Trey Ratcliff: a photographer, artist, public speaker and writer

Trey_Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff (born July 7, 1971) is a photographerartistpublic speaker and writer. He posts a new photo each day on his travel blog StuckInCustoms[1] of the destinations and situations he finds himself in as he travels the world. His work has been featured on the BBCABCFOXCBS, and NBC.[2] Ratcliff studied computer science and mathematics at Southern Methodist University graduating in 1995. He pioneered the field of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. Originally a hobbyist photographer, he started exploring HDR because he was disappointed that the landscape photographs he had taken did not appear as he remembered the scenes. After exploring and developing techniques in the then relatively obscure HDR method, he began featuring his photographic work on his blog in 2005. His photographic work is licensed through Creative Commons Noncommercial. Early in Ratcliff’s career, two of his HDR photographs were selected as winners of the Smithsonian Magazine’s 4th Annual Photo Contest.,[3] The two photos “Fourth at Lake Austin” [4] and “A macaque monkey sits on a wall in Kuala Lumpur”[5] hang in the Smithsonian Institute.


On Frozen Pond I probably should not have been standing in the middle of this frozen pond, but when you are raised in Texas and you rarely get to see anything frozen, you get fascinated by large frozen bodies of water. I just stared at it for a long time like a deer that’s never seen headlights in the forest. I felt the saying, “When in Rome”, and somehow replaced it with “When in Reykjavik…” I slowly shuffled my feet out to the middle, using my tripod as an Imperial Hoth Walker to secure my footing. Once I got to the right spot for the lens, I ripped off a few shots before heading over to the safely of the shore. – Trey Ratcliff


His first book, “A World in HDR”, published in 2009,[6] quickly sold out in several countries.[7] He began releasing eBooks in 2010, the first of which was “Top 10 HDR Mistakes and How to Fix Them.” All of his photography eBooks are on Flatbooks a website Ratcliff created in 2011 to be a collection of eBooks focusing on the topic of HDR photography. Ratcliff also launched the website HDRSpotting along with Denis Khoo.[8] Guest editors at have included Jason St. Peter, Chris Nowakowski, Brian Matiash, Kay Gaensler, John Rogers, Scott Wyden Kivowitz, Mike Criswell, and James Brandon.[9] In 2010, Ratcliff released his first HDR tutorial, a compilation of HDR instructional workshop footage.[10] Since that initial release, Ratcliff has created additional tutorials covering topics for novice photographers as well as seasoned veterans.[11] Ratcliff’s endeavors also include iOS and Android apps such as 100CamerasIn1,[12] an application that allows users to process mobile photos with different effects and then post the finished product to their social media sites, and Stuck On Earth,[13] a travel application that shows users places in the world to visit, photograph, and experience. His most recent release, Light Camera – Mark 1,[14] allows for real-time viewing of filters and effects allowing the user to see the end result of a photo before it has been taken. Like his other camera applications, users can then upload their finished product to their social media sites. He also supports charitable causes through Kiva Microfunds. As of September 2013, the Stuck in Customs Kiva team has raised and contributed more than $36,000.[15]

Dinner in Carmel: Trey-Ratcliff

Dinner in Carmel I found this place thanks to my friend Vic Gundotra. I was searching for local places to eat on my phone, and I saw that he recommended it. If it’s good enough for him, then it’s good enough for me!Actually, I think I kind of like this new way of searching. I like that my friend’s recommendations are pushed to the top of the algorithm. It’s a much more interesting way to search… I’m trying to think of examples when it would not work, and I really can’t. Well, one example is I do have this one friend that has HORRIBLE taste in movies. I am kind of worried that if I search for a movie to watch one night that his ridiculous suggestions might come out on top! – Trey Ratcliff

Speaking Engagements and Workshops

Ratcliff has given speeches at Google,[16] Pinterest,[17] Kent State University[18] and various conferences[19][20] around the world.[21] Ratcliff teaches photography and post-processing at workshops staged around the world in locations like Paris, Christchurch and Queensland, New Zealand.[22]

Trey Ratcliff - Night Rain in Ibiza

A Rainy and Romantic Night in Ibiza
Part of Ibiza is an old walled medieval town that is surrounded by layers of winding streets old shops intermixed with homes. A few streets away from the walls, some of the streets are full of pubs and quirky shops… I think it’s better to explore them at night than in the day – and especially so in the rain.
On this night, it was a little chilly and rainy, but that does not effect my camera. I’ve never had a problem because of rain or cold or heat or anything. It just works!
The rainy streets were full of colors and life. I saw this couple quickly walking under an umbrella so I took a quick one to capture the scene.
– Trey Ratcliff


Early controversy of Ratcliff focused on HDR photography, where the nature of its post-processing was heavily criticized.[23] Other controversies Ratcliff has encountered have focused on the use of the Creative Commons Noncommercial licensing model,[24] DSLR vs. mirror-less cameras,[25] and the use of watermarks when publishing online[26]

The Milford Sound Spray: Trey-Ratcliff

The Milford Sound Spray
People are sometimes disappointed when they come to Milford Sound and it is raining, but that is really one of the best times! The waterfalls go absolutely crazy, and there are, in my opinion, more interesting photos to be taken than in the sunshine. Of course, it’s a very different kind of photo, but you really can’t go wrong.
There are a few boat cruises that go out into the sound and the ocean as well… those are all highly recommended. If you see Eric Lim from Southern Discoveries, be sure to tell him hello from Trey!
– Trey Ratcliff

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References: Trey Ratcliff

  1. ^ “”.
  2. ^ “About Me – Trey Ratcliff and Stuck in Customs”. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  3. ^ “Smithsonian Photography Contest – Two of the Top Ten Winners!”. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  4. ^ “Fourth at Lake Austin”. 2007-04-23. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  5. ^ “A macaque monkey sits on a wall in Kuala Lumpur”. 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  6. ^ “A Book Announcement”. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  7. ^ “The World in HDR sold out on amazon…”. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  8. ^ “About HDR Spotting”. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  9. ^ “HDR Spotting Guest Editors”. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  10. ^ “HDR Tutorial – How to Make Beautiful HDR Photos With Ease!”. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  11. ^ “Photography Tutorials”. 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  12. ^ “100 Cameras in 1 – Best iPhone Camera”. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
  13. ^ “Stuck In Customs Newsletter #27”. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  14. ^ “The Light Camera, Mark 1”. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  15. ^ “Lending Team: Team Stuck In Customs”. Kiva. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  16. ^ “The World We Design – Trey Ratcliff Zeitgeist Americas 2012”. zeitgeistminds channel on YouTube. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  17. ^ “Pinterest”. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  18. ^ “Trey Ratcliff Headlines First Presidential Speaker Series”. Kent State University. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  19. ^ “Biography of Trey Ratcliff”. The E-G. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  20. ^ “Speakers”. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  21. ^ “Speaking Engagements”. Stuck In Customs. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  22. ^ “Photograph Workshops”. Stuck In Customs. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  23. ^ “Why I Hate HDR Photo Technology Porn”. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  24. ^ “Go Ahead and Steal this Photo and make prints”. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  26. ^ “Miss Aniela Extravaganza”. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-09-15.

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