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  • Bare Minimum :: Karen Vi

    Sometimes it is great to find yourself in an environment with some cool settings or backgrounds. Other times it is fun to just work with something as simple as a blank wall and your subject matter. When shooting with Karen Vi we did get some great outdoor stuff but we also made use of some bare walls at my studio. While not the most complex images they are some of my favorite to create. Maybe it is due to the simplicity of them regardless always make the best your surroundings!

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  • Fun in the Sun :: Danielle Sharp

    If you are living in the L.A. area then you are well area of the heat wave going on this week. I am all for some warm summer weather but when it is reaching triple digit numbers I find myself trying to stay as cool as possible. For me that means staying inside and going through some photos to share with all of you. I came across this set I had done with Danielle Sharp in downtown Los Angeles. We definitely had fun with the harsh sunlight this day but lucky for us the temperature wasn't as bad as it is this week. I hope you all stay cool out there and be sure to check out the set below!

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  • Picture This :: 6.16.16

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  • Light & Shadows :: Lora Lee

    For years I developed a style of utilizing natural light from windows to create a sort of soft and dreamy back lit effect. In recent times I have found myself having a lot more fun creating images with a model using lights and shadows. Below is a set I had done with Lora Lee which demonstrates a mix of both techniques.  Progression in your craft is always fun especially with something such as photography being you can document the process. Enjoy!

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  • Monochomatic :: Danny Dev

    Back again with some fun monochromatic imagery. This set is with Danny Dev. Shot in my studio we utilized the bare feeling of the room to work with her in an awesome all black lingerie set. The contrast worked out well so be sure to check out the full set below!

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  • Flashing :: Salina Xay

    When traveling around and trying to set up shoots with models I don't always get to make use of the day light due to schedules. Sometimes I have to say fuck it and go with an alternate light source. Now I always travel with a on camera flash and do work with other forms of artificial lighting such as lamps and what not which sometimes can create a cool look.

    So while on a trip to Chicago I linked up with Salina Xay one night to create some photos at my suite in the W Hotel. I loved the set below. The backdrop of these drapes along with her outfit are what did it for me. Hope you all enjoy the set and yes from time to time I do work with flashes. Stay up everyone!

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  • Gear Check :: My week with the Leica M-D 262

    I recently was asked by Leica if I was interested in taking out their new M-D 262 for a test spin. I am definitely a sucker for gear so the answer was obviously yes. I am always interested in seeing what new cameras companies are coming out with. Especially Leica, but that is due to the fact I love the shooting experience with them. This is something I learned over the years of using different brands and that is use which ever tool inspires you to create. I have had Sony,Fuji,Canon etc but after purchasing my first M6 Leica about 5 years ago I was hooked.

    So what would make me interested in this model? Well the fact that it has no lcd screen on the back is the main and only reason. If you shoot with any digital M body it is a similar experience except this one is stripped down to the pure minimal elements of photography. In this day and age a lot of people would seriously question a move like removing the lcd screen from a digital camera. No video,no way to constantly check your photos and no complex menus that will leave you scratching your head to figure out. Instead the back is replaced with an iso dial much like their film cameras. On top you will find shooting modes (single,continuous & timer)  along with your shutter dial. Focusing and aperture adjustments are done on the lens.

    Now I applaud Leica for doing this. Most people might be asking why I say this so let me explain. First off (in my opinion) lets be honest it takes balls to do something like this. Second it is not for a hipster look or a retro thing. To me it seems as if Leica is simply offering a tool for people to have a different shooting experience. Bringing one back to the essence of photography. Sure you will be less distracted by not having a screen to constantly look at but there is more to it then that. I see this camera as a way for one to truly harness their skills as a photographer. Too often I see people (most of whom have picked up a camera in the past few years) not truly understanding their photographic tools.

    And why would they need to understand their settings? With a screen it is so easy for them to just move dials and hit buttons to get the image they want. It is almost as if the current state of digital photography is taking away from the skill of making photos. With the M-D 262 it forces you to think about all the elements involved with what you are doing. To imagine the photo in year head,contemplate your settings to achieve the photo as you see it in your mind. I think this process would lead to more unique photos from this new generations vs. them going out and shooting and just looking at their screen to make sure it looks like a photo they are trying to emulate.

    The best way to explain this camera is that it bridges the gap of a analogue shooting experience with the convenience of a digital file. Sure you could go shoot film but if you enjoy the convenience of not having to wait on a lab to get your photos back then this is one reason why you would pick this camera up.

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    My initial experience with the M-D 262 was my whole approach to shooting digital was switched up and I loved it. After my first day out and looking at my photos I was very pleased. I saw the point of this camera. They way I was observing light and shadows was different.  The value of what I considered was a good photo was altered. Plus there is something to be said about achieving a picture you are happy with by simply knowing your camera and how to use it. Realizing that this camera isn't for everyone and may not be appreciated on a mass level is something I am sure Leica considered but still went ahead and made it anyway. Hate it or love it there is something to be said about a company taking chances in the name of bridging the current state of photography to a more traditional approach. This camera when used will force you to do things differently. It is a mixture of imaginative and knowledge. Making you become more aware of not only your surroundings but your settings on your camera. So thanks again Leica for allowing me to try out the new M-D and feel free to check out my photographic results below.

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