Capture The Moment Photography Does Exist!

I’m not big on “capture the moment”.  It just sounds so lame and cliché – accidental even. 

Plus the whole idea of capturing the moment is ridiculous.  I mean, as if I am ever going to be in just the right place, with just the right equipment, with just the right models, wearing just the right clothes, with just the right light, at just the right time…?

Well as it turns out, every once in a while you can capture the moment!

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Top 5 Personal Photography Resolutions for 2014

As photographers, we often spend a lot of time and effort chasing that next portfolio shot.  But, we’re also the designated family photographers.  As the saying goes: “A cobbler’s children have no shoes”…well if you’re like me you could also say “A photographer’s children have no photos.”

Admitting that you have a problem is supposedly the first step in solving a problem – so here are my top five personal photography resolutions for 2014.

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Did I take a D800 in a huge waterproof housing down a giant waterslide with my daughter, despite the half hearted objections of the teenage lifeguards?  Yes I did.

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Anatomy of a Christmas Stock Photography Shoot

I am not primarily a stock photographer, but I do contribute to a few stock agencies (primarily Stocksy United).  Right now, I mostly see stock photography as a way to earn passive income by leveraging leftover photography from paid gigs or personal work into additional revenue streams.

It’s pretty sweet to check your stock photography stats and find out that you just earned some extra cash from work that would otherwise just be sitting on a hard drive somewhere.

However, every once in a while I do go out to specifically shoot stock photography.

In this article, I am going to share the anatomy of a recent Christmas stock photography shoot.

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 – Hands On Review

I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for a while now, but up until now, I haven’t had the chance to try one out on a real gig.

As a pro photographer, I learned a long time ago that it is a bad idea to make photo gear decisions based on cost – it’s just better to buy the best equipment for the job.

But in this case, it’s pretty hard to argue with a lens that costs about half of its name brand competitors.

In this article I’ll share my hands on experience with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens and some sample photos.

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I Shoot Weddings Too – Don’t Tell Anybody!

Let me know if this sounds familiar. 

You’re gearing up for a big wedding session and one of your commercial photographer buddies comes over and notices that you have eighty AA batteries charging.  They ask – “Hey, what’s up with all the batteries – you have a gig with 20 speedlights tomorrow?”  You answer – “Uhhhhhhhh ya, ummmm, well, the kids just got this crazy remote control helicopter and it takes like 40 batteries….so….THOSE AREN’T MINE!

It’s ok.  I shoot weddings too.  Just don’t tell anybody…

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How To Photoshop Women To Be Skinny And More Attractive

Photoshop alterations of women have been somewhat of a hot topic lately (or maybe more accurately – it now sells products to bash “Photoshopping”), so I thought I’d share my perspective as a photographer. 

I absolutely love using Photoshop to manipulate the bodies of people to look more physically appealing.  Why?  Because, its my job to create images that look better than reality…and people that look better than reality sell photographs.

And here’s the dirty little secret – my clients and the people in those photos love it too.

Hit the break and let me explain.

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How To Use The Camera Shake Reduction Filter In Photoshop CC

Love it or hate it, one of the great things about being an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber is having access to the latest photo editing technology right away.  (How much would we all love a camera and lens subscription service!?)

I first heard about Photoshop CC’s new camera shake reduction filter back in the summer and I finally had a change to shoot a series of photos specifically designed to test it out.

In this article, I will show you how to use the Adobe Photoshop CC Camera Shake Reduction Filter along with a few example photos.

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Fresh Baked Flash – How (Not) To Dry A Wet Strobe

When you spend a significant amount of time shooting underwater photography with a set of strobes in DIY underwater strobe housings, sooner or later you’re going to lose a soldier.

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I’ve heard about phones being revived from the dead, but I’m not sure if anyone has ever done it with hot shoe flash.

ONE NIGHT  Little Geek just folded.

HIPPY  Bye, little buddy.

MONK  He can still make it.

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