Photomatix Pro vs Aurora HDR 2017 | Which is best for you?


Recently I came across an article I wrote in early 2015 comparing Photomatix Pro, Nik HDR Efex Pro and Lightroom’s HDR Merge. It is a good article with a lot of useful information, but a mere 18 months later it borders on obsolete. Nik, now owned by Google, is antiquated by technology standards. While the software still works (and is absolutely…Read More

Introducing Luminar | A new all-in-one Photo Editor from Macphun

Luminar by Macphun

Today, Macphun announced the newest addition to their photography software lineup: Luminar. After reading through the press release and the blog post on Macphun’s site, it looks like they are squarely taking aim at Lightroom users as well as On1 Photo RAW which will be making its debut next month.  I’m curious to see how Luminar stacks up against the competition.…Read More

Wine Barrel Jack-o-Lantern Greeting Cards

Barrels of Laughs | Wine Barrel Jack-O-Lantern | Halloween Fall

It is FINALLY starting to feel a bit like fall! With the remnants of Hurricane Matthew came a significant change in our weather. Yesterday, while my husband and I were out surveying the flood damage in our neighborhood, a jacket and boots (my trusty Dr. Martens that I’ve had since college) were required. In case you were wondering, my husband and I…Read More

Sunrise at the Pier | Pismo Beach, CA

Sunrise at the Pier | Pismo Beach, CA

The beach is magical first thing in the morning. It isn’t often that I get out of the house for a sunrise shoot, but when I do I am usually sleep deprived richly rewarded. This particular day in Pismo Beach, CA was no exception. From the beach I watched dolphins frolic and whales breach. Seriously. And then the sun rose, turning the…Read More

Diving in to Aurora HDR 2017

Pismo Beach Pier Panorama | Processed with Aurora HDR 2017

Have you tried the new Aurora HDR 2017 yet? I’ve been using it for almost a month now (I was one of the lucky folks to get my hands on the beta version) and it is a huge upgrade from the original. Click here for a free trial of Aurora HDR 2017. Scroll down to see what I love about Aurora HDR 2017…Read More

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk | Norfolk, VA

Grand Victorian Homes in Ghent | Norfolk, VA | Worldwide Photo Walk

This past Saturday I led my third Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk! I had the pleasure of exploring the Norfolk neighborhoods of Ghent and the Freemason District with six other enthusiastic photographers. I’ve seen a few of their photos so far and I’m always intrigued at how unique each photographer’s vision is. We all walked (roughly) the same route and all…Read More

The Dizzying Descent | Shell Beach, CA

The Dizzying Descent | Shell Beach, CA

On a recent visit to the Central Coast of California my mom and I made a point of taking several morning walks on the beach. One morning, in Shell Beach, we climbed down this steep staircase. It is well-built and sturdy, but the descent was definitely steep. Once at the bottom, we walked carefully out onto the slippery rocks to…Read More

Creepy Beach Cottage | Topaz Texture Effects 2

Creepy Abandoned Cottage | Pismo Beach, CA

How do you make an abandoned beach cottage look downright creepy? A bit of texture and creative toning should do the trick. This little cottage in Pismo Beach, CA has fallen into disrepair. Its been a bit shabby for years, like someone quite eccentric lived there; but now it looks like a candidate for demolition. I emphasized the sorry state of this…Read More

On1 Photo RAW Sweepstakes

On1 Photo RAW Sweepstakes

We are only a couple of months out from the launch of On1 Photo Raw! To help build buzz, On1 is hosting a weekly sweepstakes with awesome prizes including copies of On1 Photo Raw, Wacom Tablets, Sony Mirrorless Cameras, both B&H and Amazon Gift Cards, an Apple iPad Pro, and a DJI Phantom4 Quadcopter! Sept. 25-Oct 1: ON1 Photo RAW and…Read More

Sleeklens Through the Woods Lightroom Workflow Review

Dock Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal | Great Bridge | Chesapeake, VA

Recently I was asked to review the Sleeklens Through the Woods Lightroom Workflow. While I don’t use many Lightroom presets these days, I’m always interested in finding new and better ways to work with my photos. After loading up the Develop Presets and Brush Presets, I set to work on one of my photos. This one was captured earlier this…Read More