December Photo Contest Winners

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Patrick Smith - Leave a comment

I can’t believe it’s already mid January. 2015 is off to a fast start! Our December contest was a ton of fun. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and I want to say a big CONGRATS to our winners.

Here are the December contest winners and thanks again to all those who submitted photos.

Note: We are switching up the contests. There will be fewer this year with bigger prizes. Stay tuned…

- Patrick

1st Place: Nathalie Snyder


2nd Place: Joe Hudspeth


3rd Place: Troy Wheatley


Dynamic Contrast And When NOT To Use It

Posted on January 5, 2015 by Matt K - 28 Comments

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I did a quick video today on an issue in post-processing that I see over and over again. See, over the holidays I had a chance to look at a lot of photos from others. In the process of trying to help people out with using effects and filters, I noticed a common theme.

See, there’s a reason that Clarity, Tonal Contrast, Dynamic Contrast and detail-like plug-ins have been so popular lately – people love the effects. Trust me, I do. They look awesome!

But there’s a downside and I started noticing my comments on photos were the same each time. So I thought I’d do a quick video to help show two places that these effects shouldn’t be used, and how to remove them from the bad areas in the photo, and keep ‘em in the good places. Enjoy!

onLocation: Perfect Inspiration – The Olympic Peninsula Stars

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Patrick Smith - 21 Comments

Hudson Henry shows how he processed his photo of the night sky in this episode of Perfect Inspiration. Hudson covers how he scouted the location, set up the shot, and edited the photo. He also shows us his processing techniques in both Lightroom and Perfect Photo Suite 9.

Make sure you check out the onLocation – In the Field episode and view the gallery from this trip.

onLocation: In the Field – The Olympic Peninsula Stars

Posted on December 29, 2014 by Patrick Smith - 3 Comments

Hudson Henry has always wanted to photograph the stars on his trips to the Olympic Peninsula. The sea stacks offer an “epic’ foreground to put in front of the Milky Way. The conditions don’t always allow for it and with all kinds of variables working against you, Hudson offers his tips for pulling off these amazing shots.

Here are few of Hudson’s shots.

View the entire Olympic Peninsula gallery here.

Lightroom 5.7.1 Is Out

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Matt K - Leave a comment


Hey everyone, Matt here. Just a quick update for you if you’re a Lightroom user. They just released a minor “dot” release to Lightroom 5.7.1. It’s nothing really major and pretty much just adds some new camera and lens support.

So if you’re a Sony A7 II owner, or have any of the newer Canon and Tokina lenses out there, then you’ll want to make sure you get it. And if you’re not in the group above, well, it’s always good to stay updated anyway, but it probably won’t make much of a difference for you.

Here’s a link to the Lightroom Journal (Adobe’s Lightroom blog) where you can read about the new lenses and changes supported in the update.

As for updating, here’s the links for Mac and PC: