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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.


Barry Shwartz on Wisdom

While playing around on the internet, a buddy of mine Joey L. had tweeted a great speech from Barry Schwartz on our loss of Wisdom. He makes a great call for the return of Practical Wisdom. If you're not familiar with TED - it stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. It was a conference that brought these three fields together to speak at a conference and share ideas. Aside from the conference now they have something called TEDTalks, which I think EVERYONE should subscribe to. You can see some of…

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My Mothers Computer Portrait

Her First Computer by RC Concepcion on 500px My mom Cristela. Cristela was raised poor in Mexico in a town called Piaxtla, in the state of Puebla. She spent all of her time in Mexico raising sheep and selling tamales on the street - 1 of 14 children. Back then, children were farmhands and education wasn't really something that was instilled in them. With no education, and few skills, she came to the US and met my dad Rafael (Sr.). My Dad also didnt go to school. Two uneducated parents…


Logan Rose at Miami Beach

This is a picture of Logan Rose, a very beautiful dancer attending the University of Miami. I met her through a mutual friend of my wife - and she was very keen on helping me out get a shot in a pinch. I was traveling and wanted to get a cool sunset shot. While I was happy with the shots that came out - it was the shots that I did after the sun went down that I was most happy with. In this shot, the sun is almost out,…

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Arguing about HDR Bugs Me

A couple of Photoshop World's ago, my buddy Matt Kloskowski and I started teaching a class on HDR as a Pre-Con due to it's increased demand. I was excited about the opportunity to do so: In one part because I got to teach alongside Matt, but in another because I would be able to share and explore in a technique that is getting a lot of press. After the second conference, I sat and thought about the work I was doing with it. After some meditation, I gave myself a…


Sessions with Joey L: DVD Review

Joey L is a commercial photographer out of New York that has a very compelling style and almost masterful control over the light that he works with.  From amazing travel photography in Abysinnia, to shooting the Jonas Brothers in a Jet hangar, Joey L has become one of the most sought after commercial photographers out there.  Like anyone out there going out there and creating their own style as of late - you'd pretty much guarantee that the photo community would be running after him with torches and pitchforks demanding…