The Adobe Creative Cloud – How I see it

The Adobe Creative Cloud – How I see it

As a photographer who deals with digital images, the two most important pieces of software I use are Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. From now on, I’ll just call them Lightroom and Photoshop. I spend most of my computer time using Lightroom while...
Portfolio building – starting out

Portfolio building – starting out

Building a portfolio is not easy. It needs to grab a prospective clients attention and show the work you can do. The portfolio is only as strong as the weakest image in it. The person looking at your portfolio might remember the great shots but they will remember the...
Nikon D4 – One Year Later

Nikon D4 – One Year Later

Hard to believe that the Nikon D4 has been out now for more than a year. It feels like just yesterday that I took my first frame with it. As of this week, I have taken 145,573 images with my D4. I really love this camera. It is the most responsive camera I have ever...
Lightroom tips – New Catalog on startup

Lightroom tips – New Catalog on startup

There are some really cool things that you can set up in Lightroom that can drastically speed up your workflow. As an event photographer, I create a new catalog for each of the different events that I shoot. The first thing I do is set up Lightroom so that it asks me...
Lightroom 5 – Full Screen preview

Lightroom 5 – Full Screen preview

One of the very cool new features in lightrooom 5 is the ability to show your images in full screen mode. It’s simple and fast. Just press the F key to get into full screen mode and press F to get back to your regular view. Here is a quick video showing it in...
Crazy Photography news

Crazy Photography news

It seems that everyday I read another crazy story in the photography world. Here are some of the latest in the crazy news department. Beyonce vs. the Photographers This might be the craziest response to a bad photo that I have ever seen. So it seems that when Beyonce...
Lightroom 5 Post Production walkthrough

Lightroom 5 Post Production walkthrough

During Photoshop World last week, I photographed Scott Diussa during the After Hours party. Here is the quick step by step to get the final look using only Lightroom 5. STEP 1: Here is the Raw file exactly as it appears in the Lightroom Catalog. This was shot with a...
Lightroom 5 Beta

Lightroom 5 Beta

Last week, Adobe released the public beta of Lightroom 5. Since it was the same week as Photoshop World, I decided not to download the new software until I was done presenting my concert photography class. Knowing my luck, the new beta would have corrupted something...
Photoshop World – Orlando 2013 recap

Photoshop World – Orlando 2013 recap

Last week was Photoshop World. Thousands of photographers, graphic designers, digital artists, students, teachers, animators, retouchers, and those that just like to experiment with Photoshop gathered in Orlando for four days of inspiration and education. This was my...
Rihanna – Concert Shoot

Rihanna – Concert Shoot

On April 11, 2013 Rihanna brought her “2013 Diamonds World Tour” to San Diego and I was there as the venue photographer to capture it. The first 3 songs of it anyway. This was a really interesting shoot. It was both the best and worst of concert...
Dog Agility as practice

Dog Agility as practice

Yesterday I photographed something new. A dog agility competition. It wasn’t a paid job, it wasn’t even a favor for a friend. It was just something I saw was happening and thought would be a fun time. I was right and I was wrong. It was fun…. and...
It’s Great to get Honest Feedback

It’s Great to get Honest Feedback

Everyone likes to get positive feedback on what they do, but does that really help? Maybe.. But it is way more helpful to get honest feedback, that is, a critique that helps you see where your work needs work. One place that you can get that kind of feedback, or a...
Mickey Hart Band 2013 – Concert shoot

Mickey Hart Band 2013 – Concert shoot

It’s no secret that I am a dead head or at least used to be when the Grateful Dead were playing. Since the death of Jerry Garcia, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead have continued to play and tour both together and solo. Last week, I went up to the Belly...
What not to do…..

What not to do…..

As part of the class I teach on concert photography at Photoshop World, I go over a bunch of stuff that you shouldn’t do as a concert photographer. In my years of doing this, I think I have seen just about anything, but I continue to see behaviors and actions by...
The Nikon D5200

The Nikon D5200

For the past month, I have been putting the Nikon D5200 through the paces. I am working on a new digital book based on this camera and before I can write about it, I need to do it. I really like this camera. It’s small, light, packs a 24.1 MP sensor can can...
The Dunk

The Dunk

On Friday night I photographed the Harlem Globetrotters at the valley View Casino Center. The Globetrotters always put on a great show, engaging the crowd, playing with the kids and generally turning basketball into more of an event than just a game. I remember seeing...
The Who – Concert shoot

The Who – Concert shoot

Some shows stress me out. I mean they keep me up at night. Roger Waters doing The Wall was one of those shows, The Red Hot Chili Peppers was another. It mainly has to do with the thought of shooting the BIG show and not getting that iconic shot. This week I got to...
Steve Stevens – Friedman Amplification NAMM show

Steve Stevens – Friedman Amplification NAMM show

On Jan 24, 2013 I was in Anaheim for the NAMM show. That night there was a party for the release of the Steve Stevens Friedman Amp thrown by Friedman Amplification, Rock n’Roll Relics and David Allen Pickups. It was a great night of rock and roll. The musicians...
Big Prints and the Valley View Casino Center

Big Prints and the Valley View Casino Center

Seeing your work printed is really cool, especially when the prints are really big. I have some of my work hanging in my office at 20″x30″ and they look great. This week i got to see some of my images printed really big, 20′ x 11′ and displayed...
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