Tokyo based nature and wildlife photographer, Craft & Vision author, Gura Gear Pro and X-Rite Coloratti member.

18th August 2014


Creating a Black Background in Silver Efex Pro 2 (Podcast 435)

Creating a Black Background in Silver Efex Pro 2 (Podcast 435)

In response to a couple of questions about an image I posted recently, today I’m going to walk you through how I created a totally black background in Silver Efex Pro 2, using a recent Lotus Flower photograph.

Here is the video. Remember to go full screen so that you can see all the juicy detail.

And talking of details, there are a few screenshots of my final settings for this image and some…

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13th August 2014

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Craft & Vision PHOTOGRAPH No.8 Now Available!

Craft & Vision PHOTOGRAPH No.8 Now Available!

The Craft & Vision Magazine PHOTOGRAPH No.8 has just been released!

This issues showcases portfolios from Ami Vitale (storyteller and National Geographic photographer), Charles Adams (fine art landscape photographer), Jon McCormack (documentary humanitarian photographer), and Tom McLaughlan (abstract photographer), and includes articles by columnists John Paul Caponigro, Bruce Percy, Guy Tal,…

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12th August 2014


MailChimp vs Campaign Monitor (Podcast 434)

MailChimp vs Campaign Monitor (Podcast 434)

I recently switched newsletter services from Campaign Monitor to MailChimp, and today take a look at some of the key differences between the two services. Now having experience with both, this isn’t going to be a MailChimp vs Campaign Monitor death-match, because they are both great systems. My intention today is to point out the differences so that you are in a better position to decide which…

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4th August 2014


Interview with Brian Burling of eMotimo (Podcast 433)

Interview with Brian Burling of eMotimo (Podcast 433)

Today I’m really happy to bring you an interview with Brian Burling, founder of eMotimo, a San Francisco based company that makes the TB3, a 3-axis motion-controlled camera robot that allows you to capture moving timelapse, video and stop motion video more easily and affordably than ever before.

Use this audio player to listen to the interview:…

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28th July 2014


The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Podcast 432)

The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Podcast 432)

The times they are a-changin’ and today, I’d like to relay a my thoughts about a recent chain of events compared to how I know I would have reacted years ago, and why I think it’s so important to adapt to the current state of the photography industry and adjust our perception of the real value of our images.

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21st July 2014


How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop (Podcast 431)

How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop (Podcast 431)

In this week’s podcast, I’m going to show you how to make an animated GIF in Photoshop from a series of photographs. This is a simple technique but seems to be somewhat hidden in the depths of Photoshop, so I hope this is useful for some of you.

Here’s a brief run-down of the steps, but it will be much easier to just watch the video below.

  • Select the images that you want to animate in Lightroom,…

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14th July 2014


An Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Mobile (Podcast 430)

An Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Mobile (Podcast 430)

This week I walk you through everything you need to know to get started with Adobe Lightroom Mobile on the iPad and iPhone. At first glace, you might think that Lightroom Mobile is a bit gimmicky, but it’s actually quite powerful, and is an excellent tool for showcasing your work for friends and family, and clients alike. I think Adobe have really hit it out of the park with this excellent…

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7th July 2014


Are You Still in Beta? (Podcast 429)

Are You Still in Beta? (Podcast 429)

Lately I’ve been thinking about where we are on our photographic journeys, and wondering if we ever really come out of beta. They say it takes 10,000 hours to really master something, but does that mean that you have to hide in a closet until you’ve done your time? Hell no! Let’s get our work out there, and learn from that experience too.

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30th June 2014

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Selling Fine Art Prints with Art Storefronts (Podcast 428)

Selling Fine Art Prints with Art Storefronts (Podcast 428)

Today we’re going to look at a new service for selling fine art prints, called Art Storefonts. Art Storefronts have built a ground-breaking system that enables you to set up a store and sell either self-fulfilled print orders, or have the prints created by Art Storefronts, and shipped right to your customers’ door without any intervention from you. I also have a discount code for you if you’d…

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24th June 2014


Shoot The Look – Dave Delnea

My friends at Craft & Vision have just released an incredible new video series by Dave Delnea - SHOOT THE LOOK!

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