• 14
    Jul

    You can do Magic! (With Mike's ADHD song lyrics!)

    I am a geek.  On a Friday night, I’m more likely to be figuring out how to automatically download photos from Instagram and Twitter — and print them — as I am to be going out. Out, like, I don’t know, dancing.  (Dancing queen, only 17!  Hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmmm Dancing queen….!  Oh yeah….!) […]

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  • 21
    Jun

    Green Screen Lighting Challenges, a look at different equipment options.

    I spend a lot of time looking at trends and technology.  In fact, every year, we photograph the Society For Information Display (SID) conference — an event I love — because it showcases technology about three years ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. Three years!  That’s thee decades in doggie time.  It was a this […]

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  • 29
    May

    Final Thoughts on Team (From 35,000 feet).

    When you see graphs of successful businesses, the arrows always head one way: up.  But in reality, that’s not how business works.  Like life, business serves ups and downs; a successful business has more ups than downs, and a very successful business has ups and flats. And it’s funny.  I look forward to the time […]

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  • 23
    Apr

    Trends in the Photo Industry: 8

    In the last blog post, I showed two examples of photos from green screen executions at the Long Beach IndyCar race this past month.  One was from our photo set — which utilizes Arri video lighting, a 20′ green screen scrim, prop car, a DSLR Nikon transmitting photos via ethernet to a laptop.  Photos are […]

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  • 23
    Apr

    Trends in the Industry: Part 7

    Part 7?  Really? Who knew? In the last post, I talked about our green screen photo execution at the Long Beach Indycar race for Honda.  We were one of about six experiential photo marketing booths: the others utilized iPads or iPhones to capture images, and one a more traditional setup like ours. I showed a […]

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  • 21
    Apr

    Trends in the Photo Industry: Part 5

    Yes, part 5. A month or so ago, I wrote about trends I saw affecting the professional event photography industry, and discussed in some detail everything from iPad green screen photo booths to iPhone photos broadcast by news channels.   About six weeks have gone by since I ranted, and in those six weeks, even […]

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  • 21
    Apr

    Selecting A Style: Conclusion (With Tourette's Notes!)

    This series has eyeballed style, and, in corporate speak, style translates to brand. It’s a hard series to write — brand is something written about, constantly, and what (tf) can I possibly add that gives any worthwhile tidbit of knowledge? After all, my company isn’t exactly Fortune 500, I don’t employ thousands of people, I […]

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  • 19
    Apr

    Selecting a Style: Part 3 The Beginning

    For the last two blog posts I talked about how everything builds toward your brand — and once you find your core values,  stick to them.  Build your company around those values: continually polish image but remain focused on those key, bedrock elements. For example, US Event Photos, the company I co-own with my mother, […]

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  • 19
    Apr

    Selecting a Style: Part 2 Be the Specialist.

    Please note, for those of you who did not bother to read part 1 of this series, but for whatever reason, you are reading part 2.  Guilt?  By way of explanation, this series is written in two voices.  The first, my corporate brand voice.  The second, designated in parenthesis and italics, is my Tourettes kicking […]

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  • 18
    Apr

    Selecting a Style: Part 1 Defining your brand.

    For the last couple of blog series, I’ve ranted about trends affecting the photography industry, shooting portraits, and selecting equipment.  All of which are great topics, and topics I am passionate about.  That’s why the rant. But they are also topics which speak to an overall style.  Style is an odd concept, isn’t it?  Style […]

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