  It was exciting for me — it was my first time to see the city at night.   All the Oahu people were kind of used to it, I assume…  But it was also exciting to have them all around.When I set up for these shots during the photowalks, it’s always extra-strange.  Because I’m really trying to get a good shot, but I also know that a ton of people are watching me right there.  And then I talk through my shot while I’m taking it.  And, of course, I NEED to get a good shot… there are so many vectors of attention that it can be a little distracting… but I do my best!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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