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Storytelling Photo Challenge (Cash Prizes)

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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Total Eclipse 2017: What, Where, When & How

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.

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ON1 Short Clip — Making an Architectural Photo Pop

Sometimes a photograph needs just a little tweaking to go from good to great. When used together, Layers and Effects can be a powerful combination. In this video, you’ll learn to use them to gain maximum control over your edit and your artistic vision. By the end, you’ll know how to quickly enhance a sky and how to tweak the foreground subject so the edit looks seamless.

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Announcing our Spring into Summer Event

Our Spring into Summer Event is about helping photographers with their editing process. This new weekly series starts today lasts until the end of summer. We are truly excited to be partnering with some amazing photographers and companies. We will post new weekly videos, practice files, and presets from the ON1 Pros. This highly valuable training will give you everything you need to become an expert at editing. That’s not it though. We’ve teamed up with some of the best companies and people in the industry to give you additional benefits and bonuses on products and services you will love.

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ON1 Short Clip — Create a Dramatic Sky Effect

A sky in motion adds drama, depth, and action to your landscape. In this video, ON1 Guru Scott Davenport shows you how to add motion to your sky using Layers and Effects. The Blur filter in ON1 Effects makes it easy to add sweeping motion to your sky. Using the power of Layers, you can keep your foreground subjects crisp and clean.

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Tech Talk – Color Management

Getting the color out of your printer to match what you see on screen is the job of your color management system. Both Mac OS and Windows have built-in color management systems to enable this, along with the apps you use for photography. In order for color management to work properly, you need a profile for each of your devices. The profile acts like a fingerprint for the color for the device. The color management system uses these profiles to translate the color interpretation of one device to another. In this latest post I explain how color management works inside of ON1. 

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ON1 Live – May 2nd Event Recording

I want to thank everyone who joined us yesterday! These events get better each time and we get such great questions and feedback from the ON1 community. If you didn’t catch the live viewing, you’re in luck! The recording is ready. I also marked the start times in the recording of the main content from each session. Enjoy!

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ON1 Photo Contest (April)

Our last in house photo contest was both inspiring and fun to host. Since you guys were so awesome in your voting I wanted to go ahead and post the April contest and let you guys choose your favorite! The theme for last month’s contest was Spring/Floral. This was an open ended theme. I wanted people to enter a photo that either gave their interpretation of “Spring”  or they could just submit a “Floral” image.  Either was accepted.

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Thanks and See Again Soon! (Download All About Color Video Series)

Hi All. I just wanted to say thanks for having me as your guest coach in April. Getting back in here and interacting with all of the Plus members has not only been a great time for me, but I always learn a lot from you guys. I hope I was able to help you understand some of the geeky/techie side of color a little more this month. We’ve made the series available for download below. I hope that you take away that these things are indeed important. But hopefully you also found that it’s easier than you thought to keep track of color spaces.

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Photo Critiques & Live Recap Q&A (Recorded)

Watch Matt & Hudson Recap the Spring Photo Critiques and answer questions from the community live. All of the Spring Photo Critque videos are also posted below categorized by both gallery page and Plus member name. Hudson has a note for everyone who participated in the Ask a Coach Plus Discussion Forum.

For those who are new to Plus, each month all Plus members have the opportunity to submit a photo for critique. Every single photo submitted gets critiqued by one of the coaches. It’s just another perk of being a Plus member. Photo critiques are a great learning exercise and way to improve your photography. The coaches give their professional constructive critique in a positive manner.

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5 Ways to Spark Creativity with a Personal Project

As artists we all have a point where we hit a creative rut. This can come from photographing the same thing over and over again, or certain times of the year, slow season or you may just need to be inspired to create something new. Photography is always evolving not only as technology advances but also as styles and trends change. It is important that we all take some time to spark our creativity and refresh with a new set of eyes.

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Interview with ON1 Guru Jim Welninski

Recently we sat down with Jim Welninski of Altered Space Photography, and newly minted ON1 Guru. His story is both fascinating and inspiring and we’re so excited to share it with you. Jim has always been an artist. From drawing, to video, and now photography, he considers himself an artist who uses a camera. You will simply love his unique and amazing imagery. 

Who is Jim Welninski?

I’ve been an artist my entire life. I began drawing at a very early age and kept it up until I realized I wasn’t very good at it. Music became the center of my life, and that’s how it was for a very long time. I knocked around in a few bands and then went into the technical side of the business as a recording engineer around 1980.

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ON1 Short Clip — Complete White Balance Control

One of the most common questions I get is, “Blake, how do I adjust the White Balance in my image when the automated settings just don’t work?” You can adjust the White Balance without slider slamming or guessing, but you have to know a little bit about Color Theory!

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