The Mastin Labs Review and Giveaway

OK, first let’s kick things off. Free is good, right?

I was thrilled with the Mastin Labs presets. I played with all three of them – the Portra, Fuji, and Ilford packs. The Ilford pack made me feel like I was back in the darkroom. Great stuff.

If you haven’t played with them, here’s your chance. We’re doing a giveaway. The winner gets to choose any one preset pack. Click here to enter >



The Review

I have a love-hate relationship with filters and presets.

I have them. I use them. I even make my own. Love it.

On the other hand, you can’t put lipstick on a pig, and no matter how much Photoshop you do and how … Read more...

How to use the Cash Booth Strategy to create pictures that blow people away

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

Shunryi Suzuki


This is a time of many and a time of much.

An age of greedy abundance and pervasive emptiness.

Images flit in and out of the stream, our attention spans whittled to nothing more than the flick of a screen.

Scan. Double tap. Move on.

And in this media-saturated torrent, if you want to stand out, then now more than ever, you have to create pictures that say who you are. Not the ones that looks good. Not the ones that impress people. Ones that say This is me.


Because though approaches may vary the problem is always same. In every … Read more...

The Life/Forward workshop is on!




Straight up, no chaser. This is a hardcore cram session for people who want to crush barriers and see differently. Taking place in Brooklyn with New York City as your playground, each photographer will create a personal project over the course of the workshop. We will use these projects to examine your process and uncover your voice.

This workshop is not about copying shooting styles, camera tips, or tricks of the trade. This is about you and finding new ways to express yourself.

We will be working day and night with image reviews and talks for a full-throttle experience that will be challenging, exciting, intense, intimate, revealing, scary, and—gasp—even fun.… Read more...