I have to confess, in the last few months I’ve been in something of a creative rut. We all go through periods of time where it’s a struggle to even want to pick up your camera. One of the ways I am medicating is by searching out the best of the best photography in the categories I’m most interested in. For me, nothing gets me more excited to start taking pictures again than epic landscape photography. [Read more…]
In this episode of the podcast I take your photography related questions.
- My three favorite lenses and why
- Investing in Off Camer Flash
- How to Photograph Animals
It is an exciting time to be a photographer or filmmaker. Almost daily, new innovations and technology are being used to develop tools that make creative image-making cheaper, easier, and more fun. I recently got the chance to use a relatively new innovation, the MoVI M5 three axis camera gimbal. The people at Freefly Systems were kind enough to loan me a M5 to evaluate during a shoot in Nice, France. [Read more…]
A few days ago I bought a used canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens from a local photographer that’s getting out of the business. She was asking $800 which is a great deal for an amazing piece of glass. The lens is great is my new favorite for shooting portraits. There was only one small issue. It came with a UV filter that had been over-tightened and was now stuck on the front of the lens. [Read more…]
This question comes up again and again in photography forums. While there is likely no hard right or wrong answer, this topic always generates passionate discussion supporting both sides. I’ll list some reasons some photographers cite for watermarking and I’ll tell you why I don’t. Ultimately it’s up to you of course, but at least you will have considered all of the pros and cons. [Read more…]
Today I’m excited to announce a new WEEKLY email newsletter that will help you along your journey in learning and improving your photography. I’m calling it the Photo Tips Newsletter but It’s actually much more than that. [Read more…]
Like many photographers, I like using seamless paper as a backdrop in my photography studio. Up until now I’ve used one of these backdrop stands to hold the paper rolls. It get’s the job done, but I found myself wishing for a better solution. Anytime you want change colors, you have to lower both stands, roll up the paper, slide off the roll, and slide a new one on before raising both stands again. It’s awkward, time consuming, and frustrating as I’m always tripping over the legs of the stands. [Read more…]
I love the movies. I love blocking out the world for an hour and a half and taking in a good motion picture. Like many creative people, I like to pay special attention to the thought, craft, and hard work that went into lighting, directing, and composing each scene. [Read more…]
A couple of weeks ago I received the assignment to travel to Hawaii and shoot a cover shot for a corporate magazine. My visit was scheduled to take place during a sales rep meeting where there would be a few hundred people attending. 50 or so of these sales reps have qualified for a company car and would be driving it to the event to participate in a road rally around the island of O’ahu.
The creative brief called for the shot to include as many of these branded, white company cars as possible in an attractive setting. Shouldn’t be too hard in a beautiful place like Hawaii right? [Read more…]
Everyone wants to be a photographer. At least they think they do. It’s one of those fantasy professions like deep sea diver or professional snowboarder. It’s the kind of glamours job you dream about being as a kid, and day dream about when you’re an adult trudging along in a 9-to-5 office job. [Read more…]