Ready to drool??

June 25, 2010

My son has a Sesame Street Diner Toy that has grover cooking something up. In his very memorable voice blurts, “Does that not look delicious!?” That’s exactly what came to mind when I stumbled across this awesome food photography site!

I hate the name they chose for the site, it’s all about being edgy I guess, even in food photography, but the imagery is mouthwatering!  The premise behind the site is very simple. Just submit your best food photography and if it makes the editors drool enough, then they’ll post your image online. It’s gotta be good though because they only post one a day. But if you love food photography, food or natural light photography, which most of it is, then you’ll love this site!

Beware of viewing this site while hungry!


Images of the oil spill from a local

June 24, 2010

Recently a friend of mine posted images of the BP oil spill on his site, Slices of America, an interesting photo site for professional and amateur photographers alike.

He posted images of what Grand Isle looks like after weeks and weeks of being plagued by the oil spill and the landscape of how locals are reacting. It’s a very sad sight but one worth talking about. The imagery is sad and being from that area makes it even more sad for me.


What’s wrong with wedding photography today?

May 6, 2010

What is your main purpose when photographing a wedding? What’s your goal? Do you know? How do you approach the business of it? What’s your goal? Do you know? If you know or much more if you don’t, read this!

Wow, what a refreshing thing to read this morning. Please, stop what you’re doing and read this post by Gary Fong. Especially any of you who dream of being a wedding photographer. Or for that matter, any type of portrait photographer. He shoots it straight… no pun intended. Wow, this is really really really good… and needed right now.

What’s wrong with wedding photography today?


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!


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.


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.