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Trey Ratcliff : Biography at a Glance

  • Posts a photo each day to his website, which draws more than a million monthly page views
  • Has more than 13 million online followers via multiple social  media platforms
  • His photo, “Fourth on Lake Austin,” was the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Considered one of the most influential photographers online
  • Behind the mobile apps “lOOCamerasInl,” “Stuck On Earth,” “The Light Camera” and “Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff”

Trey Ratcliff is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer. Trey’s images and stories capture the beauty of exotic travel destinations and the humor of the bizarre situations he often finds himself in. There is always something new, unexpected and beautiful to see.

Each day, Trey posts a new photo to his website,, which receives over one million monthly page views. Trey’s photos have been viewed over 37 Billion times and his YouTube videos over 5 million times. He currently has over 13 million combined social media followers via Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Trey was recently named one of the top 10 influential photographers on the Internet. He is best known as a pioneer in HDR photography. The resulting images are richly detailed and more closely resemble what you recall of the scene in your mind. His photo, “Fourth on Lake Austin”, was the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian.

He has taught many thousands of people the secrets to his techniques via his widely popular tutorials. Trey grew up blind in one eye, which changed the way he has come to experience and visually map the world. This, combined with his degree in computer science and math, has shaped his unique, algorithm-like, approach to capturing a scene that evokes more palpable memories.

Trey is regularly interviewed on major networks around the world including the BBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. He’s also been in many of the major print publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Financial Times.

Trey is also a successful entrepreneur. His endeavors include popular iOS and Android apps such as 100CamerasIn1, Stuck On Earth, The Light Camera, and the Photo Voyages of Trey Ratcliff. In addition, he launched, a growing eBook publisher and The Arcanum, a magical academy for artistic mastery.


Trey gave an excellent speech for our Authors@Google program, highlighting his thoughts on creativity, technology, and photography. His video was among the Top 5 new videos for our Authors@Google YouTube Channel in 2010.

Director, Google

Trey’s pictures are a daily source of inspiration for me. I can’t count the times that I’ve gotten stuck in my writing and, as I sit there staring at my computer screen desperately trying to think of the next idea, the screensaver kicks in with one of Trey’s images, and the shapes and colors triggered something in me that got me to the next note…

Hans Zimmer, Composer, The Lion King, Gladiator, Batman, Inception
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