Today, I am stoked to share with you a versatile flash & video lighting device. It’s the Single Cube from the amazing people at Lume Cube. I hadn’t used this product much before, but definitely will be going forward.
Wow, Colby and I had a tough job choosing the winners for this month’s Storytelling Photo Challenge. What a great bunch of submissions. Seriously! In this video Colby and I choose the cash prize winners. Huge congratulations to James and Kathy. We also highlight some images from the gallery that we agreed deserved attention and/or provided teachable moments to discuss. If you haven’t checked out this gallery, then you really should.
EACH MEMBER’S CRITIQUE IS POSTED BELOW BY GALLERY PAGE AND THEN BY PLUS MEMBER NAME. In the video above Colby and I highlight some images that deserved a shoutout as well as some that provide solid teachable moments. You guys did a fabulous job with these images. I swear the critique gallery gets stronger each month. It’s a pleasure to see the world through your lenses.
We have such a cool challenge for you this month. We’re looking for your best image that tells a story. It can be a street-scene, wildlife photograph, portrait, macro, still life, sports-action, landscape, or any other genre you can think of. You can process the heck out of it, or stay true to life. What we are looking for are compelling images that have a story to tell. First place will receive $300 in cash while second and third will each receive $100.
We’re fortunate to have one of my favorite visual storytellers Colby Brown guest coaching this month. Colby will help me select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Storytelling Challenge video we make together at the end of the month. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on visual storytelling from both Colby and me. Submission rules are below.
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This August 21st a really special solar Eclipse is coming to the United States. It is a total eclipse crossing from Oregon to South Carolina. This is a huge event and a great opportunity for us as photographers to capture something really unique and spectacular. The last time a total eclipse was visible from the U.S. outside of Alaska or Hawaii was way back in 1979 here over the Pacific Northwest. Of course February clouds obscured it.
Wow you guys really knocked it out of the park on this challenge. Scott and I did not have an easy time choosing winners from all of these awesome entrants. The whole gallery was filled with great work throughout. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and huge congrats to our winners.
Hey everyone. Matt and I wanted to share this short video where we recap some highlights as well as some teachable moments from February’s Love themed critiques. Great job by everyone who submitted. If you have been shy about submitting a critique image, I hope you’ll toss an image in the ring this month. Our Course Library and these monthly critiques form what I consider the backbone of our Plus community learning experience and I really hope everyone will take advantage of all that both have to offer.
First off, a HUGE shoutout to all of you Plus Community folks who submitted images for the Your Photo Our Look series.You really outdid yourselves providing us with a spectacular and diverse set of RAW images to choose from. Thank you. I chose to do this two-part episode exclusively in Photo RAW 2017. I’ve heard a desire in the Plus Discussion Forums for more Photo RAW specific content, so I used this opportunity to provide it. More »
OK, this was so tricky of you guys. Ask me to create an image in my backyard during an Oregon winter, and a really wet and snowy Oregon winter at that? Everything is soggy, dead, dirty and gross looking. If I try and do a spring cleaning and landscaping for this challenge, then more February and March storms will just ruin my hard work.
After reading through the forums, I wanted to be sure everyone knew exactly how our cool new notification system works for Plus members. This video gives you a really quick guide to notifications as well as showcasing how to access all the amazing course training content you have available. Feel free to ask any questions you have in the Discussion Forums.
I’m so excited to launch this new course for the Plus community. Each lesson of Approaching the Scene is devoted to the full creative process of photography from conceptualizing a shoot through creating a RAW capture in the field and finish editing the results in ON1 Photo RAW. These lessons are detailed, involved, and longer than course lessons you might be used to. Friday, Feb 10th we will release one lesson per week, starting with Sports Action which has nearly an hour of content based around a kiteboarding photo shoot.
Hey everyone. Blake and I were so impressed with the quality and diversity of the critique images you submitted that we put together this recap video to showcase some standouts as well as to highlight some teaching moments we recognized along the way. In case you missed it, Nathan posted the January critiques at the end of last month and you can watch them here. More »
First off, a HUGE shoutout to all of you Plus Community folks who submitted images for the Your Photo Our Look series. You really outdid yourselves providing us with a spectacular and diverse set of RAW images to choose from. Thank you. I chose to do this two-part episode exclusively in Photo RAW 2017. I’ve heard a desire in the Plus Discussion Forums for more Photo RAW specific content, so I used this opportunity to provide it.
It’s an exciting time in the Henry household! Those of you who’ve been around Plus from the outset might remember that my wife Stacey and I had a little boy we named Pike Henry the winter before last. Well after an amazing first year and a half, Pike is about to have a baby sister literally any second. If I disappear for a few days from the forums or am slow to respond to emails, you know what’s up.
Lets see some water reflection images for this challenge. My friends at Hoya have been kind enough to sponsor this challenge by providing HD3 Circular Polarizers to the first and second place winners. First place will also receive $200 in cash. We’re fortunate to have the water photography master Scott Davenport guest coaching this month and he’ll help me select the winning images as well as some runners up to showcase in a Reflection Challenge video we produce at the end of the month. Below are the rules, how to enter and some tips on working with reflections from both Scott and me.
Those of you who were part of our photo community this time last year might remember my little man Pike Henry’s arrival. It’s hard to believe that the Earth has gone all the way round the Sun since then, but Pike turned one today. Crazy. Between the growth of the Plus community and becoming a father, this past year has been so incredible and I couldn’t be more thankful. Many of you Plus members have reached out since Pike was born with advice, compliments and well wishes. Those of you who reminded me to enjoy every-second-because-the-time-flies could not have been more right. He’s the absolute best thing ever and he’s growing too fast.
Here’s a few pics from the last year and a bit more news: Pike’s going to have a little sister in June. :-) More »
Thanks to everyone who voted on the reverse photo challenge survey to pick a mission for Matt and I. The results of the survey are in. It was a close vote, but you chose to send Matt and I on a Backyard Challenge. We’ll each get to work finding something walking distance out our doors to capture in a new way and put together videos about the process. Stay tuned…
Backyard Challenge Prevails
Results are in and Idea 2 The Backyard Challenge was a narrow winner.
Thanks everyone for registering your choice. We’ll set to work visualizing something near our doors in a different way and bring you videos about the process.
That’s right. We’re asking you, the Plus Community, to challenge us once again. This is where you give Matt and I a mission and we each set out to accomplish it while creating a video to show you the process. Some of you may remember last year’s reverse Noonday Challenge. The one where you guys overwhelming voted to send Matt and I out creating images in the worst light of the day. It was a sort of uproarious revolt against our advice in critique sessions and the galleries for all of you to work in better light. (Matt’s High Noon Challenge video / my High Noon Challenge video). It’s a new year and we’re excited to have you challenge us again. Vote for your favorite mission below by February 2nd.
Send us your RAW files!
By popular demand we are kicking this series back off with a call for submissions from the Plus community. The other coaches and I will select from your RAW images and edit them our way using Photo RAW to produce Your Photo Our Look videos throughout the year. It’s easy to submit. Simply send us a link to your RAW file on your cloud storage service of choice like Dropbox, Google Drive, Apple iCloud, or any other. We’ll be collecting them from the Plus community all year long for this video series.
The address to send those links is: More »
I want to thank everyone in the Plus community for such a fun and productive past year. It’s been my privilege to coach such a passionate and engaged group of photographers all working together to improve your art. You guys are incredible!
As amazing as 2016 has been, 2017 is going to be even more exciting. We’ve got four brand new courses coming, new coaches, and of course all the critiques, challenges, and interactive content that the Plus community has come to expect.
Blake Rudis is kicking things off with us as a guest coach for all of January. The emphasis will be on workflow and editing. Buckle up, it’s going be fun!
If you want to get really accurate prints, calibrating your monitor is critical. Without a well calibrated monitor, it’s tough to know if you are viewing accurate tones and colors as you edit and softproof your images. In the video below I’ll show you how I use my i1 Display Pro colorimeter to calibrate my display.
We are so excited to kick off print week! Each day we’ll be covering a variety of topics to help you get your image from the digital darkroom to the wall. Soft-proofing, monitor calibration, printing yourself, sending prints out? We are covering it. Here’s a short print week introduction video that will let you know what to expect in the days ahead.
I hear a lot of questions related to lenses and sensor size. What is the difference between Full Frame and APS-C (a.k.a. Crop Frame)? Can I use Full Frame lenses on APS-C sensors or vice-versa? If so, how does that affect my image? Is one size better than the other? I’ve also heard and read some answers to these questions that either aren’t exactly accurate or are way too technical for most enthusiasts to enjoy. In this post I aim to simply answer these questions without getting too deep in the technical weeds.
THE KITESURFING TRIP THAT WASN’T: As you guys know, last month Stacey, some friends and I took kitesurfing gear, photography equipment, and 6-week-old baby Pike to South Texas to kite and photograph in warm water for 10 days. I’ll get it right out of the way. This trip did not go as planned, but we had a blast anyway.