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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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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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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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Shopping the Photography Aisle at the Home Improvement Warehouse!

Shopping the Photography Aisle at the Home Improvement Warehouse!

Hi Friends, I often joke with my students about shopping the “photography aisle” at my local home improvement stores.  It’s a great way to try out ideas for lighting modifiers, and other kit without breaking the bank. Well, I found a great deal today, and with a little ingenuity and a couple drill bits, came […]

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Senior Portrait Hockey Shoot w/Behind the Scenes Lighting Setup

Senior Portrait Hockey Shoot w/Behind the Scenes Lighting Setup

A few teaser images from a senior portrait shoot this week. Tom’s an avid street hockey player and a rabid Anaheim Ducks fan, so we wanted to capture some of that passion in his portrait session. It’s been a bit rainy here in SoCal this week, so we were fortunate to shoot between storms, and […]

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