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Sean McLean

Milky Way spotting in fire country
Let them eat cake! Tips to make the most of a cake smash
Death Valley, Badwater Basin and a chapel on a hill
Debugging focus issues with the Vello LENS-2020 Lens Calibration Tool
Shaping background light with the Impact Background Reflector
Death Valley, Artists Palette and wind
Photographing details at Rhyolite Ghost Town
Death Valley and amazing mishaps
Death Valley in lousy light
A two camera setup at Death Valley
Thoughts from my first boudoir session
Impressive stability: Impact Veripole Support System

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Death Valley, Artists Palette and wind

Death Valley is a place of extremes. One of the extremes I experienced on this trip was wind. The National Park Service states that this is common in the spring and, oh yeah, I can confirm. The hope was to

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Photographing details at Rhyolite Ghost Town

After my adventures finding a new set of tires I really didn’t feel like getting up for a sunrise session. The weather was breezy and surprisingly overcast. While this was crummy for broad landscapes, it was great for details. Hopefully

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Death Valley and amazing mishaps

My first day around Death Valley was a mixture of amazing and mishaps. Let’s call them amazing mishaps (on a side note “The Amazing Mishaps” would be a good name for a band). Amazing sunrises, dramatic shadows and contours, attractive

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Death Valley in lousy light

My visit to Death Valley started as a workshop that I was pretty excited about attending. Workshops are great for engaging with like-minded people, sharing ideas and getting insights about a topic or place in which maybe you don’t have

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A two camera setup at Death Valley

You probably see a lot of photographs from Death Valley around April. It’s a brief period between extreme cold and extreme heat. Desert flowers may even be blooming. The weather ranges somewhere from the low 50s to low 100s (Fahrenheit).

Read More
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Thoughts from my first boudoir session

I’ve been asked occasionally if I’d shoot a boudoir session. What an honor to be trusted that much! Only in April did I actually accept the challenge. It was a challenge but in a personal way. This past year has

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Birds and bridge cameras

A friend asked if it’s possible to make nice pictures of birds with her Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 bridge camera. I already knew the answer to that question but I wanted to illustrate my point. Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.

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The importance of play

Last week, Rohanna came by to help with a project. I had a specific idea and it didn’t take us long to get that part done. I was inspired by my last session with Lexi so we started to improvise.

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My first time using LuminarAI to replace a sky

I got the opportunity to try out LuminarAI for the first time. Not only that, I explored the new sky replacement feature. Let’s start with a little backstory. Who doesn’t love a little backstory? There I was shooting a swimsuit

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McLean_SMR_1686-Feature

Death Valley, Artists Palette and wind

Death Valley is a place of extremes. One of the extremes I experienced on this trip was wind. The National Park Service states that this is common in the spring and, oh yeah, I can confirm. The hope was to

Read More
McLean_SMR_1652-featured

Photographing details at Rhyolite Ghost Town

After my adventures finding a new set of tires I really didn’t feel like getting up for a sunrise session. The weather was breezy and surprisingly overcast. While this was crummy for broad landscapes, it was great for details. Hopefully

Read More
McLean_SMR_1596_feature

Death Valley and amazing mishaps

My first day around Death Valley was a mixture of amazing and mishaps. Let’s call them amazing mishaps (on a side note “The Amazing Mishaps” would be a good name for a band). Amazing sunrises, dramatic shadows and contours, attractive

Read More
McLean_SMR_1542-Featured Image

Death Valley in lousy light

My visit to Death Valley started as a workshop that I was pretty excited about attending. Workshops are great for engaging with like-minded people, sharing ideas and getting insights about a topic or place in which maybe you don’t have

Read More
Zabriskie Point Death Valley

A two camera setup at Death Valley

You probably see a lot of photographs from Death Valley around April. It’s a brief period between extreme cold and extreme heat. Desert flowers may even be blooming. The weather ranges somewhere from the low 50s to low 100s (Fahrenheit).

Read More
SMR_McLean_9062-PP-featured

Thoughts from my first boudoir session

I’ve been asked occasionally if I’d shoot a boudoir session. What an honor to be trusted that much! Only in April did I actually accept the challenge. It was a challenge but in a personal way. This past year has

Read More
IMG_0178

Birds and bridge cameras

A friend asked if it’s possible to make nice pictures of birds with her Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 bridge camera. I already knew the answer to that question but I wanted to illustrate my point. Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.

Read More
IMG_9679-McLean-play-featured

The importance of play

Last week, Rohanna came by to help with a project. I had a specific idea and it didn’t take us long to get that part done. I was inspired by my last session with Lexi so we started to improvise.

Read More
SMC_3440 Katie Luminar AI PS Featured Image

My first time using LuminarAI to replace a sky

I got the opportunity to try out LuminarAI for the first time. Not only that, I explored the new sky replacement feature. Let’s start with a little backstory. Who doesn’t love a little backstory? There I was shooting a swimsuit

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Simplify and let go

You probably already know how to use your camera to get the images you want. You might have a style that’s recognized a mile away, a repeatable workflow and people who love your photos. Well now what? Is it still

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