BTL: Sun Starburst Effect Wedding Party Portrait

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In our fantastic Facebook Group, a question was asked about how you can exaggerate the sun coming through the trees. This came at a perfect time because I had just photographed a wedding where I had the sun shining through the trees to create a natural sun starburst effect. Not all camera settings are created equal when it comes to trying to capture the sun in this way. It also becomes challenging to capture a sun starburst while at the same time, …

BTL: My Son on the Dock in Newport Beach

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This is one of my favorite photos I have taken of my second child. I captured this photo while we were on vacation in Newport Beach in 2013. He was 17 months old at this time. He was sitting on the steps of the dock and I just happened to have my camera in hand. I walked right up to him and said, “hey buddy.” He looked up at me, smiled and I took the photo. The sun was low …

Welcome to the Ditch Auto Podcast – 001

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Welcome to the new Ditch Auto Podcast. This video podcast is dedicated to helping photography enthusiasts get out of auto mode and use manual features of their cameras. This podcast is not simply about DSLR Cameras, it’s about getting out of automatic mode as a state of mind. This video introduces what is to come with the Ditch Auto Podcast. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes to get the latest videos each week.

BTL: Rick Santorum Daytona 500 Pit Road

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I had the opportunity to shoot photos at the Daytona 500 this year and it was an amazing experience. This was my first NASCAR race and first pro sports event I had the chance to photograph where I had actual credentials to do so. The group I was with was a non-profit that was doing some work with Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum. Hours before he arrived at the track, I was told that his staff photographer was unable to make …

Ditch Auto Hits 41,000 Students!

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What an amazing milestone. When I first launched the Ditch Auto – Start Shooting in Manual course on Udemy.com, I figured that friends and perhaps past clients of mine who wanted to learn more about photography would take the course. I could not have imagined that over 41,000 people from all over the world would end up taking the course. What is next for Ditch Auto? In the coming weeks we will be launching a podcast and start posting tutorials …

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Ditch Auto: Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop Workflow

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I am happy to announce my next workflow course which will help you regain the life your photo was destined to have. We don’t always have perfect lighting conditions. Sometimes we have to stretch our cameras to the limit to get the shot. That can leave the photo feeling a bit flat. That was the case with this photo. The photo you see is right out of my camera. I didn’t have a flash on my camera at the time …

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Ditch Auto – Learn To Shoot In Manual

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Why Take This Course? You have a DSLR Camera or a fancy Point-and-shoot, but have not been using it to it’s full potential. You know that the scary “manual mode” holds a whole new level of customization which would result in better quality photos but have resisted. Terms like Shutter Speed and Aperture sound confusing and you don’t know where to start. If that sounds familiar, I want to assure you that by the end of my FREE course you …