Manual Versus Automated Camera Methods for HDR

Reading around the web, I came upon a series of sites that talk about HDR Photography technique and how the use of the Manual mode of the camera will yield the best results.  Now, while this could yield great results for some people, and I think its a great way to have control over ALL of the elements of a picture, I think that the idea can cause a bit of confusion.  I figure it's probably best to do this with an example. Take it To the Bridge Let's say…


Sabine on the iPad

For the longest time i've been the odd man out.  I've sat by at Photoshop World and watched how everyone jumped out and pulled out the iPhone and had everyone look at me and go "ohhhhh.. sorry."  They do it to tease me.  Truth be told, it's never really bothered me.  Being on a Droid for me has been a choice.  Up until a few years ago I was a pretty avid PC user, the Mac creeeping in little by litle into my workflow. I've always been one to point…


Meet Dany & Issac! The La Jolla Epilogue

Meet Dany and Issac - the couple from the La Jolla Engagement.  I get to share their moment.. & how the world takes care of itself in this post.... They Contacted Me! So after a few nervous days on my part, I finally received the email that I was hoping to get. Early one morning I got an exhuberant email from Dany (the young girl in this picture) asking whether I had a video that I can send her so she could see. Throughout this entire time, Dany and her…


The Engagement at La Jolla by the Sea

So there I was walking around with Ed Sanchez (one of the co-founders of NIk Software) getting some fresh air out in the beautiful La Jolla, CA area. We were in the office checking out stuff but the day called us out to just go walk and take the sea air in. We all grabbed cameras, just in case, but I think we were mostly into just being outside for the afternoon. As we were walking, I notice a girl running down this ramp to a young man waiting, taping…


The Firedancer Shoot

My buddy from work Adam had asked me if I could take pictures of a friend of his - a firedancer. I've been looking to shoot a firedancer for a while.. but I really wanted to have a diferent look to it. I was looking for a cool city scenario. Something with a little environment. A little grit - so to speak. I did scouting for several days and outlined shoots on napkins to try to get the idea out of the way. I knew that she would have a…

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Shooting Lukas Zpira : 4 Lessons

So here's a story about working up the courage to go for what you want to shoot - and being rewarded in the process. Got a lot of cool lessons learned here.. I figured i'd share: The First Day: A Shoot with a Friend Im in the Exhibition hall of Photoshop World last year, walking around after already giving a talk at the Bogen booth. I talked about shooting, accessories and the such. It's the last day of the conference and i'm just taking it all in. walking around the…

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LEAP: Stroboscopic

There is a LOT going on in this picture, despite it being a very calm moment with Rob "The Hurricane" Peacock. For me, this was a picture that was a couple of months in the planning, but was so worth it. The basics: 6 Speedlights involved, plus some ambient. All of this was in one frame. That's what I was most pumped about. Let me give you the backstory.


Pinch Me : Rocking SF!

You know, I don't think that there is a day that i don't go to (or come from) work that I don't look at what I do and just beam. Let's see: When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a school teacher. I went from that to becoming a corporate nerd.. to traveling the world.. to losing it all.. to reinventing myself and ultimately landing at the top of my game over where I am now.. it's just surreal.


The Ovallite Ringlight

Back when I was taking a look at Joey L's Sessions DVD, I noticed that he was using this light. Its a fluorescent (5400K) constant light that really works as an oversized ringlight. In the DVD, Joey mentions that he got it at a German website and had it shipped over. Turns out, I was able to find a company called Ovallite that sells it here in the US. I called up and ordered it and in a few days, it was at my doorstep.