Monthly Archives: May 2009

Jamie’s Bat Mitzvah

I am not an event photographer.  I accepted the gig as favor for a friend.  It was booked over a year prior to the Bat Mitzvah.  I was asked to photograph in my own style and not do the typical Bat Mitzvah photos, so I was at least happy in that aspect.  All in all, the event was a success and the photos came out great.  My friend Andrew Yaniuk also shot with me so I had a different point of view to give the parents.  Something happened pretty close to the event and the videographer canceled.  I did some tweeting and facebook postings and Anthony Quintano got the gig!  I was glad because, as an event videographer, he was able to give me some pointers as well as get some great footage for his video!

Did you enjoy shooting events? No

Since you don’t enjoy it, did you get good photos? Of course silly!

Was Uncle Bob there? Boy was here

Will you shoot another event?  Only if I loose my job and need the money

What did you bring to the event?

  • D700 Bodies
  • 24-70mm f/2.8
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 70-200mm f/2.8
  • 14-24mm f/2.8
  • 2 SB-900s w/ dome
  • SB-800 w/ dome (backup)
  • SU-800 transmitter
  • Tons of extra memory cards
  • 2 Light Stands
  • 2 White umbrellas
  • Tons of extra AA Batteries & charger
  • Tons of extra Nikon Batteries & charger
  • Lens Cloth
  • Reflector just in case (for family shots)
  • Lastolite Ezybalance Graycard
  • Business Cards
  • Event Cards

Interviewed on

Lawrence Atienza not only brings us some great tips, and info on photography, is a really nice guy, but has also been interviewing professional photographers and weekend photographers.  I am honored to be a part of this series!  Please click over to Lawrence’s and read my interview.  When you are done, check out the archives for interviews with David Tejada, Mike Grecco and more.  Lawrence had the opportunity to interview Chase Jarvis, Zach Arias, Rick Sammon and other amazing photographers which will go live in the future so be sure to subscribe to his blog.

Thanks again Lawrence!

“LAWRENCEATIENZA.COM: What are your immediate goals as a photographer and artist? Are you planning on releasing any how-to books? What are your recommendations to people thinking about starting a photography book as a weekend photographer/ part time photographer?”


Being an eco conscious photographer

I try really hard to be an eco-conscious photographer. I don’t drop things as I’m driving or walking around. I will always go out of my way to find a garbage can or recycle can to put my trash in.  If I am photographing a person where there is a bunch of gear set up I will try really hard to not bother the surrounding nature.

I have yet to spray anything harmful into the environment while on the job and will continue to do so.  Typically I wash my car using EcoTouch waterless car wash.  There is so much that can be done as a photographer to do our part for the Earth.

Here are some of the other thing that I do:

  • Proofing
    • Zenfolio
    • CDs instead of wasted prints (unless the client really wants them)
  • Storage
    • Think Tank Photo bags which use all eco-friendly materials
  • Travel
    • 2010 Toyota Prius (Hybrid) which I will own in the near future
  • Power
    • PowerEx 2700 mAh AA Batteries for strobes w/ Maha 8-cell individual controlled charger

Create your own Glass Jar Photo Frames

Glass Jar Photo Frames

  • A clean, clear jar (free of labels)
  • Photos
  • Ruler
  • X-acto knife or scissors


see the source and get the instructions at

They always have great photo ideas so check them out, bookmark their site and have fun!

Thanks for reading


Scott Wyden Imagery Blog for the Kindle

Now you can read my rambling wherever you go!

Cheap Wireless Tethering for Nikon – PeteTether

I’d like to do this mod, but I’m going to use my Lexar Eyefi card and a CF adapter first only because I don’t typically shoot tethered.  If I don’t like the speed of it I will then do this mod.  According to Pete (who designed this mod) the PeteTether is faster then Nikon’s own wifi system.

I met my budget, under $50, but really close, $40 for the adapter, $4 for battery and module holders, and $5 for the right angle adapter for the mini-usb

via Pete’s Tech Ramblings….

Center City Photowalk – Philadelphia, PA

Melissa, Andrew, Courtney and I signed up for Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk for July 18th, 2009.  Last year we walked in Baltimore, but this year we decided to walk in Philly so our friend Danyo can join us as he is trying to get more into photography.

For those who would like to join the Philly photowalk just visit this link and sign up.  Otherwise, visit the full city listing to find one in your area

Center City Photowalk – Philadelphia, PA
Start Time – 9:00AM
End Time – 11:00AM
LOVE Park (JFK Plaza)

If you don’t know anything about Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk, check out the announcement on his blog for information.

Fast shutter speeds and the right place at the right time

I received this email from a couple different sources so I’m sure it is getting around but I thought I’d share these photographs with everyone.  Some are funny but some are scary in the ‘that was painful’ sort of way.

Please note that I did not take these photographs myself and am I not claiming to do so.  I am just sharing the photographs from the email that was sent to me.

The photographers of each photograph were definitely at the right place at the right time.  Whether they understand shutter speeds or had a point and shoot camera on fully automatic it doesn’t matter.

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I have!


Oh, yes, and one more thing… a nanosecond is one billionth of a second!

Automatic is the devil – Photocritic

This little dial is called your mode wheel, and it’s your mortal enemy, the destroyer of creativity

via Abolish automatic settings :: Photocritic photography blog.

Do Follow Scott Kelby On Twitter

Scott Kelby has been on Twitter for a few months now.  He posts your typical things like what is doing during his daily routines, etc..  However, you don’t see him giving the Twitterverse inside information.  Read his new post and see if you want to follow him or not.   I follow Scott Kelby because he is a great source of knowledge base and although he isn’t there to tutor everyone, he does answer some random questions every so often.

Yesterday I asked Scott

@ScottKelby I know your photo vest has the NAPP brand on it, but who makes the vest? -link

He replies with

@scottwyden I think it’s a Tamrac vest. :) -link

Simple question, simple answer.  Gotta love Twitter!  So will you follow Scott Kelby?

“I won’t be able to answer Photoshop questions, or photography gear questions, on Twitter.. but I will do my best to make sure if you do follow me, I’ll make it worth your while.”

via Photoshop Insider Blog By Scott Kelby » Don’t Follow Me On Twitter…..