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Tom Hiddleston Stopped by the Studio… sort of

Tom Hiddleston Stopped by the Studio… sort of

Hi Friends – Inspired by a recent post by my Photoshop idol, Glyn Dewis, Tom Hiddleston and I spent a little quality time in the studio this week.  And by studio, I mean my dining room table.  And by Tom Hiddleston, I mean the Loki 1/6 scale figure from Hot Toys. But even though it was […]

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How To Create a Watermark in Adobe Lightroom

How To Create a Watermark in Adobe Lightroom

Hi Friends, Most of you know I watermark EVERYTHING that I put online.  We could discuss the pros and cons of watermarking (branding, way for people to find you, identifies the image as yours in a visible way, gets in the way of appreciating the image, etc.), but that’s not the point of this post. […]

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Extr-y, Extr-y – Read All About It: Automotive Photography Tips from Packards International Magazine

Extr-y, Extr-y – Read All About It: Automotive Photography Tips from Packards International Magazine

  Hi Friends, Recently, I wrote an article on fine art automotive photography with my good friends and fellow shooters, Bob Allen and Booker Preston, for Packards International Magazine.  You saw some of the images here: REWIND: Photographing the 1955 Packard Patrician – Finished Images and Behind the Scenes. Well, it’s now in print, along with a bunch […]

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Three Tips for Setting Up Photoshop – Tweaking Your Preferences

Three Tips for Setting Up Photoshop – Tweaking Your Preferences

Hi Friends, The beauty of Photoshop is that it’s infinitely configurable to the way you like to work – customizable floating panels, custom keyboard shortcuts, and more.  You can even save your own customized workspaces – different arrangements for specific editing tasks. I’m often asked how I have my version of Photoshop configured.  Frankly, I […]

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High-Speed Sync How-To: My First Article for SLR Lounge

High-Speed Sync How-To: My First Article for SLR Lounge

Hi Friends, I’m a big fan of off camera flash, and use it extensively in outdoor and harsh lighting situations.  I’ve authored an article on the topic for SLR Lounge.  Check it out at: http://www.slrlounge.com/broad-daylight-flash-sun-high-speed-sync Let me know what you think…? Thanks for dropping by! J

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Photographing the 1955 Packard Patrician – Finished Images and Behind the Scenes

Photographing the 1955 Packard Patrician – Finished Images and Behind the Scenes

Hi Friends, Packards are meant to be driven.  Just ask any Packard owner. So, when we approached Don H. about photographing his lovely 1955 Packard Patrician, the goal was to emphasize that aspect of Packard ownership. Using an ultra lightweight boom with specialized automotive photography suction cups and clamps, we’re able to create the impression […]

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To “Infiniti” and Beyond!  Photographing the 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUV

To “Infiniti” and Beyond! Photographing the 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUV

Hi Friends, I had the distinct pleasure of being able to photograph a friend’s new 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUV this past weekend.  Gary’s QX80 is a gorgeous blacked-out model, and it photographs beautifully – reflecting the color of the late afternoon Southern California sky like you wouldn’t believe. Our first location choice was a bust […]

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The Photographer’s Bookshelf – What I’m Reading

Keep on Learning As a photographer and photography/Photoshop instructor, I know from experience that while there’s no substitute for spending quality time with your gear, actually shooting and becoming familiar with it to the point where it is simply an extension of your creative vision. That said, one of the best ways to hone your […]

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Behind the Scenes: Shooting the New “Demolition Derby” Commercial for Mercedes-Benz USA

Behind the Scenes: Shooting the New “Demolition Derby” Commercial for Mercedes-Benz USA

Hi Friends, In October of this year, my good friend and fellow shooter, Royce Rumsey, and I had the opportunity to provide “making-of” still photography for Mercedes-Benz USA for their production of a brand new TV commercial for the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. The spot highlights the M-Class collision-avoidance safety features by dropping a brand new shiny […]

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DIY Tip: Modifying the Honl Speed Grids Step-by-Step

DIY Tip: Modifying the Honl Speed Grids Step-by-Step

I’m a HUGE fan of David Honl’s hotshoe flash modifiers:  I use his Speed Grids, snoots, gobos, and straps all the time.   The Speed Grid is one of my most oft-used modifiers.  It allows me to constrain the light from my speedlights but gives a lovely feathered edge to the circle of light. I […]

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