Friday, December 10, 2010

The Krieger Family

*sigh* I know I know. I haven't posted, haven't called, haven't even written you a letter. I'm sorry, I've been lazy lately with this blogging thing. But I have some jobs upcoming so I will have some more content to post, I will also try posting some more personal stuff as well.

But for this post I'd like to share with you some pictures that I got to do before all this -25 degrees and snow business happened. Back in November I had the privilege of photographing my good friend, Kevin, and his awesome family. As some of you know I'm living in a different province than my family, and the Krieger family was kind enough to have me over for thanksgiving the past two years in a row. Great people. Anyways it was a great afternoon shooting with them.

I hope you enjoy the shots!

PS - I was having some technical difficulties with my computer so I have only uploaded eight photos. I might upload a couple more over the next couple days. Check back.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saskatoon Blades, Oct 23/10

Hello all,

So last night I was given the opportunity to take photos of the Saskatoon Blades hockey team for fun (they are Saskatoon's WHL team) so I agreed because Ive never really shot sports before and wanted to see what all the hype was all about. They played the Medicine Hat Tigers and won with a score of 4-1.

It turns out sports photography is HARD! I never really thought about it before, but hockey photography is not easy. Im used to things staying relatively still and not moving too fast, this was a whole other realm. Ive never really pushed my camera to the capabilities of its focusing speed and tracking, but I did last night.

I was shooting with my Nikon D700 and a Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR II. The combo worked great! Although I do wish I had the pro battery in my camera to get the 8 frames per second, that would've been handy. The light wasnt that great so I was shooting at ISO 4000 and wide open. It was getting me about 1/1600 shutter speed which seemed to be fast enough. The 70-200 was a little short to get the far end of the rink but when they were past half on my side it was perfect.

Never the less I got out there, shot, and I think got some decent shots. I will let you be the judge. Either way I had fun shooting and learned quite a bit in that one game.

Shout out to Steve Hiscock and Derek Mortensen for getting me into the game and letting me shoot, it was fun.

Blades forward, Lukas Sutter, gets into it with Kale Kessy from the Tigers

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ashley + Trevor: A Saskatoon Engagement

Hello all,

I know I know, I haven't posted for awhile but Im back and have some photos from an engagement shoot I did (I know, I didn't even procrastinate in getting this blog post out!).

I had the pleasure of taking Ashley and Trevor's engagement photos this afternoon. These two are fantastic! They were extremely comfortable in front of the camera and made my job easy! I didn't have to give them any direction really, they posed and smiled and goofed around without any help from moi, nice job you two. Thanks for letting me take your photos, I had a blast!

I have to give a shout out to a couple people that helped me out on this shoot: My fiance Alison for carrying around my camera gear and letting me flow from one shot to the next, Derek Mortensen of Base10Photo for helping me out with lighting, and Aaron (I hope that's how you spell it) for being patient and holding light stands.

I hope you like the photos, I'm pretty pumped about them, enjoy!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Engagement Partay!

Last night some good friends of Alison and I threw us a fantastic engagement party (if you missed the memo, Alison and I got engaged a little over 2 weeks ago, see for our story).

The night was great and filled with tons of delicious food (fondue is amazing, I now know), awesome friends, good laughs, and great memories.
Here are some of the shots from the night. It was great fun and was super special for Alison and I. Thank you to all you wonderful friends, you know who you are, we love ya.

Ali and I kissing, ya I know "Awwww" right?!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Phil + Katelyn: Chilliwack, BC Wedding

I had the honor this past weekend (Sept 19/10) to photograph such an awesome couple getting married, my friends Phil and Katelyn. Ive known Phil for quite a few years now and was thrilled to hear that he proposed to Katelyn. Ive never seen Phil happier than when hes around Katelyn, and I am extremely happy for the both of them!

The day was good, it started off sunny while Katelyn and her brides maids were getting ready, I thought "Wow first wedding and its going to go off without a hitch!". Whats that saying again, "If something can go wrong, it will"? Ya I think thats it. So at about 11:30am it started pouring, and Im not talking about average BC drizzle it was practically a monsoon outside! But Katelyn, being the awesome gal she is, just brushed it off and played it cool because nothing was going to ruin her day, it was going to be wonderful no matter what. I really respect that attitude, she could've freaked but she didnt. Solid. Now me, on the other hand, was seeing the chances of getting some nice outside formals get washed away (pardon the pun). But in the end the rain let up enough for us to get outside and get some great shots.

It was so hard to choose which shots to include in this blog post, so I posted about 5 more than I originally wanted to. Here are some shots from Phil and Katelyn's big day

Friday, September 17, 2010

Chase Jarvis tests out Nikon's new D7000!

Yeah yeah I know ANOTHER Chase Jarvis post. What can I say, the guy is an excellent photographer. And when you have Nikon sending you cameras that arent out yet to test, you know you've done something right!

Nikon just announced a new camera called the Nikon D7000. They called up Chase a couple months ago and told him they had this new camera and asked him to test drive it. Of course he said yes, would'nt you?!

Chase made a video showing him and his crew testing the D7000 and then a short film he made with the 1080p HD video the camera has. Check out the two videos below, if you want to read his original blog post check it out here.

(Click HERE to see the rest of the post)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FAQ: Gear I Use

So recently Ive received a couple emails from a few different readers about what gear I use. This is for all you gear heads out there:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

One Light Night Shoot

So last week my fiance, Alison, and I went out at night with the purpose for me to practice some low light model shooting that was back lit by the sun and using nothing but one speedlight as the main light source. Here are some of the results... (make sure to click on the post to view ALL the photos)

And PS - still offering to do some free photoshoots, so if you want to get some pictures done of yourself, or you and a good friend or family member, or whatever Im game. Just send me an email

Monday, September 6, 2010

Engaged - Our Story

I leave Alison on a bench just outside Peoples Jewellers in the Midtown mall in Saskatoon. Its Friday, September 3 around noon and my heart is pounding walking into the jewellery store. Im about to pick up the ring I sent to get sized for Alison's finger, so that I can propose to her tonight.

I know I know, bringing Alison with me to the mall to pick up the ring Im going to use to propose to her isnt that slick, but just keep reading I redeem myself later.

After I pay for the sizing the clerk hands me the ring. Before I head back outside the store to Alison, I take a good hard look at the ring and think "I hope it fits". I put the ring in my pocket and walked back out to Alison sitting on the bench. Now Im not quite sure why I did what I did but when Alison excitedly asked "Did you get it?" I responded in a upset tone "No". Immediately I could tell Alison was concerned and wasnt going to let it go that easily. After she asked what happened, and why I didnt have the ring I responded "It WAS here but when I was looking at it the diamond came loose, they didnt tighten the clasps". Alison looked really sad but replied with a soft "Oh.. its okay, I can wait awhile longer". I could tell that lying the rest of the day was not going to be easy, and that hiding my HUGE grin was going to be even harder...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

ChaseJarvisLIVE: A Conversation with Jasmine Star

Hello all,

This is a great video, but you better get some food and a comfy chair because its about an hour and a half long! This video is an interview between Chase Jarvis, big time commercial photographer, and Jasmine Star, very successful wedding photographer. Originally this interview was live on ChaseJarvisLIVE (check back to that site for future LIVE webcasts from Chase) but obviously now is not.

On a side note, Chase and Jasmine talk about Jasmine being on creativeLIVE which is one of Chase' projects that showcases talks from a wide variety in people in many forms of art. Unfortunately the free live stream is now over (I watched a bunch of it, it was awesome!) but you can still purchase the 5 day session in which you see Jasmine shoot a wedding, see her edit the photos, talk about her business, review her other shoots photos, take questions, etc etc. So a HUGE learning opportunity. You can buy that HERE if you like.

But anyways back to this video. Chase leads this interview and explores how Jasmine got into wedding photography. He goes through personal aspects of Jasmines life and also business practices. So for anyone out there that is a prospective wedding photographer, Id recommend watching this video and keeping your eye on Jasmine Star.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Simon Carter: Rock Climbing Photographer

So as some of you know one of my most favorite past times, besides photography, is rock climbing. Unfortunately since currently I am in the land of the flat its a little hard to get in rock climbing a lot. Luckily I will hopefully be back to BC in the next year or so and be back and climb tons.

Anyways in regards to the video, this is Simon Carter a professional rock climbing photographer. He shows in this video a couple tips for shooting rock climbing, how he gets out there to shoot and of course a bunch of his beautiful shots. Check it out.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mosque at Ground Zero? Uh... Not quite

Well Im not sure what to say other than "Yep... I made a mistake".

Recently I was informed by a friend on facebook that the proposed "mosque" at "ground zero" in New York City is in fact an Islamic Cultural Center. Funny how some of the media has missed that fact. Yes there is a portion of the center that will be used for prayer services, but I have a feeling "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE" sells more newspapers and is a little shorter and more punchy to say than "ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER BUILT BLOCKS AWAY FROM GROUND ZERO AND HAS A PORTION OF IT THAT (pause for breath) IS USED AS A PRAYER ROOM!". Im sure you see where Im heading here.

My previous blog post I made I took from the Sacramento Bee: The Frame and it said nothing about it being a cultural center and that it actually wasn't AT ground zero. So I naively shared it with all you, without checking my sources. For that I apologize and I will not be doing that again.

If anyone finds anymore news on this subject send it my way.

But in the end I hope that you form your own opinion on this subject and get educated rather than blindly believing what you read or hear. The article that my friend sent me can be found linked below, I recommend reading it its very interesting:

'Ground Zero Mosque'? The reality is less provocative - Charlie Brooker, the Guardian

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Frame: NYC Mosque Protests

"NEW YORK (AP) -- The proposed mosque near ground zero drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators Sunday, with opponents carrying signs associating Islam with blood, supporters shouting, "Say no to racist fear!" and American flags waving on both sides. The two leaders of the construction project, meanwhile, defended their plans, though one suggested that organizers might eventually be willing to discuss an alternative site. The other, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, said during a Middle East trip that the attention generated by the project is actually positive and that he hopes it will bring greater understanding. Around the corner from the cordoned-off old building that is to become a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque, police separated the two groups of demonstrators. There were no reports of physical clashes but there were some nose-to-nose confrontations, including a man and a woman screaming at each other across a barricade under a steady rain."


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FStoppers Shoots @ Oak Steakhouse

Hello all,

So FINALLY the guys over at did another FStoppers original video. This time they headed out to Oak Steakhouse to do some food photography.

There are some pretty appetizing looking pictures in the end, one of the coolest things is that for part of it he only uses one light. An easy light setup with one light most of us photographers can do with just one speedlight. Anyways, enjoy the video!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Travis Harris: Model Shoot

So in the past Ive posted a bunch of videos from one of my favorite video blogs I am one of many that view that website regularily and wish they could drop their day job to do photography, their passion, as their full time gig. Well photographer Travis Harris recently did.

Travis is an FStoppers fan as well and awhile back assisted Lee Morris (one of the founders of FStoppers) with a wedding and since then he has took photography to the next level.

Here is a behind the scene video of one of his recent model shoots.

Shooting for "InFocus Models" from Travis Harris on Vimeo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Big Picture: Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics

On Saturday, Singapore welcomed young athletes from around the world in a ceremony opening the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. This is the first ever Summer Youth Olympics, an event designed to be celebrated in the same tradition of the Olympic Games - the major difference being that the competitors are all between 14 and 18 years of age. This year, 3,500 athletes from more than 200 countries are competing in 184 events in 26 sports.

Check out the photos HERE

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Chase Jarvis: NINJAS

Yet again another video coming from Chase Jarvis. I know Ive posted quite a lot of his stuff but he has some wicked ideas, and puts out tons of videos to show other photogs like me and you!
This is one of his shoots he did for fun, he shoots NINJAS!! Enjoy.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Frame: 2010 US Open Surfing

Its been awhile since Ive posted a photo series so I thought Id post one from the Sacramento Bee: The Frame. This one is on the 2010 US Open Surfing competition. Some pretty awesome images in this series, check it out HERE, enjoy!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Walking Across America: Stop Motion Style

A group of guys made this neat stop motion video of a guy walking across America (I think it might have been used for a Levi Jeans commerical). Its pretty awesome and was shot in 14 days using one camera, some string, a protractor and some creativity. The first video is their final product and the second is their behind the scenes and a look into how they shot this video, its pretty wicked.

Final Product

Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Headshot Photographer Peter Hurley

As some of you know Im a big fan of One thing I love about that site is they frequently do photographer interviews/showcases and awhile back they interviewed professional headshot photographer Peter Hurley. The video editing is great, Peter Hurley is an entertaining character, and the headshots he puts out are gorgeous and very interesting. Check out the video below

Sunday, August 1, 2010

In Harms Way: War Photographers Zoriah & Alissa

I stumbled across this episode of Harms Way on Youtube and thought it was really great. The episode showcases War Photographers Zoriah and Alissa Everett in the Gaza strip as they document the Israeli Pakistani conflict.
Its a very powerful episode because it shows you a little bit of what its like to be a photographer in a conflict zone, risking your life for images.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Carnaggio Bridal Shoot

In this video Frank Carnaggio does a couples bridal shoot. The images are good and the video is well done. I also like how Frank uses natural light for most the photos and the only lighting he used is a on camera speedlight with what looks like a Gary Fong lightsphere. Take a look see, enjoy.

Frank Carnaggio "Behind The Scenes" Photo Shoot! from Holloway Productions on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Photographing Snow Leopards

Im sure Im not the only photographer who wished they could be paid to travel the world and document rare cultures and seldom seen wild life. That is the day in and day out job of National Geographic photographer Steve Winter.

For those of you that own Mac computers and have their newest operating system "Snow Leopard" you may recognize the photo above, it is Steve Winter's photograph that Apple used for their operating system.

Steve went to India to try to find and photograph the rare snow Leopard, the video below describes his time spent there and shows some of his stunning images.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Ive mentioned before that is putting on a contest right now for the best behind the scenes video, and the winner gets either a Canon 7D or a Nikon D300s SLR camera.

This video is one of the most recent submissions for that contest. The video is shot by Eric Bindman at Fatherly Films but the photos were done by Benjamin "Von Wong". Its a fantastic shoot and the theme? ZOMBIES! With zombies comes a little bit of gore, blood, and some survivors with sharp objects and guns.

Check out the video below, you can also see some of the end shots HERE

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Engagement Shoot

Hello all,

So posted this video on their site and I had to share it. Erich Chen does a brilliant engagement photoshoot and the final images are stunning. Did I mention that 100% of it is natural light? Yea, awesome!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Photographer Profile: Chase Jarvis

Hey everyone,

So I am constantly checking pro photogs websites and blogs and one that I frequent very often is Chase Jarvis. Those of you that know me well know that Chase is a huge inspiration to me and my photography.
I came across this interview of Chase, its a quick bio of him, so that you guys can understand who this photographer is that I look up to.
And it so happens to actually be Chase's bday today, so shout out to Chase. Happy bday!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Joey L & The Mentawai

In this video Joey L, with a handful of others to assist him and document the trip, travels to the Siberut Jungle in Indonesia to live with and document the Mentawai people.
The traditional ways of the Mentawai people are coming close to extinct, and only a few small clans still live the way of their ancestors.
The video is pretty awesome and really dives into the culture of a place far different than here in North America.


Joey L "Nikon Girl" Music Video

Hello hello!

So the last couple posts have been kinda heavy with topics revolving around poverty and homelessness. I thought Id post a fun music video done by Joey L about the topic of Canon vs Nikon. Its pretty funny, I got a chuckle out of it the first time I watched it. Mind you I am a complete photo nerd.
There is a little bit of swearing and a couple uhh... suggestive sentences? A guy also destroys a coke at the end.

If you want to know more about Joel L, you can check out his website here or watch the little video about him below the "Nikon Girl" music video.

Joey L is another one of those photographers where the type of job he has is the one Id absolutely love. In Joey's case hes traveling the world documenting different people and also doing commercial photography on the side to pay the bills. Awesome.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Help Portrait: Giving back to those less fortunate

Hi everyone,

So this week I was informed by my mother (thanks mom) about this wonderful organization called Help Portrait. Help Portrait is a movement of photographers who are using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate. Its not just a small movement, there are tens of thousands of photographers around the globe taking photos and in more than 50 countries!

They describe themselves not as a non-profit, but as a movement, a shift in thinking about photography. Its an opportunity to give photos, not just take them.

One of the beautiful things is that these photos are not for sharing on the forums, using on your website or adding to your portfolio. These pictures are solely for the person you are shooting, not for you in the slightest way, this is all about giving.

Its also not just for photographers! You can join and help out setting the photographer up and making people feel welcome and offer some of your talents to the job as well, for example makeup artists are definitely wanted!

You can also go beyond the call of duty. Take canned goods, take books, blankets, play games. Do whatever you feel like you can do to help the people your serving. Photography is just the catalyst. It's up to you to go beyond that.

For me this sounds amazing since I really care about people in general and now there is an outlet for me (besides Engineers Without Borders) to use my photography to do something good.

I know some of you are probably thinking "Why would someone that is, for example, homeless want a picture?". I will let Jeremy Cowart, the founder of Help Portrait, explain why he thinks this is important:

"I love hearing the naysayers say things like "The last thing a homeless person needs is a picture."

Then I love seeing the reality.

I love seeing a 53-year old man dance in front of the camera because he's never had his photo taken. Ever.

I love seeing a 45-year old single mom work the camera and have that chance to live out the dream of modeling since she was a little girl.

I love the tears of a woman hugging me because this is the first photo she's seen of herself since losing 300lbs 8 years ago.

I love taking the very first photo of a 5-year old child and being able to give that to his mother.

I love seeing women glow as they get pampered with hair and makup for the first time.

I love their confidence and the realization that they are beautiful and they are special.

I love seeing other photographers come together, build a community amongst themselves and reach together and establish even more community among the needy.

Lastly, I love knowing that these photographers are getting to experience all of these moments themselves.

That's what Help-Portrait is about."

I am extremely excited to join Help Portrait and help bring a smile to someones face, help them feel special for once in their lives.

I encourage you if your a photographer, or not, to check them out and do something to help those that are less fortunate than yourself.

Check out the following videos that explain Help Portrait a little more and show some of the realities of the people they help.

To see more videos go onto the Help Portrait website or Youtube "Help Portrait"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Big Picture: 2010 World Cup Comes to a Close

After a month of intense football and weird, weird, weird outcomes the 2010 World Cup has come to an end. The end result is Spain coming first, Netherlands second, and Germany third (Personally I was cheering for Portugal, but at least they got knocked out by the team that won the World Cup).
32 teams came to South Africa to compete in the World Cup. In that time the veiwership of the cup broke records, productivity dropped when matches were played, and fans across the world were in football fever mode.
The following photos are from The Boston Globe covering the 2nd half of the tournament.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Big Picture: Poverty Within White South Africa

"When stories are told about African poverty, race often seems to play a large part. Based in Senegal, Reuters photographer Finbarr O'Reilly (previously featured here for his work in DR Congo) traveled to South Africa earlier this year and visited one of a growing number of squatter camps populated mostly by Afrikaners - white South Africans - to document their stories and help show that, despite the fact that impoverished blacks in the region far outnumber whites, poverty is a human issue, not necessarily racial. O'Reilly: "While most white South Africans still enjoy lives of privilege and relative wealth, the number of poor whites has risen steadily over the past 15 years. Researchers now estimate some 450,000 whites, of a total white population of 4.5 million, live below the poverty line and 100,000 are struggling just to survive in places such Coronation Park, a former caravan camp currently home to more than 400 white squatters. Formerly comfortable Afrikaners recently forced to live on the fringes of society see themselves as victims of 'reverse-apartheid' that they say puts them at an even greater disadvantage than the millions of poor black South Africans."

The snippet above, taken from the Boston Globe, I think hits a really key note that I think a lot of people in developed countries ignore or are just ignorant about. More specifically the line:

"... poverty is a human issue, not necessarily racial."

When most people think of poverty they immediately think of a little village somewhere in Africa with straw roofs, little black children with distended stomachs; the typical "World Vision" view of poverty. Im not saying that isn't true, in some cases is, but people need to realize that it isn't a racial thing, its a human condition that can affect even your next door neighbor. Its NOT something that is thousands of miles away, its in your country, your city, even your neighborhood.

Generally my wish is that people take a stand against poverty, whether its donating to an organization that does development work overseas, or joining an organization that does work overseas and maybe even going over yourself, or even helping out in your own community.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Chase Jarvis TECH: Photoshoot in 180 Seconds

Hey everyone,

Sooo if you havent guessed it yet... yes I am a big fan of Chase Jarvis. The guy is an outstanding professional commercial and lifestyle photographer. On top of pumping out great shots he is also creating videos and behind the scenes stuff like this video to help out the photo community and promote his photography (obviously).

So this video is the typical steps you'd have when being hired to do a commercial photo gig. He shows us his setup, the points they make sure they hit, and a bit of the lighting, great vid check it out.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

iPhone Fashion Shoot by

Hey all,

So if you've ever thought "I cant take good photos, I dont have a good camera" I have proof that you can with the right setup. The genious, Lee Morris, over at decided to do a full blown Fashion photoshoot with one exception, they were going to use the iPhone 3Gs as their camera.

Check out the full post HERE

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Frame: G20 Protests in Toronto

"TORONTO (AP) -- Black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful protesters at the global economic summit in Toronto Saturday, torching police cruisers and smashing windows with baseball bats and hammers. Police arrested more than 150 people. Police used shields, clubs, tear gas and pepper spray to push back the rogue protesters who tried to head south toward the security fence surrounding the perimeter of the Group of 20 summit site. Some demonstrators hurled bottles at police. "We have never seen that level of wanton criminality and vandalism and destruction on our streets," Toronto police chief Bill Blair said. The roving band wearing black balaclavas shattered shop windows for blocks, including at police headquarters, then shed some of their black clothes, revealing other garments, and continued to rampage through downtown Toronto. Protesters torched at least three police cruisers in different parts of the city, including one in the heart of the city's financial district. One protester jumped on the roof of one before dropping a Molotov cocktail into the smashed windshield"


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chase Jarvis TECH: Backing Up Photos + Video

Hey guys and gals,

So one of the blogs I check on frequently is Chase Jarvis, not sure if you've heard about him and if you havent check him out ( hes awesome. Hes been a super big inspiration to me in photography.

This video outlines what happens with Chase and his crew from start to finish of a shoot. Now whats special about this video is he shows not the shooting part, he actually outlines his process of backing up files and the idea of editing and how not to edit destructively, among some other things.

Its a super useful video that gets you thinking if your back up system is really sufficient or will you be pulling out your hair when your computer dies?

The Big Picture: Half Way Through the World Cup

"Nearly halfway through the month-long 2010 World Cup Tournament in South Africa, over a dozen teams have been eliminated from the original group of 32, with the Round of 16 beginning tomorrow, June 26th. Television and web viewership has been setting records all over the world as supporters tune in to watch the events in South Africa and react along with the fans and players in the stadiums as they celebrate their wins and suffer through losses. Collected here are recent photos from the 2010 World Cup, as some of the players and their supporters have been experiencing it - in South Africa and around the globe."



Thursday, June 24, 2010

Model Shoot by Photo2D

Hey everyone,

I came across I pretty neat model shoot done by Photo2D. They use panels of plastic in their shoot to get a pretty neat effect. Note part of the video is slightly NSFW. Enjoy the video.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Chase Jarvis Photo + Video Tips

Heres a video by Chase Jarvis explaining that you dont need a huge budget and the most expensive equipment to get good video and photos. He also shares some photo and video tips, even with a point and shoot! Check out the vid

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Big Picture: Opening Weekend - 2010 World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup opened last Friday in South Africa, after years of preparation, with an Opening Ceremony at Soccer City Stadium - the first matches taking place over the weekend. Thousands attended the opening concerts and matches in person, while tens of millions watched events unfold on screens large and small across the world. Collected here are some scenes from the opening ceremonies, the first several matches, and fans young and old around the world riding emotional rollercoasters while watching the 2010 World Cup.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Big Picture: Afghanistan, Memorial Day

"Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day set aside to honor our men and women who died while in military service since the time of U.S. Civil War. In Afghanistan over 50 U.S. soldiers have been killed in just the past month, including 24-year old Marine Cpl. Jacob Leicht, who became the 1,000th serviceman killed in Afghanistan since 2002. As the fighting season begins, Taliban militants have recently mounted several bold attacks and coalition efforts to "clear, hold and build" areas in the south have been slowed during the "hold" phase, as Afghan government capacity remains small. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan."

Photos can be found HERE. There are some amazingly powerful photos, worth while viewing and thinking with your mind and feeling in your heart what these people do and have to endure day in and day out.

- Taylor

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Big Picture: Light Than Air

"Fill a lightweight material with hot air, helium or hydrogen, and you have a vessel that floats in the air. People around the world use balloons, blimps and airships for transportation, to conduct research, to deliver messages, to protest, and - mostly - for having fun. Collected here are recent photographs of balloons of all shapes, sizes and purposes - ranging from a child's toy to a football-field-sized research instrument, and much in between."

Check out the photos HERE

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Big Picture: Gulf Oil Spill Hits Shore

So that huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico finally hit shores in Louisiana. This oil spill is absolutely huge and disgusting. Check out some more shots of the spill and the shore line.

Check out the photos HERE

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Hi everyone,

Just wanted to mention that I made a few changes to the style of my blog and my website.
Feel free to let me know if you like them or not and by all means suggest what you think would look better!

Also I wanted to put this out there, I am looking for someone who knows how to code websites (html, css, flash). So if you know someone, or you are that someone, fire me an email at


Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Big Picture: Gulf Oil Spill

There are some powerful images of the Gulf Oil spill on "The Big Picture", a part of the Boston Globe. Check out the bottom two links to see a bunch of shots and some captions on the oil spill.

May 12/2010 Post
April 30/2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photoshop: Dave Hill Effect

Hey everyone,

Here is an effect that some photographers use as their signature look, made most famous I believe by photographer Dave Hill. I tried out this tutorial here. Great tutorial by photoshop guru Scott Kelby.

Here are two shots, the after and before of the photoshop effect. Im not a pro, so you can probably do this better :P :

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Single Light Shooting

I find too often, even for me, I use the excuse "I dont have the right gear for that" or think that to take a good picture requires a bunch of different lights and gear. This photographer explains how you can take great photos with even just a speedlight on a lightstand and a shoot through umbrella. Wicked.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ashley Gilbertson: Iraq War Photographer

Hello all,

Sorry I havent posted for awhile, I have been busy. Quick update on my photography, I had a photo job today taking pictures for a non profit organization that put on a student summit at the University on the millennium development goals. Was great! The keynote speaker, a woman who survived the war in Sierra Leone, made me want to share real life accounts of war and photography.

PART 1/6

PART 2/6

PART 3/6

PART 4/6

PART 5/6

PART 6/6

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Anyone Like Dominos?

A couple of days ago we had a pretty crazy timelapse video, well this video from OK Go (the band) is an absolute awesome, crazy, and fun domino effect that was amazingly taken in one shot, no cutting and all real no fake computer junk added after. Its awesome!

Friday, April 23, 2010

INSANE Timelapse!

Hey everyone,

Stumbled across this video of the craziest timelapse you probably have ever seen and ever will see. The dedication and tedious work that went into this must have been monumental.



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chase Jarvis Talks

Chase Jarvis, one of my biggest inspirations in photography right now.
He gave this amazing talk that is truly inspiring and really makes you think about what your trying to accomplish in your daily work and your passions (at least for me it did since its about photography :P) Enjoy the vid!


Chase Jarvis at PhotoShelter Event from on Vimeo.

Website URL

Hi everyone,

So Im trying to make Taylor Verde Photography a little more simplistic and stylized to my own personal, creative style over the next month or so. This is going to be shown through my website, my photos, and little things like.... the fact my website has its own doman!

This is now my website URL which is a lot nicer and more simplistic than my last. Hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sizes & Finish

Hey everyone,

Just a very quick update for my website ( You are now able to purchase larger sizes, up to 16x20! Also I am giving another option for the finish on the photos, metallic finish is now available.

Make sure to stop by and look at some photos and pick one or two up! If you would like to see more of my work check out, and if you would like a picture off of there just email me at


PS - more printing options to come, like canvas and foam mounting!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Getting the lens...

Hi everyone,

So ive finally decided on the lens I am buying.

Nikon 24-70 F2.8!

Definitely the more expensive of my two options I was deciding between, but also the better lens! Super sharp, quick, all around amazing. Only downside is its pretty big and kinda heavy but I can live with that.

I will most likely have a video of the unboxing and will post that when I get it.

Keep shooting,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Hey everyone,

First video is up on my youtube channel.
Check it out @

Let me know what you think and what you want to see in future videos.
Comment, rate, and subscribe.


Saturday, March 13, 2010


Hey everyone,

So I am now jumping into the realm of youtube. Ive started my own channel which I will be using to post video blogs, gear reviews, updates, etc on photography and many other fantastical things.

nothing up yet, but stay tuned!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Narrowing it Down

Hi all,

So Ive narrowed it down to two lenses. I know which one I want, its really just what I can afford thats the real catch.

The first lens is the Nikon 16-85. Great midrange zoom. Its sharp, affordable, awesome vibration reduction, the only downside is that its f3.5 - 5.6. Its a relatively slow lens, especially at the 85mm side.

The second lens is the Nikon 24-70. Amazing lens. Very sharp, especially edge to edge on a crop sensor (I own the D300s so Im shooting with a DX sensor), nice midrange zoom although its quite a bit more money than the 16-85 and is lacking the wide angle. The big thing is that its f2.8 the entire way through. Awesome lens!

So thats my conundrum. I will see how my bank account looks in a couple weeks and possibly give another update.

I want to start posting more frequently and more useful things for you as readers. If you have any suggestions just leave a comment.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lenses, Lenses, Lenses....

Hello all,

So Ive been doing some research about the next couple lenses I am thinking of buying.
Right now Im hunting for a decent mid range zoom and wide angle. The two lenses Im debating between for my mid range is:

- Tokina 16-50 F2.8
- Nikon 16-85 F3.5-5.6 VRII

Ive been talking to some people at work (working at a photography store) and they say both lenses are sharp, so now it comes down to a) More zoom and VR or b) Less zoom but more speed. So thats my choices for now for mid range.

I think I have my wide angle picked out tentatively now. Im leaning towards buying the:

- Tokina 11-16 F2.8

Supposedly a very sharp lense and the F2.8 would be nice as well.
The nice thing about this lense is that it stops where my mid range zoom would begin, with either choice above.

Well I will let you know what I end up buying, wont be until end of February most likely.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I am now the proud owner of a Nikon SB900 speedlight, best flash on the market woot!
Im really excited to try out some flash work and get into some more studio type shooting.

Stay tuned for some shots featuring the new flash