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 Read more about DIY Tip: Modifying the Honl Speed Grids Step-by-Step[…]

Five Tips for Better Compositing

Hi Friends, No question about it – compositing is THE hot technique in Photoshop these days.  It’s a great way to create an image that couldn’t exist otherwise – since subject and background are typically in completely different locations. It’s also a terrific technique for wrangling lighting for large groups that would otherwise be difficult Read more about Five Tips for Better Compositing[…]

Finding [Cold] Shoes that Fit…

Hi Friends, You wouldn’t think it would be hard to find a quality flash shoe that works everytime, is secure, and easy to use. Well, as a guy who relies on Speedlights and PockeWizards for his living, let me tell you, it’s TOUGH! I think I’ve tried them all, and I believe I’ve finally found Read more about Finding [Cold] Shoes that Fit…[…]

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 Read more about Shopping the Photography Aisle at the Home Improvement Warehouse![…]

More Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 2)

With summer upon us and travel plans in the making, wouldn’t it be great if you had a few tricks in your bag for bringing home better digital memories of your trip?  In our last post, we covered a few tips for better landscape photography.  If you missed our first post on improving your landscape Read more about More Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 2)[…]

Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 1)

  There’s just something about venturing out in nature with the challenge of capturing some of the amazing beauty of creation: waiting patiently for the perfect opportunity, all the while appreciating the moment-by-moment changes in the scenery as sun and clouds trek across the sky. Over the next couple posts, I’ll offer a few photography tips Read more about Tips and Tricks for Better Landscape Photography (Part 1)[…]

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 Read more about Senior Portrait Hockey Shoot w/Behind the Scenes Lighting Setup[…]

New Camera? Overwhelmed? Start here…

Hi Friends, As a photography instructor, I frequently encounter folks who are simply overwhelmed by the options available on their digital cameras: exposure modes (full auto, program auto, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual); scene modes (nighttime portrait, sunny mountain ski slope, running man, cute cat playing piano for YouTube, etc.); ISO;  flash modes…the list goes Read more about New Camera? Overwhelmed? Start here…[…]

Get Your Wide Angle On: 4 Tips for Using Your Wide Angle Lens More Effectively

Get Closer to Your Subject “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Getting close to your subject, filling the frame with what you want your viewer to focus on, creates interest.  We’re naturally drawn to whatever is closest in the frame: the assumption being that if it’s close and large, it must Read more about Get Your Wide Angle On: 4 Tips for Using Your Wide Angle Lens More Effectively[…]

Leading a Kelby Worldwide Photowalk: Saturday, 10/1/11 – Crystal Cove Historic Beach Cottages

Hi Friends, Just signed up to lead the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk again this year on Saturday, October 1, 2011.  This will be my third year in a row leading a Kelby Photowalk, and it’s been a wonderful experience every time.  It’s a terrific way to meet new folks who share our passion for photography.  I Read more about Leading a Kelby Worldwide Photowalk: Saturday, 10/1/11 – Crystal Cove Historic Beach Cottages[…]