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The Photography of Travis Peltz

The #1 App I Use to Edit My Photos

December 22nd, 2014


Photoshop Express

I take a lot of photos with my iPhone. Right now there are over 3,000 images on my device. Overall, the app does the “heavy-lifting” for post processing is by far Photoshop Express. It’s available in both the App Store and Google Play for free. Go download it! Click the link to read my entire post-processing method using Photoshop Express!  Read more

I’m setting my DSLR down.

December 22nd, 2014


A new year is on the horizon and with every new year comes change. Normally for the past two years I’ve promised to share more photos and videos. I’ve promised that more content is on the way. But so far, that never happened. I’ve decided not to make that mistake again. In 2015, I’m putting down my DSLR. It’s going on the shelf. All my lenses are being packed away into the photo gear cave. Done.

I’m sick of lugging my DSLR around. I’m tired of waiting to get back to the studio to begin processing my images. It’s not fun anymore. In my day job I take plenty of product images for my company. I am so tired of processing images on the desktop. It has sucked the fun out of my hobby photography.

Even with all that being said, my love for photography has never been stronger. It’s never been more exciting! Right now it’s easier than ever to take up photography as a hobby or start a career in it. It’s so accessible now to everyone. You might be confused? But the answer is in your front pocket, next to your laptop, or you may even be using it to talk with someone else. Yeah, I’m talking about your smartphone. Your iPhone, Galaxy, Nexus, or whatever. These smartphones are beginning to really unleash photography’s true potential. Most of us with smartphones are also carrying high quality cameras. You see the direction I’m heading?

In 2015 I’m not hanging up on photography. No. I’m completely diving into mobile photography. As crazy it may sound, I’m only going to use my iPhone 6 for images on this blog, my Facebook page, and Instagram. I’ve found that I have 10x more fun with my iPhone when taking pictures than with my professional DSLR camera. I feel liberated with my iPhone. It can come on any trip or on a walk outdoors and it’s so small that I don’t really know its with me. For the past 2 years I’ve been trying to get out more with the DSLR, but I don’t have time and I’m sick of using it thanks to my day job.

So here is what’s happening. My iPhone 6 is with me nearly 100% of the day. I have a billion more chances of capturing an amazing scene or moment using it, rather than my DSLR. Why? Because I don’t lug my DSLR around 100% of the day. It’s too cumbersome. From this post onward, ALL images or videos will be captured, edited natively on my iPhone 6, and uploaded.

I will disclose every detail about how I captured the image, how I edited the image, and which apps I used. I will show you any extra gear (cases and such) that I may use along the way. That way everyone can get out there and make awesome pictures themselves!! If you have a smartphone of any kind, get out there and take pictures with it. There are no excuses. I will be completely transparent.

I have no excuses to not follow through with this since I have my iPhone 6 with me at all times. I have apps that allow me to post directly to this blog from anywhere I have a cellular signal or WiFi connection. I have mobile apps that allow me to do desktop grade post-processing. I essentially have a computer and high quality camera in a single handheld unit that is no thicker than a pencil in my pocket. It’s crazy when you think about it.

So here is to 2015 photographers! Let’s get mobile. Let’s get making pictures.

– Travis.

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(Both images in this post were taken and edited directly on iPhones).

Unseen Perspectives.

July 11th, 2014



It’s been awhile. Much of my time has been devoted toward work and…work. So photography had to go on the back burner for a bit. Until now.

The photography flame is back and it’s blazing. 

Enter, Unseen Perspectives. The focus of my photography for the remainder of 2014. I’ve acquired things that have revolutionized Read more

Happy New Year

December 31st, 2012



Thank you everyone for your support during 2012, it has been very humbling. I have so much fun going on photo trips around northern Michigan and I can’t wait to start shooting in 2013.


Have a great new year and be safe!

– Travis.

A Creek of Ice??

December 30th, 2012


Ice Creek

This is what you can stumble upon during walks in the Winter. A creek (imagine me saying it like “crick”) of ice! This was the only angle I could capture the image, otherwise my camera and I would have went for a dip.


– Travis. :)

Winter Expedition & Video

December 30th, 2012



Winter photography is always a fun challenge and today proved to be no exception. From driving down a treacherous and potentially illegal trail, I made it to a unique area in northeast Michigan. Click “read more” to see the video!  Read more

Northern Lights: Visualized at the Mighty Mac

October 1st, 2012



Last night was without question, a roller-coaster of excitement. For the past two years I have been learning how to capture the Northern Lights on camera and the setting I have always envisioned was the Northern Lights over the iconic Mackinaw Bridge. Hit the link to read the story and to see more of my favorite images….. Read more


July 16th, 2012



The northern lights seem to never disappoint; last night was no exception. There was a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun on July 12th that caused this dazzling display. This light show actually started on Friday, but progressively became more and more intense. By midnight last night the Space Weather Prediction Center released a warning for G2-level geomagnetic activity. In essence, this means most northern US states would be able to see the aurora. As soon as I got the warning on my phone I hit the road with my camera, tripod, and large amounts of caffeine. Hit the break to see more… Read more

A Dazzling Light Display

April 24th, 2012



I’m not sure there could be anything better than the Northern Lights on the shores of Lake Huron. Between 11:30PM until 1:00AM, I was around the Rogers City area photographing the event, with a focus on the shoreline. I was somewhat unsure if any of the photos were going to turn out because of the 30 mile per hour wind gusts that may have shaken the camera, but luckily it didn’t… Another image is after the break! Read more

Textures of Spring

April 12th, 2012



It has been about a month since my last post on here, I have been patiently waiting for the flowers to bloom in the local greenhouse called Nettas. This past Tuesday I took a drive there and managed to capture a few interesting images of the freshly ‘hatched’ flowers. The image above is my favorite because of the texture and color contrast between the flower and backdrop that I was testing. In about a week all the flowers at the greenhouse will be blooming; I plan on spending an entire day there doing macro photography (with plenty more to post here!)


– Travis.