My 2015 “Gifts For Photographers & Other Humans” Lineup!


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Buying Christmas gifts for the photographer in your life can be tricky. Even when that photographer is YOU!

Oh c’mon. Don’t pretend you don’t snag a few choice items for yourself along the way, thinking no one will notice.

I see you.
Honey, I AM you!

That’s why I decided to put this list together with both you AND them in mind. They’ve been great… and you’ve been AWESOME this year! You both deserve a li’l sumthin-sumthin. 😉

One of my parameters in making this list: no “photography poodles”. Meaning: no lens mugs, flower lens caps or macrame camera straps. No photography jewelry or kitchy t-shirts. Plenty of places to find those, this doesn’t have to be one of them.

Mostly, my idea here is to help get your brain going, get you going in some direction in your gift quest. Small stuff, big stuff… it’s all here. The rule: it all had to be useful. Proven. Some super practical, some just for fun. But all stuff I’d be delighted to get and put to work.

You can also have a gander at my Top 10 Travel Tips for a few things not listed here.

So here we go. I broke it all down into 5 groups: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional and one I’m calling Lady Photographers and Other Humans Continue reading “My 2015 “Gifts For Photographers & Other Humans” Lineup!”

You Want It HOW Big??

FLASHBACK: 2012. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA.

One February day, I join Trey Ratcliff for a large photowalk. (NOTE: he did it again this year, it was just as awesome in the way it connected like minds and hearts. Check it out here.)

I do not have high hopes of capturing amazing amidst 200 other people trying to capture amazing… especially when everyone’s trying to capture the SAME amazing.

Still… I brought my tripod, I think to myself. I’m gonna use it, dammit!

So I do my best. Set up my sticks at that cool dusky time, when there’s still enough ambient light to see everything… where you don’t have to do TOO long of an exposure, nor use too high an ISO. Just a long enough exposure to smooth the water, but not so much that the lapping tide drags one leg of your tripod slowwwwllyyy into the sand, creating a blurry schmear of the whole scene. heh.

I pull one off with no people in it. I’m amazed. I post it on social, but not on my website. I think “It’s too usual. Too much like every other image of Santa Monica out there”.

Note to self: Purchase a jumbo can of “Doubt-B-Gone”, ASAP! Apply liberally.

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