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May 2017 Photo Critiques & A Note Regarding Future Critiques!

For those new to Plus, each month Plus members have the opportunity to submit a photo for critique. Every photo submitted gets critiqued by one of the ON1 coaches. It’s great perk for our Plus members! Critiques are a great learning exercise and way to continuously improve your photography. The coaches give their professional constructive critique in a positive manner.

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Company Headshot Day

It is important that we enjoy as much photography around the office as we can even if that means pretending to be excited about that special time of year again. You know, the (dreaded) company headshot day. Just mentioning the event would make you think everyone was taking a trip to the dentist and getting a couple teeth pulled. I’ll admit when you are used to being behind the camera (or computer for that matter) having to be the center of attention is not always high on everyone’s list. As the photographer, it is my job to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease. I assured the team that I would make this day as pain free, quick and full of laughter as possible. With me behind the camera, entertainment is a given.

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ON1 Inspiration — Looking Back To See Forward

I’m very happy to return to ON1 Inspiration. My sincere thanks to the team at ON1 for inviting me back to share another photo with you. As I write this, I am “armchair traveling,” browsing through photos of past travels to Asia. It has been more than 10 years since I’ve visited Asia. I am excited to return to this area of the world in the summer.

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FREE eBook & a Sweet Deal from Rocky Nook!

We are super excited to be partnering with Rocky Nook for our Spring into Summer Event. If you aren’t familiar with Rocky Nook, they are a publishing business with a focus on digital photography and much more. The books and eBooks they offer make them a tremendous resource for everyone.

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May 2017 Plus Rewards

Your May Loyalty Rewards are now available for download!

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ON1 Short Clip — Using your own Textures and Borders

ON1 Effects ships with many amazing textures and borders, but you can also create your own and easily import them. I’ll show you how to import both textures and borders and use them to create a vintage poster effect.

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Finding Your Creative Vision

Join me for the third installment of my storytelling series. In this video, I’ll share with you the stages I experienced in my journey discovering myself as a photographer. And I will also reveal my approach to editing images that tell a story.

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Before & After Magic

Sometimes a great photograph can come from seeing the potential of a not so great photograph. This is not always an easy task. We take so many photographs that it can be easy to skip over images without a second thought. Today, I wanted to share a before and after from of our ON1 team members. You may have already seen my blog post with our in house photo competition we had last month themed, Spring/Floral. This photograph was one of our contest winners and belongs to, Jim (an engineer at ON1).  After we announced the winners he was kind enough to share the original image with a little back story on how he got to the fabulous end result.

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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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