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Open with aerial shot, Pacific Ocean greets surfers two hours before sunset, the beaches of Malibu golden, as camera soars down the coast to the Colonies. Crane shot down as neighbors start to gather in front of a townhome, camera stops on American flag dancing from the cool breeze mounted on the front of the garage, the fragrance of gardenias fills the air.

Stedicam pans right slowly past convertible Porsche, widens to reveal hats, sunglasses, suntanned faces all looking. “What’s going on? Is everyone okay?” Camera tilts down to yellow Police Line Do Not Cross. Camera creeps back and turns, tight on brick pavers, moving slowly over walkway low to reveal Sheriff at doorway. As he opens the front door, the acrid metallic smell starts to overtake the gardenias. Nice upper class home, arched doorways, bullnosed corners, and an oak staircase.

Camera starts to ascend the stairs, slowly pushing in on the framed pictures on the staircase wall. Wedding couple 10 years ago, beautiful bride, groom in his military dress blues, same couple on vacation looks like Hawaii, camera continues up the stairs, photo of same woman tanned on tennis court here in Malibu. As the camera reaches the top of the staircase widen to reveal the ceiling fan trying to move the acrid smell away.

Sheriff acknowledges camera as we follow to arched doorway leading to bedroom. Camera tilts over bed to reveal husband sitting upright leaning on the headboard with a bloody mess behind his head, professional hit, three shots, one to the head and two to the chest. Camera widens revealing women’s lingerie on the edge of the bed. Camera pushes in and creeps along bed to floor gliding gently over the clothes as they lead us into the bathroom where the scent of coconut soap or shampoo softens the air.

Snap to long slender legs lying in shower as blood swirls down drain  (think Psycho). Camera raises to show stunning blonde in shower. This is more gracious, one to the head and one to the chest right between her… WAIT, the woman in the photo was a brunette, and this one’s blonde. Something is wrong, dead wrong…”CUT!”

Photo by Caleb Greene Greetings! My name is Aaron Greene and I'm a photographer based in Greenville, South Carolina. I recently shot an hour long documentary for Derek Webb, a musician based out of Nashville, TN. The film documents Derek and collaborator Josh Moore while making Derek’s latest record, Stockholm Syndrome, which released Sept 1st on INO/Columbia Records. My goal is to share a bit about what I’ve learned working with video dSLRs. I shot the whole film on a Nikon D90. Additionally, Derek and Josh shot some footage with their Flip Minos that made the cut. About 90% of the final edit came from the D90, and there were a couple shots from the Canon 5d MkII that made the edit as well. That additional footage was shot by someone else in Nashville during a time in which I had previous commitments. All…

Lightroom, Photoshop, and a Tablet = Boom Boom POW!

First off, a big thanks goes out to Scott for letting me submit a little something for Guest Blog Wednesday. It is a pleasure to be included in what I think should be renamed Tough-Act-to-Follow Wednesdays. ;)

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With the increasing popularity of Lightroom, I want to take this opportunity to address a question that I’ve been asked quite a bit over this past year. “Where does a pen tablet fit in a Lightroom-heavy workflow”?

Ok, truth-be-told, that question isn’t always asked of me so eloquently. It usually comes in the form of something like, this: “Are you concerned that Lightroom has taken such a dominant role in the photographic workflow—that it’s led people away from Photoshop, and thus the need for a tablet.” And along the same lines, but more blunt, “Are you worried that people spend more time in Lightroom than in Photoshop”? And finally, in less of a question and more of a statement, “I don’t need a tablet. Most of my retouching is done in Lightroom”.

Before I share my response,

Like many of you who left comments, I thought Drew Gurian's Guest Blog this week rocked, and it was both inspirational and informative on so many levels, and my hat's off to him for a such a great post! Now, some of you may know that my assistant Brad Moore used to be Joe McNally's full time assistant before Drew, and both Brad and I have known Drew for a while now, and we both totally love the guy, which is probably why I jumped right on Brad's idea to prank Drew about this guest blog. I guess Drew really worked hard on his guest blog post, and he was kind of sweating it a bit, so Brad had me call Drew's cell phone late Tuesday afternoon and leave him the message that "I needed to talk to him about his Guest Blog post."…


So what’s a typical day like assisting Joe McNally? First things first. When you’re a photographer’s assistant, especially for someone like Joe, “typical” goes right out the door.

To start, here’s a bit of the back story:
While I was in school for my undergrad, I was lucky enough to get a summer internship with Joe. In retrospect, I can confidently say that I learned more in those three months than in my entire college education. Now, people ask me all the time how I pulled off an internship with such a person, and my answer really comes down to persistence. I had seen a presentation of Joe’s at the Maine Photographic Workshops, really loved his work and became a fan.

Communication Arts Magazine puts out a great photo annual each year, and lists the contact info for everyone who makes it in… So that next summer, when browsing through, I saw a photo of Joe’s, called the studio, interviewed, and

10 Tips For Aspiring Bird Photographers All photos Copyright Scott Bourne - All Rights Reserved Photo by Carolyn Wright Thanks to Scott Kelby for the high honor of being invited to post on his popular blog. I'm in some pretty nice company here, so it's a bit intimidating, but I'll do my best to inform and educate. I wish I could give you something as emotionally compelling as David duChemin or as stunning as Vincent Vercace. But hey - I'm just a guy having fun wearing Tommy Bahama shirts everyday and chasing the birdie - literally - so I'll stick with what I know. If you're familiar with my work you probably already know I am nuts about birds. I have a passion for avian photography that I'd like to share with everyone. I really like the challenge of photographing these beautiful creatures, so…