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Pop over to the new Landscape and Travel Photography Tutorial: New Zealand to pre-order today!
If you order BEFORE April 10th you'll get several goodies… you’ll save $20 and you’ll get to join a private video Q&A group after launch.

This is really the coolest video we’ve ever made. I think you’ll find the quality and the content to be second-to-none. Really. Just by watching this preview below you’ll get a great idea of the content. Basically, you get 2.5 hours of post processing and an additional 1.5 hours of live-action footage, following me around while I set up for photos. Plus I'll include my RAW image files so you can follow along during post-processing.

 


 

Interview - 10 from the Couch

I did an interview recently with Stephan Bollinger for 10 from the Couch. I talk about life in New Zealand, taking shots at the shuttle launch, and more. Stephan did an amazing job of editing it together.

 


 

Behind the Scenes - In the Woods

I was recently hiking through the woods near Glenorchy on the South Island of New Zealand with Curtis Simmons, Karen Hutton and Scott Kublin. We captured this behind the scenes video that has some tips for capturing photos in the forest.

 


 

The Great SXSW Photowalk!

The SXSW Photowalk was a big success! Hundreds of photographers of all skill levels weaved through downtown Austin like a giant game of centipede. There were over 1,200 photos posted from the event, you can see them over on the G+ event page. There's some really crazy shots in there!

Special thanks to our sponsors for awarding some great prizes to the best photos of fellow photowalkers -- Adorama, Syrp Genie Time Lapse device, XUME Quick Release adapters, Really Right Stuff tripods, and F-Stop bags.

Here is a picture of Jon Ray who spontaneously started dancing to some Dubstep music blasting from the food truck!

 


 

New eBooks on Flatbooks

Travel Photography Exposed is a collection of thoughts, examples and practical tips on life as a roaming travel photographer. This is not an academic theory book; this is a collection of no-nonsense advice from a photographer that does this every day. More importantly, it’s about helping you to do the same. Whether it’s a one-off two-week trip or you want to live your life on the road, this ebook will help you get on the right path.

 

 

Seeing the Unseen – How to Photograph Landscapes at Night is a complete guide to night photography. It's suitable for all levels of experience – leading the beginner through the fundamentals, but stretching the boundaries of very experienced night photographers with contemporary advanced techniques.

The book is suitable for all levels of experience – leading the beginner through the fundamentals, but stretching the boundaries of very experienced night photographers with contemporary advanced techniques.

 

 

 

 

A first for Flatbooks - an in-depth video-only tutorial! From Scott Detweiler, author of Conceptual Portraiture comes an hour-long video called Creation of Succubus on creating his portrait titled The Succubus. Using Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4 we will step thought the complete workflow that was used to create this image from scratch.

 

 

At 3,310 meters, Cusco ranks within a thousand feet of the highest and most inhospitable cities on the planet - yetveryone from the millennia-old Killke culture to modern adventurers the world over has somehow made their way to this mountain Mecca. This book, The Travel Companion: From Cusco to Machu Picchu will take you on a journey through Peru from Cusco to Machu Picchu, with 48 photos and individual stories.

 

 


 

Want to try HDR? Start with Photomatix!

Photomatix Pro from HDRsoft is an integral part of my HDR processing. If you would like to purchase Photomatix Pro (or get a free trial) be sure to use the Photomatix Coupon Code code "TREYRATCLIFF" at checkout to save some money. You can find the software for Mac or Windows at the HDRSoft website.

You can also check out Trey's new Photomatix Presets at the Stuck in Customs store!

 

Reminder: The Text HDR Tutorial is Always Free!

I keep a completely FREE HDR Tutorial on my website. It is a living document that continues to evolve over the years. It goes over everything you need to get started and is a great introduction to the basics of HDR photography and post processing.

 

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Across the Little Lake at Sunset
HDR Photo

The bad part about maxing out your ISO is that you’ll see all the dust on your sensor and all the little bits on your lens. That takes a long time in post to clean up. Try around f/16 or f/14… you can still get that nice effect without all the junk getting in the way!

 

The Skyline of Melbourne from Across the River
HDR Photo

Melbourne has one of the most “walkable” skylines I’ve seen. It runs all up and down the river and looks pretty from both sides. It also works out well because there is very little to obstruct your view. It’s the complete opposite, of, say, Bangkok, where getting a view across the river is next to impossible.

 

Through The Mists of Milford Sound
HDR Photo

The mornings are the best in Milford Sound, I think. I’ve been here about seven times now. Even though I had one amazing sunset, I think that the mornings tend to have better luck for photos.

 

Old Boats in the Afternoon
HDR Photo

If you are by a dock in a small town in China, and the dock looks slippery, well it probably is SUPER SLIPPERY. That’s my little hard-earned piece of advice for the day…

 

The Ghost Ship in Long Beach
HDR Photo

The Queen Mary ghost-tour is a must! It’s a great way to see the whole ship while having a cool story wrapped around it. Even better, you can set up for photos and bring a tripod! Some of these places are soooo dark and creepy that there is no way to get a good photo without a tripod.

 

The Cool Fresh Water
HDR Photo

This is maybe some of the freshest water I’ve ever had! It was so icy cold, it was like a blast of frigid freshness into my mouth… I got in the habit of not filling up my water bottle until I visited this glacial lake… I was here for about three days… just relaxing, taking photos, and camping… it was very nice!

 

A Moody Evening at the Great Wall
HDR Photo

One of the good things about the haze around parts of China are the moody sunset hours. You rarely get those epic cloud-sunsets, but instead things drift away into black through a myriad assortment of colors.

 

Forest on the road to Paradise
HDR Photo

When you leave Glenorchy and start driving on the dirt road to Paradise, there are a few little wet forested areas that you’ll pass through. It’s worth pulling over your car and just going on a random walk. I recommend following a stream or river so you can always find your way back.

 

Somewhere along the coast
HDR Photo

Usually I tag my photos with the location, but this one is completely unknown! I know it was somewhere here in New Zealand, and I took it back in 2010 during my first road trip across the whole country… but it could be anywhere!

 

La Défense in Paris
HDR Photo

The new, modern downtown area of Paris is certainly worth a trip! It’s just 20 minutes through the subway to emerge into this area. I never really wanted to go down here, even though I kept hearing good things about it. To me, it wasn’t really Paris, you know… modern buildings and all. But, once I got down here, I was very excited. There are a ton of cool buildings and a thousand great compositions waiting to be had!