Cat Portraits – Red Wall

Cat got a new vest today at a little hole-in-the-wall Japanese clothing store, so I figured it was time to take some more portraits.  I mean, it’s been at least a week since I’ve taken portraits of Cat! We returned to a local favorite portrait spot (great red wall) and made a few… Before we Read more about Cat Portraits – Red Wall[…]

Sweet Lolita! (High Key Portraits)

Saw the new “Alice in Wonderland” this afternoon.  Cat’s only been talking about it since we found out it was in production–she’s into Alice in a big way. So she dressed up in her sweet lolita attire, and off we went. Afterwards, we got to do a few portraits: Lighting was pretty straightforward.  Key light Read more about Sweet Lolita! (High Key Portraits)[…]

Raining…? Time to get out your camera!

We don’t get much rain here in SoCal, but this Winter / Spring has been a little wetter than usual. (Thank you El Nino)!  We actually had a bit of rain over the weekend when I could get out and enjoy it, so I grabbed my Nikon, my daughter, a shiny black raincoat, and an Read more about Raining…? Time to get out your camera![…]

“What were your exposure settings…?”

As a photography educator, I get this question a lot. If you read much on photography, particularly introductory materials, you’ll often find that the author sort of rolls his eyes and pooh-poos the question.  After all, without knowing how the photographer is framing the shot, what exposure he’s after, and a dozen other variables, just Read more about “What were your exposure settings…?”[…]

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!?![…]

More Portraits with the Octabox…

Hi Friends, I gave my photography students an assignment last night to come back next week with 3 images taken at the extreme wide angle end of their focal length…whatever type of camera / lens they have. (The class is a mix of P&S and DSLR users). I explained to them that where we often Read more about More Portraits with the 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[…]

I’ve Been Published!

About a year ago, one of my students, Karen Dorame, approached me about using some of my photos in a book she was working on for Amherst Media (a publishing house that focuses mainly on photography-related titles). Well, last night, I saw the finished book: available now at and bookstores everywhere: These are the Read more about I’ve Been Published![…]

Trying out a new lens: the Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f/2.8

Trying out a new lens in preparation for a friend’s wedding at the end of the month.  Lovin’ it so far.  A couple test shots of the kids to make sure it works. Don’t forget, my “Adobe Lightroom Traveling Roadshow” is coming to Anaheim on Saturday, February 28.  Only a few spots left.  Click HERE Read more about Trying out a new lens: the Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f/2.8[…]