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I have a personal rule I follow when I travel, especially when I’m in Asia: I get an early start. Sure, I have my moments when I need to sleep in, but it’s just after sunrise when things are at their best. So this morning I woke up just before sunrise, ate breakfast, and set out on […]

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Creating Lincoln’s Story is a short article on how I helped Adobe’s Dr Russell Brown get into character as I took his photo. The same tips can be used on set when dealing with an unemotional model or actor.

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UrbEx and Me Growing up in New York City gave me a very strong appreciation for architecture. After all, I was surrounded by some of the grandest and most densely packed buildings on the planet. However, that appreciation didn’t fully mature until I began immersing myself in photography during my freshman year of college in 1996. […]

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Editor’s Note: This is a highly personal story.  From time to time we put techniques aside and look at inspiration. Mental Illness and life struggles can be a taboo to talk about. Recent public figures have started talking more about it, especially since Robin Williams passed away from depression. Yes, he didn’t die from any […]

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At first blush, the cynic in me questions why there has to be a singular day where Americans acutely focus a laser-like concentrated beam on being thankful. Why do we have a federal holiday devoted to expressing thanks? Isn’t one of the hallmarks of being a genuinely humble person to be thankful every day? Maybe […]

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I struggle with finding inspiration on a regular basis. I think that we all feel this way at times; we want to create, but the flame of inspiration is just not burning. This article is an excerpt from my eBook, The Inspired Photographer, in which I share twenty ideas to help spark that flame of inspiration inside of you. One of […]

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I was reading my pal Scott Kelby’s KelbyOne.com blog and saw a fantastic quote from none other than Jay Maisel. This master of photography summed up 10 years worth of training in one sentence. “If it doesn’t excite you – don’t shoot.” While it may seem simple, it isn’t. So many photographers will shoot “something” […]

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