Trey Ratcliff

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Trey Ratcliff
Born (1971-07-07) July 7, 1971 (age 51)
Austin, Texas, United States
Alma materJesuit College Preparatory, Southern Methodist University
Notable work
Aurora HDR
  • Ray Ratcliff (father)
  • Susan Ratcliff (mother)

Trey Ratcliff (born July 7, 1971) is an American photographer, public speaker and writer.[1][2][3]

Personal life and education[edit]

Born in Austin, Texas, on July 7, 1971, Trey Ratcliff is the son of Susan Ratcliff and Ray Ratcliff. He attended Jesuit College Preparatory in Texas before moving on to Southern Methodist University where he studied Computer Science. Ratcliff has three children with his ex-wife[4] Tina, son Ethan and daughters Isabella and Scarlett.[5]


Since starting his daily photography blog in 2005 Trey has been a proponent of Creative Commons licensing for his images.[6]

Although being able to see only from his left eye since birth, he became notable in HDR photography.[7] In 2017, Ratcliff's photographs had been viewed more than 150 billion times via Google based channels.[8][9]

He was the first person to have HDR photography displayed in the Smithsonian Museum following their 4th Annual Photo Contest.[10] In 2018, his photography was again on display at the Smithsonian in their Renwick Gallery as part of the exhibition "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man".[11][12]

Ratcliff is notable for development of Aurora HDR; a High Dynamic Range (HDR) editing and processing tool released in November, 2015. It was made through a collaboration with software developer Skylum (formerly Macphun).[13][14]

Trey has gained over 16 million followers on his social media accounts.[15][16][17][18]

J. J. Abrams, the Star Trek director called Ratcliff's photographs inspiring and real.[16][9]


  1. ^ Humphrey, Michael. "Meet Trey Ratcliff: Globetrotting HDR Photog Who's Made A Show of Google Hangouts". Forbes.
  2. ^ "Trey Ratcliff's Mega Photo Walk Tour: 12 destinations across the USA". HuffPost.
  3. ^ "The Ritz-Carlton Explores the Mystery of Memory". Wired.
  4. ^ "Transformative Psychedelic Experiences With and Without Drugs, with Special Guest, Trey Ratcliff". Therapist Uncensored.
  5. ^ "80 Stays Around the World with Trey Ratcliff". The Ritz-Carlton.
  6. ^ Trussell, Donna (2012-03-08). "Pinterest is a female ghetto, but that's not the problem". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  7. ^ Edwards, Jim. "These Astonishing Images Convinced Us That Google Glass Will Change Photography Forever". Business Insider.
  8. ^ Anthony, John. "Stuck in Customs founder Trey Ratcliff reaches millions through Facebook Live". Stuff.
  9. ^ a b "INTERVIEW: Trey Ratcliff". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  10. ^ Ratcliff, Trey. "The 4th of July on Lake Austin".
  11. ^ "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man". Smithsonian American Art Museum.
  12. ^ "Art of burning man" (PDF). 2018.
  13. ^ "Version 1.2.0 is A.W.E.S.O.M.E." 22 January 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-01-22.
  14. ^ Tierney, John. "Thursday Puzzle: What's Wrong (or Right) With This Picture?". New York Times.
  15. ^ 胡雨濛. "The world through his eyes - USA -". China Daily.
  16. ^ a b Petrillo, Lisa (21 August 2015). "Photographer Trey Ratcliff Helps America Take Better Pictures". CBS News.
  17. ^ Xu, Junqian. "The Ritz-Carlton and Trey Ratcliff head to Japan for next phase of global partnership". Travel Daily News.
  18. ^ Shankland, Stephen. "New casualties in the tech revolution". CBS News.