Las Vegas Bound- 2014 ESPN World Series of Bowling

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Time again to gear up for what has become an annual trip to Las Vegas for our portrait shoot with the champion bowlers of the PBA for the 2014 ESPN World Series of Bowling. This is one of my favorite shoots and I feel so lucky to be a part of this event. The images we create are used thru out the year in many formats to promote all the PBA events worldwide. It has been such a gift to be welcomed into this family and to be able to create such fun portraits-WIN-WIN=)

This year I’m hoping to not only shoot for the clients, but also take the next step and fully complete these images with my retouching and deliver the best work to date. Here’s a couple looks at our past work with before and afters.

I will be in the Las Vegas, Moab and Denver areas November 1-3rd, available for short assignments-by estimate only. Contact us thru the website if you’d like to inquire about availability while we’re in town.

Retouching school pays off

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This spring, I decided that it was time I reviewed my strengths & weaknesses in Photoshop after using the program for over 12 years. A lot has changed over that time to say the least. It has been incredibly fun, albeit frustrating at times to learn, then master many of the techniques needed to step up a level or two. My main focus was on retouching people as well as compositing and blending techniques. Along the way I’ve mastered, like a ninja, more than I set out to, including the ability to make perfectly transparent liquid, smoke & fire outlines. These skills are huge for me, not for the show off factor-but for the ability to really get into a shot and create a vision in the minimal amount of time with maximum effect for myself and my clients. I was happy to share these skills on my latest branding project with IOS.

Editorial Shoot-Office Line Magazine feature on Jason Player from IOS

JTP_3738Office Line Magazine recently looked to us to create a series of “real world” looking images for an article about a Minneapolis CFO, Jason Player of Innovative Office Solutions. This was a real treat for me, as Jason is not only a fun client, but also a good personal friend, photographer and beer aficionado who can make a great portrait himself. no pressure there……

To get a natural look (as natural as an office can look=) I used indirect lighting, bouncing the set ups off the celing. We were shooting inside of a glass office, so much like a fish bowl, it was just a matter of using cards and white walls. The final image was a close head shot, not a bad choice. This one was my favorite of the set ups. We also shot in the warehouse and tried a few slow long exposures with the flash and workers moving behind him. The set ups will follow once I have a chance to post the other images.

 

Innovating new portraits

IOS201415EditProofStrip_W This year we had the great fortune to work with a really terrific local business that sets the bar high in every way. Innovative OS is a leader in it’s industry and it’s my honor to shoot their branding images for 2015. Here’s a little in progress sample. I will share the finals very soon and they will ROCK!

See more at the website and thanks for stopping by.

Pixel Pusher-Youtube video

Howdy folks, again-long time, no type for me as family and summer have kept me away from the computer. I have been sneaking away to learn some new tricks for my editing and decided to go ahead and start posting the videos of my steps for you amusement. 

A cool & inexpensive photo contest

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Did you know that PDN (Photo District News) hosts a really cool and free photo contest for those of you who consider yourself ’emerging” photographers? Wanna win? I did.

Here’s the scoop, follow this link PDN Emerging for instructions on uploading your best work & lets see some BP friends in the winners gallery. here’s a link to the current winners. Photo contests are usually a costly pain in the buttox, it’s refreshing to find one that is fun to participate in, especially with such an esteemed industry magazine as host.

UPDATE-PDN has moved this to a pay to submit contest and now publishes the winners as an online magazine. Though, I feel like it kills the fun of it being a free contest. I also feel that the new version is much better in substance and the features make more sense. The original contest was great, but became very random with a whole lot of images that made you go ” what the fuck did they see in this?” but thats why art is subjective. Right?

Anyways….got $20 and a fun image or series, look into this.

A “Planet” is born

Welcome to Blank Planet, funny name with some seriously cool post to come, all related to photography and the art of imaging. Blank Planet is not just here to entertain and inform on the world of commercial photography-we’d love to inspire you with fresh, useful content that will open your eyes to your own personal journey as an artist. This is a forum, a community and a chance to see the big picture one frame at a time.