Wednesday, March 31, 2010

doggy boudoir photography

Ron Warren Photography takes a bold step into the burgeoning field of doggy boudoir photography. Does your pooch need to rekindle a fire? Put him/her on a bed with a nice 50 thread count and command "give me smoldering eyes". RWP will capture it! (or maybe Cosmo was on the bed, again --- "as per usual, Doug!"....)

chains of artsy-fartsy

Looking for feedback here. What are your thoughts on this image of chains? What does it make you feel...??? ("...tell me about your childhood..." -- no, please don't, ha!)

Monday, March 29, 2010

just say no to tiny brides and grooms

Do I have something against short people? No, of course not. But take a look at this bizarre concept in creative wedding photography editing. And then, just say no!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

lighter than air...

content-aware fill in Adobe CS5

OK, Adobe is just moving into the realm of freaky magic now. The functionality demonstrated here is possible manually, but can be waaaaaaay time-consuming. This is a selection and a click. Amazing. (and will probably help kill photography as a career)

Friday, March 26, 2010

side gig

DWF pointed me toward this. Too much fun not to share.

Sometimes we photographers have to diversify a bit, don't we...???

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lightroom 3 v2 Beta

OK. on Monday Adobe announced the release of the second version of the beta of Lightroom 3. Yesterday I downloaded it (download here). It automatically bumped Lightroom 3 v1 but kept all my pics and catalogs. Yay! (the beta also has no effect on full release versions you may have on your computer, ie. LR1.4 or 2). I haven't explored all the bells and whistles but there is one huge plus that I am thrilled about. They activated the luminance control under noise reduction. This is one of the best tools for controlling noise, evening out colors, smoothing skin, etc.

My understanding is that this version also allows for video management (but not video editing). I'm sure there's a bunch of other goodies under the hood. I'll let you know if I stumble upon any of them!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

fancy girl

She's a little bit fancy. Like a ladybug wearing a tophat. Only more like a golden retriever wearing pearls.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


About a week ago, Sun City Anthem had a luau to promote their community. Dawn and I stopped in for a few minutes, a little BBQ, a couple songs, and the hula! (click thumbnails for larger)

Monday, March 22, 2010

family portrait

Is this a good-lookin' family, or what? (click on image for larger)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

bird in the hood

(click for larger)

Found this fellow an hour ago at the local waterin' hole. He was pretty squeamish but stood relatively still long enough for these pix. You can click on the images for larger views (especially the middle one -- I'm very pleased with that one!). Enjoy.

Friday, March 12, 2010

light scoop

DPS just did a great little review of Professor Kobre's Lightscoop. I've mentioned this in my class. It's the perfect little accessory for anyone with a dslr who wants to improve the quality of their flash without investing in a speedlite. Rather than direct flash, this device simply bounces your light off the ceiling or rear wall. Takes care of the ol' redeye issue, too.

It's only useful indoors and at relatively close range, but anything this clever and inexpensive (only about $25) has my vote. Read the review!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

custom digital backdrops

Circumstances sometimes mean bad photography situations. And, although I would always advocate getting it right (or as close to right as possible) in the camera, sometimes you have to rely on Lord Photoshop to bestow a powerful blessing. Hence, custom digital backdrops.

coco myles

Brides! Bridesmaids! Have you heard about Coco Myles? This is a very cool resource for your bridesmaid dresses (among other things). All online and completely customizable. Go check it out!

Here's what they say:

Welcome to Coco Myles, the smart, affordable choice for both you and your bridesmaids when it comes to choosing bridesmaids dresses. Our unique web-interface allows the bride to choose the color while permitting her bridesmaids to choose a style that is right for her body type and feels comfortable. Our custom made-to-order dresses come in sizes 0-32, take only about 5 weeks to produce, and cost approximately $150.00!

Coco Myles has earned a number of distinctions for its bridesmaids dresses including: being named Editors' Choice for Bridesmaids Dresses by Brides Magazine; winning a Brides Choice '09 Award from; and being featured on The Today Show's 'Wedding Giveaway.'

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

exec. headshots

It's a week of mostly edits for the dance (see below), but we also squeezed in headshots!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

more daughters (& daddies)

The week of adorable little girls continues with their dapper daddies, too.

Friday, March 05, 2010

b/w baby

Combining pictures from the recent baby photoshoot with my current infatuation with black and white photography. Take a peek!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

babies is good

Had a terrific baby photoshoot yesterday and here is one of my favorites. Ain't she a doll?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


I was just reminded about a terrific online photo editor, Picnik at Apparently Google, which already owns the very good free editor Picasa, just bought Picnik. Why they need two in their arsenal, I don't know, but it's probably all good for the amateur/hobbyist.

Picnik allows you to upload an image (up to 16 mb) and perform some basic tweaks to it. Cropping and rotating, some exposure control, redeye, color temperature (that's a biggy!) and color saturation, as well as resizing. That's in the basic version. Apparently you can upgrade and get even more features.

Don't get me wrong, it's no Lightroom or Photoshop. But most of us don't need that kind of power all the time, everyday, for every picture. If nothing else, it's fun and a great way to kill a few minutes at work! You can give it a test run with their demo pics, if you prefer.