Monthly Archives October 2008

I did a bridal shoot last week, and here are a few shots from the shoot. I used the same lighting rig used by Wedding photography rock-star David Ziser, for all the photos you see here (I used flash in every shot, but sometimes I balanced flash with natural light). David's rig is made up of five small parts: A Quantum Qflash T5D (with a pocket-sized Quantum Turbo SC battery pack) A Quantum QNexus Wireless trigger that lets you control the Qflash from either a Nikon or Canon camera A white 39" translucent shoot-through Umbrella A flash adapter bracket This is all mounted on top of a monopod (using that adapter I just mentioned) which is held by an assistant (in my case, I was lucky enough to snag RC to help me during the shoot). I was able to control the power of…


Creativity lies within each of us. Anyone can learn the technical functions of a camera, it's the unique vision we each have that brings a personal touch to our images. Too often photographers get caught up in the technical aspects of photography wanting to capture the perfect exposure & composition. More important than what aperture we select or which lens we choose, is digging deep down within ourselves and creating the image we see with our heart and our mind. Knowing what it is that we want to communicate in our image will help us to decide the technical details and select the appropriate equipment that will help us to bring our vision to life both in the camera and later in the digital darkroom.

Photographing things we love is a great place to start. If we have a personal involvement with our subjects, our images will improve. Familiarity breeds an understanding of our subjects that allows us to anticipate when the light will fall just right across the scene or the peak of action as a grizzly climbs from the river to the bank and shakes the water from his fur. It's this knowledge that takes us to the next level in our photography. And that knowledge is gained from spending the time learning about and observing our subjects.


Today's cameras are technological wonders; accurately reading the light value and automatically adjusting the white balance to give us most technically perfect image possible however, our cameras are inanimate objects without emotions or a personal connection with our subject. It's up to us to add our own creative touch when deciding which aperture/shutter speed combination best captures the essence of the moment or which lens allows us to include the elements that tell our story.


It's the love of my craft and a deep passion for the subjects I photograph that is the driving force behind my photography. I enjoy the planning and anticipation of visiting a new location to photograph new subjects, deciding which camera, lenses and accessories will help me to realize my vision in the form of images that I can share with others. I love every aspect of the image making process, immersing myself in the sights, scents & sounds of the environment, waiting for the composition that best captures my emotions to reveal itself. It may be the quality of light falling upon my subject that first catches my attention, or the sheer force of a storm that draws me in. Bright colors and patterns may cause me to isolate my subject capturing intimate details within scene rather than that of the overall landscape.

The blossoming image may lend itself best to B&W or other techniques that I will use to

…one of my favorite outdoor photographers, the head of NAPP's Gear Desk, a Photoshop World instructor, and one of the nicest, most genuine, and fun people you'd every want to meet, the amazing Laurie Excell. Laurie has one of the coolest, and most demanding jobs in photography training, as one of the instructors for the famous "Digital Landscape Workshop Series" (link) along side photography legends Moose Peterson and Joe McNally. So, how do you get to be that "third instructor" beside Moose and Joe? You have to be really, really good (and Laurie is exactly that). I'm honored to have her here tomorrow as my guest blogger---make sure you check back to see what Laurie has in store (in the meantime, here's a link to Laurie's photography blog).

Hi everybody. Here's what's up: First, since this is the first time I've done a "News Quickie" since last Wednesday, I wanted to thank Ben Willmore for his terrific post, and a fascinating look at his life and his work. Very cool stuff (Thanks Ben!). Now, onto the news: I am really excited to announce that in just over a week, Brad Moore (Joe McNally's current full-time assistant) is moving to Florida to join our team as my full-time photography assistant and general digital tech guy. (In case you were wondering; I didn't steal Brad from Joe; I won him fair and square in a card game). Actually, it was Joe that brought the opportunity my way, as Brad was wrapping up his 2nd year with Joe. I've known Brad for a while now (that's him pictured above on an average day), and he…

[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] This has dink to do with Photoshop, but here's a quick video from Terry White and I about the major update to our award-winning book, "The iPhone Book," (due in bookstores any day now). If you've got an iPhone (or know someone who does), check it out. Here's a link to the book on and Barnes&


When I was hosting my Dunedin, Florida PhotoWalk (as part of the worldwide photowalk), I saw a photographer in my group, a very nice guy named David Rogers, using the handiest camera strap I’ve seen in while. It’s called the Rapid R-Strap, and while I thought it was ideal for shooting in situations like a photowalk, I’m going to order one tonight for use with my 2nd camera when I’m shooting sports.

After talking with David about it, he offered to do a full review of it for the blog, and so, here you have it; the complete review from photographer David Rogers (Thanks David!).

Review: Rapid R-Strap from BlackRapid
The Worldwide PhotoWalk seemed a perfect opportunity for me to test the R-Strap from BlackRapid, Inc. I’m not the kind of person that likes to wear a tie let alone a 6lb. swinging weight around my neck so when I found out about this strap and the fact that it came with a 30-day return policy I felt I couldn’t lose. If I didn’t like it I’d send it back and be no worse off.

It aint going back! The simplicity of the design alone has you saying “why didn’t I think of that.” Truth is, much like the automatic kitty litter box, you probably did think of it but never did anything about it.

How it works:
The R-Strap is worn over one shoulder (my left) and crosses the body like a car seat belt or messenger bag. It attaches to the camera via the tripod socket on a large lens setup or the camera body when using smaller lenses. The camera is now hanging upside down at your side or just above your right butt cheek. In one very smooth motion you grab the camera with your right hand and swing it forward and away from your body up to your eye. Shoot!, then lower it back to your side and continue about your day.

[ed. Here’s a quick video from the manufacturer showing the R-Strap in action]:

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The greatest feature of this setup is the fact that your hands are free and your