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Spray And Pray Photography

We're all familiar with the "spray and pray" method used to describe novice photographers who snap away obliviously in the hopes that a huge number of carelessly taken shots will yield at least one or two good ones.  It's something joked about by professionals, but...

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A mockingbird singing atop a chimmney

7 Steps To Finding Your Photography Niche

  You may be reading this because, after months or years of exploring the world with your fancy digital camera, your online portfolio is strictly limited to: pets, portraits, weddings, landscape, street photography, macro, studio, events, nature, astrophotography, ...and...other categories.  OK, such a portfolio is not very...

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Is Thumbtack A Scam?

Thumbtack.com, a service industry middleman is expanding rapidly.  Doing a bit of research and reading articles about the service  are all over the place, ranging from outrage (ex: "HUGE SCAM!  I spent x dollars and never saw a dime back!") to enthusiastic approval ("Without Thumbtack,...

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a photo of the front office of Latinworks

Latinworks Shoot

Latinworks is an advertising agency based in Austin.  This assignment was a bit different than my typical shoot - instead of being focused on capturing interiors, it was to be of a more editorial nature.  This means including people in the images, which ended up...

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a candid photo of a couple at a corporate event

Tips For Event Photography

Professionals know that event photography can be a fun gig but also a stressful one.  Here are some essential tips for keeping the rewards up and the stress down. 1.  Be friendly but professional. You will need to be personable to capture candids of guests at an...

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photo of my morning jacket's guiarist doing a windmill at Jay Pritzker pavilion in Chicago

3 Tips For Photographing In Changing Light

There are several types of situations where you may end up photographing in changing light.  Sometimes the change can be subtle like when re-framing your image and other times light changes are more drastic like when photographing an indoor band performance with stage lights or...

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a cafeteria in UFCU plaza Austin, TX

UFCU Plaza

This was the most recent large assignment I have been given.  I love photographing plazas, as they offer some of the best architecture and variety in settings. The building manager accompanied for most of the shoot, which was a real help.  Staging photos can be tedious,...

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