June 2013 Newsletter


In this Newsletter:

– Greetings
– Stuff I Like This Month
– February GOAL Assignment: Fitness Photography
– June GOAL Assignment: Capture a Concept
– Photo Techniques: Capturing a Concept
– Product Review: Vivitar Close-Up Macro Lenses
– Product Review: Photodiox Step-Up Rings
– Workshop and Business Updates

Manhattan from Rockefeller Center

Manhattan, New York from Rockefeller Center.

Our ears popped as we rocketed skyward through the vertical shaft at amazing speed. The lights were dim in the tight confines of the elevator, but my son’s eyes were big with anticipation. He’d been planning this moment for a long time and couldn’t wait for the forthcoming view of New York City from the top of Rockefeller Center. We exited the elevator and walked into the blinding sunlight that lit up Manhattan more intensely than he could have ever imagined.

The sweeping skyscrapers were truly stunning and my son and I did our best to capture the grand scene with our cameras. My son’s dream of seeing New York from above was finally realized. His joyful smile said it all and it felt good as a parent to help him fulfill his goals.

This spring, my family and I were able to take a weeklong photo trip to New York City to celebrate my son’s birthday. Our elevator ride to the top of Rockefeller Center was just one of my son’s long-time dreams and it was part of a larger goal of his to spend a full week exploring Manhattan’s treasures. So, for his birthday, we packed up the whole family and flew out to the Big Apple to see the city through the eyes of my son.

It was a truly fantastic adventure and quite a delight to see the face of my son light up as he visited Times Square, The Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, and the Empire State Building. My son brought along his own Nikon DSLR and photographed the adventure from his perspective. We shot side by side for the whole week and took many of the same scenes.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York.

I don’t really know why, but I produced some of the best photographs of New York that I’ve ever created during this trip. Perhaps it was the lack of pressure or maybe it was simply seeing the city in an entirely new light. I’ll have to further explore this phenomenon of “better photos when traveling with kids” and find a way to patent the approach for a future retail product!

Even though photography is my business, it’s also a great way for me to visually experience this world while building relationships. In the case of this trip, it served as the perfect way to hang out with my family sharing something we love.

In other news, my last few months have been filled with travel, leading photo workshops (Los Angeles and New Jersey), and working on three new book projects.

I just finished the first book project with Wiley & Sons as the technical editor for J. Dennis Thomas’ Nikon D7100 Digital Field Guide. The other two book projects are my own and will be produced in a variety of formats such as hard copy, eBook, iBooks (embedded video), etc. One of these books will be on twilight photography and the other will be on a special black and white technique I’m developing. I’ll release more information on both titles as we get closer to their publication dates.

Nikon D7100 DFG

Nikon D7100 Digital Field Guide by J. Dennis Thomas.

I have quite a few more photo workshops available this year that I’ll be running through the Nikonians Academy. If you want to learn your Nikon camera or Adobe Lightroom or Nikon wireless flash, then join me in Seattle this September 5 – 7, or San Diego this December 12 – 15. If you are looking for a full-on photo adventure, then consider these photographic trips:

1. Iceland. We are down to our last seat available for our epic photo adventure to the land of fire and ice. Dates are: July 28th – August 6th, 2013. Link: Iceland Photo Adventure

2. ANPAT 13 in Northern Arizona. An incredible adventure with an amazing group of photographers. We’ll be exploring the massive landscapes and natural wonders of Northern Arizona from October 5th – 12th, 2013. We are down to two seats remaining for double occupancy participants. Here’s the link for more information: ANPAT 13.

3. Tanzania Wildlife Photo Safari. Our annual photo adventure to Tanzania is scheduled for November 4th – 15th, 2013 and is going to be better than ever. I’ve revamped our lodging in an effort to get us closer to the wildlife so we can spend more time shooting and less time traveling. We are down to our last couple of seats for this trip. Here’s the link: Tanzania Photo Safari

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