Tag Archive for photography

BTS of “Fight for Hope” Photography

I recently had the pleasure of shooting some photos for a new non-profit foundation called “Fight for Hope,” which uses self-defense training (in addition to counseling) as a method to help women who have experienced violence to regain a sense…

Men’s Magazine Cover Tutorial

Aside from the occasional rant about economics or society, I blog primarily about video production. However, I also do – and love doing – professional photography. One of my pet peeves about photography is the industry-wide obsession with gear. If…

Free Shot Log Form

One of the easiest ways to save time in editing is to keep track of what you’ve shot, while you’re shooting it. I made this shot log form a while ago. I print out a stack of them, and use…

How To Take Natural Light Portraits

Rembrandt didn’t have a softbox. Neither did Vermeer or Caravaggio. Yet the portraits created by these artists have been held up as examples of beautiful lighting for centuries. Borrow a page from the Old Masters: leave the lamps at home,…

Vivitar 285HV Off-Camera Speedlight Tutorial

I’ve heard great things about the Vivitar 285HV for “strobist”-style photography. I bought a couple of them, and found that they work well, but are not at all intuitive to use. I recorded this brief video tutorial on how to…

Product Photography – An Easier Method

It can be tricky to get a clean photograph of a small object on a white background. Many photographers get find themselves using a vast number of lights, mirrors and little cards, and still wind up spending hours retouching. That…

Behind The Scenes – Piggly Wiggly TV & Print Ads

It’s always fun to work for an established brand, and I jump at any opportunity to work with my favorite team of pros. Plus, the fact that I shot regional print and TV with the same camera struck me as a nice example of how DSLR technology is changing the face of commercial production.