The Men of the 122nd Fighter Wing – The Blacksnakes

Hi Friends, While visiting family this week for my niece and soon-to-be nephew’s wedding, my nephew, David, arranged for a visit to his workplace: the 122nd Fighter Wing (“The Blacksnakes”) stationed in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The airmen of the 122nd were terrific! Showed us around the shop, took us out to the flight line to do Read more about The Men of the 122nd Fighter Wing – The Blacksnakes[…]

Scouting Locations for Sam and David’s Wedding Photos

Hi Friends, Checking out some locations near Baker Street Station to do wedding portraits between the ceremony and reception. Didn’t want to go too far – we only have about 45-60 minutes while the venue flips the location for the reception. Found a couple really cool spots within about 5 minutes of the station: Calhoun Read more about Scouting Locations for Sam and David’s Wedding Photos[…]

Product Photography – Rubber Stamp Sets

My wife is trying something new on her blog at www.stampingpro.com. I regularly do product photography of sample cards for her blog posts, but in this case, we got to shoot both the card and the stamp set from which it was created.   Setup was pretty simple: Nikon SB-800 in 3′ octabox for keylight, Read more about Product Photography – Rubber Stamp Sets[…]

Senior Portrait Session – Lara S.

Hi Friends, Met with Lara and her mom today for a post-graduation portrait shoot.  What a lovely couple! Lara managed to accomplish something with every image that is difficult to find, even with professional models: she smiles with her eyes!  (She said she’d practiced that, but I think it probably comes naturally).  Terrific time! Proofs Read more about Senior Portrait Session – Lara S.[…]

Little Tokyo Fashion Shoot-Los Angeles

Hi friends, On the hunt for a dress for Cat to wear to my niece’s wedding in July, made a recent trip up to downtown Los Angeles. Of couse, what trip to Little Tokyo would be complete without a fashion photo shoot? Started off outside Cat’s favorite local Japanese clothing shop: the Q Pop Shop. Read more about Little Tokyo Fashion Shoot-Los Angeles[…]

Smiles Across the Miles does Mission San Juan Capistrano

Hi Friends, Last weekend our Smiles Across the Miles team joined with the good folks at the Orange County Rescue Mission to host a couple families for a day of photography education and portraiture at the “Jewel of the Missions”: Mission San Juan Capistrano. A lovely time was had by all, and hopefully, our families Read more about Smiles Across the Miles does Mission San Juan Capistrano[…]

Portraits: USAF Airman First Class – David Haas

Hi Friends, My niece and her fiance, David, were out to visit last weekend to shoot a series of engagement portraits.  I’d asked David to bring his USAF dress blues for a portrait to add to my gallery of military / emergency services personnel.  My favorites: Though not from this specific portrait session, the lighting Read more about Portraits: USAF Airman First Class – David Haas[…]

Radiopopper PX Receiver Mod – Version 2

Hi Friends, If you’ve been following my blog the past couple weeks, you know how thrilled I am with my new Radiopopper PX system: combining the best of infrared and radio for remote flash triggering. As I’d noted previously, the new Radiopopper receiver mounting system, while well-designed, doesn’t fit very well in my current system Read more about Radiopopper PX Receiver Mod – Version 2[…]

Of Hair Accessories and Corn Relief – Modifying My Radiopopper Receiver Mount

Hi Friends, Really excited about my new Radiopoppers.  It’s so cool to be able to enjoy all the advantages of the Nikon creative lighting system and radio triggers all in one package! My only issue is the rather bulky rig for mounting the receiver to the flash: It’s fine for many applications.  The mount serves Read more about Of Hair Accessories and Corn Relief – Modifying My Radiopopper Receiver Mount[…]

Nikon CLS and Radio Triggers – The Best of BOTH Worlds -Got my Radiopoppers!

Hi Friends, I’m a huge fan of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) for controlling off-camera flash via infrared communication between the commander unit or master flash and the remote flashes. My typical method of flash photography is decidedly old-school: manual exposure mode on the camera, remote SB-800 Speedlights set up in “Remote” mode, but power ratio Read more about Nikon CLS and Radio Triggers – The Best of BOTH Worlds -Got my Radiopoppers![…]