DJI Mavic Pro – The Drone Worth Waiting For

DJI Mavic Pro

Wow. We’ve come a long way.

I was halfway through the expensive and frustrating process of building a scratch built RC hexacopter for aerial photograpy when DJI first announced the first Phantom drone. I was skeptical, and that drone wasn’t very good. But it was still easier, cheaper, and safer to fly than the flying lawn-mower contraption I was tinkering with in my shop. [Read more…]

New Portrait and Fashion Lightroom Preset Collection

Portrait Presets

I’m releasing a brand new Adobe Lightroom preset collection today called Portrait & Fashion!

It’s half off until November 1st.

That’s $19 if you get it before November 1st…

or

You can get this collection plus $400+ of other preset collections and training with the All Access Pass for $14/month.

The All Access Pass is a great way to go because you get access to all future courses, tutorials, and preset collections as long as you are a subscriber.

But it’s your choice.

Portrait and Fashion Collection Half Off

How to Create a Hyperlapse (Part 1)

I’ve had a great time capturing timelapses for a few years now. I even got into the motion controlled motorized slider scene and added a pan tilt head after seeing Tom Lowe’s “Timescapes.”

But recently I’ve been doing more “Hyperlapse.” Hyperlapses are just like timelapses only you’re moving the camera between each frame and usually more than a motion controlled timelapse.

I’ve found that it works best when you center your focus point on the same spot between each move. It’s a little bit of trial and error as some motions paths don’t seem to work as well as others. [Read more…]

What are your Top 3 Photographs?

Children of Payatas

Recently I’ve been reflecting on the type of photography I enjoy the most. I’m fortunate to work as a full time photographer/videographer, but I’ve come to realize that many assignment I get paid to do don’t have a lot of personal meaning for me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m passionate about creating good work, it’s just that much of what I do is used for a corporate purpose. Again, there is nothing wrong with this, but it got me thinking about what pieces of my own work do I value the most. I set out to pick my top three images – the three images from my body of work that I have the strongest connection to. [Read more…]

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Announced

Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon has announced the long-awaited 5D Mark IV. I’m always interested to see the different reactions to a new camera and it’s spec list. You always seem to have a group of ‘haters’ who are never impressed and then there are the fan boys & girls who think it’s a must buy. [Read more…]

Creating Meaningful Work

Children of Payatas

A few weeks ago I had an experience that if I’m being honest, I’m still trying to process. I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and visit some amazing people in extremely humble circumstances. I don’t think I’m a good enough writer to fully portray the totality of the thoughts and feelings I had during and after this experience, but I’ll try to paint a picture. [Read more…]

Tips for Better Real Estate or Architectural Photography

architecture photography

Real estate photography is a bit of right of passage. Some of my first paid photography jobs were for realtors that needed photos for their listings. I still do real estate photography on occasion, but I usually hold out for the higher end properties that demand a higher end photography to show them off.

If you have shot interiors before, you know how tricky it can be to get a quality image, especially when dealing with different light levels and color temperatures. In this video tutorial, I show you how I use a single speed light to capture multiple exposures lighting various parts of this apartment. I then demonstrate using photoshop to blend the different images into a single image. [Read more…]