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Monk Walking Through Angkor Wat

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When I first started my career as a photographer I ended up purchasing a one way ticket to South East Asia and traveling around the region for nearly 8 months, building up a portfolio and taking every photography/writing job I could find. By far one of my favorite countries in the region is Cambodia, home to Angkor Wat, one of the best ancient temple complexes in the world. It is for that reason that I am stoked to publicly announce my 2012 Cambodia workshop that I am hosting with the insanely talented +Elia Locardi this October (12th – 19th). More …

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Portrait of Haitian Boy in Port au Prince

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Throughout my travels as a humanitarian photographer, it is occasionally difficult not to get attached to the subjects I document. After the 2010 earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti, I co-founded an organization called “Lespwa Haiti” thats purpose was to provide support services to small NGO’s on the ground in the struggling country in an effort to make sure their stories were being told. This photo was taken on one of my multiple trips to the country in 2010. I meet this teenage boy on the streets or Port au Prince. He and his family was living in …

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Sunrise over Cuernos del Paine – Patagonia

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Exploring Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile and not catching sunrise over the Cuernos del Paine is like visiting Agra in India and not going to see the Taj Mahal. Even though there are hundreds of thousands of images of these peaks, you still can’t help but want to bring home a keeper. Much like the rest of my time in Patagonia, I was fortunate to get pretty amazing weather while shooting this location. While some intense storm clouds wouldn’t of hurt this scene, I was very happy with the end result. I used two stacked soft GND …

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Sunrise over Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

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Growing up in California, I was very fortunate to have a family house in Tahoe. As a child I remember building forts in the woods behind our house and jumping in the beautiful yet chilly water that makes up Lake Tahoe. As a photographer, this area of California is amazing. One of my favorite locations is Emerald Bay, located near the south end of the lake. While extremely popular for visitors and photographers alike, there are still plenty of opportunities for unique compositions if you look hard enough. While I usually prefer dramatic skies, the clean feel of this image …

Adobe Releases Photoshop CS6 – 10 Videos Demonstrating Its Features

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  Adobe recently announced the release of Adobe Photoshop CS6 after a short beta period. After having spent the last month digging through the BETA version, I am happy to report that CS6 is a very worthy upgrade to the Photoshop program. Between the increase in speed, ability to save while managing other tasks and the amazing advancements in content aware, it is hard not to like Photoshop CS6. One of the most interesting announcements along with CS6 is the new Adobe Creative Cloud. Basically it is a subscription fee of $49 a month which will give you access to …

Understanding the Canon 5D Mark III

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On the the 25th anniversary of the EOS system, Canon finally has announced the 5D Mark III. It looks to overcome many of the shortfalls of the hugely popular Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera with a much improved AF system, high FPS, better ISO performance and much more. As more information is released, I will update this article. Below is a chart that compares a handful of semi pro and pro DSLRs from both Nikon and Canon to the 5D Mark III, a series of videos released by Canon’s very own Chuck Westfall that cover many of the new features of the …

Asus Transformer Prime – A Travel Photographers Tablet?

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In December of 2011 Asus released the successor to its popular Transformer Android tablet, dubbed the Transformer Prime. Sporting the first quad core processor for any tablet, Asus’s incredibly popular keyboard dock and Google Android’s latest operating system called Ice Cream Sandwich, there was a lot I was looking forward to with this device. As a full time photographer that frequently travels the globe, I have been looking for a tablet or laptop to meet my needs. While I own a 2011 11″ Apple Mac Book Air, I typically do not do any serious editing on the road. While I do thoroughly enjoy the MBA, it has …

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Twenty Apps Every Android Photographer Should Have

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Over the last five years, there is no doubt that Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices have dominated in the photo industry. Not only did they constantly receive the best applications first, but often times developers would only develop for IOS, leaving Android users out to dry. On top of this, there was a general mindset that if you wanted a smart device as a photographer, Apple was THE way to go. Times however are changing… While Apple continues to produce phenomenal devices, they are no longer the only kids on the block. Google’s Android software has made huge strides in the last three years and …

Canon 1Dx Full Resolution Sample Images

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Canon has just released a series of full resolution sample images demonstrating the power of the full frame Canon 1Dx at various ISO ranges.To view the FULL RESOLUTION images, just click on the corresponding thumb-nail and wait for the image to load.All of these images are copyright of Canon INC and were not taken by me. You can find the original post HERE Sample Images

A Quick Look At Canon’s New 24-70 2.8L II Lens

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In London, Canon has announced the successor to the highly popular 24-70 2.8L wide angle zoom lens. The new lens features fully redesigned optics that are said to offer amazing clarity, image quality and durability. It is both smaller and lighter then its previous model, allowing it to overcome some of the complaints of the first edition being rather heavy. The new optical system has two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one SUper UD aspheric elements which help the lens minimize chomatic aberration and color blurring. This is said to help result in a consistent sharpness and contrast through the images it is …

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek

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  Adobe has started to release a series of videos that demo some of the new features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 that is set to be released at some point in 2012. This post will continue to be updated as the videos are released. You should have no issues being able to upgrade from Photoshop CS3, CS4 and CS5. HERE is Adobe’s official statement on upgrades.   Sneak Peek #1 Adobe Camera Raw, Appearance and Rich Cursor Support

LOVE IT OR HATE IT…THE FUTURE OF SEARCH IS HERE

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This past week Google announced its somewhat controversial “Search Plus Your World” feature to Google Search. When you are signed into your Google account (Google+, Gmail, YouTube…) you will now begin to see aspects of Google+ show up in your search results. This is an optional feature that can be turned off, but you can imagine the magnitude of this feature moving forward. Last night I did a Google Image search for “Wrangell-St. Elias” to look for images of this beautiful region of Alaska. Who showed up first? Some of my friends and professional colleagues that I am connect to …

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Gear Review: Netgear’s ReadyNAS Pro – A NAS RAID System Built For Photographers

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There is no doubt that the digital age of technology has changed the photo industry and how we all approach taking photographs. With the price of flash memory cards continuing to drop and DSLR’s increasing in megapixel size (Means larger file sizes) while at the same time becoming more affordable to the masses, new challenges arise that we must overcome. A very common question I get from my photography workshop students is, “How do you store your images?”. In reality, there are a lot of options out there. Between cost standard hard drives, the speed of SSD drives, redundancy of RAID systems, availability …

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Behind the Lens: The Power of an Image

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As I was walking around my parents house this holiday season, I came across an image of myself as a wee little lad. Not only did I do a double take, but I had to run and grab my son so that I could take this photo to show the similarities between my son Jack and I as little babies. It got me thinking about the nostalgic feeling that childhood images have for both the parent and the child when they grow up. Living in the digital age, Jack, and subsequently my wife and I, will never have to deal …

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Announcing the Pay it Forward Holiday Giveaway

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The reason Google+ is such a great place for photographers is because of the community that has developed here. No one person has made this place what it is, but instead it has taken all of us. In the spirit of the Holidays, I wanted to do one last giveaway this year that focused on Paying It Forward to other photographers here on Google+. I partnered with +fstop, a company that produces top of the line Camera packs and accessories to give away some great prizes worth over $600. HOW TO ENTER 1. List 3 Google+ users that inspire you …

Landed the Cover of the 2011 Camas Magazine

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Looks like my photo of the Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park made the cover of the 2011 Winter edition of Camas, a biannual environmental literary magazine.

The Giving Lens Holiday Giveaway

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Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the lives of children from around the world? Have you been looking for one last good deed to do before the year is over? Have you ever wanted to take home a photography print from some of the biggest names in the industry? We have you covered. I am proud to announce my newest organization, The Giving Lens, is partnering with Empowerment International to bring you the first ever TGL Holiday Fundraiser. EI focuses on using Child Education to combat poverty and by keep kids off the streets and out of …

Android Market Reaches 10 Billion Downloads – .10 cent Apps Celebration

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You might be asking yourself, “Why is Colby talking about Android on his photography blog?”, which is actually a very good question now that I think about it. The reality of the photography industry is that it has always heavily leaned towards Apple and the IOS mobile devices such as the iphone and the ipad. While there is certainly nothing wrong with those devices, they are not for everyone.

Everything You Need To Know About the Canon 1Dx

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On October 17th, 2011 Canon announced the next in its 1D series of Camera bodies, the 1Dx. This full frame camera features all of the latest technology that Canon could fit inside. From 12fps, 61 selectable AF points to to dual digic 5 processors + an extra dedicated digic 4 processor solely for metering.

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Want to be Featured in a Major Book Release?

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EVER WANT TO HAVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY WORK PUBLISHED IN A MAJOR BOOK?One that you could find on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel and many other major retailers around the world? Now is your chance! I am in the middle of writing a book titled “Google+ for Photographers” where I not only showcase how to use Google+, but I also focus on the importance of social networking and building your own brand for your photography work in the digital age. Throughout the book there will be interviews with some of the incredibly talented professional photographers we have here on G+ such as …

What I am Thankful For

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As many of us sit down with friends and family today, its a good time to reflect on life and whats important.

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Behind the Lens: Going The Extra Mile

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One of the most asked questions I get from my workshop students is “How can I take more compelling photographs?” While many might expect some magical formula that would help them take their images to the next level, the reality is that it is a mixture of various undefinable things. Passion, Creativity, Perseverance, Vision and more times then not…..going that extra mile.

THE CANON 1Dx – Understanding the New Flagship Camera

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Recently Canon announced their latest flagship camera, the 1Dx that aims to blend the 1Ds full frame series of cameras with the AF and speed of the 1D series. Needless to say, it looks close the the perfect camera I have been looking for ever since I noticed the many short comings of the 5D Mark II that have led me to use my 1D Mark IV more often. Canon has released 3 articles that cover some of the more exciting aspects of this new camera. Check them out if you wish to learn more…..   AF System: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_af_pts_article.shtml Multiple …

Behind the Lens – The Narrows – Zion National Park

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What can you say about the Narrows? It is truly a geologic wonderland with so many photographic oppertunities. The downside to visiting during this time of year? 40 degree water up to your chest at times. Dry suits were a must and by the end..everyone was pretty wiped. But we did come away with some great photography work and got another great portrait session with mr. +Scott Jarvie ….what is not to love about that?

Behind the Lens: The Subway in Zion National Park

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What a day! The Subway is easyily one of the most sought after locations to photograph for any photographer visiting the Southwest. It is however one heck of a hike in. After a day of hiking for 9 hours, I am spent. I think a burger and beer is in order… I havent seen +Scott Jarvie surface back at the car yet…but I am pretty sure he is still alive 😉

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Behind the Lens: Zion National Park

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As +Peyton Hale and I rolled into Zion NP after a 10 hour drive from Dever, Colorado (my home), we had little time to set up and search for a spot. Shooting the Watchman over the Virgin River at sunset is like like shooting the Taj Mahal when you go to India.

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Featured Guest On Nik Radio

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A while back I got an email from the great people over at Nik Software. They had seen some of my black and white photography work that I created through the use of Silver Efex Pro 2, hands down my favorite black & white conversion tool on the market.

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Welcome to the Official Launch of The Giving Lens

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Have you ever wanted to find a way to truly make a difference through your passion of photography? Ever wanted to increase your photography skills in an environment where the cultures you are documenting actually benefit from your interaction? Ever think that photography could help change the world? If you answered YES to any of these questions then THE GIVING LENS is for you! I want to thank +Lauren Hurst +Casey McCallister and +Kate Siobhan Havercroft who make up the TGL Team and helped make this launch possible!  

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Denver Photo Walk Group Photo

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We had such a great turn out at the first Denver Photo Walk of 2011 that I hosted on Oct. 23rd, 2011. 80+ photographers participated, won some great prizes, got to know eachother and took some stunning photos. Plenty more events planned for Colorado photographers, so if you missed out, don’t worry…many more opportunities down the line…

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Behind the Lens – 1st Denver Photo Walk

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I just got home from hosting the first Denver Photo Walk which was amazing. We had roughly 80 photographers show up from all different skill levels and from all over the state. We gave away some great prizes from onOne Software, Feisol, Phase One, F-Stop Gear and Google. I plan on hosting many more of these photo walks all over Colorado moving forward. I want to thank everyone that came and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!