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2013-04-04 20:12:03 (57 comments, 53 reshares, 404 +1s)Open 

The Story Behind The Photo

Sometimes the story behind the photo is a simple one. I was looking through my photos from my trip to the California coast and Big Sur last December, and I came across a photo that I barely remember taking. I’m assuming I’m not the only one that goes through their photos (like I did after the trip) and heads straight to the photos that they know were some of their favorites just by looking at the thumbnails in a grid view. The problem with that is sometimes you miss photos that may be really good because they don’t immediately jump out at you as a small thumbnail. That’s exactly what happened here.

The Story
I woke up one morning to shoot sunrise along the Big Sur coastline. I was above the fog layer and wound up chasing photos for about 10 miles down the coast, stopping constantly to shoot different views. As the sun came up I wasdriving... more »

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2013-04-04 20:12:03 (57 comments, 53 reshares, 404 +1s)Open 

The Story Behind The Photo

Sometimes the story behind the photo is a simple one. I was looking through my photos from my trip to the California coast and Big Sur last December, and I came across a photo that I barely remember taking. I’m assuming I’m not the only one that goes through their photos (like I did after the trip) and heads straight to the photos that they know were some of their favorites just by looking at the thumbnails in a grid view. The problem with that is sometimes you miss photos that may be really good because they don’t immediately jump out at you as a small thumbnail. That’s exactly what happened here.

The Story
I woke up one morning to shoot sunrise along the Big Sur coastline. I was above the fog layer and wound up chasing photos for about 10 miles down the coast, stopping constantly to shoot different views. As the sun came up I wasdriving... more »

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2013-09-12 21:30:54 (34 comments, 20 reshares, 449 +1s)Open 

Sunset .. 

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2015-06-10 04:12:55 (7 comments, 10 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

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2014-08-28 14:09:00 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-11 19:02:21 (31 comments, 9 reshares, 332 +1s)Open 

Here's a photo from last night at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, FL. You gotta love Florida weather. At 7pm, it looked like it may be a nice dramatic sky sunset. At 7:30, it was looking like it would be totally clear. There were some clouds in the distance, but they looked too far to make it. At 8pm, I thought it was going to be storming way too bad to stay out there. Crazy huh? But luckily, the weather stayed off to the south and it turned out really nice. 

Taken with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70mm lens, Aperture: f/11, Shutter Speed: 25 sec, Lee Little Stopper 6-stop ND filter. Processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and onOne Software.
And there's a little more about the story and details over on my blog:http://mattyk.me/1m96WqP

Here's a photo from last night at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, FL. You gotta love Florida weather. At 7pm, it looked like it may be a nice dramatic sky sunset. At 7:30, it was looking like it would be totally clear. There were some clouds in the distance, but they looked too far to make it. At 8pm, I thought it was going to be storming way too bad to stay out there. Crazy huh? But luckily, the weather stayed off to the south and it turned out really nice. 

Taken with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70mm lens, Aperture: f/11, Shutter Speed: 25 sec, Lee Little Stopper 6-stop ND filter. Processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and onOne Software.
And there's a little more about the story and details over on my blog:http://mattyk.me/1m96WqP___

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2014-06-26 19:00:14 (19 comments, 14 reshares, 219 +1s)Open 

Shooting Sunset at McWay Falls

A while back I visited the Big Sur area along the California coast. One of the places I've always wanted to visit there was McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It just always looked like such a great place with the water falling on to the beach, and the sun setting off to the right. 

Anyone who's been to the area knows that there's often a lot of fog, so getting the shot is by no means a gimmee, even if you do get there. But I got lucky that evening and had a great sunset. That along with some nice +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +onOne Software finishing, gave the shot here.

I posted more details about the getting the shot, post-processing, camera settings, etc... over on my blog: http://mattyk.me/1pyMBtX

Shooting Sunset at McWay Falls

A while back I visited the Big Sur area along the California coast. One of the places I've always wanted to visit there was McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It just always looked like such a great place with the water falling on to the beach, and the sun setting off to the right. 

Anyone who's been to the area knows that there's often a lot of fog, so getting the shot is by no means a gimmee, even if you do get there. But I got lucky that evening and had a great sunset. That along with some nice +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +onOne Software finishing, gave the shot here.

I posted more details about the getting the shot, post-processing, camera settings, etc... over on my blog: http://mattyk.me/1pyMBtX___

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2014-06-23 19:07:18 (3 comments, 12 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

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2014-06-19 15:02:16 (21 comments, 45 reshares, 323 +1s)Open 

What do sprained ankles, long drives, and exploding water all have in common with photography?

...My trip to Thor's Well in Oregon. Last month I had the chance to visit Thor's Well with my buddies +Brian Matiash, +Rick LePage, and +Hudson Henry. It's a place I've been to before, but never ended up with the shot I wanted. This time though, we timed things perfectly. Aside from 6 hours of driving and a sprained ankle to go along with it, Thor's Well was an awesome place to see with the water constantly erupting out of it. 

I wrote a more in-depth story about getting there and shooting over on my blog if you want to check it out: http://mattyk.me/SUvbwR

What do sprained ankles, long drives, and exploding water all have in common with photography?

...My trip to Thor's Well in Oregon. Last month I had the chance to visit Thor's Well with my buddies +Brian Matiash, +Rick LePage, and +Hudson Henry. It's a place I've been to before, but never ended up with the shot I wanted. This time though, we timed things perfectly. Aside from 6 hours of driving and a sprained ankle to go along with it, Thor's Well was an awesome place to see with the water constantly erupting out of it. 

I wrote a more in-depth story about getting there and shooting over on my blog if you want to check it out: http://mattyk.me/SUvbwR___

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2014-06-06 01:15:09 (19 comments, 6 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

Awesome photo +Kelly DeLay. I think there's an exception to the train track rule, that with clouds like this in your photo, you can include them ;-)

The back edge of this supercell outside of Dalhart, Texas had beautiful mammatus clouds. Yes, I broke one of Scott Kelby's rule of having train tracks in the foreground, but I could not help myself :)  With my buddies +Mike Mezeul, +Toby Harriman and +Michael Shainblum.___Awesome photo +Kelly DeLay. I think there's an exception to the train track rule, that with clouds like this in your photo, you can include them ;-)

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2014-06-04 18:22:16 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Grid Live - Coming in just under 2 hours

Yes, what RC said below (less all of the complicated words that I don't know) ;-)

*The Preocupation with 'Professional' *
Tomorrow I will be joining +Matt Kloskowski  on The Grid Live at 4PM.  The topic of the conversation? "The Preocupation with 'Professional' "

There are so many things that float around in photography around the word "Professional"  - Amateur photographers look to put professional in their lexicon. Countless of people debate what 'makes' a professional photographer. Professional photographers lament 'non professionals' jumping into the market.  The word Amateur is often seen as a pejorative work.  We'll explore this topic - and welcome your comments, tomorrow at 4PM LIVE :  http://kelbyone.com/thegrid___The Grid Live - Coming in just under 2 hours

Yes, what RC said below (less all of the complicated words that I don't know) ;-)

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2014-06-03 19:29:06 (20 comments, 19 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

If I Had $1,000-ish To Spend on Improving My Landscape Photography, I’d Get…

Today I wrote a guest post over on +Scott Kelby's blog about where I'd spend my money to improve my landscape photography. It was a great teaching lesson for me to write, because I really tried to keep in the spirit of listing things that could help "improve" your landscape photography, rather than me just going through all of the gear I had in my bag.

If you're just starting out in shooting landscapes and outdoors, I hope you'll go check it out: http://mattyk.me/1h5o7sE

Also, my landscape photographer buddy +Bill Fortney wrote a follow up to it with some neat things as well:http://billfortney.com/?p=10607

If I Had $1,000-ish To Spend on Improving My Landscape Photography, I’d Get…

Today I wrote a guest post over on +Scott Kelby's blog about where I'd spend my money to improve my landscape photography. It was a great teaching lesson for me to write, because I really tried to keep in the spirit of listing things that could help "improve" your landscape photography, rather than me just going through all of the gear I had in my bag.

If you're just starting out in shooting landscapes and outdoors, I hope you'll go check it out: http://mattyk.me/1h5o7sE

Also, my landscape photographer buddy +Bill Fortney wrote a follow up to it with some neat things as well:http://billfortney.com/?p=10607___

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2014-05-22 14:44:16 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Check out Pete's recap and photos from his recent kids portrait photography workshop. Great stuff!

blog post talking about last weekends workshop, with pictures and everything!
https://pete-collins.squarespace.com/pete-collinssquarespacecom/2014/5/21/sense-of-wonder-workshop___Check out Pete's recap and photos from his recent kids portrait photography workshop. Great stuff!

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2014-05-21 13:34:24 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

If there's one thing I look for when I'm out shooting landscapes and outdoor photos, it's a great sky. I definitely think +Karen Hutton found one here. WOW!

Like a Breath... Truckee, California
Like a breath, it was.
Like the first big, steamy, hot breath of morning... or the last one at the end of long, debauched night.
Not one you'd want to take in with both nostrils.
Or even part of one.
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2014-05-20 18:50:41 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Some Great Landscape and Outdoor Photography

If you don't follow +Pawel Tomaszewicz then add him today if you're in to landscape and outdoor photos. His color, black and white, HDR and, well, just about everything is awesome.

Some Great Landscape and Outdoor Photography

If you don't follow +Pawel Tomaszewicz then add him today if you're in to landscape and outdoor photos. His color, black and white, HDR and, well, just about everything is awesome.___

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2014-05-20 14:56:02 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Does Your Technical Side Get the Best of Your Photography?

Hey everyone. I just posted an interesting thought on whether or not our technical sides get in the way (over on my blog: http://mattyk.me/RRw7BP). I know it does for me sometimes. The blog post actually came from a post I did here on G+ yesterday, where I inadvertently started another Photoshop/Photography editing ethics discussion. I realize the way I wrote the post, it sounded like that but I really wasn't trying to go that way with it. I agree, that discussion is indeed old and tired. The post I wrote over on my blog, will hopefully help clarify a bit and maybe even change the way you look at your (or others) photos.

Here's the link: http://mattyk.me/RRw7BP

Thanks and sorry for starting another tired debate yesterday :-)

Does Your Technical Side Get the Best of Your Photography?

Hey everyone. I just posted an interesting thought on whether or not our technical sides get in the way (over on my blog: http://mattyk.me/RRw7BP). I know it does for me sometimes. The blog post actually came from a post I did here on G+ yesterday, where I inadvertently started another Photoshop/Photography editing ethics discussion. I realize the way I wrote the post, it sounded like that but I really wasn't trying to go that way with it. I agree, that discussion is indeed old and tired. The post I wrote over on my blog, will hopefully help clarify a bit and maybe even change the way you look at your (or others) photos.

Here's the link: http://mattyk.me/RRw7BP

Thanks and sorry for starting another tired debate yesterday :-)___

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2014-05-19 14:32:53 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Does Photo Manipulation Change Your Opinion?

I just noticed a really interesting photo/topic over on +500px this morning. The photo here, made it up to #1 on the site. My initial thought was WOW! Looks kinda like an illustration, but still cool. Then I clicked on it and started looking at some of the comments. A few people were upset that there is clear photo manipulation going on here, which by itself is no new argument. But they also mentioned that the editing is, well, not-so-great. I have a bit of Photoshop experience and I could definitely see some areas for improvement. But my main question is, does it matter? If you look at the other comments, everyone else loves it. My guess is that if I showed this photo to a group of my non-photographer friends, they’d pick this photo as a favorite over any of my portfolio photos. Maybe I just need to get new friends huh? ;-)

Does Photo Manipulation Change Your Opinion?

I just noticed a really interesting photo/topic over on +500px this morning. The photo here, made it up to #1 on the site. My initial thought was WOW! Looks kinda like an illustration, but still cool. Then I clicked on it and started looking at some of the comments. A few people were upset that there is clear photo manipulation going on here, which by itself is no new argument. But they also mentioned that the editing is, well, not-so-great. I have a bit of Photoshop experience and I could definitely see some areas for improvement. But my main question is, does it matter? If you look at the other comments, everyone else loves it. My guess is that if I showed this photo to a group of my non-photographer friends, they’d pick this photo as a favorite over any of my portfolio photos. Maybe I just need to get new friends huh? ;-)___

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2014-05-16 18:03:41 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

How the death of photography as we knew it might be the best news your inner creative ever heard

Here's a really interesting read from +Dane Sanders. I have to say, his comparison of MMA to traditional boxing really makes some great points. Give it a read when you have a few minutes.

How the death of photography as we knew it might be the best news your inner creative ever heard

Here's a really interesting read from +Dane Sanders. I have to say, his comparison of MMA to traditional boxing really makes some great points. Give it a read when you have a few minutes.___

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2014-05-16 15:36:12 (16 comments, 7 reshares, 207 +1s)Open 

I've always wanted to go to Iceland and now thanks to +Andy Lee and his photo on +500px I want to go even more now :-)
Great photo!

These Moody Photos Capture An Unearthly Iceland: http://bit.ly/1iZSvDC___I've always wanted to go to Iceland and now thanks to +Andy Lee and his photo on +500px I want to go even more now :-)
Great photo!

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2014-05-16 13:52:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Hey everyone. My buddy +RC Concepcion is about to do his last seminar-tour stop for his Photoshop for Photographers Tour. RC has a killer tour lined up to start later this summer (I won't spoil it, so I'll let him spill the beans on it). But in the meantime, if you're in the Hartford area you need to get out there and see his last seminar. There may be tears ;-)

Come Join Me in Hartford on Tues May 20!
Getting all of my stuff ready for my trip to Hartford. On Tuesday, I'll be speaking at the Connecticut Convention Center on #Photoshop  and #Photography  . If you are in the Hartford, CT area - make sure you stop by!  You can register for the event at the link below: 

http://kelbyone.com/live/event/138177/___Hey everyone. My buddy +RC Concepcion is about to do his last seminar-tour stop for his Photoshop for Photographers Tour. RC has a killer tour lined up to start later this summer (I won't spoil it, so I'll let him spill the beans on it). But in the meantime, if you're in the Hartford area you need to get out there and see his last seminar. There may be tears ;-)

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2014-05-15 18:31:22 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

I Love Watching Great Things Happen for Friends

A huge congrats to my friend +Vivienne Gucwa for being named a +Sony Artisan of Imagery. I've always been a big fan of Vivienne's photography and style and it's great to see her part of such an inspirational group. Congrats Vivienne!

Central Park Spring Blossoms and Big, BIG News !!!

I am now the 9th Sony Artisan of Imagery worldwide. Sony’s Artisans of Imagery are a group of photographers who represent the brand. It’s such an inspiring an amazing group of photographers. I am honored to be a part of the family.

It only seemed fitting to announce this huge news accompanied by a very recent photo of Central Park in full spring bloom. Springtime is a season of new beginnings after all.

If you have been following along on my Facebook and Twitter, you probably already heard this news a few weeks back. However, I never officially announced the news to my blog and since everything is official now, it’s the perfect time!

As indicated on my About Page: I started using Sony cameras when I first began pursuing photography professionally back in 2010 based on the suggestion of a very close friend and a lot of research. I spoke on a blog panel during a photography conference in the summer of 2012. It was because of that amazing opportunity that I became acquainted with Sony. Sony was gracious enough to loosely partner with me throughout 2013 which opened up so many doors for me in the photography world.

During a surprise meeting the night before my Park Avenue Armory Paris photography event a few weeks back, I was asked if I would officially become an Artisan of Imagery. I think I was at a loss for words initially when I was asked. I believe the words: “Are you serious?!!” escaped from my mouth as my jaw dropped to the floor.I don’t tend to talk about my personal life online at all but this year has been extremely challenging on many levels (an understatement). So, I think I almost couldn’t believe my ears at first! I said yes, of course and all the paperwork was signed a week later. :)

Does this change anything here on my blog? Not really! You may see that I am speaking at more events and doing a few more public appearances. I have always been forthcoming with writing about the camera gear I shoot with in posts since I get dozens of questions about it on a weekly basis. So really the only that has changed is that I am incredibly happy to be part of a great new family with my other fellow Artisans of Imagery!


The future is looking bright!

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What’s on the agenda for the next few months?

1) I will be heading to Toronto in a couple of days since I will be giving two presentations at Canada’s largest photography and imaging show: Exposure. I will be presenting on the Sony stage on May 23rd about mobile photography and travel photography. Prior to the show, I will be staying with one of my favorite Canadian friends +Sara Collaton  (who is also a great photographer!) to explore Toronto. Can’t wait!

2) On May 24th I am heading to Martinique! I have never been anywhere tropical in my life. I will be photographing all kinds of water sports and activities.

3) In June I am heading to the south of France for 2 weeks. I will be visiting and photographing Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, and Provence. After that, I am heading back to Paris for a week or so! There were so many things I wanted to do in Paris that I didn’t get to do while I was there last month so I am really, really stoked to be going back there.

4) My New York City photography book is currently in the editing phase with the editing team. The release date is still slated for the end of this year, 2014.

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Read this post with all relevant links (there are a ton of links) over at my photography blog here:

http://nythroughthelens.com/post/85776241725/central-park-spring-blossoms-and-big-news

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Tags:   #nyc   #newyorkcity   #sonyalpha   #sonya7r   #centralpark #newyorkcityphotography   #viviennegucwa #viviennegucwaphotography   #travel   #landscape   #photography___I Love Watching Great Things Happen for Friends

A huge congrats to my friend +Vivienne Gucwa for being named a +Sony Artisan of Imagery. I've always been a big fan of Vivienne's photography and style and it's great to see her part of such an inspirational group. Congrats Vivienne!

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2014-05-14 18:10:49 (24 comments, 9 reshares, 205 +1s)Open 

The Story Behind the Photo: Oneonta Gorge

I just posted the story behind my photos from a trek in to Oneonta Gorge last week. What a great trip! We rented wet suits, got wet, and got some great photos along the way. 
You can see more photos and the full story on my blog:
http://mattyk.me/1iTpKIG

The Story Behind the Photo: Oneonta Gorge

I just posted the story behind my photos from a trek in to Oneonta Gorge last week. What a great trip! We rented wet suits, got wet, and got some great photos along the way. 
You can see more photos and the full story on my blog:
http://mattyk.me/1iTpKIG___

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2014-02-21 19:24:09 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Sunrise At Steptoe Butte

Just uploaded a new photo to +500px. This one was taken during sunrise at Steptoe Butte in the Palouse Region of Washington State. You're basically on top of a hill with a 360 degree view of the beautiful rolling fields all around you. The hardest part about being there is figuring out which photo you want to take. It's like being a kid in a candy store - every direction you look, the scenery is amazing. 

As always, more over on my blog at www.mattk.com

Sunrise At Steptoe Butte

Just uploaded a new photo to +500px. This one was taken during sunrise at Steptoe Butte in the Palouse Region of Washington State. You're basically on top of a hill with a 360 degree view of the beautiful rolling fields all around you. The hardest part about being there is figuring out which photo you want to take. It's like being a kid in a candy store - every direction you look, the scenery is amazing. 

As always, more over on my blog at www.mattk.com___

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2014-01-22 18:37:26 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Blind Photo Critiques Coming at 4pm Today

It's not too late to submit your photos. We've got special guest, Tom Bol in the studio, and I'm sure he's going to add a lot to the show. 

Hope to see you there! :)

Quick reminder: today's the day -- submit your images for review on today's "Blind Photo Critiques" episode of "The Grid"

Tom Bol is our in-studio guest, and it's going to be awesome (because Tom is awesome). Here's the link to submit: http://kelbyone.com/webcasts/thegrid/critique/ ---- then we'll see you (and hopefully your images) at 4pm today. :)___Blind Photo Critiques Coming at 4pm Today

It's not too late to submit your photos. We've got special guest, Tom Bol in the studio, and I'm sure he's going to add a lot to the show. 

Hope to see you there! :)

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2014-01-22 16:41:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

I love this photo!

This came across my photo stream over on +500px! Love it! Not just because it’s freakin’ gorgeous (which it is), but because it shows that it’s more about where you put your camera, than using the most expensive gear out there. He used a Nikon D7000 for this, which is literally thousands of dollars less than the higher end DSLRs that are out there. I SOOO want to go here by the way :-)

http://500px.com/photo/58525042

#photography   #landscapephotography   #ocean  

I love this photo!

This came across my photo stream over on +500px! Love it! Not just because it’s freakin’ gorgeous (which it is), but because it shows that it’s more about where you put your camera, than using the most expensive gear out there. He used a Nikon D7000 for this, which is literally thousands of dollars less than the higher end DSLRs that are out there. I SOOO want to go here by the way :-)

http://500px.com/photo/58525042

#photography   #landscapephotography   #ocean  ___

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2013-12-04 20:32:36 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

About to go live on The Grid with the awesome and talented +Tamara Lackey. Tamara has some awesome tips on posing, children and family photography as well as some great business advice. We start at 4pm ET and you can join in live on the discussion. Watch it live at www.kelbytv.com/onair. 
+KelbyTraining.com 

About to go live on The Grid with the awesome and talented +Tamara Lackey. Tamara has some awesome tips on posing, children and family photography as well as some great business advice. We start at 4pm ET and you can join in live on the discussion. Watch it live at www.kelbytv.com/onair. 
+KelbyTraining.com ___

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2013-11-13 19:11:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Looks like I great show today! Make sure you tune in. Awesome idea. Wish I was there!

The Grid: Photo Rescue
Hey guys... tomorrow on The Grid I will be joined by +Pete Collins  to do a first ever Photo Rescue. 

Here's the deal.  Go to http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/   If you have an image that you like, but you feel is missing something Just send it to us! We will pick several images from the submission page (and a couple from the chat) and go over what you can do to them using #Lightroom   #Photoshop   and plugins live on the show.  you can even suggest changes to an image while we are working on it.  Petes rocking the   #Wacom   so he can get all artsy too if need be!

Tune in tomorrow, 4PM ET at http://kelbytv.com/thegrid
#Photography  ___Looks like I great show today! Make sure you tune in. Awesome idea. Wish I was there!

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2013-10-16 19:30:58 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

We'll be going live on The Grid in just 30 minutes. Be sure to tune it at www.kelbytv.com/onair

Today, on "The Grid": A Different Perspective on this Past Week’s Photo Industry Scandals, PLUS How to Not Hate HDR

This week’s episode of “The Grid” should be a wild one, as we’re talking about the recent scandals within the photography industry (but we have a different perspective on them), PLUS how to not totally hate HDR. You do not want to miss this episode, which airs in 2-1/2 hours (at 4pm) from now LIVE at this link: http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid  ___We'll be going live on The Grid in just 30 minutes. Be sure to tune it at www.kelbytv.com/onair

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2013-10-08 19:37:12 (24 comments, 8 reshares, 307 +1s)Open 

Fall Photography At the Dallas Divide in Colorado

I posted a story and trip recap over on my blog today (www.mattk.com) about my trip to Ouray #Colorado to photograph the changing leaves and fall colors. What an amazing place! The leaves and colors were just about perfect and we even got a little snow. 

The above photo is from a location called the Dallas Divide at sunrise. It's basically an overlook on the San Juan mountain range. The photo was shot with a Nikon D800, Tamron 24-70mm, and processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and +onOne Software Perfect Effects. 

More photos and stories to go along with them over on my blog: mattyk.me/GKNBuS

#photography   #fall  

Fall Photography At the Dallas Divide in Colorado

I posted a story and trip recap over on my blog today (www.mattk.com) about my trip to Ouray #Colorado to photograph the changing leaves and fall colors. What an amazing place! The leaves and colors were just about perfect and we even got a little snow. 

The above photo is from a location called the Dallas Divide at sunrise. It's basically an overlook on the San Juan mountain range. The photo was shot with a Nikon D800, Tamron 24-70mm, and processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and +onOne Software Perfect Effects. 

More photos and stories to go along with them over on my blog: mattyk.me/GKNBuS

#photography   #fall  ___

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2013-09-27 17:07:45 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

The Coolness of Written Notes

In this age of email, texts, and everything digital I've forgotten how cool it is to get a written note. Even though I know it takes time write an email, there's just something about a hand-written note that makes you feel that this person really took time/thought/energy to sit down and craft something - and then place it in the mail.
This is from a friend of mine +Levi Sim who I got to spend some time with at Photoshop World. Thanks Levi. You TOTALLY made my day! :-)

The Coolness of Written Notes

In this age of email, texts, and everything digital I've forgotten how cool it is to get a written note. Even though I know it takes time write an email, there's just something about a hand-written note that makes you feel that this person really took time/thought/energy to sit down and craft something - and then place it in the mail.
This is from a friend of mine +Levi Sim who I got to spend some time with at Photoshop World. Thanks Levi. You TOTALLY made my day! :-)___

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2013-09-18 18:38:09 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

The Live Print Show On The Grid Today

+RC Concepcion and I are doing a live printing show on our weekly talk show, The Grid today. We'll be going over things like why you need to print (and trust me, it's not the usual explanation), the state of printing today, as well as taking your questions on how to get a great print. We'll talk about papers and we'll be printing live on the show with tips and tricks on getting what you see on screen to look like what comes out of the printer - and we're even unboxing some prints from our Lab (+Mpix). 

Where: www.kelbytv.com/onair
When: 4pm Eastern Time

Hope you can stop in and join us :-)

The Live Print Show On The Grid Today

+RC Concepcion and I are doing a live printing show on our weekly talk show, The Grid today. We'll be going over things like why you need to print (and trust me, it's not the usual explanation), the state of printing today, as well as taking your questions on how to get a great print. We'll talk about papers and we'll be printing live on the show with tips and tricks on getting what you see on screen to look like what comes out of the printer - and we're even unboxing some prints from our Lab (+Mpix). 

Where: www.kelbytv.com/onair
When: 4pm Eastern Time

Hope you can stop in and join us :-)___

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2013-09-12 21:30:54 (34 comments, 20 reshares, 449 +1s)Open 

I've always been a fan of shooting into the sun but this TOTALLY takes it up a level! WOW!

Sunset .. ___I've always been a fan of shooting into the sun but this TOTALLY takes it up a level! WOW!

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2013-09-12 19:12:18 (27 comments, 13 reshares, 333 +1s)Open 

Sometimes Your Favorite Photos Happen When You're Not Expecting

I wrote a post on my blog (mattk.com) about my recent trip to Norway and one of my favorite shots. Basically, if the parking lot my car was in didn't close for the night (since I was up for sunrise), I'd have gotten in my car and never seen this place. Instead, since my car was locked in the lot, I set out and foot and came across one of my favorite areas from my Norway trip. Enjoy!

More photos/story over on my blog at www.mattk.com

Photo taken with Nikon D800, 70-200 lens, and processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +onOne Software. 



#photography  

Sometimes Your Favorite Photos Happen When You're Not Expecting

I wrote a post on my blog (mattk.com) about my recent trip to Norway and one of my favorite shots. Basically, if the parking lot my car was in didn't close for the night (since I was up for sunrise), I'd have gotten in my car and never seen this place. Instead, since my car was locked in the lot, I set out and foot and came across one of my favorite areas from my Norway trip. Enjoy!

More photos/story over on my blog at www.mattk.com

Photo taken with Nikon D800, 70-200 lens, and processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +onOne Software. 



#photography  ___

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2013-09-11 16:00:19 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

We'll Be Live On The Grid Today With Our First Portfolio Intervention Show

Just leave your website (or that of a friend who you don't have the heart to critique) and we'll go over which photo needs to go.
Interesting back story though: So the other day I say to +Scott Kelby that we should start our "portfolio intervention" show by looking at each other's portfolios. He says "Yes!!! And I know exactly which photo of yours I'm going to tell you to take out of your portfolio!!" (said way to enthusiastically). Should be a fun show - hope you can join in! :-)

Today on the Grid: insights into Adobe's deal for photographers, AND it's our first ever "Portfolio Intervention" show

That's right -- we're going to visit photographer's submitted websites to let them know which single image in their portfolio just "has to go!" Send us a link to your or your friend's online portfolio, and we'll find that image that we all know doesn't belong in there, and we'll have an on-air 'portfolio intervention' to convince them to remove it. We're starting with Matt's and my own.

Leave us a link as a comment here, then we'll see you today at 4:00 pm ET today LIVE at this address: http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid  -- See you then! ___We'll Be Live On The Grid Today With Our First Portfolio Intervention Show

Just leave your website (or that of a friend who you don't have the heart to critique) and we'll go over which photo needs to go.
Interesting back story though: So the other day I say to +Scott Kelby that we should start our "portfolio intervention" show by looking at each other's portfolios. He says "Yes!!! And I know exactly which photo of yours I'm going to tell you to take out of your portfolio!!" (said way to enthusiastically). Should be a fun show - hope you can join in! :-)

2013-08-28 19:59:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

We're going live in just 1 minute!

Come join us right now for “Why you need a photography portfolio, and what to do with it once you have one”

LIVE on "The Grid" join me and Matt. Prizes, fun stuff, and your questions. bit.ly/eDljYP ___We're going live in just 1 minute!

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2013-08-21 19:12:58 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

10 Ways To Make It As A Fashion Photographer with +DIXIE DIXON

We're going live at 4pm ET with fashion photographer Dixie Dixon. Our topic: 10 ways to make it as a fashion photographer. Dixie has some awesome info to share, plus she's got some really insightful ways that photographers can take +Ashton Kutcher's recent speech and really apply it to their craft as well. If you saw Dixie last time she was on the show, then you know you want to tune in - if you didn't, trust me - she rocks!

When: 4pm ET
Where: www.kelbytv.com/onair

10 Ways To Make It As A Fashion Photographer with +DIXIE DIXON

We're going live at 4pm ET with fashion photographer Dixie Dixon. Our topic: 10 ways to make it as a fashion photographer. Dixie has some awesome info to share, plus she's got some really insightful ways that photographers can take +Ashton Kutcher's recent speech and really apply it to their craft as well. If you saw Dixie last time she was on the show, then you know you want to tune in - if you didn't, trust me - she rocks!

When: 4pm ET
Where: www.kelbytv.com/onair___

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2013-08-15 14:45:22 (10 comments, 21 reshares, 112 +1s)Open 

Way Cool Composites/Self Portraits From 14-year Old Photographer

Wow! My co-worker +Corey S Barker just turned me on to this. Forget about the fact that he's 14... this stuff is just way too cool. For anyone that says they don't have the right models or lighting to make great images, this should give you some ideas :-)

http://www.demilked.com/surreal-self-portraits-14-year-old-fiddle-oak/

Way Cool Composites/Self Portraits From 14-year Old Photographer

Wow! My co-worker +Corey S Barker just turned me on to this. Forget about the fact that he's 14... this stuff is just way too cool. For anyone that says they don't have the right models or lighting to make great images, this should give you some ideas :-)

http://www.demilked.com/surreal-self-portraits-14-year-old-fiddle-oak/___

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2013-08-14 15:19:18 (42 comments, 13 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Website Portfolio Critiques Live On The Grid Today

We're changing it up a little today on our weekly live talk show, The Grid (live at 4pm ET at www.kelbytv.com/onair). This time we're gonna do website portfolio critiques. We'll take a look at everything from the overall first impact the site has, to the design, the layout, the photos, and the experience a viewer has when looking at the site. 
In addition to +Scott Kelby and I, we're also really psyched to have an in-studio guest +Colby Brown. Colby has been on the show before and he's just got some incredible insights so we're really happy to have him here. 

So here's the deal. It's pretty simple. 
1) These aren't live blind photo critiques where we just look the photos. We'll be looking at your entire website which means you have to have a website portfolio. 
2) Leavea co... more »

Website Portfolio Critiques Live On The Grid Today

We're changing it up a little today on our weekly live talk show, The Grid (live at 4pm ET at www.kelbytv.com/onair). This time we're gonna do website portfolio critiques. We'll take a look at everything from the overall first impact the site has, to the design, the layout, the photos, and the experience a viewer has when looking at the site. 
In addition to +Scott Kelby and I, we're also really psyched to have an in-studio guest +Colby Brown. Colby has been on the show before and he's just got some incredible insights so we're really happy to have him here. 

So here's the deal. It's pretty simple. 
1) These aren't live blind photo critiques where we just look the photos. We'll be looking at your entire website which means you have to have a website portfolio. 
2) Leave a comment here with a (working) link to your website portfolio and we'll do our best to get you on the show. 

Make sure you tune in live at 4pm ET at www.kelbytv.com/onair to get in on the conversation. See you then! :-)___

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2013-07-10 19:06:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

We'll be going live with +Peter Hurley in just under an hour, live on The Grid. Details in Scott's post below. 

Today's the Day to submit your images for our Blind Photo Critiques with in-studio guest Peter Hurley today at 4:00 pm ET

If you'd like to have your PORTRAIT work considered for today's show (we show your images but don't mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/  --- good luck, and we'll see you at 4:00 pm

(P.S. Could you share this and help me spread the word? Many thanks, -Scott).___We'll be going live with +Peter Hurley in just under an hour, live on The Grid. Details in Scott's post below. 

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2013-07-09 18:45:28 (26 comments, 11 reshares, 199 +1s)Open 

I Admit It! I'm A Light Snob

There... I said it. I'm usually a total light snob and generally don't pull my camera out for landscape photos unless it's sunrise or sunset. But I couldn't resist on my recent drive through #Norway. I passed this scene (in mid-afternoon), looking down on it from an overpass. I immediately did a U-ey and went back. 

I wrote a whole story about the trip with more photos on my blog: http://mattyk.me/12WhTSr

* Photo processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +Adobe Photoshop and finished off with +onOne Software Perfect Effects. 

I Admit It! I'm A Light Snob

There... I said it. I'm usually a total light snob and generally don't pull my camera out for landscape photos unless it's sunrise or sunset. But I couldn't resist on my recent drive through #Norway. I passed this scene (in mid-afternoon), looking down on it from an overpass. I immediately did a U-ey and went back. 

I wrote a whole story about the trip with more photos on my blog: http://mattyk.me/12WhTSr

* Photo processed with +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and +Adobe Photoshop and finished off with +onOne Software Perfect Effects. ___

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2013-04-30 18:34:18 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Hey folks! Tomorrow we've got a free sneak peek from +Adobe Photoshop and +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom about what they have new coming for photographers. We'll go live at 4pm ET. Here's the link to watch live and even join in with your own questions: 
http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/

Hey folks! Tomorrow we've got a free sneak peek from +Adobe Photoshop and +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom about what they have new coming for photographers. We'll go live at 4pm ET. Here's the link to watch live and even join in with your own questions: 
http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/___

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2013-04-16 12:15:43 (16 comments, 14 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Yesterday Adobe announced the new public beta version of +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. Scott, Glyn and I did a quick video counting down the 7 hottest new features.

We did a short video showing the 7 hottest new Lightroom 5 features

We count 'em down here. ___Yesterday Adobe announced the new public beta version of +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. Scott, Glyn and I did a quick video counting down the 7 hottest new features.

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2013-04-08 16:50:22 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

A cool post by Pete, sharing how he used the Nikon1 V2. Pretty cool to be snapping away photos at a golf tournament (because it's silent), while all of the other photographers have to wait. 

Shooting with the competition :D
Blog post about using the Nikon1 V2 to shoot Tiger and the rest at the Tavistock cup.

https://pete-collins.squarespace.com/pete-collinssquarespacecom/2013/3/29/little-bitty-camera___A cool post by Pete, sharing how he used the Nikon1 V2. Pretty cool to be snapping away photos at a golf tournament (because it's silent), while all of the other photographers have to wait. 

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2013-04-04 20:12:03 (57 comments, 53 reshares, 404 +1s)Open 

The Story Behind The Photo

Sometimes the story behind the photo is a simple one. I was looking through my photos from my trip to the California coast and Big Sur last December, and I came across a photo that I barely remember taking. I’m assuming I’m not the only one that goes through their photos (like I did after the trip) and heads straight to the photos that they know were some of their favorites just by looking at the thumbnails in a grid view. The problem with that is sometimes you miss photos that may be really good because they don’t immediately jump out at you as a small thumbnail. That’s exactly what happened here.

The Story
I woke up one morning to shoot sunrise along the Big Sur coastline. I was above the fog layer and wound up chasing photos for about 10 miles down the coast, stopping constantly to shoot different views. As the sun came up I wasdriving... more »

The Story Behind The Photo

Sometimes the story behind the photo is a simple one. I was looking through my photos from my trip to the California coast and Big Sur last December, and I came across a photo that I barely remember taking. I’m assuming I’m not the only one that goes through their photos (like I did after the trip) and heads straight to the photos that they know were some of their favorites just by looking at the thumbnails in a grid view. The problem with that is sometimes you miss photos that may be really good because they don’t immediately jump out at you as a small thumbnail. That’s exactly what happened here.

The Story
I woke up one morning to shoot sunrise along the Big Sur coastline. I was above the fog layer and wound up chasing photos for about 10 miles down the coast, stopping constantly to shoot different views. As the sun came up I was driving into some fog and this is what I saw ahead of me. Something about the backlit trees, dappled light, god beams and angle of the road made me think “Wow, that looks cool!”. I debated on whether to turn around or not, and I actually made it to the bend in the road you see in this photo before I did a U-ey and went back to the view you see above.

The Gear
The gear was really simple here. It was my Nikon D800 with my Nikon 16-35mm lens. Aperture was f/16 and shutter speed was 1/45 second. No tripod (although I probably should have at 1/45 second, but I think I propped my camera on the roof of the car), no filters, no nuttin’. I just got out of my car. Snapped about 10 photos from different angles and got back in. The whole process couldn’t have taken more than 2 minutes from the time I decided to turn the car around.

Does that ever happen to you? One of your favorite photos from a trip is nothing like what you thought you’d get when you embarked on that trip? 

And of course there's always more on my blog and portfolio:
Blog: www.mattk.com
Portfolio: https://mattkloskowski.squarespace.com/___

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2013-04-03 19:16:11 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Very cool photo. I love the Long exposure... the water, starry night sky... what more could you ask for? :)

My favorite channel, now with light painting

From a recent solo night photography outing, which I spent shivering in the chill of the night air, doing light painting / long exposures and experimenting with star photography. The night was quite clear, which helped. The fog and low clouds helped tame the light pollution of nearby towns.___Very cool photo. I love the Long exposure... the water, starry night sky... what more could you ask for? :)

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2013-04-03 19:02:48 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Photography Q&A With Automotive Photographer Tim Wallace On The Grid

I'm really excited today to have a special guest in the studio (and on our live show The Grid), Tim Wallace. Tim is an automotive photographer from the UK, and he's got some awesome stuff to share. We're going to talk about things like how you stay fresh when, say, you have to photograph the same exact car, but for a different person. I personally want to ask Tim how he got into this area of photography and does he feel he's in too small of a niche area of photography.

If you haven't heard Tim before, he's an incredibly insightful and great guest to have on the show so make sure you tune in in just under an hour. 

When: 4pm ET. LIVE
Where: Kelbytv.com/onair

Photography Q&A With Automotive Photographer Tim Wallace On The Grid

I'm really excited today to have a special guest in the studio (and on our live show The Grid), Tim Wallace. Tim is an automotive photographer from the UK, and he's got some awesome stuff to share. We're going to talk about things like how you stay fresh when, say, you have to photograph the same exact car, but for a different person. I personally want to ask Tim how he got into this area of photography and does he feel he's in too small of a niche area of photography.

If you haven't heard Tim before, he's an incredibly insightful and great guest to have on the show so make sure you tune in in just under an hour. 

When: 4pm ET. LIVE
Where: Kelbytv.com/onair___

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2013-04-01 20:32:00 (37 comments, 1 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

(photo credit: +Peter Hurley)

(photo credit: +Peter Hurley)___

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2013-04-01 20:27:21 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Lightroom Sunflare Presets

I just posted some new +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom sunflare presets over on the blog today. Here's the link to download 'em (they're free). 
http://mattyk.me/Yrg3r6

Lightroom Sunflare Presets

I just posted some new +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom sunflare presets over on the blog today. Here's the link to download 'em (they're free). 
http://mattyk.me/Yrg3r6___

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2013-03-27 17:32:40 (17 comments, 10 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The Photography Beginners Show On The Grid Live

Hey everyone. +RC Concepcion and I will be hosting the Grid live today at 4pm ET. Our topic will be the "Beginners" show. Basically, we're going to run through lists of various beginning areas in photography and give our recommendations. Things like which camera should I buy, which lens, lighting, post processing, websites and lots of other stuff.

Hope you can join in, and if you can't feel free to ask a question here and you can always watch the rebroadcast. 

Watch live: www.kelbytv.com/onair

The Photography Beginners Show On The Grid Live

Hey everyone. +RC Concepcion and I will be hosting the Grid live today at 4pm ET. Our topic will be the "Beginners" show. Basically, we're going to run through lists of various beginning areas in photography and give our recommendations. Things like which camera should I buy, which lens, lighting, post processing, websites and lots of other stuff.

Hope you can join in, and if you can't feel free to ask a question here and you can always watch the rebroadcast. 

Watch live: www.kelbytv.com/onair___

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2013-03-20 13:42:37 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Live Blind Photo Critiques Today

We'll be live today at 4pm ET if you want to submit images or just sit back and watch as we critique. 

Submit Your Images NOW for Tomorrow's BLIND PHOTO CRITIQUES on "The Grid." (our weekly show for photographers)

Our special in-studio guest will be the amazing Dave Black, and if you'd like to have your work considered for tomorrow's blind photo critiques (we show your images but don't mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/

We'll pick 15 or so photographer's work to go over on the show (not based on who posted first --- we choose based on showing variety and images we think can help our viewers), and the live show is broadcast tomorrow at 4:00 pm ET. (Here's a world time-zone calculator: http://bit.ly/JUuYUj -- use New York City as our time zone). See you then (and good luck). :)___Live Blind Photo Critiques Today

We'll be live today at 4pm ET if you want to submit images or just sit back and watch as we critique. 

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2013-03-11 19:49:16 (8 comments, 29 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Free Lightroom Presets - Removing Spots for Printing Photos

Last week I did an +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom video on some tips for removing spots if you're printing. It's such an essential step that so many people miss. Well, based on some great feedback I got from the video, I decided to make a preset of my favorite Spot Removal trick using the Tone Curve panel. They're free to download so give 'em a try. Here's the link: http://mattyk.me/Y5jL8S

Free Lightroom Presets - Removing Spots for Printing Photos

Last week I did an +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom video on some tips for removing spots if you're printing. It's such an essential step that so many people miss. Well, based on some great feedback I got from the video, I decided to make a preset of my favorite Spot Removal trick using the Tone Curve panel. They're free to download so give 'em a try. Here's the link: http://mattyk.me/Y5jL8S___

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2013-03-06 17:24:46 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Printing Tips - The Overall State Of Printing - And Lots Of Print Stuff On The Grid

Today's in-studio guest on our live talk show, The Grid, is Dano (+Dan Steinhardt) from Epson. In addition to being an all around very cool guy and kick-ass photographer, Dano is has a lot of insight on the printing industry in general, since he lives it every day. 

So today's show will be all about printing in some way. We've got tips, insights, thoughts, ideas, you name it. So join us live if you can and get in on the conversation. 

When: Today at 4pm ET. 
Where: http://kelbytv.com/onair/

Printing Tips - The Overall State Of Printing - And Lots Of Print Stuff On The Grid

Today's in-studio guest on our live talk show, The Grid, is Dano (+Dan Steinhardt) from Epson. In addition to being an all around very cool guy and kick-ass photographer, Dano is has a lot of insight on the printing industry in general, since he lives it every day. 

So today's show will be all about printing in some way. We've got tips, insights, thoughts, ideas, you name it. So join us live if you can and get in on the conversation. 

When: Today at 4pm ET. 
Where: http://kelbytv.com/onair/___

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2013-03-04 18:32:41 (18 comments, 24 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Free Lightroom Presets - The Ultimate Fighter Look

Hey everyone. I just released some new +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  presets over on my blog that simulate a look I saw on a tv show recently called the Ultimate Fighter. It's kind of a grungy desaturated look and works great on sports photos (or anything you want to have an edgier feel to). 

Here's the link to download: http://mattyk.me/XlGf5Y

Free Lightroom Presets - The Ultimate Fighter Look

Hey everyone. I just released some new +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  presets over on my blog that simulate a look I saw on a tv show recently called the Ultimate Fighter. It's kind of a grungy desaturated look and works great on sports photos (or anything you want to have an edgier feel to). 

Here's the link to download: http://mattyk.me/XlGf5Y___

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