91X Wrex The Halls 2014 – Concert Shoot

91X Wrex The Halls 2014 – Concert Shoot

The 2014 91X Wrex The Halls show took place on Friday, December 12 and I was there to capture the event in all it’s glory. The lineup this year was a mix of the classic and the new. The full line up for the night was:  Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Interpol, Billy...
91X Wrex The Halls 2014 – Behind The Scenes

91X Wrex The Halls 2014 – Behind The Scenes

December means that it is time for the radio station Holiday Concerts. On Friday, December 12th, 91X held their Wrex The Halls show at the Valley View Casino Center. It was a good show with a lineup of artists that ranged from Billy Idol to Alt-J. This year I not only...
Nikon D750 – My Settings

Nikon D750 – My Settings

I have been using the D750 for a couple of weeks now and have set the camera up just the way I like it. Now the way that I set up the camera might be different to the way you set up the camera. It all depends on what you shoot. MY D750 SETTINGS PLAYBACK MENU Delete...
Brantley Gilbert – Concert Shoot

Brantley Gilbert – Concert Shoot

This past weekend Brantley Gilbert brought his Let it Ride tour to the Valley View Casino Center and I was on hand to record the details. This was a different concert shoot from the normal for two reasons; the first was that I was using my Nikon D750 as a second body...
Nikon D750, crop modes and the MMA

Nikon D750, crop modes and the MMA

Last week, Belabor MMA 131 took place at the Valley View Casino Center and I was there as the house photographer. Now, in the past when the Strikeforce MMA fights took place at the venue, I was allowed a cage side shooting position. This time, that did not happen. I...
Odessa

Odessa

We lost our best friend this morning. Odessa passed away quietly with Nadra and myself by her side. When we adopted her nearly ten years ago, we had no idea of the effect she would have on us and how she would change our lives for the better. She went to work with me...
Nikon D750 – Initial Thoughts

Nikon D750 – Initial Thoughts

I really believe that cameras are tools and it’s important to get the right tool for the job. You wouldn’t try to break up a concrete slab with a rubber mallet, you would use a sledge-hammer. My current camera setup is the Nikon D4 as my main camera body...
Cody Lovaas – Concert Shoot

Cody Lovaas – Concert Shoot

Back in August if 2013 I was working at the Valley View Casino Center photographing the Taylor Swift show. Before the show started there was a young performer doing a set in the private Player Club lounge. His name was Cody Lovaas and that was the first time I saw him...
Jason Aldean – Concert Shoot

Jason Aldean – Concert Shoot

Jason Aldean brought his Burn It Down tour to San Diego last week. Lots of beer, boots, belt buckles and people having a good time. The show was heavy on the pyro and shooting restrictions were 2 songs from the soundboard. I used the Nikon D4 with the 400mm f/2.8 and...
Pet Photography: From Snapshots To Great Shots

Pet Photography: From Snapshots To Great Shots

By new book is out now. This book is a departure from the other books I have written. This book is all about photographing pets, from dogs and carts to horse, bunnies, birds and snakes. This book was the most fun that I have had writing a book. I got to go out and...
Accept at the Saban Theater

Accept at the Saban Theater

Night two of the Blind Rage tour found Accept at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. And while the previous night shoot was horrible, this was the exact opposite. Great lighting, a rocking band and lots of access made for a much more enjoyable shoot. I was able to...
Accept at The Belly Up Tavern

Accept at The Belly Up Tavern

Ever have one of those shoots that you look forward to for a very long time… then it all goes to hell? Well, that’s what happened last week when I got to photograph Accept at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. The band was great, the issues I had with...
Photoshop World 2014 Las Vegas Edition

Photoshop World 2014 Las Vegas Edition

Last week I attended Photoshop World in Las Vegas. It was an amazing week of Photoshop and photography instruction along with a huge dose of motivation to come back home and create. It was also a personal milestone as it was the 10th Photoshop World as an instructor....
The Silent Comedy – Concert Shoot

The Silent Comedy – Concert Shoot

The Silent Comedy is a San Diego based band that I first shot during the 2013 91X Wrex The Hall show. They put on a great show then and I was looking forward to photographing them again. They didn’t disappoint. All photos taken with a Nikon D4 and Nikon D700...
Honda Civic Tour – GroupLove and Portugal. The Man

Honda Civic Tour – GroupLove and Portugal. The Man

The Honda civic Tour 2014 stopped in Sn Diego last week. The tour this time around picked the Open Air Theatre at SDSU as the venue. The OAT is a very cool venue right in the middle of the SDSU campus. I really like the venue and hate the photo pit. For some reason,...
A Sad Day

A Sad Day

Back in 2009 I had the opportunity to photograph Robin Williams in concert. He was performing at the USCD and I was asked to shoot the first 4 minutes of his set. Not a lot of time and a lot harder than I thought. He walked out on stage and launched into his act at a...
Steel Pulse 2014 – Concert Shoot

Steel Pulse 2014 – Concert Shoot

I am often asked what my favorite band to shoot is. For me, if the band is having fun on stage, really enjoying themselves, then I want to photograph them. Last night, Steel Pulse were having a blast on stage and it was really great. The show was part of the Friday...
Steve Winwood – Second Chance

Steve Winwood – Second Chance

Steve Winwood wrapped up his tour and immediately jumped back out on the road in support of Tom Petty and The Hearkbreakers. If you are going to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on this tour, make sure you get there on time to catch the 60 minutes of classic tunes...
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Concert Shoot

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Concert Shoot

I want to start this blog post with an admission. I am a huge Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers fan. I have seen them in concert multiple times over the last 20 years or so and own all the albums. When I saw that they were kicking off their new tour here in San Diego I...
San Diego Comic Con International 2014 – Part 3

San Diego Comic Con International 2014 – Part 3

Saturday morning found me standing across from the convention center looking at the way the trolleys were wrapped. Kudos to Agents of Shield and Gotham for doing a great job on this. the graphics were bright, bold and stood out. Since I had some time before my first...
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