Tough Love Portfolio Reviews are Back

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In the field, I've been helping photographers make better pictures for about 20 years on my photo workshops.

On-line, I've been helping photographers around the world make better images with my Tough Love Portfolio Review sessions.

I took a break, but now Tough Love is back.

Here's how it works:
1) You shoot me an email and we set a time. I am on NY time. 
2) You prepay with PayPal. $50 for the half-hour, private session via Skype.
2a) PayPal account:
3) You send me a link to your work and your Skype name.
4) You tell me your time zone.
5) You tell me your goals.

Why choose me to review your work? I've been doing this for a long time. I've written 38 books, do lots of on-line training, lead workshops and give seminars. Before turning pro, I worked in the an advertising/PR agency for 10 years, so I have some experience with marketing your work. 

I hope to see you on line. I am here to help.

Explore the light,

Virtual Photo Safari/Wildlife Photography Photo Workshop


Here's a cool idea (and a great investment) for all those who plan to do a photo safari/photo workshop. It's an on-line virtual photo workshop where I help you – before and after your safari – make photographs like these recent 2018 images and the ones in my photo safari galleries:

2016 Photo Safari
On the Mara

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What's included:
• One-hour Skype session before your trip where we discuss your trip and I review your wildlife photographs.
• I offer advice on getting tack-sharp shots, exposure, composition and processing. I'll make lens and gear suggestions, and I'll offer advice on where to go to get the type of images for which you are looking.
• I need your Skype name and a link for a gallery of your best images.
• One-hour Skype session after your trip where I review your new photographs and offer composition, exposure and processing suggestions. Clothing and travel suggestions are also covered.

Cost for the two-hour virtual photo workshop is $199. payable via paypal. Shoot me an email to arrange your virtual photo workshop. 

Photo safaris are expensive. You don't want to invest in a trip only to return with snapshots.

I also give virtual photo workshops on Iceland, Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Oregon Coast and Route 66.

Explore the light,

Two Awesome Photo Tours/Workshops Added for 2018 & 2019

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Love to travel with like-minded photographers - who love to make pictures and enjoy life? You've come to the right place! I have added two awesome photo tours/workshops to my 2018 and 2019 schedule.

Antarctica with A&K - and RS • December 12 - 23, 2018


I hope you can join me for my fourth trip to the bottom of the world, and my second trip as the photo coach on an Abercrombie & Kent expedition. Antarctica is full of wonders - of blue ice and wildlife. Click here to start your adventure.

Click here to see some of my photographs from my previous A&K trip to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

From the Highlands to the High Arctic Photo Adventure • June 3 - 14, 2019


Travel with us - on  Poseidon Expeditions' awesome 114-passenger Sea Spirit – from Edinburgh in the UK to Spitsbergen for this amazing landscape, seascape and wildlife adventure. We'll have our own special photo group, where I will help you with your SLR and mirrorless photography, and Susan will help you with your iPhone photography.

There's an early booking discount of 10% to 15%, plus an additional savings of $1,300 per couple as part of this special photo group!

Call Shulie for info: 347 801 2609. Or send her an email.

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If you can't make a workshop, travel and learn virtually though one of my KelbyOne classes.

Virtual Venice Carnavale Photo Workshop

Virtual Venice Carnavale Photo Workshop

Here's a cool idea for all those who ever wanted to do a Venice Carnavale photo workshop – but who also like the freedom of traveling alone or with a buddy . . . and who don't have the budget for a live workshop. It's an on-line virtual photo workshop where I help you – before and after your road trip – make photographs like the ones in my Carnavale 2018 Gallery.

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Photo Education is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

No doubt you need a good camera, good lenses and good accessories to make high-quality images. But what good is all that equipment if you can’t get the most out of it? That’s where photo education comes in – helping you understand how to use your gear and get the best in-camera image when it comes to exposure and composition.

Photo education is also important in understanding image processing, that is, what can and what cannot be done in Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as with plug-ins. What’s more, photo education lasts a lifetime and the knowledge gained is cumulative so you can keep getting better results.

I’m big on photo education, offering several different ways to learn photography and image processing.

Here’s a look at my educational endeavors.

Books – My book, Creative Visualization for Photographers, is about envisioning the end-result, that is, seeing in your mind’s eye what will be captured with your camera, and what are some of the image processing possibilities.

Evolution of an Image is a storytelling book: I take the reader through the entire image-making process, from start to finish (using Lightroom and plug-ins, as illustrated above).

On-line Classes – I have 14 classes on KelbyOne. They cover speedlite photography, travel photography, composition, lighting and even going on safari. These classes offer great flexibility as they can be viewed and paced on an individual basis.


Photo Workshops – Photo workshops offer a wonderful way to learn about the complete digital imaging process while on location with like-minded photographers. You not only learn from me, but you learn from the other workshop participants. This type of intensive hands on learning can help photographers get to the next level. Click here to see all my 2018 photo workshops.

Seminars – I think I give more seminars than any of my pro photographer friends. Why? I truly enjoy sharing photo information, illustrated with my photographs from around the world. I offer two-hour, half-day and all-days seminars. Here’s a list of where I’ll be presenting in the next few months. Attending a seminar is a proven way to inspire photographers to advance their image-making efforts.

Private Lessons – I live in Croton on Hudson, NY, which is about one-hour north of New York City. Shoot me an email if you are interested in setting up a one-on-one session in the New York area or a private on-location workshop.

Explore the light,