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Using Channels in Photoshop to Replace a Sky

June 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Learn how to replace a sky or remove sensor dust in a plain sky using channels to create a mask. This is one of the cleanest ways to do a selection, especially if you have complex trees in the image. 


Sports Photos

June 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This year I had the opportunity to do the sports photos for the booster club. It was a lot of fun. It seems the kids are willing to try all kinds of ideas and I think we ended up with some pretty awesome shots as a result. Here's a few of my favorite:

Track Girls

Jr High Girls Track and Field



The Lone Senior


DSC_5813-Edit-2 Softball Team


Senior Boys Seniors - Boys Baseball

Father's Day 2012 Featured Photo

June 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

As I was reading my news feed on Facebook today, I came across a neat surprise. I saw that announced their editor pics for top Father's Day Photos of 2012. What caught my eye was the thumbnail was my photo! I clicked it and saw that it was the second choice!Weird that they didn't notify me, but a neat surprise, especially since I haven't been on in years. 

The photo is this one, which was actually taken by Cindy, since I'm in the photo:

To see the other selections and read the blog, check it out here:

Request to be Published - Hockey Book

March 15, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I received an email the other day for a request to be published in a hockey book. This was rather exciting because the other times I've been published, they've been in digital publications. This will be the first print publication. Although I won't be paid, I will receive photo credits in the book as well as a couple of autographed copies of the book.

Here is a copy of the email:

Hello Brett,

I would like to feature two of your Flickr photos 






Red Wing Fan 2

in my new hockey book. I’m very impressed with the quality and spirit of your photos - they would look great in print!

About me: I am an established sports writer from Toronto. This will be my eighth hockey project. My others include Double Overtime, Xtreme Hockey, The Canadian Hockey Atlas, The Best of Hockey Night in Canada, The Last Hurrah, and Slapshots. My next book, Triple Overtime, will focus on NHL team history and fan culture. It will be in stores in the fall of 2012.

In order to use your image, I will need confirmation that the photo was taken by you. In exchange for permission to use your photo, I will of course formally credit you in the book and can also recommend your work on Flickr, your blog, Linkedin, etc. Please just let me know exactly how you’d like your credit to appear (usual format: Name/Flickr).

Please let me know as soon as possible, as my deadline for your approval is in the next couple of weeks. If you are willing to grant permission and release for your photo, I would need you to please provide an original high-resolution version of the photo along with notification of your permission to reproduce and publish the image.

I am happy to provide more details, so please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions.

Great photos, keep ’em coming! All the best,

Stephen Cole

Fun in the Studio with Ellia

March 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

For this series I simply set up a backdrop in our living room. It was rather a quick shoot and I stayed simple with strobist lighting.

Faces of Ellia

Darlin' Daughter

Ellia with Attitude


Here's the setup:

SB-28 inside Apollo Westcott softbox at 1/1 power

SB-600 on left through shoot through umbrella at 1/2 power.