Remastering An Old Favorite // Lightroom Tutorial

I’d like to think my style has changed… become more refined over the years.  So I wanted to show how I process my images now. And what better way than working with an… Continue reading

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Top 10 Photography Gadgets

Your camera and lenses are the most important tools in your bag.  Hands down.  But there are so many more helpful instruments out there, that sometimes choosing what to pack and what to leave… Continue reading

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Buy Local // BUY ART

The “buy local” movement has gained considerable momentum in the last few years.  And there are many great reasons to support your local economy. But I’d like to see a movement in the… Continue reading

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Travel Portraiture // It’s All About The Light

It’s not so easy to travel with heavy, bulky strobes.  But sometimes, it’s an absolute must.  And if that’s the case, I would recommend the battery powered Profoto D1 or 7b systems.  If you’re… Continue reading

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Telluride Photo Fest // Preview

I have had the pleasure of spending much time in the incomparably beautiful Telluride, Colorado.  But never in the Fall.  So the fact that I’ll be attending the 2014 Telluride Photography Festival in… Continue reading

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The Pursuit

I am in constant pursuit of the perfect image.  A story told through the capture of a singular moment in time.  Sometimes the pursuit is brought about by clients who hire me to… Continue reading

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When All Else Fails… Time-lapse It

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” ~ Ansel Adams Sometimes you get yourself out of bed at 4:30 AM and drive across town to… Continue reading

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Autumn Rules // Top 10 Reasons Why Photogs Agree

I love summer, but in my opinion, nothing compares to the Fall.  Here are my Top 10 Reasons why professional photographers are salivating over the return of Autumn… 10.  No Mosquitos… Okay, less mosquitos at least. Depending… Continue reading

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So, What’s In A Print?

It occurred to me recently that many “new” photographers are greatly undervaluing their prints. Now, it may be that the quality of materials and processes are lacking, or that they are selling open… Continue reading

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Forgetting The Bottom-Line

Being a small business owner, I am often all too aware of the bottom-line.  It makes sense. I am an artists and I love what I do, but I still have to feed… Continue reading

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The Dynamic Cityscape

Shooting cityscapes is not unlike photographing natural landscapes. The main difference is that your city landscape has light elements not seen in nature. This creates incredibly dynamic compositions.  But often, you must start… Continue reading

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Travel as Art

A man said Why, why does traveling in cars and in trains make him feel sad, a beautiful sadness. I’ve felt this before. It’s the people in the cities you’ll never know, it… Continue reading

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Finding Art in the Everyday

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson There is undoubtedly an artful rhythm to life.  And at times, we… Continue reading

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Silence, In Black and White

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”  ~ Ansel Adams     Storm and Colorado River, South Rim, Grand Canyon NP,… Continue reading

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Welcome To The New

I had a new design concept for my workshops and the new site last week… and on a wild hair, I completely redid my slatonworkshops.com website in just a few days.  And I absolutely… Continue reading

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Hurry Up And Wait

I remember this old adage being used frequently when I was an assistant to several commercial photographers in Dallas and Austin in my younger days. “Today will be a lot of ‘hurry up and… Continue reading

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What I learned from the Lunar Eclipse

I found myself in less than ideal conditions in the early morning hours of April 15, 2014.  In the city, and somewhat sleep deprived. Had I planned a little better, I could have… Continue reading

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SUMMER // INTERNSHIP

Are you a dreamer?  Do you know how to be more than a dreamer… someone who does?  Where do you want to be in 5 years? I have been a professional stills +… Continue reading

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Macro From Nothing

This technique can be used with most lenses, but please be careful not to scratch front element! It’s always better to give yourself more control with an actual macro, but if you get… Continue reading

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Daring to Begin

All glory comes from daring to begin. – Eugene Fitch Ware What does it take to be a “doer”? Let’s be honest, it doesn’t take much. Not a lot of brains or money, or… Continue reading

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Layering // Landscapes

If you’ve seen my work, you know that I love negative space.  And in landscapes, that often means lots of sky. It’s a more fine art look. Where the sky is an actor… Continue reading

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