Love going to these events to see what people come as, if I took your photo message me and i’ll send you your picture
My cousin Josh had a match on Sat night and the whole family came along even grandma came !!! here are a few shots taken with my phone
check out the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzxDe_hVkG0
I got a chance to shoot with a fuji mini 90 over the weekend, our friend Liz had her childs bday at a trampoline park and asked me if I wanted to shoot the event with their instax camera. I haven’t used that camera before and I didnt know so many functions could even exist on a film camera ! ( review on that TBD) So I accepted the challenge and she gave me 5 boxes of film and here are the photos I got using the camera and uploaded by the polar app
I’ve been looking for an app that can take a decent shots my instax film without making it look like crap, My options were getting an app, buying a scanner or just shooting it with my camera and calling it good.
The app is on iOS and was 3 bucks ( semi pricey) not really a review since I bought it a few days ago and only shot 20 picks with it but here are my first impressions
make sure you’re not in the reflection of the picture before you take it or it will focus on you and you’ll have to retake it
saves to phone and on app storage
auto crops both mini and wide film
some pics taken on the app didnt show enough detail
auto crop isn’t perfect you might have to resize it if it bothers you
check out my IGTV on this also to see more BTS of this
I just finished the #pmwintergridchallenge a few days ago. Here are the photos i’ve taken over the course of the month
check out my IGTV for my thoughts about this project
Do you watch my IGTV? you should I started a new series on it called “ behind the shot” where I show you how I got that shot ( pretty obvious) I really like it not just because I made it, but because when I am scrolling on IG and i’m liking photos I have always wanted to see a BTS of how they took a certain pic. i’ve posted a few videos of them already so go check them out
Last weekend the family went out to Antelope island to take some sweet pics ( Jess got sick and Emilia was napping) and here are a few pics of our sweet trip. While the other 2 girls were out of commission I was not going to let that ruin our trip, so the Squid and I embarked on the trail and here are the shots we got.
Im trying to be on the other side of the camera to have people see what I look like so the shots of just me were taken by the Squid, its extremely difficult to tell someone how you want to photo to look especially if they are a child but that being said the Squid is smarter than most and accepted the challenge and made me look waaaaay cool
Do you guys ever try and meet new friends at work or is it just me? last month was Peak season at my work meaning we come in a hour early everyday and work one extra day, but you know when you meet someone new you go through the whole generic questions hey how did you find this place? you have kids? you live close? and the main one so what’s your dream job?. I met this guy I’ll call him John and we went through the whole generic questions and he asked me what my dream job was and I told him Photographing things I like ( portraits, street, weddings and cars) and he asked me a follow up” why do you like photography?” I told him “Photography is easy to do, but hard to master”. He turned to me and said “ damn dude thats deep shit” I don’t exactly know how I made that quote up so fast, but its honestly the deepest thing i’ve said in a really long time . Living in the digital photo age we can shoot hundreds of photos and maybe get one we like
I’ve been doing this for about 10 years and feel like i’m barley scratching the surface of the ins and outs of photography
I got a chance to do an engagement photo shoot for Tre and Charity right before the xmas holiday, I am super excited on how these came out. The majority of these were shot using the 50mm for the bokeh and to add be close up without in their faces and a few were taken with the 10-22 to for a wide angle effect.
No matter what you do things can become mundane especially in the photography world, it’s just something that happens when you do the same thing over and over again so doing mini photo protects are great for a few reason
1 they can help train your eye to see things in a new way example if you only shoot landscapes do a mini project shooting people you’ll see that shooting people is far different than shooting mountain
2 You can shoot something you’ve always wanted to I always wanted to shoot automotive photography but never pursued it until this last fall and learned its all about angles shooting them
3 Since its a mini project you can set how long you want to shoot for and if you decide to do a mini series about plants and decided to after a week of shooting you hate it you can stop
I just finished this project last Saturday but don’t have a cool name for it yet so for the time being i’m just going to keep it as double exposure project. I used my iPhone xr and my canon 70d for this project and edited the photos using Lightroom mobile for the coloring and snapseed for creating the double exposure, I wanted to try and keep this project as simple as possible so thats why I used my phone for the post processing. I turned 28 at the start of this project (November 19 ) and wanted to shoot 28 Double Exposure’s because I thought it sounded like a good idea . I’ve always wanted to shoot double exposures because its something i’ve never shot before and thought I might be good at it, boy was I wrong hahah in theory its just overlaying one picture on top of another. But it took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to shoot two pictures that would combine to make one good picture. I really had a good time during this project plus I got a few good shots over the 28 uploads
With the end of the year suddenly approaching I wanted to talk to you guys about my favorite photogs some of them I’ve already told you about but some I haven’t yet, they are in no particular order of awesomeness because they are amazing in their own way
1 Peter McKinnon - photo/video/coffee lover. I started following him after his YT upload on camera hacks. He is a landscape/life style photographer with a unique way of shooting wide angle shots that are also close and detailed ( strange combo but it makes sense I promise)
2 Paul Ripke- followed him since the 2014. His approach of photography is what I want to be. His shots are candid but full of emotion like he’s been your best friend for years and brought a camera to party. He shoots cars, women and sports ( also shoots only with Leica how cool is that)
3 Antoine Truchet- I was watching mrbembrown last year as he was shooting a video for Audi and he hired Antoine as a second camera man,the saying the great ones make it look easy is a perfect description of his work. He is a extreme sports photographer/videographer.
4 mrbenbrown- the O.G. Man I’ve followed him since his 365 vlog days (one of the reasons I stated shooting photo/video) he is a extreme sports, life style and car photographer/videographer. Be sure to follow him on YT his visual vibes videos are works of art and I wish he would start uploading more videos (he also shoots canon like me so yeaaa 😎)
5 Ben Haisch- I stared following him for about a year but man he specializes in wedding /Elopement photography. I would love to have had him shoot Jessica’s and my wedding. He shoots with not one but two leicas I dream of having a business where my main camera is a Leica
6-Larry Chen- I actually found out about him while watching a hoonigan video, he is a automotive photographer and a very popular on at that. I recently started shooting cars and use his pictures as refrences before my shoots.
7 Clint (nsfw) He started his photo career with just a iPhone and now shoots with a Leica which is pretty impressive. But he shoots beautiful women and who can hate on that ?
8 stevesweatpants- I found him last year while watching through the lens series on YT, Steve is a street photographer in NYC and is cofounder of streetdreams magazine. Im a loyal canon fanboy but his Sony a7 has caught my eye as maybe my next camera body
make sure to follow them on Instagram. I’ll talk to you next time compadres I’m out
You guys square space has an app where you can edit your website through it! I honestly never use a computer unless I’m editing a movie or editing client work. The majority of my photography is shot and edited on my iPhone/ Lightroom
the reason I’m excited for this app is because before I can write blogs faster since I
don’t need to turn on my Mac and log in to start writing!
If you follow me on insta/Youtube you know that during the month of October I did the #pmgridchallenge ( read the last article if you don’t know what i’m talking about)
But during the challenge I wanted to use as many focal lengths as possible to take keep the creative juices flowing because I really only use 10-22. When I was looking at my sweet lens selection consisting of 3 lenses ( 10-22, 50m and a broken tele 75-300 I think) My options were limited and so I grabbed my 50 and 10-22.
I honestly forgot how much I LOVE THE NIFTY 50 it was my first lens purchase and at 125 bucks it doesn’t break the bank they do have a nicer version but its about 90 bucks more
What I love about it
Bokeh ( that background blur is cray 1.8-2.8 is so nice)
Night vision ( since its a 1.8 it can shoot for days and nights)
Price ( at 125 bucks its not breaking the bank plus if it breaks you wont cry as long )
Prime lens ( you zoom with your feet, its a great way to learn about composing an image, 50m you kinda have to be a little farther back then you would think)
First lens ( for many people this is their first lens purchase/ lens that isn’t 18-55 kit lens)
Video ( I shot a video using it that came out great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkH-bKkYs0c)
What I hate about it
No I.S. ( Image stabilization, you have to be very still if your shooting videos handheld so you don’t get an earth quake effect unless your sensor is IBS)
Cheap ( it feels cheap at 125 bucks you cant expect it to last very long )
During the pmgridchallenge 31 shots
14 of my phots were shot with the nifty 50
12 were with my iPhone
4 were with the 10-22
Here are the shots taken on the 50
Peter McKinnon asked his followers on YouTube to join him on a new photo challenge called the #PMGRIDCHALLENGE the rules were simple for the month on October upload one picture a day that showcases the transitions of fall ( think fall related things ) the winner gets a chance to be featured on his channel and gets to have a 1hr long conversation with him. I didn’t win but I still enjoyed every shot
I did start a few days late and ended the project the first week of November Here are the photos from the series
Over the weekend we went to a pumpkin festival and they had a “ fire event” I was skeptical since how can you make a fire pumpkin dance but man I was wrong, these guys are legit! ( @smokeshowfireco on insta) you should check them out on insta and book them for your next event!
Why haven't I shot cars before !!!! of course I find out how awesome it is at the end of summer bash, Thanks again uprising car and bike club for having this event
This was my first time going to a car show thats not just a local neighborhood free to enter type of event, I always forget how much I love cars and how unique they can be heres a few shots I took. Also check out my Youtube channel to watch my coverage of the event
If you haven’t read Ask RIKY give that a glance so you know what i’m talking about i’ve tried his “what would ripky do?” two times and heres what I like and what I don’t like about this feature also this is just my 2 cents so take that with a grain of salt ( it also said he would get back to you within 24 hours of seeing the question when I asked my first question but that text has been removed )
I paid the 99 cents which was about 1.06 after iTunes charged my card
the first time I was a bit skeptical because I wanted my question to be precise and the best of the best question he’s ever received haha but really I want it to be a good enough question thats not super generic or something I could figure out on my own I wont go into detail of what I asked since i’m the one who paid and I would feel bad if I just give out all his information ( does that make sense)
I waited a day, then 2 followed by 3 which actually took so long I deleted the app and ended up thinking I just wasted a buck. Out of the blue I ended up re downloading the app about 9 days after the fact and he WROTE ME BACK and his response was great it was about 1.5 paragraphs long it gave examples and what he would do (duh its called what would ripke do)
super excited I was already planning on my next question.
When I though of another great question to ask I paid the 1.06 to iTunes and asked Ripke (once again I cant say what I asked but it was a good question I had my wife help me word it correctly to get the best response) I knew I would have to wait but I was hoping his response would come a lot faster but again it was about 9 days ( I received the response today as i’m writing this ) I was just as excited to see what his response was and and and it was only one sentence :( I do feel a bit bummed about his response but none the less it more or LESS answered my question
What I like about his Ask Ripke feature
you get to ask a question to an actual photographer ( a person who I admire)
He gives you honest feed back on what he would do / what he thinks works best since he’s actually been there done that
I don’t know any Professional photographers who offer this service ( maybe Erik Kim?)
What I don’t like about the Ask Ripke feature
The time it takes in between asking and receiving the answer I know he’s a busy man but maybe he could somehow add a small print section saying I answer as many questions I can on Sunday night and if I don’t get to yours this Sunday I can try to answer it the following Sunday/ if I have free time throughout the week I can get to as many as I can but the majority will be answered Sunday night (just picked a day)
Maybe a Q and A of his most frequently asked question just so he doesn’t have to re answer the same question over and over and get to other new questions faster? I know he gets paid by the questions but writing the same thing over and over again would get tiresome even if he’s getting paid for each question
This is by no means a negative dig against the guy but more so a helpful opinion but they say opinions are like @ss holes everyone has one and they all stink (hahhaha)
I will be trying his website critiquing soon but im nervous I want it to be a honest review of my work but I dont want my feelings hurt because he doesnt like my work ya know
i’m debating on having him critique my insta or website both of which I want but I dont want to pay ( 50bucks twice ) my insta has more of my work but my site has my Professional work on it. hmmmm ill keep thinking about which one and let you know which one I decided
My family from Washington came over last week to come and visit which is awesome but sadly their stay was not long enough, But I do have a mini series called the '“The Visitors” its mini vlogs of what we did when they were here check it out on my YouTube channel Make sure to subscribe and hit the bell to be the first ones to see the vids!!!!
Here is a few pics I took of them while there were here