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Social Media for Photographers: Stipple

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When most people think of social media, they think of it as a foreign concept that they are not quite sure how to use. As a photographer you have plenty of options when it comes to networks where you can choose to spend your time and energy, but not every network might work for your needs. That is where this blog series comes in. Aptly titled, “Social Media for Photographers“, the focus of this series is to provide you with enough information and knowledge about each of the main social networks so that you can make better choices when it comes to the time …

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Social Media for Photographers: Google+

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When it comes to being a photographer, there is no shortage of online networks waiting for you to share your images, interact with others and potentially grow your business. This article is part of a larger series of posts aimed at providing information and awareness for individuals looking to leverage social media and social networks in pursuit of their passion for photography. Titled, “Social Media for Photographers“, the series started as a broad overview that focused on defining many of the options a photographer has to choose from. From there it broke down into focused posts on each network. While this specific post …

onOne Software’s Perfect B&W Review

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At the Photoshop World Expo in Las Vegas back in September, onOne Software officially announced their new Perfect Photo Suite 7, which is now available to purchase as of today. While it contains many improvements, layout changes and general fixes to the highly popular Perfect Photo Suite 6 (Perfect Effects, Perfect Layers, Perfect Mask…) it also introduced one of the most exciting new photo editing applications that I have been looking forward to, a new black and white conversion program called Perfect B&W. For months I have been part of the onOne Software beta program, testing out all of these applications, suggesting changes, …

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Social Media for Photographers: Facebook

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When it comes to being a photographer, there is no shortage of online networks waiting for you to share your images, interact with others and potentially grow your business. This article is part of a larger series of posts aimed at providing information and awareness for individuals looking to leverage social media and social networks in pursuit of their passion for photography. Titled, “Social Media for Photographers“, the series started as a broad overview that focused on defining many of the options a photographer has to choose from with it comes to social media. While this specific post is focused …

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Before and After: Mt Wilson in the Fall

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You can purchase “Mt Wilson in the Fall” HERE When it comes to my favorite time of year here in Colorado, the answer is easily fall. Even though I predominately photograph international locations, I always try to make time to explore the Rockies when it comes to the end of September and the start of October each year. This image was captured on Last Dollar Road, just above Telluride, Colorado as a fall storm moved through the valley. If you ever get a chance to experience the San Juan Mountain region during the height of the fall colors, you won’t regret it. Feel free …

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Social Media for Photographers

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When it comes to being a photographer, there is no shortage of online networks waiting for you to share your images, interact with others and potentially grow your business. From Google+ to Facebook, Twitter to Pinterest, 500px to Flickr, you have more options at your disposal now then ever before. But what really is Social Media? Why is it so important? Which networks are best for your needs? And most importantly, what are some of the ways that you can maximize your time on each of the major networks? Over the next few weeks, I will be releasing a series …

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A Behind the Lens Look at Bolivia

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When one thinks of traveling to South America, it is countries like Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or Argentina that dominate the list of places to explore. While I worked in Ecuador as a photography instructor for National Geographic and spent a few months shooting in the Patagonia region of southern Chile and Argentina…it is the country of Bolivia that has always been at the top of my travel list. However it wasn’t until this year that I was able to finally find the time to get there. After teaching an eight day photography workshop through my company The Giving Lens in Peru, I crossed over …

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Behind the Lens: TGL Peru

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Peru, located in South America, is one of those countries that is truly a photographers paradise. Between the indigenous Incan culture, gorgeous landscapes and amazing ruins of Machu Picchu, its hard not to fall in love with this country. For eight days I have been leading a photography workshop though my company The Giving Lens with a phenomenal group of photographers from all over the globe. While the workshop offered these participants the chance to experience Peruvian culture and capture the beauty of Peru, the true focus was working with an organization called Picaflor House (supported by UK based Globalteer) that focuses on providing …

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Colby Brown Photography Website Redesign

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Over the last 6 months I have been working non stop with various web and graphic designers to create the new look of the Colby Brown Photography website. After being dissatisfied with many of the proposals, I finally settled on Andy Lee, an amazing designer from the UK and Casey McCallister to implement Andy’s design. As you can see, we have gone with a much cleaner, sleeker and user friendly website this time around. The first thing you will notice is the white background, giving my images and the content I share plenty of breathing room to stand out on their own. Late last …

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A Behind the Lens Look At Iceland

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There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Iceland is now one of my favorite countries to photograph. Early this month (May 2012), I was fortunate to have the pleasure of spending 10 days shooting in this beautiful country with two other very talented photographers, Ken Kaminesky and Patrick di Fruscia. During our time in Iceland, we had tremendous support and help via Happy Campers (affordable 4×4 van rentals), Iceland is Hot (Logistical Planner Súsanna Rós Westlund), Iceland Naturally (The Icelandic Tourism Board) and Iceland Air. I highly recommend all four companies to anyone thinking of venturing into Iceland as there is …

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The Google+ Photographers Conference

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If you haven’t heard by now, Scott Kelby and his production team have been working with Google together the first annual “Google+ Photographers Conference” being held on May 22-23rd at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco California. The idea behind the conference is to bring together some of the top photo instructors and social media gurus into one place to share their knowledge and experience to help you improve your photography skills and better understand social networking as a photographer. There will be  photo walks, live photo shoots, one-on-one portfolio reviews, panel discussions, photography workshops and more. HERE …

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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


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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.