head shots nuts & bolts

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A few years ago, Brian Storm, CEO of Mediastorm Inc, told an room full of photographers and photojournalists to "Stop accepting $200 assignments." And while the specific sum may have been arbitrary, the basic message--that we as an industry needed to stop devaluing our work and ourselves just to get paid--resonated with me. At the time I couldn't seem to find work that paid fairly--thanks in no small part to the glut of Craigslist photographers (usually students who are just happy to be getting paid) willing to do ridiculous amounts of work for ridiculously low prices--and I found myself taking underpaying jobs on the hopes that a few shitty jobs now would yield better jobs later. Read more [...]
gear nuts & bolts

traveling (speed)light

Just a quick note as I pack for a trip to San Francisco. I was packing my trusty Timbuktu of Holding when all the loose little bits and bobs started to bug me. As much as I love the portability and simplicity of speedlights, they always bring with them a retinue of necessary gadgets. Batteries and chargers and gels and light mods and everything. There's so much of it, and it's all so tiny. Eventually the clutter got too much and I grabbed the unused case for my portable softbox; lo and behold, everything fit perfectly. Read more [...]
nuts & bolts


A buddy reached out to me earlier today on the google pluses, asking about lenses and improving autofocus performance, and my response started to get so long I figured I'd turn it into a post, especially as this is a question I've heard from a few folks over the years. Read more [...]