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How To Shoot For A Local Magazine
1 month ago

How To Shoot For A Local Magazine

Ever been interested in how you can get started photographing covers for local magazines? Well, as part of the blog re-launch, I’ve put together a nice PDF for you …
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Selfie Fun With Capital Metro
5 months ago

Selfie Fun With Capital Metro

Did you know that one of the earliest references to the word ‘selfie’ was in 2005? I was surprised it was that early; I would have guessed around 2009 or …
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Introduction To Compositing With Peachpit Press
1 year ago

Introduction To Compositing With Peachpit Press

I am very excited to announce the launch of my first collaboration with Peachpit Press. We’ve been talking off and on over the last year or two about doing …
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Anthony
1 year ago

Anthony

Austin Music Composer Portrait

Artists are always looking for promotional images that reflect them on different levels. For this shot of Anthony (a composer here in Texas and the owner of Tranzducer Music), I wanted to create an image that worked well with the electronic, almost electrical, style of his music.

We had some discussions about options. We would get the standard head shot images for his promo kit, but I also wanted to explore this electrical idea a little further. Electronic music is based a lot on ‘modifiers’, meaning that you might start with a particular sound, but then you spend a lot of time tweaking frequencies, cutoffs, gates, etc to get the sound you want. And all of those variables change throughout the song. It can be a very hands-on/performance-based approach to music. When you see 50 little dials on a Nord keyboard, you can get an idea of all the parameters you can change in real time.

I pitched him on building a small set to illustrate this:

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just a good ol’ boys
1 year ago

just a good ol’ boys

So, it’s been a while since I posted on the DB. An incredibly long while. Part of it has been that I’ve been busy on various projects, and part of …
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can you still be creative in today’s world?


photo sketchI’ve been thinking about this the last few days. It’s a challenge, to say the least, and it’s not just limited to photography. Think of every creative service industry that’s been affected by a transition to digital: photography, music, art, advertising, etc. They’ve all been inundated with new talent that’s able to learn and produce at a rapid pace. If you can see the results of your work right away, you can progress through those 10,000 hours much quicker. The baseline for what is considered acceptable work changes as well. As an example, look at audio. When the digital revolution started, audio professionals slammed MP3 for it’s crappy compression and frequency response. And where are we now? The pros still slam MP3. And MP3 is the dominant audio format. Not “cd quality” files. Not HD audio. This kind of market ‘attitude’ adjustment has happened in every field affected by digital. And it’s not completely a bad thing. It’s great, for example, to be able to get a beautiful print out of today’s printers without worrying about CMYK or color separations or any of that stuff.  So how can you stand out in your field among all this change?
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