Photo Story: Destruction – Part 1

Are you having a long, stressful week? Then lets break stuff! This is not an original concept, but it’s something that I’ve never had the opportunity to shoot.

I started by sketching compositions in my awesome moleskin hipster notepad. I like to doodle out ideas first because it will help me gather my thoughts and I can make notes as to what props or special equipment I might need.

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Building Christmas Card 2016

Once again the Christmas season is at our doorstep and along with it comes this years Christmas card build! Though not as fun as the 2015 card, after all how often can you use a leaf blower during a photoshoot! The shoot itself went smoothly. Both models were well behaved and cooperated. The tricky part, as you will see in the time lapse video, was all the masking of the tree needles. I tried several techniques before deciding to go with an old school channel mask method which rendered the accuracy I needed.

I hope you enjoy watching some behind the scenes shooting and editing and if you have any questions about the techniques used, please feel free to contact me.

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‘Tis the Season for Slow Sync Flash

With the holidays upon us and homes and streets extra illuminated for the season, now is a great time to demonstrate a feature on your camera called Slow Sync Flash. This is a incredibly easy feature to enable and will render significantly better results in your photographs. Take a quick look at the video below and then scroll down for a side-by-side recap.

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PowerEx Batteries

I use several Nikon SB-900 and SB-700 strobes for my photography work. Both these units use four AA batteries and the batteries drain like crazy. I was using your typically brand-named batteries for a while… and, well… they sucked. They wouldn’t hold a charge over time and they would drain rapidly when in use. I got so frustrated I jumped online and started looking for a new brand. I did most of my research on Amazon.com and came across two brands: PowerEx and Eneloope.  Both brands received positive ratings and, for whatever reason at the time, I decided to go with the PowerEx. That was a year ago, and I have to report, they haven’t let me down since. They are reliable, hold almost a full charge after sitting around for weeks in a camera bag, and in a pinch you can charge them to full capacity in one hour.

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