Mayhem Festival – Korn

Time for the 2010 Mayhem Festival headliner: Korn. These guys were great. The light was a little tough but after the Rob Zombie set, it seemed great. I started over in front of James ‘Munky’ Shaffer and slowly moved my way over to Reginald...

Mayhem Festival – Rob Zombie

This was the hardest shoot of the night. Giant metal robots and fire balls combined with frantic movement and terrible lighting made this one tough. Then we were kicked out of the photo pit after two songs instead of the regular three. Rob Zombie came out of the giant...

Mayhem Festival – Lamb of God

The second band to take the main stage at this years Rockstar Mayhem Festival was Lamb of God. A hard metal band out of Virginia put on a solid show and where fun to shoot. The members tended to stay in their stage spots which made it pretty easy to move from one to...

Five Finger Death Punch

On Saturday July 10, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicked off in San Bernardino and I was there to photograph the whole thing. Billed as the the Hardest Show on Earth it didn’t disappoint. This post is about Five Finger Death Punch, the first of four...

New Book News

My new book, The Composition Digital Field Guide is done. This is the follow up to the Exposure Digital Field Guide which came out last year. This book covers the basics of composition including: Composition Basics Light and Exposure The Rule of Thirds Leading Lines...

Ocean Beach Street Fair 2010

I love my neighborhood. Where else can you see belly dancers with snakes, living statues, rock and roll bands and protesters all during the same afternoon. I shot all images using a Nikon D700 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses. Share...

Noise reduction in Lightroom 3

One of the new features in Lightroom 3 is Noise reduction. I had lots of questions regarding my post processing workflow and while I try to cover a lot of it during the Photoshop World classes, it used to come down to this: Import > Crop > Export Lightroom 3...

Rock’n’Roll Marathon: San Diego

Running a marathon looks really hard, photographing one isn’t that much easier. Granted, I didn’t have to run the 26.2 miles or even the half marathon but I did have to get up early and find compelling images of a group of people who, as my friend Allen...

Lightroom 3 Released

Well, it’s here: Adobe photoshop Lightroom 3. I have been waiting for the official release for quite a while now and here it is. Instead of giving you my impressions of this new update, I am going to give you a set of resources where you can find out about all...

World Wide Photo Walk

It’s back! The 3rd annual World Wide Photo Walk is set for July 24th 2010 and I am leading a walk again this year. Last year I led a walk in ocean Beach, this year it is going to be a little different. You see, the SanDiego Comic Con is the same weekend and i...

Steel Pulse concert shoots

I have been listening to Steel Pulse for a long time. Many years ago I lived in Ashland, Oregon and used to work as a bartender at one of the biggest bars in town. We had a great crew working behind the bar and one of the reasons we got along so well was our mutual...

Cirque Berzerk

One of the more entertaining aspects when shooting at the UCSD Sungod festival were the performers from the Cirque Berzerk. This included stilt walkers, fire dancers, acrobats and just plain wackiness. They performed a series of 20 minutes “acts” spread...

New bookstore

I have finally started to work on a new bookstore. This will be a place where I will link to books and products that I recommend. Some of the products will be books that I have written, others will be books that I worked on as an editor and some will just be books...

The 2010 UCSD sungod festival

The 2010 University of California, San Diego SUNGOD festival was held on May 14 and it was a blast. Eight bands, comedians, circus performers (with a twist, but more on them later) and a dance tent with DJs spinning tunes all day. As a photographer, it was a long day....

New website

It seems that every so often I have to change up my website. The last design was meant as a placeholder while I worked on this version, but the truth is that other things just kept coming up and I never did get around to making the changes that I wanted to. So now...

Four days, Four music shoots

It has been a crazy four days. Thursday found me in Anaheim at the House of Blues photographing Steel Pulse Friday was a full day at U.C.S.D photographing the Sun God Festival 2010 Saturday was a another chance to shoot Steel Pulse at San Diego House of Blues Sunday...
Big Book Giveaway

Big Book Giveaway

I’m doing it again. I have a bunch of books and other stuff to give away. The prize list is growing but at this point, one lucky winner will get: Digital Wedding Photographers Planner by Kenny Kim HDR Photography Secrets by Rick Sammon Photographing New York...

Quick update

I need to apologize for the lack of updates here the last few weeks. I recently had knee surgery to have my ACL replaced and a torn meniscus repaired, both on the left knee. This has taken it’s toll on my work schedule and deadlines that seemed weeks away were...

I’ll miss Jim

Jim Marshall passed away. It was last week and Jim was in New York. I was sitting at a dinner in Orlando surrounded by photographers, authors and Photoshop masters. I was in the middle of discussing the state of concert photography with Atlanta based photographer Zack...

Mat Kearney rocks Orlando

Last week was busy, I mean really busy. After spending the week at Photoshop World, I was off to shoot the Mat Kearney / Ingrid Michaelson show at the local House of Blues with Brad Moore. This was my first time shooting at this particular HOB and the first thing I...
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