I have been reading quite a bit about what photo editors and buyers look for in Photography website designs and wanted to try and incorporate some of that research into my website. I decided I wanted to try and make a much cleaner site design that focuses on my photographic work. The idea is a clean simply site let’s my work speak for itself and should let the site load faster and look “sharper”.
So, here is my new site! Please tell me what you think, and let me know what things you like in the new site, and what things you think still have room for improvement. I know one thing I need to still work on is getting all my images and posts properly tagged so they are more search engine optimized (SEO). This should be happening over the next few weeks but shouldn’t change the look at the feel of the site much.
It’s official! Joe McNally is coming to Portland, Oregon this summer to teach a two day intensive workshop on July 31st, August 1st.
This workshop is going to be amazing, and is limited to just 15 people to give you a chance to have personal instruction and practice with Joe. Instruction will be split between working in a classroom setting and working at two on-location shoots.
Full details and registration available at:
Looks like Ryan Brenizer a wedding photographer in New York City has done a basic review of the new Nikon 24mm f1.4 prime lens. He seems to think it is a keeper if you are doing any kind of low light work professionally or need separation through depth of field at wide angles. What do you think? Does those two things justify over $2000 for a lens for your work?
NXTFoto.com now has a mobile edition of the site. Now any time you come to the site on your mobile phone you will see a simplified version made just for your phone. You still have the option to see the full site too.
This weekend I helped to organize another meetup for the Portland Strobist Group (www.pdxstrobist.org) with a theme of “Fight Club.” It was a great event where I found them an abandoned looking building and we were able to cram 40 photographers, 2 makeup artists, and 6 models into its expanses. It is always fun working to help teach lighting to new people as well as getting to play with new ideas myself. Here are a few of my frames from the shoot.
Trip to Ikea, I just love their bright building and lights
And a quick one setup for a themed shoot on “Financial Planning”
Decided I would pull out the big guns for the eclipse that is going to happen tonight. If all goes well it will be a clear night and I should be able to get some good shots. For those that need to know, it’s a Nikon 600mm F4 AF-S II lens sitting on a carbon fiber tripod with Kirk Photo Ballhead.
Been playing with the concept of using a light table for product photography lately. Not completely happy with the results, but it’s a good start. Figured I would share my first attempts and general setup.
First a couple a quick test… I thought I would try a small clear object
Here is a good example of how the table can add depth to the product. In this case an older lens I wanted to sell online.
Lastly, here is what the whole thing looks like setup. I am using Nikon’s Creative Lighting System to remotely control all the flashes from the camera.
Taking a trip to Seattle, I had to make a small trip to Centralia, WA for some work. While there I ran into a crazy art house. Guess I need to remember to get off the freeway more often.
Work on our new office is nearly done! We have completed the lighting, painting, and moving in the furniture. Next up is getting some of our prints into large frames and up on the walls. We even added a nice couch so that customers can sit and review their prints on site.
Some quick pictures: