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Blog entries — July thru December 2013

Friday, 14 June 2013 — Event Coverage Challenges

Saturday, 11 May 2013 — On Event Coverage

Sunday, 27 April 2013 — Photoshop World Wrap-up

Saturday, 6 April 2013 — The Photographer's Bookshelf

 

She started out photographing bands for Rolling Stone back in the early 1970s, working with only the barest of equipment and technology, but produced a stunningly large body of work that endures.

 

There's not much for technical detail here, as the book servers mostly as a story-telling device of her experiences, but it is great inspiration for any photog and made me laugh more than once. In particular, she even mentions how and why few people in her photographs are smiling, something I'd noticed in passing more than once but never sought to put an answer to.

 

I'll be going back through this book in bits and pieces for years to come, I'm certain.

Saturday, 30 March 2013 — The Photographer's Bookshelf

Sunday, 10 March 2013 — The Photographer's Bookshelf

Sunday, 24 February 2013 — On Event Coverage

Saturday, 12 January 2013 — The Photographer's Bookshelf

 

After reading the whole book once, and much of it a second time, I'm left wondering just why this book wasn't written much earlier! I've read a lot of books on flash photography over the past couple of years while moving from studio monolights to a wireless hotshoe flash system, but this author has produced the best such book I've yet seen. He presents technical information in an easy-to-understand manner, and shows lots of examples of the variety of lighting situations and solutions he addresses in the book.

 

Best of all, I've come away from this book with a much better appreciation for ambient light in a flash shoot. His advice to set the camera for the desired level of ambient light before adding the flash is both amazingly simple and blindingly brilliant. I've got an event shoot next weekend where I'm hoping to put it to practice. Stay tuned!

Sunday, 6 January 2013 — Models for Nothing and Your Pics for Free!

With this newly revised website comes an opportunity to add new content, so I've decided to add a blog where I can write a little bit about something important, or even go on at length about nothing at all every now and then.

 

To start, I'd like to address the question I'm actually asked the most: "How can I get you to take my photos for free?" Leaving aside the most obvious answers, I do occasionally perform portfolio shoots where I try out new techniques in posing or lighting, new equipment, or just want to get some practice after a dry spell.

 

How this works is that the model will sit for me for free, and I will shoot the photos for free. The model will receive a set of high- and low-resolution images from the shoot, with the best benefitting from a little retouching. In return, I get a signed release from the model enabling me to use those images for self-promotion (such as this Website) and contests. I will never sell those images, nor do I go out of my way to display explicit images in a public forum.

 

If you believe you're model material and would like to be considered for a portfolio shoot, consider contacting me by phone or e-mail. My contact information is on every page.

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