Sunset Valley’s last hoorah

January 17th, 2009
photo by Hanmi Hubbard Meyer

photo by Hanmi Hubbard Meyer

I found out via Facebook that I have a photo published in this week’s Portland Mercury…. (Ahh… takes me back to my days of being published in the local weekly music rags.)  Sadly there is no photo credit.   The photo, of Sunset Valley frontman Herman Jolly, was taken ages ago with a Canon S40 point and shoot. I was at the height of my “let’s push the bounds of what this little camera can do” experimentation. That was also about this time I decided I really needed to step up to a DSLR. While I was becoming frustrated with shutter lag and the very limited control, I think the time I spent really digging into and exhausting all the features available BEFORE upgrading, really made me appreciate the DSLR when I finally switched.

This discovery brings up many topics in my mind.  Chief among them: ensuring proper credit and protecting images that are shared online.  Upon searching for images of Sunset Valley, I found several blogs using a version of the photo above or one of several other shows I shot and naively uploaded to my old Mac.com page.  The reality is I was not a pro shooter at the time, and didn’t really expect to become one again.  Of course, now that I am, I regret that I have missed out on several opportunities for some free advertising.  And moreover, having now had my eyes opened, what will I change going forward?  I already watermark everything and take full advantage of exif data…  I know there are a lot of opinions out there, and countless products designed to protect copyright holders.  But how helpful are they, really?

On a side note, I am VERY excited to see Sunset Valley tonight.  As the article mentions they had a prior “last” show, which happened to be my wedding day, so I missed it.  Now I just need to decide what to toss into the camera bag…


Retouching: how much is enough?

December 1st, 2008

Here are some examples of the levels of retouching that can be done for portaits. The standard, or “normal” amount of retouching is shown in example #2, and is typically included in my portrait, senior, and wedding packages. The “glamour” level shown in example #1, is much more labor intensive and must be done on a per image basis, can be added, but as a typical photo adds anywhere from 10-30 minutes per shot to my processing time, I must charge for the additional effort. The good news is people rarely want this level of retouching on more than a few photos, in which case costs can be kept at a reasonable level.  Even more extreme corrections can be done, and are priced by time required to get the desired result.

The lovely couple pictured here are my dear parents.  We had some fun taking a few informal portraits over the holidays.

Glamour style retouching

example #1: "Glamour" retouching - roll your mouse over the image to see the original shot


normal retouching

example #2: "Normal" retouching - roll your mouse over the image to see the original shot


Happy autumn

October 24th, 2008

EXIF: Nikon D300 | 1/40 | f/4.5 | 105 mm | ISO 800 | -1/3 EV


Up, up, and away!

October 21st, 2008

Montague Balloon Fair, California

As usual, time is a flying… The bad news last month was that PhotoShelter Collection was shutting down. The good news this month is that they have finally put some energy into the PhotoShelter Archive. It’s almost good enough that I am contemplating moving the bulk of my site there. It’s kind of half done at the moment. I put a “recent work” slideshow on my homepage, and added a link to “galleries” which takes you to my newly restyled PhotoShelter Archive where lots more work is available. Now it’s time to start uploading more content!


Weddings, road trips, and more testimonials

August 18th, 2008

Well, it has been a very busy summer. Been dividing my time between photography projects, weddings, rock climbing & travel, web development, and our urban homestead [which we like to call “InStead“].

It is time, however, to focus on the business, and as such I have gotten myself a mentor. Ethan Jewett, a good friend and wonderful talent has agreed to take me under his wing. This will definitely keep me busy for a while. I think I’m already booked solid for the week! I’m very excited and grateful for the tutelage.

My own website is woefully overdue for an overhaul, but in the meantime, I have updated the testimonials page to include some more recent raves, and have uploaded a few more pics to my Flickr page.