Categories Archives: Tips

Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest Submissions (and how I got that shot from the dash)

A few months ago I was able to help out some friends who were making their finalist video for a contest sponsored by the Reelz Channel and Porsche. I figured spending the day with a 911 Turbo S was not a bad way to spend the day. Here’s a link to the final video. While […]

Nick Waterhouse & the Tarots with Miila and the Geeks at the Li Po Lounge in San Francisco

Nick Waterhouse & the Tarots playing at the Li Po Lounge in San Francisco with Miila and the Geeks all the way in from Japan. Happening only a day or two after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the money from the show went to a Japan relief fund.

How-to set up Facebook chat with any instant messenger

Ok, so this post isn’t photo related, but if you use Facebook for your photo business, this may be of interest to you. You can now chat with any of your Facebook friends using any instant messenger that supports the Jabber/XMPP protocol such as AOL-AIM, iChat and my personal choice Pidgin. Getting started is easy. […]

Mosaic’d Panoramas

On February 21, I attended a huge event sponsored by the Los Angeles Group admins on flickr.  Typically these “flickr-walks” bring out about 10-20 folks.  This one had to have had over 100.  The official thread for the event is archived here. For this day I decided to try a technique where you tile list […]

Controlling dynamic range with flash photography, part 2

In part one, I demonstrated how to add light to reduce the overall dynamic range of a scene.  In this part, I’ll try and demonstrate how aperture and shutter speed combine to control exposure of the ambient light and light from the strobe. In the shots above, aperture and shutter speed combine to control the […]

Controlling dynamic range with flash photography, part 1

One of the problems shooting in broad daylight is having enought dynamic range to capture both the highlights and the shadows in the scene.  Unfortunately, our cameras (film or digital) aren’t capable of capturing all that information at once. Typically, you would decide do you shoot to keep details in the highlight areas, shadow areas, […]