As you know, I love photography books (even though I make videos for people who don’t like to read books…)
I keep an ever-growing list of my favorite books on my Resources page for you, and a new book has just claimed the top spot:
Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits
Heisler is arguably the greatest living portrait photographer.
And as if that weren’t accomplishment enough, he has now written what may be the best book on photography that I’ve ever read.
It’s a perfect blend of left-brain and right-brain, art and technique. (more…)
The wizards at Phottix just keep cranking out awesome new products.
In the past I’ve raved about their excellent Odin and Strato flash triggers, and now I’m here to sing the praises of their latest innovation in third-party flashes for Canon and Nikon (with Sony coming soon).
It may seem a bit of a stretch to describe a new third-party flash as “important” but I’m going to tell you why I think the Phottix Mitros and Mitros+ flashes are groundbreaking and why they may help level the photography playing field. (more…)
I love seeing students of mine become highly successful photographers, so here’s a story I just had to share with you.
I got an email a few weeks ago from a former customer who wrote:
“This is Christopher Descano. About a year and a half ago I purchased your portrait course online. I have taken your advice and teaching to heart and I have slowly progressed to the number one headshot photographer in Philadelphia.”
I immediately thought: A year and a half to go from novice to the number-one headshot photographer in a big city? That’s impossible! (Turns out it took him closer to three years. But still…)
Then I took a look at his website. Wow! Now I believe it. He is doing great work!
It always thrills me (and humbles me) to see a former “student” doing better work than I have ever done. Not only are his headshots absolutely top-notch, we can all learn a lot from the way he is running his business.
I wrote him back to see if I could share his story with you. Here is what he had to say: (more…)
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Adobe has released Lightroom version 5, and it includes some killer new features that make it worth upgrading.
If you own my Lightroom Made Easy online course, I have already updated it with four new videos covering the four biggest new features (described below). Simply log in to your course on my training website, and you’ll find the new LR5 videos waiting for you.
For those of you trying to decide whether to upgrade to Lightroom 5, here’s a quick look at the key new features. (more…)
Postcard from the Apocalypse?
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This is my first attempt at photo art using the principles taught by my friend Sebastian Michaels in his new Photoshop Artistry course
I’ve barely begun the course, so I still have a long way to go. But this is already a ton of fun!
You can still sign up for half-price during the pre-release invitation-only offer for my subscribers.
Here’s how I created this monstrosity. (more…)
I’m traveling in Chicago this week, and I decided to leave the heavy DSLR gear at home and shoot with only my iPhone.
Convenience versus quality. (more…)
When we think about advances in camera technology, we tend to think of things like better digital sensors, fancy radio flash triggers, and such. If you’re like me, the last thing you think about improving is your camera strap.
After all, what is there to improve? The strap has a simple job: to hang the camera around your neck and never break. If you want to get fancy, you get a stretchy neoprene strap for added comfort. Mission accomplished.
Or so I thought until I tried the BlackRapid RS-7, my first “sling” style strap.
The winning outfit. Looks strange? Read the explanation below. Click to enlarge
I love shooting fashion shows. They combine several of my favorite aspects of event photography into one package: interesting lighting, beautiful people, music, and night-life. (more…)