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[…]

Meg and Luke Springer – the Wedding!

Hi Friends, I had the distinct privilege of traveling to the Fort Wayne, IN a few weeks ago to photograph Megan and Luke Springer’s GORGEOUS wedding. The ceremony took place at the absolutely amazing Allen County Courthouse.  Built in the early 1900s, the building is constructed of Bedford, Indiana limestone, with granite columns and white Carrara marble Read more about Meg and Luke Springer – the Wedding![…]

Photos from the Ronald McDonald House Orange County Walk for Kids 2013

Hi Friends, I had the distinct honor of being part of the official photography team for this year’s Ronald McDonald House (Orange County) Walk for Kids at the Honda Center in Anaheim.  What a great time – and couldn’t think of any better folks to spend it with than my good friends and fellow photographers: Read more about Photos from the Ronald McDonald House Orange County Walk for Kids 2013[…]

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…[…]

Photographing the 2012 Marine Corps Ball

Hi Friends, Through my association with BNI (Business Networking International), I was able to arrange to provide photography for the first (in a long, long time) annual Marine Corps Ball in Orange County.  The 2012 event took place, as do all such balls, on November 10,  in celebration of the 237th birthday of the United Read more about Photographing the 2012 Marine Corps Ball[…]