Join Me at TravelCon in Austin Texas

Hi guys, just a quick update and a heads up that I am one of the speakers at TravelcCon this year. I will be holding a photography editing workshop at TravelCon in Austin Texas on September 20-22 2018. 

I  am very happy to be a part of this awesome event and can not wait to meet all the new faces. It’s always great to see old friends at these great events. It is also amazing walking away with loads of new friends and knowledge.


TravelCon is all about learning and networking with people in the travel industry and evolving as a person and as a professional. If you have never attended one of these events I highly suggest that you do. The information and connections you will walk away with are truly priceless. 

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I am delighted to share the stage with so many great people in the industry. As a professional its great to spend time with these guys as we can exchange information and become better at what we do. 

Check out TravelCon’s schedule to and list of speakers. I would love to see you there.  If you can not make it for any reason, you can get a virtual ticket. All the information is on

If you have any questions drop me a message or leave it in the comments below. I’ll see you there…

Don’t forget to check out my photography guide for the best photography spots in the world. 

How to Make Money With Your Blog

How to make money with your blog is something everyone wonders about. I certainly did when I first started my blog. 

Why does every photographer need a blog? The answer is simple, to get your message out there and to make more money. A blog is critical to everyone trying to run a photography business

Let’s break it down. When you have a blog, you can offer things to sell. These can be digital downloads, classes, courses or merchandise. You can even sell email access to you or a skype call to your readers. You would be surprised how many people are actually looking for this sort of services. These are things you can’t really offer on a photography portfolio site

Starting a blog is not as hard as you would imagine, and it should be priority number one right after launching your portfolio website. 

If you look at most great photographers, they all run a blog. Not only can you sell things out of your blog, but Google loves blogs. Every time you post a blog, Google ranks you, and the more you post, the better you look in googles eyes. 

What is that mean, well if you want to do work in a local market, all you have to do is write a blog post about the area you live in. Such as “best places to eat,” “best places to photograph,” “things to do” etc.

You get my point. These are things people are continually looking for on google, and for a great reason. Because there are tons of blog posts on the internet about such things. 

I recently did a podcast with where I talk about how I make money from my photography blog. It is crazy to me to think of all the photographers out there, that do not have a blog. I can assure you that as soon as you start a blog, you will be closer to making more money as a photographer. 

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Skylum Luminar Review From Start To Finish

This is a Skylum Luminar review and it does not disappoint. The price of the software is extremely inexpensive for what it can do.  And guess what? You can try it out for FREE.  You can grave your copy here. If you choose to buy it use code FINEART at check out to get a discount when you follow this link

What is Luminar? Luminar is the new editing software made by Skylum. It is incredibly fast and the possibilities are endless. I have been using it for a while now and it is really good. While trying to find something broken in the software or something missing I keep finding new features. I can not find anything wrong with the software as of this Luminar review.

How does it work?

When you open up the software, right off the bat the first thing you see is a set of presets at the bottom of the screen. This is really good because it gives you a good idea of what the photo can actually look like before you even start doing anything to it.

If you really like what you see, then you can just use that preset and be done with it. I know it is that awesome and super simple to do. 

If you want to adjust that preset, all you have to do is apply it and adjust it to taste. (see the right-hand side) Luminar Tutorial

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Who is Luminar For? Luminar is for every photographer, from beginners to pros. It works on Mac and PC. That is correct everyone can use this awesome software. 

Can I use it with Lightroom? The answer is yes you can. Luminar can be used inside of Lightroom as a plugin. It is very easy to install and it has so many more adjustments than Lightroom. Skylum Luminar Photo Editor Review

If you find yourself to be overwhelmed with all this filters and masks and adjustments. Do not panic, Luminar has an awesome workspace called quick and awesome. It basically does the work for you.

I know it is crazy to think about software reading your mind, but it really does. When you pick the quick and awesome workspace there is a slider to boost the image as much as you want. Then magic happens.

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These are all the workspace options you have. You can also create your own making your workflow even better. Luminar Review

Are you into drone photography? Skylum Luminar is loaded with Arial photography workspace as well as presets so you do not feel lonely inside the software. It works really good. 

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Check out the portrait workspace. It has so many options to beautify your portraits. Once you open this software up, you will be addicted. (just doing this review I have edited 15 photos and I keep forgetting I am doing a review) lol not a bad problem to have. 

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Bottom line is that Luminar is a great piece of software. It is another tool to have in your toolkit. Luminar has many different workspaces form street photography, to landscape photography, to portrait photography and the list goes on. Skylum Luminar truly is designed by photographers for photographers. 

 Try it out for FREE. You can grave your copy here. Use code FINEART at check out to get a discount when you follow this link

Drop me a line below if you have any questions. I love this software, what gets me is the price… 

Wildlife Photography How To Take Better Wildlife Photos

Wildlife Photography. When you see those incredible wildlife photos in a magazine, you can’t help to ask yourself how do they do that? The photos look so crisp and good that you just want to pick up your camera and go out there and shoot. Even if it’s your dog out in the yard, you want to take that perfect photo.

I spent some time out at the Everglades last week. I wanted to shoot some birds along with some gators and other wildlife. It was so incredible out there, I felt I was part of the Everglades and felt right at home. Photographing birds and wildlife can be extremely soothing. Not only birds but wildlife in general. Being out in nature is a perfect way to release stress and just get lost. This is why I created this video on how to shoot wildlife photos.

Wildlife Photography Tips and Tricks You Need To Know

While I was out there I made a video to show you how I shoot wildlife. In this video, you will see what I do to get the right shot. It is not as complicated as you might think, however, there are things that you need to know like what are the best lenses to use, what is the best Aperture, and shutter speed, and what to look for while you are out there.  This is my favorite lens for wildlife photography.

In this video, I break all these things down and show you exactly how I shoot these beautiful birds. These tips and tricks can be applied to photographing any wildlife, from birds to any kind of animal out there. The Everglades National Park has incredible species of birds, its a perfect place to photograph wildlife.

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All these photos are from that day. What’s your favorite one? Do you have any tips to add? Leave them in the comments below.

How to Install Lightroom Presets in Lightroom and Lightroom CC

How to install Lightroom Presets. In this video, I will teach you how you can install Lightroom Presets in your old Lightroom and in Lightroom CC. People often ask me if they switch to Lightroom CC can they move their presets over, and the answer is YES. You can install old presets, new presets and any kind of prests in Lightroom CC. The beautiful thing about Adobe Lightroom is that they are always updating their software. However, they always think of us and of all the tools we use. 

Ever since I have been using Lightroom Presets, I have never had an issue with installing them in their software. With the update to Lightroom CC, it is no different. The ease of use of Adobe Lightroom and the ease of installing the Lightroom Presets make it a no-brainer for me. 

How to Install Lightroom Presets

In this video, I will show you how you can do this very easily. The Presets I use in the video are my DJI Aerial Presets. In the second video, I will show you how to install Lightroom presets in any other Lightroom you might have. You can download more of my Lightroom Presets here

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Drop me a line below if this was helpful and share it with your friends. That’s the best way to say thank you. 

How to shoot the sunset

In this video, I will teach you how to shoot the sunset. I cover settings, composition, and the thought process that goes behind it when shooting the sunset. It has taken me a long time to learn all of this, and I try to put it all in this video.

The images below are the images from this particular evening. As you can see if you follow my suggestions you can get a nice set of photos from one single sunset. Just remember that practice and patience make perfect.

My favorite is the last photo, I love how the orange came together making it look like a postcard. What is your favorite? Do you have any tips you would like to add to the list? Leave them in the comments below.

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