Shadowless Jewelry Photography with a Light Table

I was talking with my veterinarian this evening about photographing his wife’s custom jewelry projects. He’s tried a number of lighting schemes, and I suggested the following underlighting setup that I’ve had good luck with for doing high-key tabletop imaging. The setup looks like this: The light table is from and though it has Read more about Shadowless Jewelry Photography with a Light Table[…]

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 Read more about Return to Portraiture: Edgy and Action![…]

Blessings to You in 2010!

[clearspring_widget title=”” wid=”4805fc0db4a3562c” pid=”4b36fd8edf7af440″ width=”432″ height=”240″ domain=””] 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 Read more about Blessings to You in 2010![…]

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 Read more about On Reflection… Adding Reflection in Camera with Clear Acrylic[…]

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 Read more about Image Restoration Project (Photoshop)[…]

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 Read more about Are You Ready to RUMBLE!?![…]

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 Read more about Headshots – Masquer Ministries[…]

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, patience paid off and I finally received mine a few weeks ago.   Read more about New Lighting Modifier: 5′ Narrow Profile Octabox![…]

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 Read more about Simulating Natural Window Light…with a cookie[…]