Archive for January, 2009

Boats - Marina Del Ray, California

Boats - Marina Del Ray, California

Well, it is not here in the south! It is REALLLLLLLY cold here in Atlanta, like in the teens cold. I am not going to get any sympathy from the folks up north, but this is the south.  It is not supposed to be this cold!

So I am staying inside this weekend, and going to do a little blog work, Facebook stuff, and web site junk.  I’m sorry, but I am a beach person, and cold weather really freaks me out.  I don’t like it, don’t want it, and folks up north can have it!!! Anyway…….

OK, off my soap box, and on to some good stuff. For those of you out there into Photowalks, here is a nifty little app for those of you who have the iPhone/iTouch, brought to you courtesy of Terry Reinert.

With a couple weeks of 2009 under our belts, I thought we would go back and visit the top 20 photography web sites of 2008.  What is cool is that I have several of these linked here on the blog!

Citizen journalism at its best.  An iPhone picture of the plane crash in the Hudson River makes the headlines.

Here are 3 quick tips to better your photography by Damien Franco.

Here is a great article that all photographers should read. It is by Merlan Mann at  Really good read.

That is going to do it for tonight.  I am going to try and stay warm, and I will hit the links tomorrow and see what other interesting stories I can find.




So,  I am out walking around with my camera a few weeks ago, and stumble across this old barn with an old truck in it.  I take a few pics, then I go about my way.  As I was walking around, I kept thinking about this barn, and the truck inside of it.


I am thinking about how do I take these 2 pictures and make them look old and antique?  Of course, you could just do a black and white, throw some noise and dust scratches on it, and that would probably do the trick.  Then I went way back (like 1980’s way back) when I was a printer, and we used sepia paper.  That was it, I would make it look like it was on sepia paper.  Here are the results;



Then I started thinking, maybe give the barn a little grunge look and scratches.   How would that look?

barnprintThere, now it looks old.


I was a SportsCenter anchor!

Posted: January 14, 2009 in ESPN


I had to travel up to Bristol, CT to install some equipment at ESPN, and I just couldn’t resist.   The room we installed equipment in was right across the hall from the SportsCenter desk, and all week long, the red recording light was flashing, meaning I couldn’t get within 50 feet of the door that goes into the studio.  I had my camera with me everyday waiting for that one opportunity, and on the last day, I noticed the light was off.  On our way out the door, I asked Ken (the ESPN employee we hung out with all week), if I could possibly take a peek in the studio.  So Ken takes us in, and we get a little tour of the studio.  Sweeeeettttt!  So I am snapping away with my Nikon (hasn’t been out of the bag all week), and Ken asks if I would like to have my picture taken at the desk!  What……you kidding me!  So there it is, Dylan (guy I work with) and myself at THE DESK!!!  No, this is not Photoshop’d, not taken at some picture kiosk at Disney, this is the REAL DEAL.  I made the title screen at the bottom, so yes, that is Photoshop’d, but everything else is authentic.  This picture now hangs proudly in my ‘man cave’.


According to Scott Kelby, this years Photoshop World Conference and Expo will have a lot more Lightroom seminars then in years past.  In fact, this year they are calling it “The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World”.  This years conference will be held in Boston, MA at the Hynes Convention Center March 25-27, 2009.  If you do not have Lightroom yet, I suggest you download the trial version here and give it a test run.  IMHO, it is the best application on the market for photographers.


Story courtesy of Scott Bourne;

Since purchasing my iPhone the day it launched, I’ve shown my portfolio to more people than I did the ten years before that date.

It’s amazing to me how much this has changed the way I show my work. In the old days, I’d spend literally hundreds of dollars (those are old days dollars mind you) on portfolios. Then I’d spend more money shipping the portfolio around. And more still keeping it up to date.

Now, most people see my portfolio on my iPhone. Of course, fewer big shot buyers see my portfolio this way, but the everyday exposure I get from showing images on my iPhone makes me as much money as I earn from the big shot buyers.

At the dentist a few weeks ago, I showed my portfolio via the iPhone to someone in the waiting room. Boom – “Cranes in the Fire Mist” sold.

I showed my portfolio via the iPhone to a man who just happened to own a new gallery in town. Boom – I have a show scheduled at his gallery.

Back when I did weddings, I would have made a killing if I could have kept my wedding samples on the iPhone. Every time I had a conversation with a potential client I could have immediately showed off my images.

Now the iPhone or iPod isn’t going to be the “be all – end all” portfolio. In many cases, it is just an excellent ice breaker. And that’s okay. Even if I have to eventually make a separate presentation on laptop, or send the buyer to the web, or even build an old-fashioned paper portfolio, the first contact via the iPhone makes it probable that I will have better success than if I had just started the old fashioned way.

I have a Blackberry that so far I am pretty happy with, but I do have an iPod. I have a few images on it, but mostly music and podcasts.  I have thought about buying the Epson P5000, but this just might do the trick.  The images on my iPod are small, but the image quality is clean and crisp.  Hmmmmm…….


emptyI can only dream of having all this camera goodness.  One day though….one day.  I think I will contact Obama and ask for some of that buy out money.

All this joy is owned by Alan Hess, and by seeing his work, he knows how to use it. Very impressive work.  I heard him mentioned by Scott Kelby and the Photoshop Guys in their podcast. If your name is mentioned by these guys, you have made it to the top.  Alan is a commercial photographer in San Diego, and also an author.  If you have a minute, click on the link and visit his site.

Another site of interest is Digital Protalk.  This is the site of David Ziser, an internationally renowned portrait and wedding photographer.  I do not do portrait shots, or let me say I have never done them, but I am willing to give it a shot.  His site is full of tips, gear talk, and pics.

Dude, is it really 2:30 am?  Note to self, no more caffeine after 6:00 pm!!! That wraps up my tour of the web, I am going to hit the hay.


Get organized in Lightroom 2.

Posted: January 10, 2009 in Lightroom

If you have tons of pictures and you use Lightroom 2, here is a link on how to organize all your shots and keep a clean catalog;