Rene is the one in the top left

Going to PNG

If you decide to go to PNG out into the bush, get ready. There’s no hotels or any of the common “tourist” services. You’ll have to go through a service. For example, we somehow stayed inside a private military compound that was owned by a diamond miner. We met him one night at the bar, and he told us how much the locals loved him because he built a lot of roads. And then, he said, if the locals don’t love him, he hits them in the chest with a 12-inch bronze pipe.

Daily Photo – Rene is the one in the top left

Here's my amazing friend Rene Smith, who never fails to make me laugh. We were in Papua New Guinea together, completely out of our element. We're actually ALWAYS out of our element, but especially here. I think the thing is that Rene and I are always laughing and have open hearts, so we never really run into any trouble. I think the idea that we were not head-hunted in Papua New Guinea is a pretty good indication of that. All it has done is made us more bold in our travel adventures. If we can survive here, then we can survive almost anywhere else, I think. Where's next Rene? Let's hit Iraq and Syria to spice things up! :)

Rene is the one in the top left

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture3.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length25.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

New! Aurora HDR Presets Pack!

Hello Internet friends

Grab the preset expansion at or get the full Aurora HDR Bundle!

25 Presets. 2 Tutorial Videos. 20 Sample Images. Rather Redonkulously Long Preset Names that are More Problematic than Helpful.

Hello Internet friends. Trey Here. As of the time of writing this, Aurora HDR Pro has only been out less than half a year and already has 250,000+ downloads. It’s clear people love this! Well, I use this almost every day… sometimes to process dozens of photos. I honestly love it. Remember when I used to use Photomatix? Remember back in the 70’s when I used to stand up and walk over to the Magnavox to change the channel? Yeah, that was pretty lame.

In the past few months, I’ve created about 100 presets. I thought about releasing all of them, but that seemed to be too silly and information over-load, so I decided on my favorite 25. I actually had a little Google Doc, and whenever I used one, I updated the spreadsheet. Pretty geeky I know, but it helped figure out the best 25.

I’ll be honest. Every set of photos is different and some of these presets will make your photo look amazing, and others like complete garbage. There, I said it. But listen, I’m an expert in this stuff, and you just can’t have a preset that works perfectly in Daytime + Nighttime + Indoor/Outdoor + CutePet. So, some will look amazing, others not so much. But don’t give up, next time you might get the inverted results!

One of my favorite new presets is called “Girls Love them some Jon Snow.” It’s dark and moody and has just the right amount of HDR. It works great in night situations. Another great one that works with night shots is “Horrible Mistakes on Snapchat.”

Looking for a good daytime filter? This one really plays with the dynamic glow, but I keep going to it. It’s called “ROBOT TREY Calls This 101101101” which is really a stupid name but Robot Trey doesn’t think about these things. Another daytime winner is “Chocolate Increases Happiness & Shame.” You’ll notice how there are thematic connections between the presets that hint towards an artist in an endless downward shame spiral.

Have an interior shot? I’ve got this one that was a total accident that always seems to work. It’s called, “BB8 is Like Waaaay Cuter than R2-D2.” There’s another great one, even though the results come out a bit more grainy and dodgy called “Crisco Twister with Aunty”

Anyway, that’s just a taste. There’s other weird situations too. You might even try “LEVEL X – Don’t click this for 1 month,” but don’t try it for a month. It’s a test of your will. Perhaps you might click the more daring B&W preset gently entitled “I Hope My Daughter Never Comes Home with a Black & White Guy.” Actually, it turns out that preset name was too long, so it’s been shortened to “Who’s that Black & White Guy??”

And even better, I’m including 20 of my photos you can play with (6 sets of 3 JPGs and 1 RAW file) as well as 2 Tutorial Videos showing you how I use these 25 presets!

Buy them now. Number One, Engage!

Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

Pouring through our Antarctica Video Footage

We got heaps of video footage in Antarctica… we’re still going through all of it and figuring out the best way to package it and bring it to y’all. Video is a different beast… stick with us! :)

Daily Photo – Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

One day in survival training, Stu and I had to erect our own tent. It was awesome. It's not exactly a normal tent — I believe they are called polar tents. They are built to withstand blizzard conditions. You can imagine a normal tent in a blizzard… that just wouldn't work. So there is all kinds of bracing that have to be in place ahead of time. It's also extra-challenging because either you're hammering these giant iron spikes into solid ice or, if on the main continent, into rocks and gravel. I felt like a real survivor!

Pitching a Tent in Antarctica

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1600
  • Aperture4
  • ISO50
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+0.7

Join me in Vegas at Photoshop World!!

My first Photoshop World… it’s gonna be great!

Sign up here.

I’m looking forward to getting back with Scott and Kelebra Kelby as well as so many other old friends. It’ll be great to make all the new friends too!

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Mos Eisley Spaceport

New Textures Tutorial

One of the very first tutorials I did here on the site was a Textures Tutorial. About a year ago, I updated the whole thing and made it much better! The tutorial also comes with a ton of hi-def textures for you to enjoy and use in your own creations.

Daily Photo – Mos Eisley Spaceport

Here's a photo I got of Dubai when I was in that helicopter. We were quite a long ways away from the city, away over the sea, and I zoomed in to get a long-distance shot. It was already a bit sandy/foggy but I decided to take it to the next level with a few fun textures!

Mos Eisley Spaceport

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length153.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Trey From Above

A book suggestion!

Try “The Untethered Soul” from Michael Singer.

Daily Photo – Trey From Above

I don't do a lot of selfies, and I'm not even sure you can call this a selfie because Curtis took this with a quad. But I was shooting here, then I looked to my right and left and saw this shadow wrapping around me. I thought it might make a cool quad shot. I knew Curtis had the quad out and was shooting some video, so I called him over and took control for a minute to hover over this spot while I went back to take another photo! :)

Trey From Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraHERO3+ Black Edition
  • Camera MakeGoPro
  • Exposure Time1/1900
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length2.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

New Phantom 4 Review!

The DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

I updated the review with this new video! You can see the full DJI Phantom 4 Review now! :)

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

New Article on Stuff

Here’s an article on Stuff.co.nz about our new Facebook Live show.

Best Pano Software?

I use Photoshop or Lightroom for simple panos that are only a few shots. For the bigger panos, especially when I want to HDR them, I use Auto Pano Giga. That program is hard as hell to use, but I love the results!

Daily Photo – A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

It was a bleak day for sure, but I really like the mood of this photo. It was literally my first day using the Hasselblad, and I didn't quite have the lens I wanted to get in the whole valley. So I made a series of horizontal shots and stitched them all together later in Photoshop.

A Hassy Pano at Monkey Creek

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/50
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Lines of the Glacier

More Antarctica Photos

We have pages and pages of them! Be sure to click on the “Antarctica” category above and scroll through them. When you get to the bottom, you can click to go to the next page and see even more.

Daily Photo – The Lines of the Glacier

I got to experiment quite a bit with black and white photography in Antarctica. It's actually not that hard because there's almost no color to begin with! Some of these glaciers did have that glowing blue ice where some blocks had recently cleaved away, so sometimes it's painful to take away that pretty blue color in a B&W conversion!

The Lines of the Glacier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7S
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length200.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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