Monday, January 30, 2012

Turning the Flywheel

Jim Collins wrote about this concept of turning the flywheel.  Each little decision we make in our life leading toward our goal starts turning the heavy flywheel.  Each decision adds a little momentum.  The wheel is so heavy that can’t be sped up all at once but once it is going the momentum will help keep it moving.  That is the secret behind overnight success.  Start turning the wheel and years later you’re an overnight success.

I have been turning the photography flywheel for a couple years now.  Some momentum is really starting to build.

Some of the things that I have been doing to turn that flywheel…

  • Using Michael Hyatt’s life plan ebook.  You can get that book by going to his blog.  The majority of people let life happen to them and have no plan.  I heard someone say “Adults devise a plan and follow it, children do what feels good.
  • The Entreleadership podcast is something that is fairly new by the Dave Ramsey team.  Each one has some great nuggets of wisdom. Podcast #11 with Jim Collins reminded me of the flywheel concept I mentioned above.
  • I recently picked up the book “Think and Grow Rich” for $0.95.  What a deal.  The book seems to be the original secret.  I picked it up on the recommendation of Zach and Jody, some Nashville photographers with the right idea!  Here is one of the quotes. “Success comes to those who become success conscious.  Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.”

I mentioned before that the wheel is turning and those are some of the things that I am doing to keep the speed increasing.

“Where you will be in five years depends on the books you read and the people you meet.” – Dave Ramsey

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Here is the little guy already learning to turn that wheel!

Turning the Flywheel

Jim Collins wrote about this concept of turning the flywheel.  Each little decision we make in our life leading toward our goal starts turning the heavy flywheel.  Each decision adds a little momentum.  The wheel is so heavy that can’t be sped up all at once but once it is going the momentum will help keep it moving.  That is the secret behind overnight success.  Start turning the wheel and years later you’re an overnight success.

I have been turning the photography flywheel for a couple years now.  Some momentum is really starting to build.

Some of the things that I have been doing to turn that flywheel…

  • Using Michael Hyatt’s life plan ebook.  You can get that book by going to his blog.  The majority of people let life happen to them and have no plan.  I heard someone say “Adults devise a plan and follow it, children do what feels good.
  • The Entreleadership podcast is something that is fairly new by the Dave Ramsey team.  Each one has some great nuggets of wisdom. Podcast #11 with Jim Collins reminded me of the flywheel concept I mentioned above.
  • I recently picked up the book “Think and Grow Rich” for $0.95.  What a deal.  The book seems to be the original secret.  I picked it up on the recommendation of Zach and Jody, some Nashville photographers with the right idea!  Here is one of the quotes. “Success comes to those who become success conscious.  Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.”

I mentioned before that the wheel is turning and those are some of the things that I am doing to keep the speed increasing.

“Where you will be in five years depends on the books you read and the people you meet.” – Dave Ramsey

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Here is the little guy already learning to turn that wheel!  If you liked this post click over to my other blog where I talk more about my photography journey and life as a husband, father, and photographer.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Our morning walk

It was a bit colder outside than we thought but our little man was more than willing to brave the cold for a little time at the park.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

E-I-E-I-O!

This little dude makes my day.

Natural Light (1 of 4)

There is one thing that will always make his.

E-I-E-I-O!

Natural Light (2 of 4)

He asks for Baby Einstein by saying EIEIO? EIEIO?

Natural Light (3 of 4)

You better not bother him while he is watching his animals!

Natural Light (4 of 4)

Or take it away!  What a mean daddy I am!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

He is still working

I made this photograph today while Mr. E was making some business calls.  I better watch out, I think he is gunning for my job.

Working Man-1

He is still working

I made this photograph today while Mr. E was making some business calls.  I better watch out, I think he is gunning for my job.

Working Man-1

 

This is the photograph I made of the little guy while he was at his desk job.

Working Man (1 of 3)

Check out my other blog to see how I made this photograph.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My DIY light tent

I have talked a bit about the jewelry photography I have been working on lately and I thought I would show you guys my DIY light tent and two of my new pieces of equipment.

Macro-1

My compact little light tent all packed up.  I used 1/2” PVC, some clamps and foam core.  Folded up in the middle of it all is part of a white shower curtain.

Macro-2

This is my new beauty.  This was the lens that allowed me to get that great headshot of my wife in our living room.  It is super sharp and the 2.8 aperture is wonderful. 

Taking the photograph above, I used two flashes with the custom modified Cactus wireless triggers.  The Vivitar flash on the left and the Canon on the right.  Both flashes were fired through the sides of the light box that were covered with the shower curtain.

Here is the a shot of the entire setup.

Macro-3

Leave a comment if you have any questions about the setup.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Insperra!

I had the pleasure of working with a great wholesale jewelry company right at the beginning of the year.  They have put together some amazing products.  See for yourself.

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The details in the clasps and beading are classy and simple just like the company.  To take this photographs we used a simple light box with an umbrella flash above each piece.

Thanks so much for trusting me with the photographs for your website!

Updated Headshots

The first version can be found here and were taken about 6 months ago.

These are her headshots today!

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The biggest difference in the quality of the photographs is my education.  Over the last few months I have been reading, meeting with other photographers and watching videos.

Other aspects that help were the new lens and soft box.  The lens is super sharp and the soft box produces a very nice light.

The bottom picture was taken in my living room with a plain wall as the background. The flash to subject distance was about a foot and the subject to background distance was about 10 feet.

Insperra!

I had the pleasure of working with a great wholesale jewelry company right at the beginning of the year.  They have put together some amazing products.  See for yourself.

Inspiraa-266Inspiraa-187

Inspiraa-121Inspiraa-102Inspiraa-89Inspiraa-74Inspiraa-72Inspiraa-4

Inspiraa-11

 

The details in the clasps and beading are classy and simple just like the company.  To take this photographs we used a simple light box with an umbrella flash above each piece.

Thanks so much for trusting me with the photographs for your website!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wireless Trigger Receiver Customization

A couple years ago I purchased the cheap radio receivers from ebay and they have worked well.  I have made some custom modifications to my transmitter but this is only the receiving unit.  Adding the AAA packs allows me to pick up backup batteries at nearly store.

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The tools to solder the battery packs to the receiver and receiver in the lower left.  I didn’t use the flux but did use electronics solder.Receiver (2 of 3)

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The receiver with the battery pack wired into the receiver.  I used Gorilla Glue to secure the battery pack to the back cover of the receiver.

This weekend was has been amazing.  This little modification was needed so I can consistently use the receiver for my new flash!  One of many new goodies. 

2012 is going to be epic!

P.S. These modifications have made my radio system very reliable and they work a long way away.

One of my trigger system modifications

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Working for a living!

We start them young around here.

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Eli and I had an evening to hang out and relax and I put that little man to work.  I have tons of images to edit and lots of blog post to post.

I have been watching tons of Kelby training videos the last couple weeks.  There was a huge tip that I have heard about a billion times but this time it stuck.  Shutter speed controls that ambient light and the flash controls the flash output.  Look at the EXIF data below that picture.  With that slow of a shutter speed and hand holding the camera the subject should be blurred because of the camera shake.  The added flash “stopped” the motion.

The first picture is a combo of flash and ambient light.  I under exposed the ambient light and added a bit of fill flash.

Below is only ambient light.  The top is the brightest part of the image and the working dude does not stand out.

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Here is my little way to add some light the the bosses face.  The flash was set to 1/128th power and bounced off the computer screen.

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Here is the final image again!

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So glad I tried something new tonight.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What happened in 2011?

Last year was packed with life and photography happenings.

My first post from 2011

January

Who thought I would be a guitar photographer?  That was a first for me but in the end I think it worked out great. I found myself taking some pictures for a company website.  They wanted some photographs of Pikes Peak. I tried to learn something new while shooting some kids!  We replaced all the plumbing in our house.  That was a surprise. Finally in January I found this little video on the TED website.  This video has been an incredible inspiration.  It has even help guide the was a local company does business.  Check that one out.

 

February – This month was a little slow photography wise

I found free audio books through Overdrive on my iPod. Photo books are amazing for displaying wedding photos, the family session or a recent trip.  I didn’t realize how many books I had put together this year!  Last in February we took some photographs of our little guy.

March – Held a few photo outings but the dimples were my favorite!

April

A buddy and I started a picture a week project which didn’t last but this one was a good time.  There were more guitars and more one light setups.  This is tricky but maybe sometime this year I will get another speedlite.

 

May was a month of few photographs but lots of looking inward and trying to progress the business.

June

This month held one of the coolest “sessions” I was privileged to attend.  What an honor to be a part of this amazingly special moment!  Welcome Home

 

July – Another busy month

We went camping, hiking and saw the continental divide.  I tried some headshots and got my brand new lens.  That amazing lens lead me to the skate park and some business photo session.  July also lead to my first “official” portfolio!  A great month for taking risks and trying some new things.

 

August

This month I did an amazing maternity session! Part 1 and Part 2. I was privileged to take some photographs of an amazing family

 

September

The theme for the year is personal and business growth.  September was no different.  Two of the most fun were working with a friend while he practiced his golf swing and making a picture story our evenings.

 

October

A bit of a slower month but still one amazing session with two spirited little girls.

December

December is always busy with Christmas and New Years.  I took a picture of our rings, tried my hand at jewelry, my company celebrated 10 years, I pushed the ISO, and my son ate his first apple.

2011 held 72 posts.  It was a year that I really tried to get some experience and try new things.  I love the new lens I purchased and I don’t regret it for a second.  That lens could not have come sooner.

2012 will hopefully be full of new friends and great times.  I wouldn’t be disappointed if it also included some new lenses and amazing sessions!

 

Salud 2012!