Workshop Participant Work: Mono Lake 2010

It's one thing to showcase my own work on this site but it's another to exhibit workshop participant's work. I feel like I've seen some great work from workshop students this past year and I'd like to start sharing that work. Here is some of the participant's work from our 2010 night photography workshop in the Eastern Sierras of California. More specifically, the images are from Olmsted Point in Yosemite, Bodie Ghost Town, and Mono Lake itself.


Smells like Terrorism

I was just in San Diego doing some private training with a client that included night shooting each evening. One of these evenings, I was detained by military police for about 30 minutes while making photographs on a public sidewalk. On this particular night we were apparently near, but not on, a naval base. It was 2am, and I had my tripod setup under a streetlight. I was enjoying the playful, intermingling colors from neighboring mercury vapor, metal halide and incandescent light along this particular street. I was making images of the streetlights and of the streets themselves, not of…


One Night, Night Photography Workshop at the Pearl Brewery

October 16th, 5:30pm - midnight, Pearl Brewery, San Antonio, TXled by Lance Keimig and Scott Martin This one night workshop is designed to be a quick introduction to the joys of making photographs at night. We will start with classroom instruction at 5:30pm before heading around the complex after dark to make images. We have arranged to have access to some of our favorite areas, including areas that are typically restricted. Participants can shoot side-by-side with the instructors or wander around to discover their own images. Expect Lance and Scott to give a few light painting…


Night photography book signing and talk

Lance Keimig and I are proud to announce that Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark by Focal Press, is now available in bookstores. Lance and I have been combining our materials in workshop handouts which has led to making this book. Lance is the author while I played the role of editor and significant contributor for this project. Together we combined Lance's 20 years of night photography experience and my 20 years of digital imaging training. At 280 pages, it's full of contemporary and historical night photography examples, inspiration, how to, and discussion about a variety of…


Night Photography Book Announcement

Lance Keimig and I are proud to announce that Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark by Focal Press, is now available in bookstores. The book combines Lance's 20 years of night photography experience, and my 20 years of digital imaging training to create the most expansive and comprehensive exploration of night photography available. At 280 pages, it includes contemporary and historical night images, creative inspiration, how-to tips and detailed discussion on a variety of techniques, including light painting, image stacking, HDR, working with star trails and much more. I was the…


Optimizing photos for viewing on the iPhone 4

Viewing photographs on the iPhone 4's 326dpi "Retina" display is absolutely incredible. It's a 1990's era dream come true. Text is easy for any display to render sharply but rendering fine photographic detail is quite another story. For many of us, phones and iPads have become portable portfolios that are fluid and easy to show people while on the go. Apple's new iPhone 4 takes portable image viewing to a new level, but there are some details towards getting optimal results that are worth mentioning for demanding users. In the past, zooming in on iPhone images led to disappointing results…


Liberty Bar Tribute

Liberty Bar has been a fixture in San Antonio for 25 years, an unlikely and magical convergence of red neon lights, great waitstaff, loyal clientele and owner Dwight Hobart's "serious food" all gathered inside a tipsy 100-year-old building. Last night was Liberty's last before they move to their new location in Southtown, where they will reopen Wednesday the 26th. The last image in the above group titled "Liberty's Final Hour" was a one hour exposure taken from 9:30pm to 10:30pm May 17th. I've also compiled a time lapse video of this final hour plus a half hour after closing time during…


Canon x300 printer review

(with comparison to Epson x900 and HP Z3200 printers) Canon's latest generation of large format printers offer an exciting mix of refinements. The 44" 8300, 24" 6300 and 6350 (which includes a hard drive) are referred to as the "x300 printers." I've had the pleasure of testing both the 8300 and 6300 printers alongside others as they've come to market. Instead of writing a super long in-depth review, I'd like to offer this relatively brief and to-the-point synopsis of my own findings of these printers. I'll spare the details as to what comes in the box and focus on the points that experienced…


Client Spotlight: Dan Winters

Dan Winters' unique ability to sculpt with light has long been a personal inspiration of mine. Now more than ever his work is everywhere. He's won more awards and contributes to more magazines than I can list. When I was in an airport a few weeks ago I glanced across a wide walkway full of people and caught a glimpse of this Time magazine cover of Tom Hanks on a newsstand. In that split second from some 80 feet away I just new it was Dan's image. His lighting is so dramatic, so distinct (yet never the same) I just knew it was his. Austin American-Statesman photographer Jay Janner recently…


3 best value, high quality displays to watch [updated]

I've always been a fan of high-end displays like those from Eizo, Barco, Quato, NEC and the like. At the same time I recognize that these pinnacles of technology are hard for most people to justify. I love discovering displays that are affordable yet meet the demands of the most finicky printmakers. Simply put, some ~$800 displays hold up darn well against $2000+ displays when they are well calibrated and it's this "best value, high quality" category that I get excited about and often recommend to my clients. All of these displays use an LED backlit lightsource, IPS LCD panels and…