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Return to Portraiture: Edgy and Action!

It’s been a really crazy week!  Returned to stormy SoCal after a non-stop weekend of portraiture and conducting my Lightroom Roadshow one day seminar in Northern Indiana.  What a blast that was!  I’m planning another one here in Orange County for sometime this Spring, so check back often for the date if you’re interested. While […]

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Blessings to You in 2010!

[clearspring_widget title=”Animoto.com” wid=”4805fc0db4a3562c” pid=”4b36fd8edf7af440″ width=”432″ height=”240″ domain=”widgets.clearspring.com”] We had a wonderful Christmas here in Southern California.  A quiet day with family. My mother-in-law gets me the Hallmark Star Trek ornament each year… My wife relegates them to the back side of the Christmas tree, but I have an entire fleet back there now! This is […]

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On Reflection… Adding Reflection in Camera with Clear Acrylic

We’ve all seen it… Apple wasn’t the first to do it, but they sure made it popular.  I’m talking about that subtle reflection below the object in a product photo. I’ve been doing reflections by shooting on black acrylic. I love the look of black acrylic: very reflective. A few examples: Even white acrylic gives […]

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Image Restoration Project (Photoshop)

Many of you know that in addition to photography, I teach Adobe Photoshop in our local community college. I had a friend inquire about restoring / preserving a deteriorating document that probably dates from the later part of the 19th century (post Civil War, but pre-1900). As you can see from the image below, the […]

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Are You Ready to RUMBLE!?!

Had an idea for a portrait.  Sweaty high school football star, backlit, with the goalpost in the background.  Looked around for a suitable field.  The one close to me didn’t have the kind of goalpost I was looking for.  Eventually found the field, and Henry, a terrific young guy from my church who happens to […]

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Headshots – Masquer Ministries

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’ve been privileged to be able to photograph the dress rehearsals for Masquer Ministries: a phenomenal drama troupe that calls my church home base.  Well, they’re preparing for their Season’s Prelude fund raiser and needed headshots, so I had a chance […]

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Handguns in Black Acrylic

Was experimenting with a different lighting setup today using black acrylic.  When I’ve done this in the past, I’ve done it in a light tent, and lit from the sides.  Thought I’d try using the 5′ octabox as both a background and key light source for these.  The only other modifier was a piece of […]

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New Lighting Modifier: 5′ Narrow Profile Octabox!

After having seen it demo’d with a Nikon SB-800 speedlight at David Tejada’s “Small Strobes Big Results” seminar here in Orange County, I knew this 5-foot “DynaPhos” brand “narrow profile” octagonal softbox was a must have.  Though frequently out of stock at Amvona.com, patience paid off and I finally received mine a few weeks ago.   […]

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Simulating Natural Window Light…with a cookie

Actually, the technical term is “cukaloris”, and it’s a panel of some sort with a pattern painted on it, cut in it or otherwise applied to it so that it casts a shadow when a light is shined through it. In this case, I used a Nikon SB-800 Speedlight (off camera hotshoe flash) to shoot […]

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Camera Envy….

If it’s possible to fall in love with a non digital SLR camera, the Canon Powershot G10 would be the object of my heart’s desire. I would normally not consider a non-DSLR, but I’m heading out on a business trip this week, and didn’t want to lug my heavy DSLRs along, so I coerced a […]

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