I am a big fan of Trey Ratcliff. In the last 6 years or so, he advanced modern photography more than anyone else in the world. What I like most about him is that he doesn’t stay still. He always finds new ways to push photography forward. Besides making HDR photography mainstream, he also discovered the new business model for modern photography, which does not rely on clients or sponsorships.
Right now he looks like an unreachable GOD with more than 10 million followers across social media platforms, with 34 billion (that’s right billion) views on Google Plus alone. He travels around the world, hangs with cool people and teaches others through his photography.
Since he is a public figure and every step of his professional life is documented in one place or another on the web, we can see the progression of his photography over time. If we review his photos from 2007 and 2008, we can see that most of them are far from being spectacular. This should serve as a source of motivation and understanding that people are not born outstanding photographers but become them with time, dedication and hard work.
It gives all of us hope.
And who is the best person to show us the path of a photographer’s journey than Trey?
Trey’s most popular video tutorial is “Complete HDR Tutorial” but, I prefer his course entitled, “Landscape Photography Tutorial: New Zealand”, which provides the best educational value for aspiring photographers. In this tutorial, Trey does not concentrate on HDR photography but rather on the fundamentals of landscape and travel photography.
In my previous review, I featured the eBook by Christopher O’Donnell entitled, “Bokeh: Creating with Shallow Depths” that concentrates on very specific technique in landscape photography, Bokeh. Trey Ratcliff takes a completely different approach in his course; he covers the topic of landscape photography giving us the whole picture from the conceptual idea to the final, ready for publishing, photograph.
I believe this is the most useful piece of educational photography material that I’ve ever encountered.
A 4 hour video course almost evenly split between shooting techniques on location and post processing. [Read more…]