I'm an advertising photographer/videographer based in Los Angeles, California. My mission is to create striking advertising photography, corporate photography and editorial photography of people for major advertising agencies, fortune 500 corporations and major magazines. I shoot photography and video assignments throughout California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego as well as the rest of the world. As a photo educator I am happy to share my unique vision and methods. I'm currently teaching classes at College of the Canyons in video production for professional photographers and photography students. I give workshops, seminars and lectures on short form video production at colleges, organizations and conferences around the world.

arDV Expo Los Angeles a Photographers Resource

Posted: September 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Beachtek, Redrock Micro, Zeiss | Tags: | No Comments »

As a editorial  photographer in Los Angeles, California that also shoots video I spend today at the DV Expo. There is still time to attend on Thursday September 26, 2013  It is great to catch up with developments that would be useful to professional photographers shooting video.  Brian Valente of RedRock Micro is showing their One Man Crew and Gimbal Gear.  Howard Kaufmann of Beachtek had a number of new and prototype sound adapters like the DXA-SLR PRO ULTRA and adapter rods.  Richard Schleuning of Zeiss showed me some stunningly sharp wide open pictures from their upcoming 50mm lens in their DSLR line.

See the RedRock Micro equipment videos :  RedRock Micro One Man Crew & RedkRock Micro Gimbal

The first day’s conference schedule included  a broad range of useful sessions for professional photographers and videographers.  I sat in on two by Rich Harrington on TimeLapse and Photoshop techniques, two by Abba Shapiro on Directing and Production Gotcha’s, one by Claude Shires on Crowdsourcing and finally Jay Phelps’ Profit from Your Media. The Thursday schedule looks just as interesting so if you can consider getting down to the LA Convention Center to get the latest on the fast changing video landscape.  The Exhibit hall will be open to see the latest and greatest.

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Tribute to Ernie Brooks

Posted: September 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

Before going to Art Center College of Design and becoming professional  advertising and editorial photographer in Los Angeles, California I considered going to Brooks, Institute of Photography.  It had an outstanding name as a learning institution for photography.  A number of well known photographers especially underwater photographers have come out of Brooks, Institute of Photography.  It is not surprising that the tribute to Ernie Brooks filled the Arlington Theatre with over 2,000 attendees.

Many that attended seemed to be friends and long time collaborators of Ernie’s.  Some of those show their work to the enjoyment of the rest.  Along with a number of historical presentations were some newer photographs and video created by the speakers.  David Doubilet, a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine, showed some of his split over and under water photographs.

© David Doubilet

Visit his website at www.daviddoubilet.com for more beautiful images.

Howard Hall show some spectacular video footage of the kelp beds of Southern California among other places. Some of the work he has done is in the IMAX format which is an amazing feat to do underwater.

© Howard Hall

Visit his website at www.howardhall.com to see some of his beautiful videos.

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APA Photo Assistant Basic Training in Colorado

Posted: September 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Education | No Comments »

Are you a photo assistant? Do you want to be one? Are looking to jumpstart your new photo career? Then Photo Assistant Basic Training is for you!

In this two day workshop you’ll not only learn essential information on grip and lighting gear, you’ll also learn essential photo shoot protocol, etiquette and secrets that will not only make you a better photo assistant, but will give you lifelong skills that will help you as you start shooting for your own clients.

Sony Artisans of Imagery Brian Smith is teaming up with APA New York Chapter Co-Chair and photographer Tony Gale to present Photo Assistant Basic Training, developed and offered for years by APA chapters to rave reviews across the nation.

With panel discussions, equipment demonstrations from industry experts, and hands-on training, attendees will come away with the essential knowledge and confidence to build your own Pro Assistant reputation. Acquire a comprehensive understanding of professional assisting behavioral guidelines, including contemporary set-etiquette, and discover how this valuable training will get you more call-backs – more repeat clients, more work.

Master Assisting Professionalism. Get booked solid.

Day One

The first day kicks off with the popular “Assistant Panel” which includes experts on working as a photo assistant. Get candid, real world answers to all the questions asked by attendees. Following the panel discussion will be exciting live software and equipment demonstrations with industry reps from Sony, Broncolor, PhotoShelter and Adobe. Industry reps will be on hand to answer all your questions.

Day Two

The second day is an immersive hands-on workshop with much of the gear an assistant will most likely encounter on the majority of professional photo shoots. Many aspects of assisting will be explained in great detail including strobes, flags, scrims, set etiquette, the assistant kit, tips on getting work, billing, and how to deal with the dreaded cancellation. Following classroom discussion and demonstrations, participants will work along side the Pro Photographers to discover crucial pro assisting skills.

Space is limited, so register today.

September 21st & 22nd, 2013

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day

lunch included

Separate registration for each day REQUIRED

Sims Studio

2760 Downing Street

Denver, CO 80205

Day One is free to APA Members RSVP to director@apa-la.com

Day One Non Member Fee $40:

Day Two APA Member Fee $40:

Day Two Non Member Fee $80:

This special touring event is brought to you by our generous APA National Sponsors:

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LAST minute!! Art Buyers are waiting! Only a few hours left!

Posted: September 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

LAST minute!!  Art Buyers are waiting!  Only a few hours left!  Enter here NOW:




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Check out all of the features of the EOS-1D C here.

Fine Art / Personal
Lifestyle / Wedding

The Student Category is open to all kinds of images, and is judged separately.

2012 APA AWARD Winning images (above) left to right: © 2012 Art Streiber, © 2012 Andzei Bochenski, © 2012 Laurie Frankel

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