How I Use Google Color Efex Pro

How I Use Google Color Efex Pro

Today’s photographer has so many options when it comes to photo editing software and then there are just as many (if not more) plugins available for those programs, finding the right choice for you can be daunting. With so many options available, how do you choose? Ultimately, how you want your photography to look is going to play a huge role in deciding. In this blog, I’ll discuss my editing process and why I choose Google Color Efex Pro (formerly Nik Color Efex 4) as my plugin of choice.

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Mesa Arch Sunrise

Mesa Arch Sunrise

was tired, grumpy, and impatient as we walked the short walk to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park back in December. Why? Very selfish, prideful reasons really. I didn’t want to be at Mesa Arch because as I told Rick, “there is one shot, and everyone has taken it”. I was referring to the sunrise glow at Mesa Arch which, while beautiful, has been shot to death. So why wake up early in the morning to shoot something like Mesa Arch?

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Go Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park Now!

Go Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park Now!

It's no secret how much I love Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, in my opinion it's the most beautiful national park in Colorado. It is certainly the most unique experience! While I love how the sand dunes look and being flanked by the Sangre de Cristo mountain range only stands as an example of why it's the most beautiful national park, I will freely admit that there's not much to do at the sand dunes. So why is it the most beautiful?

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I'm Trying Out Bark, a Lead Generation Service

I'm Trying Out Bark, a Lead Generation Service

I responded to a spammy email with signed up for a lead generation service so I could pull back the curtain on that industry. While I'm committing zero dollars to this endeavor, I want to post this service review of Bark as my initial experience with their service and get more information as time goes then update this post. Did I get suckered into giving a company my email address for their marketing purposes? Will this turn out to be a good thing? Did I use my first .gif in this blog? Read to find out! 

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Dear 22-Year-Old Ryan Wright

Dear 22-Year-Old Ryan Wright

A number of years ago I saw a really good article on The Denver Egotist about creative professionals who were writing letters to themselves when they first got started. It inspired me to write a letter to myself at the beginning of my photography journey, when I got my first film camera. I didn't know that getting a film camera was going to change my life, I just wanted to take better pictures. It's good to reflect on humble beginnnings, remember where you've been, and be thankful for where you are now.

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My Favorite Photos

My Favorite Photos

I often get asked "what is your favorite photo?" when talking about a particular location or trip, it's always a difficult question to answer because there might be some crappy photo that reminds me more of the experience than some pristine landscape photo. I'll give two examples in this blog, one with happy memories associated with it and the other with painful memories. People always say that I have a photographic memory and I do believe that I do, but photographic help my memory too.

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5 Techniques to Taking Better Pictures

5 Techniques to Taking Better Pictures

"How do I take better pictures?" said everyone ever. This is a common question and many people jump to deciding that they need to upgrade their equipment or buy a new lens or something along those lines. That couldn't be further from the truth, in this blog you'll find five techniques you can implement today to improve your photography without spending a dime. Don't believe me? Take a read.

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12 Inspirational Photographers You Should Follow

12 Inspirational Photographers You Should Follow

I've worked on this list for a number of hours, thinking back to who has inspired me on my photography journey. Whose work do I look at and go "geez, how'd they take that?" or sometimes "holy mother of...". That's the kind of incredible talent that I have been inspired by, and it's by no means a complete list either. I could break it down into landscape photographers, commercial photographers, wedding photographers, etc. This is just my first attempt of listing out a bunch of really good photographers who are very good at what they do and inspired me to get to where I am now! 

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Why You Should Buy Metal Prints

Why You Should Buy Metal Prints

Printing on metal is a relatively new medium to display artwork and I have seen dozens of metal prints that look spectacular, it's my preferred method to display my photography. But why should you get a print on metal? I have three reasons in this short blog about why metal prints are the way to go and why the metal print will look amazing on your wall.

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What I'm Listening to When I Edit Photos

What I'm Listening to When I Edit Photos

I spend an unholy amount of time in front of a computer, working from home for marketing agencies and running a photography business, so I have the inside track on the best music to listen to while photo editing or maybe crushing through a presentation. Post your favorite tracks to listen to when you're in the zone in the comments and let's introduce good music to one another!

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Trip Report: Rio Grande River Headwaters and San Juan Mountains

Trip Report: Rio Grande River Headwaters and San Juan Mountains

While I believe it to be a universal fact, time spent at a cabin in the middle of nowhere is just as good as therapy without the high prices. Chase Shipley and I got some time at my family's cabin in the summer of 2017 and I can say that it's good for the soul. We spent time playing Yahtzee, throwing horse shoes, and chasing light. We visited American Basin for the first time and didn't have to deal with the nightmare that is "Sunday traffic back from the mountains".

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This Photographer Thought He Lost Everything in Iceland

This Photographer Thought He Lost Everything in Iceland

This one of those stories that I'll retell whenever I get a chance because of how crazy, unexpected, and kind it is. It didn't end quite the way that I was hoping it would, but it's a damn good story. This is why traveling to a foreign country with five strangers is a good idea, the relationships formed on that trip could be some of the best you'll have. Or you might wake up in a bathtub full of ice and your kidney missing. Either way, you're bound to have a great story!

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