As the rain finally returns to Northern California and the year’s end is staring us down, I can’t help but reflect on a year that was not only my most challenging, but also one of the most exciting. After receiving a steady paycheck for almost two years, 2014 turned out to be the year in which I would go back to my roots in this industry: independent. My dreams of traveling and making a living... READ MORE
In the photo industry, it is important to be both proactive and reactive. It’s important to keep the gas pedal floored. In my day-to-day work, this means I have to keep investing time in personal projects, experimenting with new photo techniques, updating social media and my website to better reach my audience. I have to keep pushing new business ideas and new ways to expand my business.
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My work is about people; what makes us who we are—the core of us. It's about connections and relationships, intimacy, love, pain, disappointment, getting older, and being born. I have been photographing my own life and the people I am closest to since I was fifteen years old. Seeing how much more I perceive with a camera made me want to become a photographer, and to continue and see more and... READ MORE
Just a few years ago I was doing a very different type of photography. It was not even on my radar to consider anything other than the lifestyle photography I was shooting. Then, through a series of life events, I had to make some drastic changes in the way I lived and worked. The universe was trying to tell me something and, for the first time in my life, I paid much closer attention to what it... READ MORE
At the end of each year, usually between Christmas and the New Year, I take some time to consider the previous year and plan for the next. During this time, I consider not just the business side of my photography career—but also the creative side and where I would like to steer my career and my work for the next year. To that end, I usually look at my five-year plan and then craft the next year’s... READ MORE
It’s that time of year when we count our blessings, reflect on the year past and the one coming. With photography entwined nearly completely in the fabric of our lives, this reflection period takes on a new meaning for Sharon and me, since we always seem to have such lofty goals. Those who have traveled and shot with us know that there are two things I think about when shooting: the subject and... READ MORE
One of the first things people should understand about my work and me is that I’m proud to be from the old school. That being said, I think I’ve done a good job of keeping up with the daily bombardment of new technology.
Like many of my contemporaries, I have been overwhelmed with the changes that have taken place in our industry. Obviously, the equipment has gone through a tremendous evolution.... READ MORE
Champion of the wide-angle prime, Samyang is lengthening its vision with the announcement of the 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC lens. One of the most prized short telephoto focal lengths, this full-frame lens features a fast f/2.0 maximum aperture that aids in extensive control over depth of field, as well as enhancing working in... READ MORE
This week in the news: Rested, relaxed, ready! Were you missing The Gear Review? Was your Friday feeling empty and incomplete? Well, you can stop worrying, The Gear Review just had a long, restful holiday!
Want to know how the electronics/photo market works? Well, there is a lot of new product that comes out in the months leading up to the holiday but, while The Gear Review is out at the pool in... READ MORE
In what one journalist characterized as “the big tease,” the Pentax division of Ricoh is showing an impressive array of prototype “concept cameras and lenses” at the 2015 CES Show in Las Vegas, but you can only peer at them longingly through the thick Plexiglas enclosures. No tech specs were provided, but it was pretty clear that the two impressively long lenses were long-range telephoto K-mount... READ MORE
The new Theta m15 Spherical Digital Camera from Ricoh looks almost exactly like the original ultra-compact dual-lens model, but it can now shoot Full HD 1080p video at 15 fps. Ricoh’s latest iteration of its ingenious 360-degree camera that automatically stitches... READ MORE