Saturday, June 23, 2018

Street Photography

Over the past year, I've really enjoyed squeezing in a little time from my normal workload to do some street photography as a creative outlet. I bought a Fuji X100T specifically for that purpose, allowing me to leave the larger & heavier Nikon gear behind. The small and unobtrusive rangefinder-style of the X100T is perfect for shooting on the streets of Los Angeles.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Shooting RAW

Well, it's been a long time since I've posted something to my blog. I've gotten in the habit of posting to my Facebook business page instead at the link here:
I did see something interesting at the DPReview site, though. It's about the dynamic range available in your RAW files. If you've been shooting exclusively JPEG, you are missing out on an enormous amount of latitude you have in adjusting highlights and shadows that you simply do not have in a JPEG file. Does it mean you should always shoot RAW? Not necessarily. But if you have a pro style DSLR or mirrorless system that is capable of capturing both RAW and JPEG simultaneously, that's the best route. It's the way I've been shooting for many years.

Friday, January 01, 2016

New Beginning

As always, January jump starts the New Year. For some, there will be hope for a better year than 2015. For others, last year was terrific and they're looking for more of the same. Whatever it is that you're hoping for in 2016, best wishes for success.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

On the beach in Laguna

Sometimes the subject, location and lighting just all come together beautifully. And I was even given a snapshot of myself in action!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Individual Style

It's important for anyone interested in becoming a photographer to build a solid foundation by learning basic skills of lighting, exposure and composition - among other things. Taking a few nice shots while the camera is in "P" mode (that's Program, not Professional) does not prepare you for handling the challenges of a real paid photo shoot. I love learning something that will benefit me in my work, and I enjoy viewing many types of photography.  However, I would caution someone who looks at someone else's work and simply sets out to reproduce it. Instead, take what you learn and be inspired by photographs that you admire - but go out and develop your own style. Use your skills to create images that are yours. This is what ultimately will set you apart from competitors. Your individual style.

Friday, January 16, 2015

High School Photo Shoot

I worked with an administrator to gather images for a new website within a local high school district. Here's a shot of the varsity cheerleaders practicing their routines.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Food & Wine Festival 2014

Well, it's obviously been awhile since I've updated this blog. In addition to being busy, and since social media gets so much attention, that's where I've been directing my posts.
Anyway, an annual event that I love shooting is the Fall Food & Wine Festival that benefits a local hospital's trauma care center. The event is a lot of fun and raises money for a great cause, helping the surrounding community. Here, one of the food vendors prepares some amazing burgers to serve.