Monday’s Here: It’s Gonna Be A Busy Week!

Happy Monday! Okay, Mondays are never really that happy because they’re well… Monday! Anyway, this is most likely the only post that I’ll get to this week so I thought I would share a quick photo with you and some of my happenings.

  • The photo above was from a shoot I did last weekend with musician Connor Fabiano. We had a great time shooting downtown in San Diego and we got some cool shots for him to use in his promo materials. This was another shoot that I put together while working on a music portfolio. Thanks Connor!
  • I’m really lovin’ my Sigma glass! The 70-200mm f2.8 and the new 24-70mm f2.8 HSM lenses are really nice! Sharp, crisp, great color and contrast too! As a matter of fact, the image above was shot with the 24-70mm lens on my D90.
  • Speaking of love, I’ve fallen deeply into it with my Think Tank Airport Security 2.0 bag that my wife and kids got me for Father’s Day! This bag rolls like a dream, has a TON of space, and is inside carry-on specs for domestic U.S. airlines. I’ll have a full review up for you soon, but unfortunately I don’t think I’ll get to fly with it until November when I head to Chicago to shoot a wedding.
  • I’m going to be out at sea this week and I won’t be back until Thursday. So there won’t be much here by the way of content, but I won’t be gone long. I’m heading to Huntington Beach for the weekend to spend time with family for the 4th of July. Before you ask, yes I’ll have my camera with me… and lights, stands, modifiers, etc.

That’s it for me today. I’ve got to run now and I hope you guys have a great week! Don’t work too hard, shoot plenty of photos, and don’t forget to back them up! See you soon!

Stephen


Less Talk, More Photos!

As I promised yesterday, here’s some of what I have been shooting lately. You got a quick tease on Monday, but today I’m including more from that shoot for you to check out. I’ve got some more images on the way, but for now I leave you with Tony and Tammara.

All of the photos were processed in Lightroom. No Photoshop required. I hope you enjoyed them and I’ll see you back here next week with more photos from some of my other shoots! Have a great weekend!


What I Have Been Up To…

It’s been a few days since I have posted on the blog and it’s definitely time for an update. Things are good, just very, very busy. I’ve had quite a bit going on and so I’m trying to get all caught up with family, work, and photography.

  • You see the cartoon above? I read them every single day that Aaron Johnson updates it because they make me smile, and sometimes even laugh out loud. If you haven’t been over to check out What The Duck, then you’re really missing out.
  • I’ve been working on post processing like crazy from my three shoots last weekend and also been uploading photos to my client proofing site at Zenfolio for my clients. I love Zenfolio because the experience is awesome for my clients and their prints come from my favorite lab, Mpix. I’ll have some more photos up for you tomorrow.
  • I’m re-designing my website currently as time permits. I’m going for a cleaner look than I currently have, but I’m doing it myself because I’m just not ready to part with big bucks for a LiveBooks site yet. More to come soon on the website.

So now you know where most of my time has been spent lately, and hopefully you’ll forgive me for not posting for a few days. As I mentioned above, I’ll have some more photos up for you tomorrow and until then, I hope you all have a great Thursday!


Sigma 70-200MM f 2.8 EX II HSM First Impressions

It’s early on Saturday morning I know, but I wanted to get one more most up for you this week. I’ve been swamped and I haven’t gotten a chance to post anything else this week so I thought I would share my first impressions of my new Sigma 70-200mm f 2.8 lens.

  • This lens is tack sharp! There is no two ways about it. I shot the image above of my Nikon 16-85mm VR lens with the Sigma and I was very impressed with sharpness.
  • At 3 pounds this lens is a little heavy, but not nearly as bad as I thought it would be based on a few reviews I have read. I’m sure it would wear me out after a full day of lugging it around on my D90, but it’s still not too bad.
  • Colors are accurate and this lens provides great contrast. I love the image quality.
  • I love the fact that the tripod collar is removable! If you don’t have a quick release plate on your tripod head, you will love this feature too! You can open up the tripod collar and remove the lens. Cool feature. Bonus points to Sigma!
  • Auto Focus is quick. I haven’t compared it to the Nikon 70-200mm f 2.8 lens, but I think it would be fairly close based on my experience with other Nikon AF-S lenses.

Nikon 16-85mm VR Zoom LensI’ve got a total of 3 shoots today. Two this morning and and one this afternoon and you can bet that I’ll be putting this lens (and my Sigma 24-70 f 2.8 HSM lens) through their paces. I’ll have full reviews up before too long so you can see exactly what I think and how these lenses perform.

I hope you guys have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next week. I’ve got to head out here soon!


One Big Light… Yet Still Small

Yesterday I received my latest order from B&H Photo, which included my two new lenses and a few other goodies. One thing that I have always stressed here is my liking to moving fast and free when it comes to my lighting setups. I now have a way to get more light using just my speedlights.

Back around the WPPI, Lastolite announced a new product called the Triflash. David Hobby even blogged about it. This awesome little umbrella flash bracket allows you to mount three, (count ’em) THREE speedlights onto one light stand! This is awesome because you can use a large umbrella, like the Westscott 60″ umbrella (that I just bought) or an umbrella type softbox like the Westscott Apollo line. This allows you to have a little more power and a greater volume of light, without having to resort to studio strobes. Don’t get me wrong here, they certainly have their place in the lighting world. But as I’ve said before, I like to move light and fast and don’t want to have to lug around heavy gear.

As a side note, for those of you that follow me on Twitter, my Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 HSM and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 HSM lenses also arrived yesterday. I got to play with them a little today, and you can expect a full review in the coming weeks.

It’s been a very busy week and I’ve got lots more to do. See you guys soon and Friday is just around the corner! Take care!


Photo Shoot with singer Peter Marin

Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting with Jazz singer Peter Marin at Balboa Park here in San Diego. We had a great morning and got some really great shots. I thought I would post a couple of shots here on the blog for you to check out. I am still editing them down, but I found a couple of instant selects in the process.

I shot these photos with my trusty Nikon D90, Nikon 85mm f 1.8 lens, and an SB800 at 1/8 power through a 24 x 24 Lastolite Ezybox. That thing gives me the most beautiful, soft light I could ever hope for from a hot shoe flash. It just plain rocks! I just needed one light to pull off these shots. Remember, you don’t always have to have the big studio strobes to get high-quality light. And with small flashes, I can move and work quickly which is a HUGE advantage when shooting on location.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and I’ll see you back here later this week for more about what I’ve been up to! Come back and see me and until then, I hope you have a great week!