For this weeks Featured Image of the Week I went with an image from a recent visit to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. This is a sunrise shot I captured a few weeks ago and, even though I’ve featured images like this in the past, getting back to the mountains was like visiting a close friend I haven’t seen in years…
Today I’m going to share my thoughts on a book I picked up recently called: “The Headshot” by Peter Hurley. I picked up a copy to read on a recent flight and I’m truly happy I did. I buy plenty of books every year but this one is by far the best photography book I’ve purchased this year (and possibly this decade).
If you photograph people then I’d highly recommend you order a copy of this book right now then come back to finish reading this review. It’s less than $30 that will make your portraits and headshots better than that $2,000.00 f1.4 lens you’ve been looking at. Having a good portrait lens is great but the lessons in this book will have you capturing killer shots regardless of your gear. This book IS THAT GOOD!!!
Recently I needed to put together a short video about me. It was part of an application process and it forced me to look back on my career behind a camera (and in front of a computer screen). What struck me the most was how amazing my experiences have been and how lucky I am. I’ve been hustling and doing my best to earn a living while staying relevant in the photography community so putting the last decade or so of experiences together was eye opening for me. Continue reading
Recently I had an opportunity to photograph some hummingbirds (at a hummingbird feeder). I happened to have three completely different types of cameras handy so I decided to do a quick test to see what kind of shots I could create with each of them.
I’ve photographed hummingbirds in the past (without a feeder) and I can honestly say that they’re some of the most difficult subjects to photograph there is. If you’re looking to freeze them you need a crazy high shutter speed, perfect timing and a little luck. But even when you have perfect conditions you’ll get different results depending on the equipment you use. For my testing I had a big DSLR, a small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, a super small point and shoot camera and I even broke out my iPhone to see how it could fare. The results were a little surprising…
“the Stars Over the Pier”
Recently I took a trip to the Emerald Isle in North Carolina and it gave me a great opportunity to photograph the ocean at different times. I’ve always loved shooting at sunrise and at sunset but from where I was staying sunset pictures just didn’t make for good pictures. Sunrise, on the other hand, had some great potential and I even got out one morning to see what I could capture. But what excited me the most was trying to get out late at night to see if I could capture some stars out over the ocean.
This week’s Featured image of the Week I chose to share an old picture of a scarlet macaw I photographed last year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
I have a great appreciation for creatives. I know so many amazing photographers it’s not even funny. I know even more amazing designers who have taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. It’s a rare thing when great photographers are also incredible designers and Glyn Dewis is both – and more because he’s also an inspiring instructor.
Great photographers and great designers know the secret to realizing their vision is to see the final image in your mind and then use the tools at your disposal to fulfill that vision. Cameras and software are tools but having vision is something you need to find within. What Glyn has created with his first book, appropriately titled: “the Photoshop Workbook”, is an instruction manual to using one of the most important tools that can help you start thinking about your final images in a whole new way.
“the National D-Day Memorial”
For this weeks Featured Image of the Week I want to share a shot from my recent visit to see the National D-Day Memorial and talk about a technique I use when processing a shot like this to get a nice contrast in my final image.
As a photographer I’ve been shooting for decades now and I’ve used all sorts of equipment over the years to capture images. For the past ten years or so that’s involved digital cameras that can sometimes be pretty big and heavy.
As I’ve been getting older I’ve been thinking a lot about lightening my load and being less obvious (nothing screams “photographer” like a gigantic DSLR with a f2.8 zoom lens attached). As long as I’m not giving up much performance I’m perfectly willing to forego my gigantic rig in favor of something much easier on my shoulder – whenever I’m not on an assignment, that is. I’m still going to have my big gear for the important stuff but this article will talk a bit about my adventures with Mirrorless Cameras.
“a Preening Macaw”
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last shared something here on my blog. Eight months! Well hopefully there won’t be another gap like that in my blog posting…
I took a bit of a side trip back to the world of retail audio/video and it left me with considerably less time than I expected. While the lack of time was certainly a negative it did have some positives. Working for a national retailer gave me some serious discounts on some new photography products that I really love (I plan to talk about them more in the weeks to come). But until then here’s a little background on this weeks Featured Image of the Week: