Eyes will inevitably furrow and harbor a look of concern and curiosity when people hear that I’m not a huge vegetable eater. “Oh why?” “You have to start eating vegetables – they are essential for your well-being.” I couldn’t agree more theoretically, but to actually start changing your habitual diet is almost like asking a smoker to quit cigarettes. It’s hard. However, I’m happy to say that after countless tries, I’ve finally come up with a fruit+veg concoction that gives me the nutrients I’ve been lacking. Those of you non-veg eaters will love this mishmash of squash, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and more. Simply throw the chopped squash, sweet potatoes, dry cranberries, apple and maple syrup in a baking pan and bake at 375°F for 40 minutes.
In the mean time, news from my studio:
TWiT Photo Episode 15 with Bruce Dale
In his 30 years with National Geographic, Bruce Dale has had over 2,000 published images and won coveted awards such as Magazine Photographer of the Year and White House Photographer of the Year. It was an honor for me to witness Bruce’s artistic brilliance during a group trip to Tasmania. Leo Laporte, my co-host, has boldly proclaimed Bruce his favorite photographer. Watch TWiT Photo Ep. 15 to learn his photography insights and tips here or on iTunes.
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Recommended: Adorama Pro Imaging Dept
I had the chance to visit Adorama’s new Pro Imaging Department in NYC recently and I was blown away. Professional photogs have always been at the core of Adorama’s business. Shooters can now go to their dedicated area of Adorama’s retail store in New York and be treated like VIPs. The newly renovated store, which incorporates the VIP department, is an intimate space with pro gear, from tripods and ball heads to studio lighting and modifiers, and other essentials.
An unemployed coal miner smoking a cigarette in front of his home in the west coast of Tasmania, which is often referred to as the “Wild West.” Tasmania is one of the highlights of my photography career. I was honored to be part of a group of 17 internationally renowned photographers Adobe sent to the end of the world, literally, to the remote Australian island. It was on this mission that I first met Bruce Dale, our guest on TWiT Photo today, and witnessed his artistic and technical brilliance. Bruce has photographed in more than 75 countries for National Geographic – check out his work on http://www.brucedale.com. Tune in to TWiT Photo live today at 1 p.m. PST.
I’ve had a problem with my back for some time – and only recently, I finally admitted that something was wrong and sought help from a chiropractor. It wasn’t a huge surprise to find out that I am in fact crooked! In all seriousness, to be the best artist I can be, I have to take better care of myself. My achievement of the week? Taking better care of me!
In the mean time, news from my studio:
I first “met” Photocomment editor and photographer, Tristan Hall, on Frederick Van Johnson‘s This Week in Photography podcast. This month, I am so honored to be featured in Photocomment magazine’s Pro Portfolio where I discuss with Tristan my life as a pro photographer. Read the interview to gain my insights into how to survive in our extremely competitive business.
An App On The Way
Shhh! In our hood of tech startups, people are hush hush about the next big thing they are working on. My busy elves at Catherine Hall Studios have been working on a new mobile app that will soon be available in the App Store. What is it? It is a photographer’s tool and we hope it will help you stay above the noise. Can you guess what it is? Tune in to find out more.
Canon Creative Asia Awards – 2 Wins!
The Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards | Photography Competition announced that two of my images are among their Top 25 in the Portrait – Individual Category. One of the images is from my Burning Man series, and the other from my Tasmania series. Whoopee! Check out the other finalists – it is quite an honor to be part of such an extraordinary group of images!
Recommended: Adobe Photoshop
Lightroom 3: Learn By Video
Digital Lightroom users will benefit tremendously from Mikkel Aaland and Tim Grey’s complete Lightroom 3 training program. It combines more than 10 hours of video instruction to teach you the basics of LR3, and image processing and management. With Mikkel and Tim’s expert tips and instruction, you’ll be a Lightroom expert yourself in no time.
Canon EOS 5D | 33mm | 1/50 | f/20
Living in an urban area – and being used to machination and industrial products, we can often take our wonderful natural resources for granted. When Adobe sent me and a few other photographers to Tasmania a while back, the simple ways of the people opened my eyes to a way of life that was organically integrated with its natural environment. In this photograph, Phil the fisherman sits on a plateau of rock, gazing out into the ocean with no specific goal in mind. Many Tasmanians depend on their gorgeous surroundings directly for their survival and livelihood and I wanted to capture the lifestyle of a fisherman, a simple life not distracted by noise and the palpitations of human traffic.
I met Leo Laporte a couple of years ago on an Adobe-sponsored trip to Tasmania – and we became fast friends. He’s one of those people who make you feel instantly comfortable. I was super excited when Leo and Lisa Bettany (she’s so gorgeous!) invited me on their new show, Mostly Photo, to offer tips to beginner photographers. We had a wonderful discussion on wedding and portrait photography on the show – and I can’t wait to share these tips with you.
Watch the video to:
• See Leo’s ‘Say Cheese’ smile (twice)
• Learn why you should take a leaf from Lisa’s book and shoot, shoot, shoot
• Hear why I wish I got a business degree instead of a fine art degree.
• Understand how my dorky beltpack enables me to move like a ninja.
• Learn my take on my favorite lenses
• Get why wedding guests often mistake me for a member of the CIA
To see other things in my camera bag, check out my Gear page. Oh, and keep a look out for Mostly Photo tomorrow at 1 p.m. PST for a surprise!