Miss Teen Nevada, photographed in Las Vegas 01/2019
Are you coming to Photo Plus Expo next week in New York City?
Join me Thursday morning, October 25th at the Jacob Javits Center as I get the ball rolling at the Nikon booth.
I am speaking from 10:15 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. about my first experiences shooting with the new Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera.
See you in New York!
On August 15th, 2018 I called my long-time client and friend for the last time. The next day, August 16, Aretha Franklin passed away.
For the last 14 years, I have photographed Aretha and shared many wonderful moment along the way. Since October of 2017 we tried several times to arrange a photo shoot for her final CD cover (she was planning on retiring) however, each time the photo session had to be canceled at the last moment.
Over the last year we had a lot of opportunities to speak over the phone and many of those conversations were spent laughing and planning for the day she was strong enough to shoot. In November of 2017, she told me about her schedule to do an Elton John event in New York along with a late night talk show. We discussed doing the shoot while she was in New York but decided it would be too much and opted to wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving but the day before Thanksgiving she was admitted to the hospital. Sadly, our shoot never took place but I am grateful for every second I spent with Ms. Franklin forever.
Goodbye my friend!
Learn how this image is created in this weeks Master Your Lens photography podcast.Read More
When was the last time you smiled and had fun as a photographer? The Smart Photo Quiz should definitely put a smile on your face...especially if you get all the answers right.
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Since we are on the topic of quizzes, here one to end this post.
Which prime focal length lens was used to create the following image?
Write your answer in the comments section!
Always dream big,
P.S. Here's the photography quiz link to pass along to all your friends. www.SmartPhotoQuiz.com
In this blog post, Matthew talks about lighting and how you can improve your lighting skill as a photographer.Read More
New episode: Master Your Lens Podcast. How to land your first photography job.Read More
If you're in Las Vegas this week, join me along with a host of other great speakers as we share the joy of photography on the Nikon stage.
The Master Your Lens Podcast launches season 3 today!Read More
If there is one area where photographers struggle, it is pricing. I totally understand because I remember the feelings of wanting to get hired as a young photographer but fearing if my prices were too high no one would hire me.Read More
Recently I’ve been asked this question quite a bit. It seems everyone wants to know what gear other photographers like using. What’s your favorite camera, your favorite lens, your favorite light, these days?
Over the years I’ve had many favorite lenses, but at this very moment, I have one lens that stands out above the rest and it keeps blowing me away every time I use it. The Nikkor 105 f/1.4 lens is one incredible lens.
Yesterday, I went to Kamakura, Japan for the Yabusame ceremony (horseback archery), which is a traditional Japanese archery where an archer shoots arrows at three wooden targets while riding horseback. It was my first time attending this ceremony and I arrived later than I should have to get a good spot to take pictures. I took my new Nikon D850 camera and my Nikkor 105 f/1.4 lens. Before I left home, I decided to shoot at f/2.8 for the entire day. The bokeh (quality of blur) on this lens is insane and I wanted to test it in this situation.
For this ceremony, archers are dressed in beautiful Samurai attire and compete for the top honor. It is an amazing ceremony to see in person and even better to photograph.
After the event, I looked over my images as I took the train home. With the Nikon SnapBridge app, my images are transferred instantly to my smart-phone so I can share high-quality photographs instantly on social media or send to friends and family. I was blown away by the sharpness I was able to achieve as the archers flew by at lightning speed. The D850 camera and the 105 lens makes for a powerful combination.
For more info on photography check out the webinar this week.
Always dream big,
I think we all wish we had more time in the day to do what we love. It seems time goes by faster and faster each year, especially as we work to grow our photography businesses.
This week, I'm hosting a photography webinar to help you manage your time and get over any fears you may have surrounding pricing your photography. To join me on the webinar, click the link below. You'll have a chance to take part in a LIVE photography lighting exercise and have the opportunity to get in on WEEKLY LIVE TRAINING SESSIONS!
This week, the Next Level Photography Workshop tour begins and I'll be teaching everything I've learned about the business of photography including lighting, shooting techniques, business tips and strategies and most important believe it or not, I'm going to teach what I like to call, "beyond the gear!" This is what really makes a difference and gives you a long career in photography. Yes, you are going to learn about all the gear as well and I'm going to teach you a lot about light and you'll be able to shoot as well, so bring your gear, but this workshop is aimed to really make a difference in your photography and in your life.
If you love photography and want to learn how to have a better career, come join me as I travel all over America, Canada, and Europe to teach what I love!
Here is the list of all the cities and dates:
Click here to sign up!
April 28th: Orange County
May 1st: Portland
May 2nd: Seattle
May 4th: Vancouver, Canada
May 8th: Minneapolis, MN
May 10th: Chicago, IL
May 12th: Toronto, Canada
May 15th: Columbus, Ohio
May 16th: Indianapolis, IN
May 17th: St. Louis, Missouri
May 22nd: Washington, D.C.
May 23rd: Philadelphia, PA
May 24th: New York City
May 26th: Boston, MA
May 30th: Charlotte, NC
May 31st: Atlanta, GA
June 1st: Nashville, TN
June 3rd: Orlando, Fl
June 6th: Houston, TX
June 7th: Dallas, TX
June 8th: Austin, TX
June 10th: Phoenix, Az
June 12th: San Francisco, CA
June 14th: Los Angeles, CA
June 19th: London
June 21st: Amsterdam
This year I'm more in tune with the changing seasons than ever before. It's been a while since I've been able to really enjoy spring and I didn't realize how I missed it. In Japan, the entire country celebrates with Hanami, when friends, family, and co-workers come out to eat and celebrate under the cherry blossoms.
It's an amazing time to experience. I shot every day with my Nikon D500 and D5. I used two of my favorite lenses, the 35mm 1.4 Nikkor lens and the 85mm 1.4 Nikkor lens.