New Faces of Freedom Portrait: 2AC Robert J. Haverstick – USAF

Family History – USAF Airman Robert J. Haverstick I have a special place in my heart for our nation’s military servicemen and women: both veterans and active duty personnel.  So, it’s with great pride and gratitude that I am able to add a portrait of my own dad, Robert J. Haverstick, to my “Faces of Freedom Read more about New Faces of Freedom Portrait: 2AC Robert J. Haverstick – USAF[…]

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

A Phew Photos from Phatcon 2014

Hi Friends, I had the distinct privilege of attending my first cosplay / comic convention this past weekend.  “Phatcon 2014,” hosted by Phat Collectibles of Anaheim, CA drew quite a crowd of cosplayers and non-costumed comic fans. The venue was a little tight, so I didn’t stay for too long, but did manage to grab a few Read more about A Phew Photos from Phatcon 2014[…]

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[…]

Two New Portraits Added to the Faces of Freedom Project

  Hi Friends, I had the opportunity this week to add two new portraits to my “Faces of Freedom Project.”  US Army veteran, Roman Lechicky and former US Air Force Security Police officer, Greg Crandall, were kind enough to sit for me for this series.  The Faces of Freedom Project is a personal endeavor to Read more about Two New Portraits Added to the Faces of Freedom Project[…]

My Favorite Multi Flash Bracket…Great Stocking Stuffer Idea

Hi Friends, I’m a big fan of high-speed sync using my Nikon Speedlights. This is one of the best cold shoe brackets I’ve found for mounting multiple hotshot flash units as is often necessary with high-speed sync. Even accommodates 3 PocketWizard Flex TT5s… It’s available through Adorama at: Flashpoint 3 Shoe Mount Bracket   Great Read more about My Favorite Multi Flash Bracket…Great Stocking Stuffer Idea[…]

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…[…]

Family Portrait Session at Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Hi Friends, Had a blast working with the Weinstein family this week!  They used the pretense of a family portrait shoot to get everyone together for a big family BBQ – something they’ve apparently not been able to do in a while.  We shot at the beautiful Tustin Ranch Golf Club, and many thanks are Read more about Family Portrait Session at Tustin Ranch Golf Club[…]

Location Corporate Photography – The Challenges and Rewards

Hi Friends, I recently had the privilege of photographing the team at Machine Precision Components: a custom machine parts fabrication firm in Southern California.  These guys will create anything as I understand it, but they specialize in manufacturing custom precision parts for aircraft – some you may have heard of: say, the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning Read more about Location Corporate Photography – The Challenges and Rewards[…]