Woman’s World

Woman's World

If you are at the grocery store and see a copy of Woman’s World at the check-out, pick it up, turn to page 12 and you might see a familiar face. :) In August when I was at the iStockphoto “HQ’lypse” event in Calgary I was asked if I would do an interview for the magazine, and of course I said yes. The article was nice (maybe just a little bit corny, lol) and it is definitely strange to see my face in a magazine instead of just one of my photographs.

Veteran’s Day

Range

Today is Veteran’s Day, and, for those of you who don’t know I served in the US Navy for over eight years before I was a full-time photographer (from 1999-2007). I was looking through some of my old photos from my time in the service and found this one of me while I was stationed in Misawa, Japan in 2002. My primary job while in the Navy was a linguist (CTI), but I also did some security forces training and had the opportunity to become weapons qualified (that’s me shooting an M16).

Being in the military taught me several things and I am a much stronger, more confident person because of it. I love my job right now because I’m doing what I have always wanted to do, but I would never change anything about my past, especially the opportunity to enlist in the Navy.

Thanks to those of you who have served or who are currently serving in the US Military … you are wholeheartedly appreciated.

Lensbaby Photowalk Recap

Lensbaby Photowalk

The first-ever (that I am aware of, at least) Lensbaby photowalk was a success! Over 60 photographers met up at Pictureline in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, each with a Lensbaby to use for the photowalk (courtesy of both Lensbaby and Pictureline) and roamed around the block snapping photos. From what I could tell everyone was having a great time. I’m a big fan of the Lensbaby product and was really happy that others had a good chance to try one out for themselves.

A huge thanks go to both Jens and Nick at Pictureline for making all of the arrangements, and also to Lensbaby for supplying the demo lenses for all of the participants who needed to borrow one.

You can view photos from the event on the Photowalking Utah Flickr group (click here).

For more information about Photowalking Utah please visit http://PhotowalkingUtah.com.

Headache Tutorial

Earlier this year I made a cool photo of my face with a crack on my head, and was asked by a few people how I did it. Well, I finally got around to making a video tutorial on it, and used it for NAPP’s “So You Think You Can Teach Photoshop?” contest (details here). I also created two other videos for the contest, and you can view them by going to my profile on Vimeo.

I’m not sure what my chances are for winning the contest, since there were over 100 video entries by a lot of really talented artists. We should find out mid-November who the winners are … wish me luck!

Moo MiniCards

Moo MiniCards

The good folks over at Moo.com were kind enough to give me a free pack of their brand-new MiniCards. I have ordered from them in the past and really like the quality. My current iStock business cards are made by Moo, with a photo on one side and text on the other side, and now they are offering the same service (text on one side, image or text on the other) for the MiniCards.

I decided to go with the “text” cards in rainbow colors. These little cards are so cute … they’re very portable and come with a sturdy little box to carry them around in. The paper quality is one of my favorite things about the cards – very thick with a matte finish. The website also makes it easy to create your cards, they have a lot of pre-made designs, and you can even import your own photos from sites like Flickr and Facebook.

If you are shopping around for business cards, mini or regular sized, I would encourage you to check out Moo.com.

Note: I didn’t get paid to say nice things about Moo … it’s all from the bottom of my heart. ;) My friend Rich Legg also blogged about the cards recently … check out his post on LeggNet.com.

My Favorite Food Styling Book

"Food Styling for Photographers"

I recently did a “Food Photography” clinic with Rich Legg and mentioned one of my favorite books on food styling. The book, Food Styling for Photographers by Linda Bellingham and Jean Ann Bybee, is exactly what you would expect. It explains food styling for someone who is a photographer but doesn’t have much (or any) experience styling the food.

The reason I really like this book is, because it is primarily written from the perspective of a food stylist, it focuses more on the actual styling of the food, so it has very little information on technique and lighting for photography. (If you need a book about photographing food then I would recommend a book such as Digital Food Photography by Lou Manna.) It’s also written very well and has a lot of photos to illustrate the methods described in the book, and while it does describe ways to style specific meals most of the methods you learn can be applied to many other food items.

Ideally it’s best to have a professional food stylist at the photo-shoot, especially if you are hired to photograph food for commercial purposes for an organization that has the budget for it, but when you do what I do (micro-stock) or just want to photograph food for your blog or for fun then there really isn’t the budget to spend $500+ on a professional stylist. I find that this book is more than helpful and I highly recommend it for photographers who want to give food photography a try.

Snow Drops

DropsCanon 7D, Canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 lens, 1/40th second at f/4.5, ISO 100

It’s been snowing all day long … my friend Rich pointed out some cool looking drops on his sunroof so we both took some photos. This is the first time in five years I’ve lived someplace where it snows, and I felt like a little kid that saw snow for the first time. Yay, snow! :)