A Model and a Mom

A Model and a Mom

I just had the good fortune of a shoot with Madison DeCambra: a model and a mom visiting Spokane from Lynnwood, WA.  Her daughter Evelyn accompanied her to the shoot giving us the chance to take two very different sets of photos.  Some were fashion and some were with...
Location shoot:  Ally at Chihuly

Location shoot: Ally at Chihuly

I spent a fun hour and a half on a location shoot with Alexandra Icela Prater at the Chihuly exhibit by the Space Needle.  There are multiple rooms in the exhibit, providing many locations for a shoot.  Photography, including flash is permitted, but no tripods.  Ally...
Art and Fashion:  Benjamin Amegbey

Art and Fashion: Benjamin Amegbey

Before I shot people, I shot landscapes.  There are some landscapes that seem to yield many fine photographs.   One such place is White Pocket, where I say “If you drop your camera, you’ll get a good picture”. I have encountered one of those rare...
Senior Portrait session:  Kjersti

Senior Portrait session: Kjersti

It’s really a pleasure doing a senior portrait.  I’m so impressed by the accomplishments of a 17 year old.  Accepting leadership roles (as you will see below) and working effortlessly with her family.  I really don’t have to see much more than the...
A Boudoir Shoot

A Boudoir Shoot

A boudoir shoot is a photography session in which the subject is scantily attired, as in the bedroom.  As you can see, in this instance, I did not use a bed as a prop, but still captured a number of implied nudes. Implied nudity shots show the person missing all or...
Why Nude Photography?

Why Nude Photography?

Why nude photography? Pictorial art, whether with canvas and paint or the modern painting in Photoshop, has a long history of capturing the human body. I’m not an art historian, but the Met has excellent essays on art history on their website for the curious....
High Speed Sync

High Speed Sync

This brief article is really aimed at users of Elinchrom strobes, but the principle is good for any brand.  Photography technology is very competitive.  just like the once popular Blackberry got left in the dust by the iPhone and the Android, Elinchrom was in danger...
Costumes in Photography

Costumes in Photography

With the exception of the ubiquitous selfie, I suppose costumes have been a staple in photography for decades.  Even in the days of flash powder and box cameras, people put on their Sunday best when the photographer came to town.  Parents asked us to wear nice clothes...
Calibrating Autofocus

Calibrating Autofocus

Many modern cameras, particularly full frame or relatively high end models, have the ability to fine tune the autofocus for each lens.  Calibrating autofocus is not hard, but it does require a couple of items.  You’ll need a precision target for calibrating and...
Back Button Focus

Back Button Focus

Most photographers rely on the shutter to activate autofocus.  Press the shutter half way, and the camera focuses, then press it all the way to fire the shutter. Ever have a situation in low light where the autofocus struggles?  Same story in low contrast?  Or...