UI Photog

Lately I've been busy.  One of my regular annual gigs came up with a short turn around time, and I had to take care of that and then the UI (University of Idaho) was able to give me some regular hours again.  So I've been busy over the last few weeks. I was a...

Don’t Wash Your Hair So Much

Ok, I'm going to branch out a bit.  Consider this a bit of a PSA (Public Service Announcement).  When I was growing up I saw my grandpa and my uncle using hair gel.  I believed it was the only way to keep my unruly hair from "poofing" and because of my double cowlick...

Pray About It

We say "I'll pray about it" when we don't want to give an answer.  Isn't that the starkest truth of the matter? If we knew for sure, or if we could win the argument wouldn't we just pursue it?  "I'll pray about it" is a stalling tactic.  Isn't it?  Now actually, I...

Photog Class 8: Personal Vision

In this final installment of the crash course in photography I want to discuss the goal, the end game, what the point of all the efforts in photography really are.  On first review, photography is more or less about making nice or beautiful pictures.  But what makes...

Summer Leaves

Hot muggy weather, thunder and hail, and all the leaves-- even though it's not officially summer, I think we're pretty much there.  I'm wearing shorts, and I took a short snooze earlier on our new deck stairs landing in my zero gravity chair. As I get older I like...

Finished

Today I finished the railing for our deck stairs.  I had some help on the project-- make that a lot of help.  But I did the final touches on the railings. It felt good to finish, and I was really enjoying the work.  We still need to caulk and repaint, but the deck is...

Good Life

Today I plugged away at a variety of personal and business projects, I had a good workout, and mostly I enjoyed a spring day in paradise.  I mean that sincerely.  The sun was shining, the wind was blowing and making the wind chimes ring out, and the atmosphere was...

Niche Myself?

So I think that I should be finding my niche.  The interesting thing about this particular task is how in the process of finding your unique corner of the universe you are routinely confronted with the need to simplify your uniqueness into a recognizable category. ...

Photog Class 7: Tools and Tasks

So now that you know the fundamentals of photography and you are able to practice this art, we come to some of the more practical matters.  What common tasks must you perform and what kinds of tools are available to you today for doing them. First, you have to capture...

Witchcraft and Following God

Today I want to say a few words about witchcraft, spiritualism, and the use of hallucinogenic drugs for spiritual awakening and or recreation (their use for PTSD and other trauma treatment is not what I'm specifically addressing).  Today it is more and more common for...

Travel Camera

We're planning a trip, and I'm trying to decide between a few different main camera options.  Here are the options on the table: Take my Sony a7iii and three zoom lenses including my large 70-200 f2.8.  I'm worried that the 70-200 is too big and heavy. Take my Sony...

Photog Class 5: The Moment

A photograph is a visual moment frozen in time. Whether you have captured the sunlight shining through a rolling breaker wave, or a fleeting expression on a mother's face at a wedding there is an enduring and captivating magic in the ability of the camera to freeze...

68 GB

I attended and photographed the the UI commencement for the first time today. I've lived in Moscow, Idaho since 1996 minus 2000-2001 and I have never attended a commencement at UI.  I brought home about 68 GB of photos.  And commensurate with that number I was...

VIPs and Cameras

Definitely one of the perks of being a photographer is that your job takes you to photograph interesting people, and sometimes those people are also VIPs.  Tonight was one of those nights.  I covered the Presidents Commencement Dinner for the University of Idaho and I...

Public Relations and Publicity

I'm watching the Netflix documentary on Donald Trump right now.  The role of Public Relations and Publicity in his whole story is very interesting.  I'm interested in his story as an avatar for what social media and the availability of unlimited distribution has put...

Work

I have an interesting relationship to work. I was raised in the midwest (North Dakota to be precise) with a farmer grandpa on one side and a retired farm equipment dealer on the other.  I remember learning to use a push broom.  My dad showed me the right way.  Brush,...

Photog Class 4: Exposure

Exposure is the amount of light you record on the sensor for any part of a frame.  First, we'll talk about the various ways to control your exposure, then we'll discuss some creative principles and opportunities created by exposure. There are three ways to control...

Why Adobe Reminds Me of Canon (not in a good way)

Adobe software is the absolute standard in media production today, and has steadily gained market-share over the last 20 years, as far as I can tell.  They make the most powerful tools and they cover the broadest spectrum of digital production needs.  In photography...

Sanding with the Grain

I have a vague memory of the first time I was sanding.  I don't remember what it even was that I was working on, but I remember my uncle telling me to sand with the grain.  Showing me what the grain in the wood was and how when you sand a piece of wood you want to...

Later Day Saints

Today we went on a memorial bike ride to celebrate the life of our neighbor Mike Dixon who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2014.  Mike was a Mormon or Later Day Saint, who was survived by his wife and eight children.  They lived directly across the street from...

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