Arduino Driven Camera Shutter Release Trigger

Passive Infra Red Movement Alarm Shutter_Release

  On the 29th of Jun 2011 4 x6 a contributor on istockphoto wrote “Has anyone ‘successfully’ synced two Canon DSLR in the studio environment? I spent most of today trying to work it out. The best I could get it was 50% sync rate of the two cameras with the studio strobes.” This started a … Continue reading

One Light Setup

Young woman at home

Today’s post will deal with getting a natural light feel using an one light setup. The best part of using only one light is you don’t need to carry around a tons of gear. For years I didn’t own a car and going from one job to the next quickly turned into a pain if I … Continue reading

Easy Headshot Lighting

Actor Headshot

This week’s lighting tip is how to uses a very simple lighting setup for actor headshots. The requirements for headshots other then capturing the personality of the actor is to light the actor so you don’t have harsh glaring highlight and overly dark shadows. A key was of doing this is to use diffused light. … Continue reading

Interview with Chris A. Church

About three months ago while doing research on time-lapse photography I ran across the website.   Some of the work being done there by Tom Lowe, Jay Burlage aka Milapse and others is amazing. What blew me away is that these are not your typical time-lapse images shot with a camera on a stationary tripod.  These guys … Continue reading

Angles and Photographic Lighting

This weekend I had a great shoot with two young models. The shoot was conducted in a local Café and last one hour. During this time the place was full with paying customers. When I setup the shoot the only thing the owner said was no way must paying customers be disturbed. So I had to ask myself how … Continue reading

Shaping Light

Reading the Istock’s forum today I noticed a post from a Photographer that had an image rejected for lighting. The rejected image was a table top setting of white plates, water pitcher, and cup.  The  lighting setup had two main problems a small light source causing hard shadows to form. The other problem was white tableware … Continue reading

Recreating Natural Light

  One of the thing I love as a Photographer is grabbing my gear and heading out of the studio and getting out on location.  Recently I had a chance to shot in a very nice home.  The idea behind the shoot was to have two young women having breakfast together and planning their day.  The … Continue reading

Controlling Specular Highlights

  A question that is often asked is now one goes about shooting shiny objects.  The biggest problem with photographing highly reflective object is learning to control the specular highlights.  Controls for the specular are size of light, intensity, and control of the transition areas.   Specular highlights are nothing more than reflections of the light source in the object you are lighting.   … Continue reading

Sean Locke Interview

Some of these microstock artists you may have had the luck to meet in person, but for most of us they are just icons we see posting in the forums or a strange online handle.  If you spend any time in the world of microstock you’ll soon learn that these are the artists that drive … Continue reading


   Since I’ve been contributing to microstock the burning question of many people has been can I make a living doing this.  The simply answer to this question is yes, but most likely you won’t.  Now before my entire creative network of microstock buddy start jumping up and down shouting blasphemy!  Fact most people contributing … Continue reading