ShootSac.com – fashionable bags for laptops and cameras!

April 17, 2010

Ladies and well…  gentelemen too, maybe a luxury, but a very cool and modern alternative to your classic and typical camera bags and laptop bags.  Well, the reality is these things aren’t really a luxury but these bags are just plain cool and different than anything you’ve ever owned. That’s where Shoot Sac comes in!

If you’re looking to update your bags or just get something new and fresh, check out ShootSac.Com. I personally think this would be a great place to find unique gifts for the photography friends and family in your life.


PhotoVision – Education and solutions for pro photographers!

April 16, 2010

I love PhotoVision! I LOOOOOVVVEEE PHOTOVISION!! Do you understand what I’m trying to say here?! PhotoVision has been around over a decade and has tens of thousands of pro photographers learning from them.

PhotoVision has much to offer in the way of educational videos. I ran across their products around five or six years ago and I’ve been a fan ever since. The DVDs I bought back then are still helpful and I love to go back and watch them all the time.

PhotoVision offers other stuff as well like products such as calibration targets but what they are most known for and rightly so are their instructional videos.

For a yearly subscription, you can receive their videos six times a year. They also have other DVDs available with all subjects related to portrait photography from top portrait photographers in each given genres such as children’s photography, wedding and senior portraits. Names such as Kirk Voclain, Kia Bondurant, Sarah Petty and Sarah Antisdel. What they ask for membership is so worth the money. If you haven’t purchased their videos before you can go back and get 2009 at a very discounted rate! But even full rate is worth it in my opinion.

Also, check out their facebook page!


Enchanted Images – Amazing portrait photographers!!!

April 15, 2010

Today’s post we’re featuring one of our favorite portrait photographers out there, Enchanted Images. The awesome photographers behind this great portrait photography business is James and Stephani Hays.  They are from Roseville, California, near Sacramento if I’m not mistaken.

I first became fans of theirs on photoSIG when James would post images for critique. His work made me an instant fan and I’ve been one ever since. He’s an inspiration of mine and his work just gets better and better and more classy all of the time.

Enchanted images specializes in seniors and family portraits. A great combination for these guys as they know how to do it perfectly with the right artistic touches. They are so inspiring to me I think because they never cease to produce images that look  beautiful and cutting edge, fashion forward and timeless, artistic and perfectly flattering for each individual subject. I just love these guys!!!

If you haven’t ever checked them out or it’s been a while, stop what you’re doing and go there now! It will be well worth your time.

Check out their site or their blog. How about their facebook page? If that’s not enough, you can even check out their photoSIG page! If you talk to them, let them know you found them on our site!


RangeFindermag.com – great online source!!! and FREE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION!!!

April 9, 2010

Are you a pro? If so, you may already know this, but if not, let me let you know that if you are, you can get a free subscription to Range Finder Magazine just for signing up!

RangeFinderMag.com is also a great site with lots of resources and information for professional and amateurs alike.

RangeFinder Magazine has a long history of photographic excellence and being a leader in this industry. Check it out!


Should I put down the big bucks on a membership?!

April 8, 2010

In the massive photography industry, there are so many resources for photographers that we can feel overwhelmed at times.

Feeling stressed about all your options?!

I recently ran across a very helpful site called Photog Vendors.  With all the choices when it comes to products  and services such as ebooks, photography forums, lighting, print labs, credit card merchant accounts and workshops, one can get lost and foolishly waste lots of money.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were one place you could go to get reviews from other photographers about sites and products and services they are considering spending their hard earned cash on?

Well there is and it’s called Photog Vendors. There are many more products and services to be found there as well.  I won’t name specific things but there were online schools, workshops and other products that I was VERY interested in checking out. However, they all cost money and I couldn’t find good reviews on them anywhere. This site gives you an opportunity to see what other photographers are saying about these very sites, products and services.

One in particular, an online photo forum for pro photographers has always appealed to me but I didn’t know if it was worth the high cost they were asking. Photog Vendors contained dozens of reviews, most of which were extremely positive about this site. This cemented my confidence that the money spent would be worth it.

So the question, Should I put the big bucks own a membership?! Only after you check out Photog Vendors. It’s free and very helpful.


Featured Photographer – Amanda Jones

April 7, 2010

Today’s post is featuring a wonderful pet photographer, Amanda Jones.  I recently purchased a wonderful book called “A Breed Apart: A Celebration of the New American Mutt“.

It was a fantastic photo book about the new breeds you find popping up everywhere that seem to be so popular. While these dogs used to be called mutts, they seem to be establishing more and more as types of dogs.  It was quite entertaining and enjoyable. This got me on a quest to find more work from the author / photographer of the book Amanda Jones.  It is a book that my son, my wife and my son have all found great pleasure in.

Amanda Jones

After a brief internet search I found her website.  Her work is beautiful and it has a distinct look. She photographs animals in a very simple way but she does it in ways that create a feeling that you can actually tell something great about the character of these animals. It is as if she is actually telling you about their personalities. She is wonderfully capable of portraying animals in ways that only those with the technical and artistic abilities match that of one who has the ability to read animals.

If you haven’t had the chance or have never heard of Amanda, take time to check her site and her work out. It will be well worth your time.


Wanna Be Photogs BEWARE!

April 6, 2010

Today’s post is fantastic! Judge Joe Brown shows a whole new side! He was a photographer at one time and puts this photographer in her place.

Folks, if you are going to tout yourself as a professional, you better know what you are doing. People spend big money to have a once in a lifetime recorded and photographing with substandard cameras, lenses and processing on substandard paper will only resort in substandard product.

The wedding photography business is flooded with digital photographers who don’t really have the skills or equipment to be there. I feel very proficient in studio work but you will rarely find me shooting a wedding. Why? Because it is an animal that few can tame correctly.

If you are not a professional, do yourself a favor and learn what you are doing first, get good equipment and then follow a professional a long time before you decide you want to ruin someone’s wedding day!


How To Use Sunset to Light Portraits

April 4, 2010

Using frontal light for portrait subjects can be quite flattering

Today’s post was found on was found on Digital Photography School, a great website that has tons of helpful tips and advice for digital photographers. Since the writers of our site are portrait photographers and many of our readers are as well, I thought I would share today’s post with you as it is simple but great advice for photographing outside.

The article being featured today is “How To Use Sunset to Light Portraits“. They briefly but very helpfully explain using the sun to front, side and back light your subject outdoors. A good article for beginners and a good reminder for everyone else as well. We all need a good reminder here and there, every once in a while.

Using the sun as backlight can be very interesting and appealing if done right

If you are unaware of Digital Photography School, their website describes it as the following

Welcome to Digital Photography School! Discover how to use your digital camera with our Digital Photography Tips. We are a community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.

Definitely a site worth checking out! I would suggest making their site part of your continuing education as there is always something new, interesting and helpful on their site.


Todd Owyoung’s Concert Photography

April 2, 2010

No Doubt

Music is something that we don’t usually think of when we think about photography. Imagine if you will, going to see one of your favorite music performers play and you get to shoot the show.

Roots

Todd Owyoung

The excitement of being on the side or front of the stage doing what you love (photography) and being able to shoot one of your favorite bands is really a rush. Unfortunately, when the lights start flashing red, blue, green, on, off, on, off, on, you’ll find that things can quickly become difficult as your light meter does sprints from one side of your view finder to the other. Please allow me to introduce to you Todd Owyoung. Todd is a Professional Concert Photographer whose work will give you the feeling of being in the front row.

John Mayer

Todd’s work has been published in publications such as Spin, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, Entertainment Weekly, and Billboard Magazine. Some of Todd’s portfolio includes Metallica, Kiss, Aerosmith, John Mayer, Dave Mathews, Willie Nelson, and many others

Todd’s site is full of fantastic and inspiring concert photography. His work captures the excitement of the show. His site contains a “gear” section in which Todd discusses in detail the gear he uses for each situation.

Street Drum Corp

Todd also writes about how to meter under the constant change of lighting while shooting a concert. If you’ve shot a concert before you know the challenge with the lighting changes. It can really be crazy, but fun! Todd also provides tutorials and Q&A’s on how to capture some great shots under extreme lighting conditions.

The Devil Wears Prada

If you’ve ever wanted to get into concert photography Todd’s site, I Shoot Shows is a great place to check out.


Awkward Family Photos

April 1, 2010

Laser Cat

Today’s post is about a site I love. It’s Awkward Family Photos! Not necessarily a site I’d call inspirational. But maybe it is, in an opposite way. It’s hilarious and it sort of comes in perfect after yesterday’s post.

Punked

I have to admit, we have photos like these in our family albums. Who doesn’t!? But I just hope that now as a portrait photographer, I won’t ever take photos that will end up on this site!

Funny stuff, you have to check it out! Got an awkward family portrait? Sumbit it!!!

Hot Tub Time Machine 80’s Contest Champ: The Situation

Actually, I think part of the comedy of it all is in the comments. There are so many hilarious captions that it almost makes the site twice as good!