The Arcanum Is Photography Education With A Twist

the arcanumI am delighted to share a fun announcement with the community. I was invited by my friend Trey Ratcliff to be a Master at his new online education school called The Arcanum.

I wrote about learning photography in my eBook Absorbing Light. The Arcanum is just another way to learn. It’s a school unlike any other school or photography.

What Is The Arcanum?

“A very old… ancient, in fact… way of learning and growing your Art through a Master & Apprentice relationship, powered by a NEW kind of academy. Imagine a type of Hogwarts, online in Augmented Reality, where you always have a connection to your Master and your fellow Apprentices. Get your head around that, and you’ll see where this is going…”

My View On The Arcanum

Trey & Peter On The Arcanum

The Arcanum is not your typical school

It’s not a place where you are lectured and sent on your way.

Or a place where you are given a book and meant to figure it out.

The Arcanum is where you take the fun of community, the pleasure of photography and the desire to learn and combine it into a gaming style platform structured to help you grow.

The Arcanum is filled with engagement between apprentices, masters and everyone is there together with a purpose. We each have our own goals and every master is there to help apprentices achieve theirs.

That’s why I’m happy to be an arcanum master. Please join myself and the other masters to make photographs, learn and accomplish.

See you there.

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How I Decide Between Photos in Adobe Lightroom

Everyone has their own workflow for managing and editing their photographs. When I use Adobe Lightroom, I use the comparison view.

How I Decide Between Photos in Adobe Lightroom

In Lightroom’s grid view you can show the Toolbar (T key) and then there is a compare view icon near the bottom. If the Toolbar is hidden then you can simply select two photos and hit the C key. That will bring up the compare view.

As you can see it’s a very simple method of culling through multiple photos that look very similar. You can make zoom in to see fine details between both and decide which to work on.

I use the starring system to identify photos to edit, but you might use colors or flags.

Either way, use a system that is best in your workflow.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

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UltraLight Camera Cover Review – Hold On To Your Fanny!

mindshift gear

The UltraLight Camera Cover is a product from MindShift Gear, the sister company of Think Tank Photo. This is my first MindShift Gear product review, and I’m very excited about this because of many reasons.

For one, Think Tank Photo has always made amazing products. Since branching out with the sister company, MindShift Gear has released some really interesting and innovative products for photographers to store their cameras and accessories.

UltraLight Camera Cover

The UltraLight Camera Cover was my first choice for a product review. The bag is not so much as bag as it is a cover as it is a fanny pack. Yes, I said fanny pack in the same review as the word camera. Go figure! I guess the more technical term for a fanny pack is a lumbar waist pack, so we can also go with that.

The camera cover is just that – a camera cover, but with the added benefit of weather resistant eco friendly materials and a waist belt for more comfort.


In the photo you see of me photographing the couple, I am wearing a Think Tank Photo belt with some of their modular bags attached. What you don’t see is the UltraLight Camera Cover because it’s actually folded into itself as a tiny pouch and clipped to the Think Tank Photo belt using a carabiner. You read that right. When the camera cover/bag is not in use then it is “Ultralight” and small enough to stay out of the way.  You can see the small pouch near my right front pocket.


So why did I want this bag? For days where I want to stay very light with no bag. For days where it might rain, but it might not. For days where I am walking non stop with nothing but a camera and extra memory cards and batteries in my pocket. That one chance that I get tired and want to put the camera away – now I can because I don’t have a bag, but I do have the UltraLight Camera Cover. This puppy is staying with me on those days.

This puppy is my new go to daily carry along. Better safe than sorry, and thanks to MindShift Gear there is a solution like the UltraLight Camera Cover available.

It comes in multiple sizes depending only your camera, so be sure to read the details on the product page to determine the correct model number for your camera/lens combination(s). It also comes in black or a blue. The cover is available directly from MindShift Gear and also select dealers.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,


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