May 23, 2015

Weekend at the Silo City Workshop

                 This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping photographer Mark Maio with his Buffalo Historic Grain Elevator and Ward Pumping Station Photographic Workshop. It was a nice treat to myself as it was my birthday as well. We had a large group ready to take advantage of the access Mark has arranged to photograph there. It’s the coolest collection of pealing paint and rusty things you could imagine. Attendees all did different types of images there from I-phone shooting to the most high tech digital camera backs provided by Chris Snipes of Capture Integration. From light painting, and HDR imaging, to shooting models in the grain elevators, everybody was engaged in creating images. I came back with 54 gigs of RAW files to play with. Here are a few of my fist images.  Hope you can come to the next one….   Enjoy…..

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Photographer Jack Reznicki composes an image in the belt room
Mark loves his Leica
Shooting at the Historic Ward Water Pumping station was one of my favorite places


Jack took a nice group photo of all of us...  
Having too much fun on my birthday!....

April 29, 2015

Great Week at Niagara Falls

         Helene and I just returned home from speaking at the Professional Photographers of Canada Conference in Niagara Falls. Good food, great friends, and an incredible location. And they call this work? Seriously?... Thanks to Gail and Peter Gold for having us both back again. We have made so many great friends there, and their membership’s photography was just beautiful. Thanks to our host, Carol Tothe we stopped off in their wine country for lunch an a few wine tastings on the way to the conference. We taught a day-long pre-con class together, some separate Photoshop and creativity classes, and did portfolio reviews for the attendees. Here are some photos from the week. We had a heck of a view for photos from our hotel room balcony.

We had a perfect view of the falls from our room. It still had some pretty big chunks of ice in it. Click on any photo to enlarge.

The conference attendees paused their busy class schedule for a giant group selfie.

Got to hang out with our friends Heather and Sandy Aberteen

Helene taught hands-on posing class, as well as a creativity class

January 02, 2015

Have A Happy & Creative New Year!


        Saw these styrofoam heads sitting on the shelf as I walked through an arts & craft’s store and couldn’t resist taking a couple of photos. When I looked at it on the computer, I thought it might make a nice demo image for an upcoming set of presentations I’m doing this year on image compositing. Grabbed a couple of my texture images and used Photoshop’s displacement mapping and some blend modes to create this illustration. I think it will be a fun image to demo at my next presentation at Photo Pro Expo in Covington KY in a few weeks.

            Last month Helene and I spent a day wondering around the Southeast Railway Museum near our home, and I am now starting to work with some of the images. Got some fun shots to play with there.  Great place if you like rusty train cars. Have a Happy and Creative New Year and remember to "Work Smarter…. Not Harder"       


November 06, 2014

Canon In Action - San Francisco

         This weekend was another great Canon In Action Workshop in San Francisco. I also have a new blog post on the Canon Digital Learning Center site on the creative use of E-TTL Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites that I would like you to check out at: 

         San Francisco is such a cool city to visit. Only a few more cities left on the Canon tour so we hope you can attend one of the final workshops. For information on the final cities on the tour, visit

        The Sunday attendees gather around as I demo the use of the Canon 90mm tilt/shift lens on a still life tabletop setup.

       Here are a couple of images I did this weekend with the models I converted to black and white with NIK Silver Effects Pro II.

        The Sunday Speedlite Workshop had some hard working attendees ending up with some great images at the end of the day. While Amina was teaching the hands-on video workshop, Helene was there to work with me to help with posing techniques along with photographer Jeff Leimbach who keeps this tour moving smoothly every week. David and Calvin from Canon were on hand to help with the hardest of the technical questions and lighting setups. Could not pull this off with out the team effort from everyone involved including Jack Reznicki who shares in alternating with me in teaching the different cities across the country and co-designed the photography content of this tour. This was my last city on the tour, and I would like to thank Canon and everyone involved for making it such a success. It was quite an experience for me and I learned so much along the way. We ended the Sunday class with some RAW processing techniques in Photoshop to enhance the day's images. Here are some of the behind the scenes images.

           After the workshop, Helene and I spent some time seeing the sights and took a trip up to Bodega Bay to visit our friends Steve and Denise Hertzberg. Steve was a great photography guide through the Northern California coastal towns and the redwood forest for us to shoot some wonderful scenic HDR photography. Just wanted to share some of the images from this weekend with you.  The HDR exposures were processed in NIK HDR Efex II and Photoshop CC 2014.  For those of you Photoshop users who haven't gotten on the Adobe Creative Cloud, you really need to sign up to Adobe's $9.99 per month subscription so you can take advantage of all the latest software enhancements that make Photoshop CC 2014 better than ever! Northern California has some of our countries most beautiful scenery.

           Till next time..... Work Smarter.... Not Harder