The winning shot for Alien Skin’s August Photo of the Month award is listed below.

As a quick reminder, the monthly photo-sharing theme was square.


Miguel Quiles is our guest judge this month. He is a New Jersey-based commercial wedding and portrait photographer. He’s a speaker and educator with AdoramaTV, and he’s one of Sony’s Artisans. As always, we selected the top shots shared in the group and then compared notes with Miguel to decide which one should take the title.


Congratulations to Richard Cawood!

When discussing the winning photo, Miguel said, “I love how the photographer was able to mesh all of these colors into this portrait so eloquently. The image has a cinematic feel, which makes the subject super interesting. I’m all about scroll-stopping images and this one definitely fits the bill.”

Richard shares great-looking photos in the Exposure Users group on Facebook quite often. As the monthly winner, he gets a bunch of great stuff, including a promotion on the blog. Here’s a little more about him.

How did you get into photography?

I started into photography from my dad’s love for it. He was always taking photos. As a kid, I remember having fun shooting with a Kodak disc camera. It wasn’t until the second year of undergraduate school that I really started into it. It was my minor’s emphasis.

I started shooting when I relocated to Atlanta, GA. The main motivation to do so was to connect with the community, so I frequent local meet-up groups to take photos. I pull a lot of my images from shooting in these groups.

How important is personal work?

Personal work is something that I strive to do every single day. I live and work with a computer screen in my face all of the time, so I carve out time, sometimes a lot and sometimes a little. I’ll go back through my photo archives, re-edit my images, and try new things to continue developing my own personal style. Whatever the photo is, it goes through many different applications and processes.

Other than your camera, what is your favorite photography accessory?

My phone. I shoot with that most often. I just picked up the new Ziess lens for my iPhone, which is a lot of fun to use and explore. It goes everywhere with me. I also do a bit of photography with my drone. Panoramic photos have always been fun to shoot, so I prefer to use the drone to capture panoramas of the city skyline.

How has Alien Skin’s software changed how you process your photos?

I really like Exposure. There is a lot of meat to the app. It gives me lots of functionality to control and make my images however I’d like. All of my images have gone through some kind of manipulation, whether a lot or a little. Exposure gives me the tools to edit my photos into something that I can’t do with LR of PS alone.

Thanks, Richard! To learn more about him, check out his Flickr, and Instagram.


Photo of the Month award winners receive a few swanky items from Alien Skin Software. They get one of our super soft tri-blend t-shirts, a laser-engraved 16GB thumb drive loaded with all of our photography software, and best of all, they are featured here on the blog. What more could one want?

Monthly Theme

The monthly photo-sharing theme for September is emotion. If you’d like to enter, get your best choice shot for the topic posted before the 1st of October. Stay connected with all of the happenings in the Exposure and Snap Art Users groups over on Facebook. The announcement posts are pinned at the top of the groups on or around the first of each month.

Runner Ups

There were a bunch of great-looking photos shared last month, some of them are listed below. Congratulations to everyone who submitted. These are amazing!

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