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After posting yesterday’s rather dreary image of Alyssa, I felt I owed it to her to post a cute one today. These images are from last week’s stock session we did in the studio. As I said before, it is great to be working with her again.

Have a great weekend!

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/8, ISO 100

January 29, 2010 at 10:26 am by | Categories: Post

Cabin Fever

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4, ISO 100

January 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm by | Categories: Post

Image in Use: Davis Hospital and Medical Center

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Had a friend spot this ad today on a local television station’s website. Since this is the image that I featured on today’s earlier post, I thought I’d share it here.

January 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm by | Categories: Post

Changing Styles: Revising My Stock Images


One project I’ve added to my list this year is to spend some time re-photographing some of my successful older images in my stock portfolio. The reason I have been doing this is to have my images keep up with the ever-growing megapixels of images and changes in style.

The two images above are an example of this. The top image was shot in my studio back in January of 2008. Since it was shot with the original Canon 5D and cropped, it is only available at a maximum size of large on iStockphoto. The new image which was recently photographed, while still closely resembling the original, was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and is available in sizes up to XXL.

Another thing about the difference in the images worth noting, is that while Alyssa’s 2008 hair style is not quite out of style yet, her current look is more current with today’s style.

Lastly and a bit embarrassing to admit, the post-processing of the new image is much better in my opinion (especially the isolation) compared to the original.

It will be interesting to compare how the new image fares in the sales department against the very successful original. Since it has already sold in the first few hours it was available, it is off to a great start.

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It’s no secret to photographers in Utah (and many outside the state) that I’m good friends with Nicole Young. In fact, I’d like to think that my Canon 5D Mark II was influential in her recent switch from Nikon to Canon.

Last month Nicole began increasing the frequency of her blog posts at, and I have been impressed with the quality of writing and instruction she has been providing. With that being said, I thought I’d take a moment and encourage my readers (whom I REALLY appreciate!!) to head on over there and check out what she has to say. I especially like today’s post and comments about whether or not using Photoshop makes you less of a photographer.

P.S. I know her blog is good, but please don’t forget about this one once you leave :)

January 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm by | Categories: Post


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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/4, ISO 100

January 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm by | Categories: Post

Welcome Back Alyssa!

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I spent this morning in the studio photographing one of my favorite models, Alyssa. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for her, since she was the very first model that I paid to work with us on stock images back in ’07. Her images have been very successful. In fact, as of right now she is featured in two of my top three selling images on iStockphoto.

Due to some geographic and life changes, we had not worked together since nearly a year ago. But things are different now and we are back creating stock images. We spent today’s session revisiting some of our themes from ’08 and shooting some new ones. While taking the pics was a lot of fun, what was even more enjoyable was catching up on life with a such a wonderful person.

Welcome back, Alyssa! I truly look forward to what we will create in 2010.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/8, ISO 100

January 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm by | Categories: Post

Adjusting to the Beauty Dish


After spending years using mainly softboxes for my lighting, I recently added a 16″ Beauty Dish to my kit. Even though the modified light is fairly similar to what I get with my small octabox, it is just enough different to require some adjustment to my shooting.

Over the past few days I have done two studio shoots using the dish as my main light source, and I am learning what results I can achieve. Yesterday’s post of Julie was captured with the dish placed 3′ above the camera position and aimed down at the model. A hair light was positioned to the right and behind Julie.

For today’s image of new model Richard, I placed the dish at just below the model’s shoulder height and to the right of the camera. The reasoning for the placement was two-fold, first was to create a little bit of ‘sinister drama’ in the image (think “flashlight-under-your-chin”) and secondly to get the light under the cowboy hat he was wearing.

After my first two shoots with the dish, I like the initial results. I look forward to continuing to learn this modifier and work it into my regular shooting.

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/5, ISO 100

January 22, 2010 at 10:29 am by | Categories: Post

She Moves in Mysterious Ways

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Canon Powershot G11 – 1/125 second, f/5.6, ISO 100

January 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm by | Categories: Post

Casting Call: Models/Extras Needed!


Wow, I’ve had a great response to Tuesday’s blog post looking for audience members to be in my massive stock photo shoot. In fact, I’ve got firm commitments for over 60 people so far.

Since my goal is a minimum of 100 people in the audience, I am still looking for participants. This will be a lot of fun and when finished this will be the picture with the largest group of recognizable faces out of the 6,000,000+ image collection on iStockphoto.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday February 6th, 2010
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 am
Where: Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City
Who: Anyone willing to participate (and sign a model release)

What I am looking for is models of all ages to be in the audience. Each person will need to fill out and sign (or if under 18, have a parent/guardian sign) a model release prior to the photos being taken.

For compensation, each member of the audience will receive a coupon redeemable for one free portrait or headshot taken by me in my studio in Draper. In addition, I will have numerous gift cards and prizes that we will be given away by random drawing during the shoot.

So, if you or your family & friends are in the Salt Lake area and are interested in participating in this photo shoot, please drop me an email at rich(at) or telephone me at 801.568.1000.

I’m really looking forward to this shoot :)

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