Hanging Out with Conan Obrien

I had a blast participating in a Google+ Hangout with comedian Conan O’Brien. This was the first time I’ve ever had a chance to actually “interact” with a celebrity comedian and it was fun.

My TWiT Photo Appearance!

The TWiT Photo folks asked me to come on the show to shoot the breeze with host Sarah Lane, and fellow photographer Derrick Story.

Fight, or Light?

Photographers covering a disasters like Haiti, Katrina, 9/11, the southern California fires, etc. have to ask themselves – when is it appropriate to put the camera down and help your fellow man? Or, is documenting the situation, and helping with your skills behind the camera – documenting history, the correct course of action?

Your Photo Backup Blueprint – Part 1

Backup Blueprint: Introduction Have you felt it yet? That sinking feeling that comes when you realize all of your eggs are effectively in one basket? I’m talking about your “digital eggs”. If you’re like most folks, you have all of your precious photos of friends, family, and if you’re a pro even your client work stored one one rickety hard drive. And here’s the scary thing, YOUR-DRIVE-WILL-FAIL. It doesn’t matter which hard drive you buy, how much, or how little data you store on it… or even if you baby it by running drive maintenance software on it regularly. Hard drives are mechancial devices that have moving parts… parts that over time will wear out, and break. And if you  haven’t taken measures to safeguard your data with a multi-faceted backup plan, when your drive dies — it will take your data with it. Mo’ Data, Mo’ Problems The really screwed up thing is that this problem isn’t getting any better for most people. If you’re an active digital photographer, you’re creating more data than ever before. Especially since companies like Nikon and Canon are producing cameras capable of shooting higher and higher megapixel count images, not to mention the space hogging high-definition video files that are becoming all the rage. Add to all of this your documents, email, software, music, TV shows, etc, and you have a recipe for a *really* bad (and expensive) day when all of that stuff goes “poof”. Forming a Strategy Now that I’ve defined the problem (and probably scared the crap out of you), let’s talk about solutions. It’s not really rocket science...

The Golden Gate Bridge in HDR

Thanks to some inspiration from Trey Ratcliff after interviewing him for TWiP, and reading his book A World in HDR, I decided to see what all the fuss is about and give this technique a try for myself.

WIN a Photography Book — Just Comment on this Post

I have several really good photography books on my desk that I either have multiples of, or have already finished reading. So, in the spirit of holiday giving, I’d like to give four of them away! So how do you get one?

liveBooks.com – Helping Photographers Flash the Web

John Philpin is the Chief Marketing Officer of the company, and in this interview he talks about some of the problems facing photographers today, how a new pricing structure deals with many of the cost objections photographers have voiced.

2 Models + 100 Photographers = Fun

The last TWiP/SmugMug event was a smashing success. The previous two photo shoots I organized were sold out, and as I was conducting the last event, I noticed that the attendees *really* wanted to shoot too — but I was hogging the model.

David duChemin – Visionmonger

I recently had the honor of sitting down to record this audio interview (via Skype) with author/photographer David duChemin. David is one of those “next generation” photographers that “gets it”.

Katrin Eismann — The Photoshop Diva

I first had the pleasure of meeting Katrin at the last PhotoPlus Expo in NYC where she gave an outstanding talk demonstrating Lightroom tips and techniques. I was really impressed at her uncanny ability to relate to, and inform an audience while keeping things light-hearted and candid.

Sleepless in San Jose

Have you ever had one of those sleepless nights where your brain is preoccupied with so many things that you just lay there, staring at the ceiling… for hours (and hours)? I had a night like a week ago. It was the night before I was scheduled to do a presentation on model photography and Photoshop Lightroom techniques for the Silicon Valley SmugMug user group. My brain is weird. When I have something big coming up, it (my brain) starts running “what if” scenarios; What if no one shows?  What if too many folks show up? What if the model flakes? What if my gear breaks? What if I come off like a doofus? And on and on it went… for most of the night. Now I’m not saying I wasn’t prepared, because I was. I’m very comfortable teaching folks about photography, and even more comfortable behind the camera. But for what ever the reason, I was still nervous. Not stage-fright nervous, “Murphy’s Law” nervous. Ok fast-forward to the next evening. Showtime! Thankfully everything went extremely well, and my “what-if” scenario nightmares stayed just that — fiction. Ok, yea maybe more folks showed up than I anticipated (150+), but that’s a good problem to have right? To manage the meeting, I used Meetup.com, a service that’s designed to help manage events, attendee lists, RSVPs, etc. It worked like a charm, in fact within hours of launching the event, and with the help of a few Re-Tweets from Alex Lindsay, Steve Simon, and Aaron Mahler — all 75 RSVP slots were taken! That’s the power of Twitter, a few bursts...

Liana Lehua – Back in Action

After dropping out of sight for several months, Liana Lehua, photographer, blogger, writer and host of GirlsGoneGeek has reemerged. As it turns out, she’s been dealing with HIV/AIDS, and over the past year or so has been working to get things under control in order to continue doing cool things.

Is Digital Manipulation Evil?

I’ve spoken at length about my stance on digital manipulation on the This Week in Photography (TWiP) podcast. On the show we banter about the topic, but in this quick video I explain how I really feel about it.

Gravity in Ambient Flight

I recently did some remodeling to my home and wanted some art (other than photography) to put on the walls. I wanted a piece that reflected my personality, you know – kind of whacky, colorful, and oh yea, it had to have an element of photography in it.