Interview with Trey Ratcliff – Photographer

Interview with Trey Ratcliff - Photographer
What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
Oh! I don’t think I have a title, and I’d say I have more daily irresponsibilities.   I am an artist and website publisher, I suppose.  Largely, tacitly, I think people see me as a travel photographer.  But I don’t know.  I just take photos of interesting things and publish them on :)

What inspired you most to become a Photographer? Why did you pursue this as a career?
I did not mean to pursue this as a career.  I feel very lucky and humbled that it actually has become a career.  But the love of the art came first, and then we ended up wrapping a business around it later.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
The biggest obstacle I see with others is a lack of experience in building businesses.  It’s not good or bad, it’s just a lack of experience!  I’ve been entrepreneurial since I was a kid and built several businesses, most of which were failures. I think a lot of artists start an art-business as their first one and get sad when it fails. Almost everyone’s first time doing something is a failure…  There’s a nice quote from Winston Churchill that says, ” Success is the ability to go from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.”

With all the new versions of Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
Content-Aware Fill saves me so much time… it only works 80% of the time, but that’s pretty dang good!

What Photographers & Photoshop artists  do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
I follow people that do strange stuff and surprise me all the time.  We’ve actually been able to circle many of them up to be Masters at

What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photography the best?
I use them all! I really like Google+ and think they have an amazing community.  Always bet on Google.  But I use all the others as well, from the professionally-centric to the everyone-everywhere Instagram @TreyRatcliff .

What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
Yes, I think the cream will rise to the top.  I think that just like with the written word, some of the best stuff ends up being well-known, even though everyone can write!  For example, it’s no mistake that J.K. Rowling makes a hit series of books… she created a new world and wrote about it beautifully.  She emerged from a sea of millions of writers…

 What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop & Photography?
I predict that Lightroom will get better and better.  Photoshop has all this horrible baggage from 10+ years ago that they can’t ever get rid of.  I also predict that Google will make very competitive products to the Adobe products.  And I predict they will be free.  Don’t forget Google acquired Nik Software, and all Nik needs is layers and a few other things and it’s right in the middle of it all. We’ll see what happens!  It’s a great time to be alive if you’re into photography and post-processing… every week, something new to inspire and move us all forward! :)

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  1. Anne-Marie says

    It is so interesting to hear what leaders like Trey are thinking these days. Thanks Andrew for another terrific interview.

  2. says

    It’s always interesting to read the words of a man who inspired me to get into photography not so long ago. He also helped me a lot to understand the whole HDR thing. I don’t really do them very often but when I do, I think I can produce a decent one. Thanks to Trey.

  3. Jorge Savoff says

    Great read and love the questions, straight and simple, really took a lot from this interview.

  4. says

    Thanks for the interesting interview. But I always wonder, if you didn’t pursue photography as your career, Trey, how did you end up doing exactly that? How does one go from regular 9-5 work, or even other business, to doing photography full time? Didn’t you have bills to pay? :)

  5. says

    I am based in Brussels (Belgium) and every day i read the news on the website of Trey, a very interesting man to discover. I bought his books and watch his videos to try to arrive one day at a comparable level, a dream!
    But every day I take pleasure in discovering and learning (my site The goal is not it be better every day? I try, I try.
    Thanks Trey and when you come to Brussels?? :)

  6. says

    Great interview. I found it interesting and was happy to hear what Trey had to say about Lightroom and Photoshop since I really only use lightroom.

  7. says

    Interesting reading! I like this “I predict that Lightroom will get better and better. Photoshop has all this horrible baggage from 10+ years ago that they can’t ever get rid of. “

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