Monday, November 10, 2014

Recent image from a Joe McNally workshop in NY
on 10/27/14

Monday, April 14, 2014















Just add a New imac 27" Computer to the office. The Mac Pro is showing signs of old age. Running slow and can not update OS pass Lion.

Monday, February 17, 2014

I completed teaching a workshop on "Introduction to Digital Photography" a few weekends ago.
The course was held over two consecutive weekends at the Shelter Rock Church in Manhasset, NY.
Attendance exceeded expectations
with a turnout of 25 participants.
The program had a mixture of skill levels, from new users to seasoned
photographers, from point-and- shoot to digital SLRs. 
Between the two sessions I was able to balance the presentation and accommodate all levels of experience.  The program was so well received that plans are in the works for advanced courses and field trips in the Spring of 2014. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Logo Design

For my Pro Photo Staff Workshops.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

 The Organized Small Photography office
Using a small space to maximize efficiency

My home office is only 10x12 with 2 workstations, 3 computers, 2 printers, 3 computer screens and 1 Wacom Cintuq.
I also need to store all my photography
equipment and files. The key to doing this is
Slatwall, the same material you find in many retail store to display merchandise. It allows for growth and quick change without the use of any tools. Shelves can be mover and arranged, hooks can be added or removed as necessary, pictures are easy to hang, It just makes sense when dealing with limited space. File folders of current projects can be placed out of the way but with in easy reach. Plus it's available in colors or plain wood you can paint to fit your design. just make sure your purchasing a heavy grade to handle  the weight. Most retail supply stores handle Slatwall and accessories . It comes in 4'x8' sheets and some Home Depots carry plain unpainted as well.


This design is easy to maintain and helps keep your limited work space neat and things easy to find.  You still need to take a few minutes to return items to their right location. A few minutes up front can save hours later.

(Check below for additional organizational ideas)



 Here I take my personal organizing to a whole new level. The use of colored file folders for different catagories, example: yellow photography info, Green clients, Red financial.
and so on,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Put away the laptop and Tether Cables
The CAMRANGER is here!



The Camranger is a small light weight device that creates an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network to which an iPad, iPhone or iPod can connect. The free CamRanger iOS app then enables camera control without the need for a computer or existing Internet connection. The effective wireless range is 150'. The device is compatible with iOS 4.3 or later. It works with many Nikon and Canon DSLR Cameras. Image appear directly on your iPad, iPhone or iPad while remaining on the cameras CF or SD card. However, you have the option of downloading all or selected images directly to the iOS device.
You can shoot JPEGs or RAW or combinations, the Camranger can handle both formats.
I test the unit on a Nikon D800 and it transmitted the large files without a problem. To reduce download time I later switched to the Jpeg-Raw mode.
The only problems i encountered was getting connection between my iPad and the Camranger in my office. Once contacted and then taken into the office the unit worked fine. I was able to shoot directly from the camera or use the Camranger to control and shoot the camera remotely.
The Camranger worked as described and has freed me from the Tether cables and Laptop. Now with just my iPad and the Camranger I can view my images on a large screen as I shoot.

The one thing the Camrange did not do was plan for an easy and clean way to attach the unit to your camera. It does come with a small neopreme case that can hang somewhere. I found Tether Tools has several inexpensive devices that solve the problem. The Rock Solid Hot Shoe 1/4"-20 Adapter (Black) along with the Rock Solid PowrGrip 3 for Smartphones works for quick and easy attachment.

This one device is taking Tethered shooting to a whole new level.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Workshop with Rick Sammon

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Announcing the “You Shoot Studio Shoot”
Aug. 3rd, 2013
10 AM – 5 PM with Lunch Break

Master Your Flash & Perfect Constant Lighting  - in an awesome studio - with photo pros Rick Sammon (www.ricksammon.com) and Keith Ibsen ( www.keithibsenphotography.com ).

Rick will be teaching speedlite lighting using Westcott softboxes and accessories. Rick is a Canon shooter and you can use his Canon speedlites and transmitter for your shots. If you are Nikon, you’ll need to bring your speedlites and transmitter – and know how to use them. (Note-Keith is a Nikon shooter incase you have Nikon questions).

Keith will be teaching constant lighting using Westcott Spiderlites and several Westcott accessories.

The group is limited to 18, so each photographer will get an opportunity to get great shots of our models.

Before the group gets going, Rick and Keith will give a short presentation on lighting.

The cost for the event is $200.00.

To register send rick an e-mail at  ricksammon@mac.com
Location: Montana Studio, 823 11th ave, NY 4th floor
between 56th and 57th