Category Archives Guest Blogger

....a beloved source of photographic inspiration and information, and one very cool blogger, The Pioneer Woman herself; Ree Drummond. If you've haven't checked out "The Pioneer Woman" blog, stop what you're doing and head there now (here's the link) and you'll see why she has built a cult-following, and why we wanted her to be a special guest blogger here on my blog (by the way, don't just check out her photography---take in the whole site). Then, make sure you're back here tomorrow to see what she has in store. I, for one, can't wait. See you then!

First and foremost, thank you to Mr. Scott Kelby for letting me steal some of the spotlight this week and also to Douglas Sonders.  If you do not remember or have not seen Doug’s guest blog, check it out here.  With that being said, let’s begin.

For this session, I’m going to break down the steps and go through the methodology of how I created the S.W.A.T. piece below:

As mentioned before, Doug showed the S.W.A.T. shot in his blog and many people asked how I did it.

....someone I think you guys are going to totally's Justin Paguia (the Special Effects Retoucher for popular photographer, and previous special guest blogger Douglas Sonders). I have to thank the amazing Brad Moore for this, as he was able to pull off having Justin do this follow-up to Douglas's original post (which was a huge hit here on the blog), and what I love about what Justin did is; he revealed exactly what he did, step-by-step, in the post processing of one of the main images featured in Douglas' original post. He did exactly what I hoped he would do (something most retouchers guard so intently and rarely reveal), and he shares it all here tomorrow, so make sure you check back and learn from this master special effects retoucher.


Have Kid Will Photograph

Rick Sammon (bottom) falling through the air at 125 miles per hour over Namibia. (Is this guy nuts!?)

Several weeks ago, I was hanging out at Kelby Training in Oldsmar, Florida (founded by R.E. Olds – as in Oldsmobile) shooting two new Kelby Training shows. On my last day in sunny Florida, I saw Matt Kloskowski (unbeknownst to him) leaving work holding his young son’s hand. That night, from my hotel room, I sent Matt an email: Cherish every second. All too soon your son will be way too cool to hold your hand.

After my two-day shoot at “Kelby World” was wrapped up, Scott took me to Dunedin, where we had some Mexican food (totally awesome) before heading off to the Fat Tuesday parade (a dud, photographically). As soon as we got on site, Scott said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to shoot for a while and then split so that I can get home and put my kid to bed.” That was not the first time I had heard Scott talk about his kids. He had previously told me that he plays video games with his son every night, as I try to do (Mario Golf) with my son, Marco. Scott is a cool dad. He even wrote a book on the subject: The Book for Guys Who Don’t Want Kids.

Being a dad is my most important job. Over the past 17 years, my wife, Susan, and I have taken our son, Marco, named after Marco Polo, all over the world on my photo assignments – giving him a well-rounded education, especially when it comes to learning about different cultures and customs. Like Scott and Matt, I am a proud dad – super proud lately, because Marco was named (after working incredibly hard) the Valedictorian of his 2009 high school class.

Go to the Bio page of my website to see just how proud I am.

When I teach a workshop or seminar, participants come up to me and say stuff like this: “It’s been fun to watch Marco grow up in your books and magazine articles, and to see pictures of him in your slide shows, but don’t you find that taking a kid around with you to exotic locations hinders you photographically, logistically and creatively?”

My answer:

.....the world famous travel photographer, Canon Explorer of Light, talented musician, prolific author, and Photoshop World instructor, Rick Sammon. At NAPP HQ we just love Rick. He's one of the most positive, hard working, charming, and fun guys to be around, and he just happens to be one heck of a photographer (you might recognize his name from me raving about his photography book, Flying Flowers---here's the link). Rick always brings a unique perspective and sense of fun to everything he does, and I can't wait to see what he's bringing for us tomorrow, so make sure you check back then!

Making Light of Things

Yikes. Guest blogging for Scott. (Pressure.) Guest blogging right after Jay Maisel. (More pressure.) There’s actually been kind of a photographic “who’s who” who has blogged here on recent Wednesdays. (Now there’s a sentence in search of an editor!) They have collectively toured many points on the photographic compass from inspiration to instruction and back again. There have been tutorials, advice, histories, and videos. (I hearken back to that amazing piece Zack Arias put up here.)

So, how to continue? Be funny? Man walks into a bar….