Using a second flash to put a sparkle in Yuki’s eye.  Photo a day, day 98.

I am about to leave home for 19 days while I travel around Europe.  I know I am going to miss my dog Yuki, so I thought I would take her portrait before I left.  I used two flashes to take this photo.  One flash is shot though an umbrella and located above and to Yuki’s left.  The second is shot through a small soft box, at lowest power, and aimed right at Yuki’s face.  

Messing around with product photography.  Photo a day, day 96.  

Will take wine photos for wine.

It was surpassingly fun to take product photos.  It is all about manipulating the light to get the effect you want.  This took three lights and a lot of trial and error.  

Shooting action photos with a flash.  Photo a day, day 88, Tempest Freerunning Academy, Inglewood, August 2014.  

I had a clear idea of the photo I wanted before I arrived at the trampoline park today.  I pictured a very dark background with a well lit subject floating, frozen in the frame.  To get this effect I knew I would need a flash and the fast syncing speed of my Fuji x100.  Flashes are incredibly useful for freezing fast motion and also isolating a subject by cutting ambient light.  In this photo I used an off camera flash to light the subject and tried to cut as much ambient light as possible by using a very fast shutter speed (1/1000).

Can’t take great photos every day.  Photo a day, day 87.  Venice, August 2014.

It is really difficult to take a great photo a day. But, every day still I try.  One of the skills I have learned from taking photos every day, no matter how busy I am in the non-photography domains of my life, is the ability to take a “not-bad” photo even when no good photos seem to be coming to me.  Some days not bad is the best I can do, and today was one of those days.

At home with Yuki, an iPad, and Hipstamatic. I forgot how much I liked shooting with the hipstamatic app. The app handles all the technical details and makes the photos look great, so all I need to concentrate on is composition.

Post 29th Birthday Self Portrait.  Photo a day, day 86. August 2014.

After learning how to properly light portraits in my apartment, I started thinking about how to actually take interesting head shots.  I came to the conclusion that by just adding a single prop a headshot would convey much more about a person.  To try my experiment I used myself as a subject and a glass of wine as the prop.  I like this results so much I am going to take portraits of the friends I have over to my apartment as a photo project.