Learn Photoshop with CreativeLive + Discounts on Photo Books & More

My latest batch of discounts and special are live over on my site, including 50% off photo books, which expires tonight (2/24, 11:59PM).

Need some inspiration? Check out my Create Better Photo Books with 7 Vacation Shooting Tips.


The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Portrait Directing

I am going to share with you some of my duds that preceded my final shots from my personal collection. They will demonstrate to you that A) getting “the one” is a process with a lot of false starts and B) even experienced photographers have to experiment…Read the rest on 500px ISO.


Print Specials

Every few weeks a new fleet of print and gear specials arrive from a growing list of preferred vendors, like Shutterfly, BorrowLenses, and more.

See all of my latest coupons, discounts, and specials here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Teaching Chiaroscuro

Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 6.10.26 PMMy portrait of Andrew Munday was used as an example of chiaroscuro in Ann Kullberg’s Colored Pencil Magazine, May 2015 edition.

See a behind-the-scenes tutorial of that exact shoot here.

Andrew Munday is the Director of Operations at DoorDash. He used to dabble in modeling until the successful startup took over all of his free time. 🙂


Portraits With Character: My Portrait of Katherine Cheng in Digital Photo Magazine

My work was recently published in Digital Photo Magazine as part of a larger article on portraits. Katherine Cheng is the model and you can see two other variations of my chiaroscuro portraits of her here and here. This will give you a good idea of how differently one person can look in three portraits taken in one session. Continue reading

Your Gear Guide for Better Wedding Photography

Find your perfect match in time for your next (or first) big wedding shoot. Many of you are probably worried about not bringing the right equipment with you. We have thousands of items for you to rent but only certain items are ideal for weddings. This list will help you narrow it down to just the essentials to fit your shooting style. Take note of these 10 tips that will help you complete your skills….Read the rest on BorrowLenses.


7 Creative Portrait Challenges to Get You Out of a Creative Rut

Inspiration is fickle but skill blesses those who practice. Here are 7 creative exercises for portrait photographers who need to shoot but are lacking motivation or new ideas. Finishing just 1 of these ideas will help rekindle the flame of a lost muse, which is something every artist goes through. The best part is that you don’t have to have elaborate sets or exotic locations to do any of these 7 portrait challenges…Read the rest on 500px ISO.

New Underwater Housing Units

Photography/Creative Studios for Rent – Going Fast

I work out of a secure and centrally-located studio in San Francisco’s Design District as part of a collective of artist and developer stalls called Code and Canvas. We are a stone’s throw away from Creative Live, Left Space Studios, KQED, Anchor Steam Brewery, and on the map for SF Open Studios.

A very exciting development is taking place in our building: over 14,500 square feet is opening up for technical creatives including engineering designers, graphic designers, digital photographers, architects, potters, print makers, 3D printers, jewelry makers, clothing designers, and more! Affordable work space for creatives is very hard to come by in San Francisco. See the details below about the space and who to contact for more info. Continue reading

Small Business Start Up & Tax Tips for Photographers and Videographers

Get a jump start on the impending tax season! If you are considering taking your photography/videography to the next level and becoming a business, you will need to know a few things about taxes. Below is a brief list of things to consider, followed by some links to more in-depth guides…Read the rest on BorrowLenses.


1 Easy Way to Guarantee Your Photography Will Improve

How do you make every day count as a photographer? How do you make every day count for yourself? There is 1 major project that thousands of people start every January 1st that improves their lives and it has nothing to do with going to the gym…Read the rest on BorrowLenses.