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I’m Gonna Try It Once!

About a year and change ago, I started a meetup group called the Tampa Bay Strobist. The idea was to just get together with like minded peeps and go out and just play with lights in a relaxed environment. I figured - if we got 20 people to go out and try some shooting with, hey.. be great. Fast forward a year and the group's swelled to over 340. My buddy Kathy Porupski runs the group (some local photogs freaked about me having a group and cutting into their 'business'…

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Sometimes The Assistants Get all the Fun

Not too long ago, I was going through my Lightroom library looking at images of my shoots and came upon this image I made over at the Star Wars thing in Orlando. No, this isn't a post about Star Wars stuff. More it's a tribute to David Rogers from the Lightroom Tampa Bay Group. You see, David Rogers is my buddy here in Tampa - and a very competent photographer. During this event, we went out to try to make a shot lit on the inside of the ship. David…

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How much Shoot Should You Show if you Should Share Shoots :)

I can't tell you how long I sat there trying for my best "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck" moment at the title. That said, I think this is something that is often overlooked when you're out there shooting, and totally something that is worth you spending a few moments thinking about. I remember hearing once that the best Photographers out there are the best editors (it may have been a McNally-ism, or a Scott Kelby-ism but I need to check that) and I think theres a lot of…

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Hit And Miss

Over the weekend, I was coming back from an event when I decided to take a turn into John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor, Florida. I just wanted to go drive around and scout - see if there was anything out there for me to take a picture of, or jot down for a later idea. I saw a bridge in the distance and took my scout shots. Seeing as I had a bracket of them, I came home and made an HDR of it. As much as I'd like…

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Popcorn Fight

My friend Kathy asked me not too long ago if I could help her take a picture of a concept she had for her friends dance school. For the end of the year, they wanted to have a picture made of all of the instructors in a movie theater scenario, kinda bickering with one another while she sat in the middle. Fake a movie theater? Throw popcorn? I'm down! This was actually done in a warehouse called Arts on Ninth in Ybor (sadly, the place closed down). We setup about…

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The HDR Star Wars Incident

Click on the picture to see it bigger, or see it in Flickr note: This is a repost of a guest blog post that I did on the shoot over at Scott Kelby's Blog. After chatting with Frederick Van on Twitter, I thought "Wow.. i've never really told the story on my blog. So, here it goes: I was chatting with Scott a couple of days ago about my experiences at the Star Wars Celebration that just happened in Orlando, FL - and he thought it a good idea to…

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The Green Room

While I was out in Atlanta several months ago I got turned onto this location via Twtter. To be completely honest, I wouldnt even remember how to get there - i'd have to do some serious twitter message searching. That said, I remember it being abandoned, I remember it being behind a fence, and I remember it being awesome. This is just one shot of a series.. If i get the location, totally will post it!

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Emporio

A couple of weeks ago, I went into the city with my buddy Al to go visit my friend Jay. Not too far from his place there's a place called Emporio (At least I think that's what it was called). We settled into the restaurant for some lunch and great conversation. I found myself so incredibly blessed to just be able to sit and absorb the company of two friends - each of which I haven't had much time to visit with. I couldn't begin to say how recharged I…