How much does a scratch affect the quality of a lens?

How much does a scratch affect the quality of a lens?

I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories. “ONOZ! My lens got a scratch, it’s ruined!!” someone screams, then goes to quietly cry in a corner. “Welp, shoulda used a UV filter, if those get scratched you can just replace them, now you have to sell that lens for half what its worth on eBay” People thinking this isn’t a...Read more
Wardrobe on a Budget

Wardrobe on a Budget

While fashion photography relies heavily upon what’s coming next season, and legit fashion photographers get pull letters to get upcoming designs from top brands, those of us with smaller budgets, or little to none still have options for some kick-ass looks. In my early days, working with models for portraits and such I tended to just say “bring whatever you’ve got”...Read more
2014 Camera-Trading-Palooza

2014 Camera-Trading-Palooza

If you’re not familiar with my Camera Trading history, I started out about 2 years ago (see a forum thread here here about how I got started, and my post about my $145 Canon 85L here.) At the time, I had a Canon T2i, a 50/1.4, 100/2, and a Tamron 17-50/2.8 with two cheap speedlites. My goal was to get a 5DII...Read more
Embrace your mistakes.

Embrace your mistakes.

Short version: LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN – you will mess up someday, have other resources to fall back on! The above image wasn’t supposed to happen like that – that result is not what I had in mind when I scheduled the shoot, planned out the model, wardrobe, and location. I had a distinct look in mind, using HSS and...Read more
Why you might want to shoot film!!(AFTER you learn the basics)

Why you might want to shoot film!!(AFTER you learn the basics)

Long Post Ahead I think it’s pretty fair to say that my target audience fall between beginners, and enthusiasts. As such, most of my interaction with the photographic community as a whole revolves around those demographics. Beginners who want to learn the basics, and then progress on (whether it be to being a really good enthusiast / hobby – or...Read more
It’s not the equipment: $100 project

It’s not the equipment: $100 project

We’ve all heard the saying: “it’s not the equipment, it’s who’s using it.” or “a great photographer can make beautiful pictures with a piece of junk camera.” and other similar phrases that all say the same thing. Knowledge about your equipment, knowing how to use it, and to get the final effects that you want trumps gear every time. (I’m...Read more
High Speed Sync and Power Output

High Speed Sync and Power Output

A few months ago, I took the picture above. While I love it, I wish I had the capability to shoot with a wider aperture for shallower DOF (taken at ISO100 – f/3.2 – 1/200.) While I could have lowered my flash power to get it to put out f/1.4, had I opened up to f/1.4, the image would have...Read more
Coming Back from Hiatus!

Coming Back from Hiatus!

Well, it’s been a rather hectic past few months. Back in March, I had a small hiccup with the website – more specifically WordPress – it was unresponsive, and a real pain to work on. I decided to just say “screw it, I’ll work on it in a week or two”. That week or two turned into three… then four. At...Read more
How I got a Canon 85mm f/1.2L II for $145

How I got a Canon 85mm f/1.2L II for $145

I got a Canon 85mm f/1.2L for $145 recently. To be honest, it’s more like $145 plus a couple trips to Starbucks, but it’s still a great adventure, and the secret to how I get most of my gear with what little budget I’ve got. — TRADING — Yep, it’s all about trading. You have what someone else wants, they...Read more
Beauty Photography on a Budget

Beauty Photography on a Budget

Beauty photography (or studio head and shoulder shots with strong hair and makeup support, whatever you define that as) has always appealed to me in so many ways. I’m sure many of us have seen magazine ads, or posters at the store (in the hair products / makeup sections) that are absolutely breathtaking – perfect skin and hair, gorgeous model...Read more