I’m just back from an epic 10 days with my family, photo gear and some kitesurfing friends on the Sea of Cortez. Excited to see a clear dawn forecast with a new moon rising over La Ventana Bay at blue-hour, I got up early one morning only to find an unexpected marine layer blocking it. In this video I’ll talk about how I try to shift photographic gears and work in new ways when things don’t go as planned. I’ll also talk about my strategies for balancing my passion for photography with enjoying my family when we’re all on trips like this.
As photographers, we are always seeking inspiration and sometimes we can find it in the most unexpected places. I spend 90% of my photo time photographing for clients/jobs. It is not often that I get to photograph just for me without some end result in mind.
As a wedding photographer capturing unique images is what it’s all about on the creative side. Whether it’s a unique location, a great looking couple, or just being at the right place at the right time- it all helps!
One of my favorite parts of my job is being able to share my love for photography with the team at ON1. As we design, create, build and market I like to help both inspire and grow everyone’s passion for what we do. As photographers we all understand how being inspired can take you to the next level. It can feed your passion for what you love and help you grow.
I’m very happy to return to ON1 Inspiration. My sincere thanks to the team at ON1 for inviting me back to share another photo with you. As I write this, I am “armchair traveling,” browsing through photos of past travels to Asia. It has been more than 10 years since I’ve visited Asia. I am excited to return to this area of the world in the summer.
Sometimes a great photograph can come from seeing the potential of a not so great photograph. This is not always an easy task. We take so many photographs that it can be easy to skip over images without a second thought. Today, I wanted to share a before and after from of our ON1 team members. You may have already seen my blog post with our in house photo competition we had last month themed, Spring/Floral. This photograph was one of our contest winners and belongs to, Jim (an engineer at ON1). After we announced the winners he was kind enough to share the original image with a little back story on how he got to the fabulous end result.
As artists we all have a point where we hit a creative rut. This can come from photographing the same thing over and over again, or certain times of the year, slow season or you may just need to be inspired to create something new. Photography is always evolving not only as technology advances but also as styles and trends change. It is important that we all take some time to spark our creativity and refresh with a new set of eyes.
We recently sat down with Mike Long, a hard working and amazing portrait artist based in Portland, Oregon. Mike is well known for Portland Pin-Ups, the west coast’s premier pin-up studio. Mike has been both a photographer and retoucher for over 20 years and along the way he has captured all styles of portrait from babies to weddings. A regular speaker at the annual WPPI conference in Las Vegas, Mike has also taken his teaching across the USA touring with Sandy Puc, and has also produced workshops in Canada and Australia. We recently chatted with Mike and are excited to seeing him bring his workflow to ON1 customers and also show how he uses ON1. Look for new videos in the coming months and check out this new awesome preset pack for Effects.
When I sit down to post process an image, I have a concept of what the final photo will look like. However, getting to that final image is rarely a straight path. Actually, the path to most of my finished photos is very crooked. There is experimentation involved, and sometimes our vision of an end photo changes as we craft a scene.
A prevalent theme in my photography is water. Whether I’m walking along the beach or walking through a city center, I’m drawn to water. Oceans, lakes, reflecting pools, rivers, fountains – I see one of these, and I reach for my camera. And the photo I share in this ON1 Inspiration episode is no exception.
ON1 Plus Exclusive: Extending Your Shoot with an ND Filter. Join me on the Oregon coast for quick peek behind the scenes shooting for my latest ON1 Inspiration. Watch how I compose the seascape and learn how using a high-stop neutral density (ND) filter helps me extend my time shooting this awesome scene. I also share why I prefer using the histogram preview on my camera to fine tune my exposure compensation.
I have always been a fan of Ansel Adams. As a matter of fact, in High School we were given and artist emulation assignment where we were to photograph something like a great photographer of the past. Whether it was irony or fate, I have yet to determine; my teacher assigned me to Ansel Adams. At first, I thought he just had a funny name, but then I analyzed his work and realized he was a true master of the craft. Needless to say, emulating his style was not an easy task for a High School student.
Hi everyone! It’s great to return to ON1 Inspiration. My sincere thanks to ON1 for having me back. For those that don’t know me, I’m a landscape photographer and photo educator based in San Diego, California. The photo I chose for this installment of ON1 Inspiration is a reminder to me to make the time for my photography.
Seascapes are my passion. I simply cannot get enough of the ocean. It’s a safe bet that when I’m out with my camera, I am wandering along a stretch of coastline. Living in San Diego affords me a year round supply of sand, sky and surf. And I take advantage of that for sure!