About This Blog…

This is the first post of a new experiment. In an attempt to improve the quality of my photography and to develop a style that is my own, I will be posting regularly. Hopefully, every week will bring a new photo with a description of how I got there.

Self Portrait

I owe much of my learning to Glyn Dewis, KelbyOne (of which I am a current member), Tony and Chelsea Northup, Gavin Hoey, and Unmesh Dinda of PixImperfect. I have Glyn’s book “Photograph Like a Thief” and the Northup’s books “Stunning Digital Photography”, “Photoshop CC Essentials for Photographers”, and “Adobe Lightroom 6/CC Training for Photography”.

My current equipment has come from various sources. A three-light studio set bought at auction. Softboxes, speedlights, light stands, backdrops, tripod, monopod, etc. purchased via auction or Amazon.

The camera I currently use is a Nikon D200. This was a Christmas gift two years ago from my wife Carrie. She has been supportive and followed me on multiple ventures trying to improve my skills. She has been a willing model at times and a faithful assistant at others. She is the love of my life.

So now, off to this new adventure…

#GlynDewis #TonyNorthup #ChelseaNorthup #KelbyOne #PixImperfect #GavinHoey #d200 #Nikon


Precious Family

Love this family. They are dear friends. We’ve known daddy since he was a boy. He sure has done well. Great people.

Had a difficult time choosing favorite pictures from this group, but here’s a few:

Beautiful people make beautiful children. These are some seriously good looking kids!

The model:

The cutie:

And baby sister. What a personality for such an adorable little one! (We enjoyed a couple of books on the couch before our photo shoot):

Nikon D200. Some images were made with a softbox camera right with Godox flash. Retouching done in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Beautiful. Just beautiful!

18 Months

Time for an update! My youngest (so far) grandson has reached another milestone, so it’s time for some photos.

It’s early spring, so the colors aren’t the best in the park we attended. This little guy is so cute- he doesn’t need a bunch of colors around him to make some good pictures.

Nikon D200. Natural light. Nikkor 50mm prime lens.

Biker Pics

Lili got a mini bike. Rural King was running a sale which we found out through a friend. We went to town and picked one up. Lots of fun, but it could be more fun.

Biker pics:

And I decided to get in on it:

Fun times! 🤣🤣🤣

Practice Session

Preparing for a bridal portrait shoot, my lovely wife agreed to some pictures so I could practice. Needing some work still, but I think they turned out nicely.

D200. First picture is with flash, second picture is natural light beside a window.

Another First Year

Here’s another first birthday photo shoot. Cowboy theme this time! We borrowed the saddle and rope from a friend with horses (authentic!). The crate and lantern are mine.

Shot with D200 on grey paper backdrop. The floor and wall were added in Photoshop thanks to Glyn Dewis’ backgrounds. Umbrella with flash on camera left. The light from the lantern was added in Lightroom.

Fun times! More pictures to follow to include cake smash!

I’m (gulp) Shooting A Wedding!

So… our lovely couple from a previous post have expressed the desire for me to shoot the wedding. They know I’ve never shot one before. I’ve turned down numerous weddings before this. But this time I’ve agreed! (What am I thinking?!?)

It’s going to be an outdoor wedding- that will help. I’m borrowing another D200 and planning to rent a 70-200 f2.8 lens. I’m taking classes on wedding photography. Trying to learn as much as I can.

This is going to be quite a challenge. I know that at a wedding there are no “do-overs”. I will do all I know to do to be ready.

We will be shooting a bridal portrait session a few weeks before the wedding. I’m really looking forward to that!

Thanks to Scott Kelby, Jerry Ghionis, and everyone else that has placed information online!

Now- off to more learning!

Photographing Like A Thief

This image is wholly inspired by Glyn Dewis’ Home Guard Portrait series. I have his book “Photograph Like A Thief” and have taken his advice to attempt to replicate a style that impressed me. It just so happens that it was his images that impressed me.

I had originally planned this photo with a dear friend, but he was busy. I set up my equipment in the garage and modeled for the photo myself. Pulled a card table out of the closet for my table.

Shot with my Nikon D200 with 50mm f1.8 lens. Godox flash fired by Godox remote mounted to camera hotshoe. 24×36 softbox camera left, just like Glyn says to do it. Shot on solid grey background and used texture overlays to make the background in Photoshop. I stretched the background too, according to his tutorial.

Here’s the original straight out of camera: