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I spend a lot of time working with strobes.  As a commercial advertising photographer I find myself in many situations requiring some pretty complex lighting solutions.  Don’t get me wrong, strobes are super groovy and lighting challenges are always relished but there is something really magical about shedding the hardware. Every once in a while I enjoy shooting with […]

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As a commercial advertising photographer that specializes in composites, I am continually developing my skill set to allow for easy unlimited tweaking of the images I create.When developing complex visual ideas with many layers, that most of the time, need to fit into a variety of formats, non-destructive techniques are essential.   Composites offer a tremendous […]

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I love the mindset that Ansel Adams lived by in his professional career.  He was a true pioneer of photography as art.  Being a forward thinking innovator, he endlessly explored the world of the unknown, seeking to predict and understand the outcome of his experimentation.  Then taking that information and creating a set of guidelines […]

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We all have tons of images that could be so much more compelling if it weren’t for that blasted dull sky.  You know that giant gray nothingness that seems to suck the power right out of your masterpiece. In my view, an awesome sky can totally change the mood, feel and drama of a landscape […]

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As far as I know the great Ansel Adams coined the idea of pre-visualization.  In it’s basic form, it is the idea of visualizing the final image at the moment you are clicking the shutter.  Ansel mastered this practice to epic levels. He is legendary for taking copious notes about the exposure and scene and […]

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I truly believe that the demand for composited images has only begun to emerge in our industry.  From a purely conceptual standpoint,  composites offer our clients the unprecedented ability to create images that would be too costly or just plain impossible to create any other way. Compositing allows (you) the creator/artist and your clients (the […]

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Have you ever been working away in photoshop, keyboard short-cutting like no other, when suddenly you do something that is unexpected and awesome?  It happened to me when working on a image of the French Quarter in New Orleans.  This technique is one of the best kept secrets in Photoshop and it has changed the […]

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I began adapting my photographic style and philosophy from “hard core purist” to “compositor” the first time I ever opened Photoshop. For me, within this type of application were the keys to unlimited visual possibilities. The only bummer? I had to learn to love and to effectively clip (select and extract) items from images in […]

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In my opinion, it has never been a better time to be a creative image maker.  Not only are the tools for creation becoming more sophisticated and plentiful, but the opportunity to post, share and have your work noticed has never been easier.  I am a huge advocate of social media of all kinds.  I […]

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