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From The Studio
I recently lost someone very close to me to cancer and this loss has been a lot more trying and complex than I could have ever imagined. Having to work through the grief and pain of loss has been quite trying. My achievement of the week? Starting to find relief and peace (I know its a long road) – and remembering the beauty in life and good times.
In the mean time, news from my studio:
Can You Spot Me On the Cover?
When I was asked to be a part of a photo shoot at WPPI in March, I didn’t know I would be on Rangefinder‘s cover! Michael Greenberg arranged the shoot for the Graphistudio‘s Day In The Life of WPPI 2011 book. Most of the other photographers were informed of the shoot – I did not hear of it until the night before. I was told to do something creative. Due to the late notice, I didn’t have any props and I decided to make a dress out of magazines that I have been published in. Very last minute, but a lot of fun!
Awesome Week in the Big Apple
It’s always fun to be in New York City and I wasted no time to catch up with clients, editors and friends, such as Adorama’s social media darling, Joel Meisels. Being based in the West Coast, I usually only talk to my East Coast friends online or on the phone. It was great getting facetime with people. I can’t wait to go back!
TWiP #192: On Lady Gaga & Copyright
In this episode of TWiP, Frederick Van Johnson, the “Godfather” Rick Sammon, Tyler Ginter and I discuss how Lady Gaga demands the rights to her concert photographs and copyright issues, the tragedy in Japan, and autofocus. Listen to our engaging banter and watch out for my tip on lighting and gear picks of the week: Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.0 & HDR Efex Pro
Recommended: Nancy Liu Chin Designs
Nancy Liu Chin is one of the forefront leaders in the wedding floral design industry. Her designs are a blend of modern chic, contemporary elegance and whimsical details. Her creations embody a flirty, yet refined charm—bursting with luxurious colors and breathtaking beauty. In a nutshell, she is brilliant. I highly recommend her premier floral and event design studio in San Francisco to any bride-to-be. I recommend other partners and friends in my For Photographers and For Brides sections. Would you like to be included in our Recommended section? Please email your request to email@example.com.
Congratulations to Tim Marman, the winner of our last contest. It’s time for a new contest and I’m super excited to tell you about our next prize. I am giving away a Kubota Image Tools Viva La Vintage and Pow Wow! Combo Pak ($179), which includes 25 time-warping vintage enhancements and 26 popping fresh enhancements. I’m really excited because Kubota’s time-saving Photoshop™ plug-ins and Lightroom™ presets have not only improved my workflow and the quality of my images, they have also added fun to the process. Without doing a lot of work, you can see a lot of different effects. You can also easily customize the presets. The interface is extremely intuitive and there is practically no learning curve. I used my favorite preset, Time Machine, for the above image.
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Enter to win a @kubotatools Viva La Vintage + Pow Wow! Combo Pak from @catherine_hall. Pls RT. More info at http://www.catherinehall.net/blog/.
You must be 18 years or older to enter.
You must follow Catherine Hall and Kubota Image Tools on Twitter.
The winner will be notified on May 30, 2011, on Twitter, Facebook and http://www.catherinehall.net/blog.
CHS is excited to be working with Kubota Image Tools to give this prize away. Look out for the results and a new contest on May 30, 2011. Thanks for supporting Catherine Hall Studios!
I’ve been practicing yoga for a good decade and it’s been next to impossible for me to do this pose called the Toe Stand (or its unpronounceable hippy version “Padangustasana”). But yippee, this week, I finally am able to balance for more than 10 seconds. Next, I’ll conquer the world! BTW, this photo was processed with an Instagram filter. See more of my Instagram musings @catherinehall.
In the mean time, other exciting news from my studio:
Profoto is now a sponsor of CHS
I am a big fan of electronic flash leader Profoto and swear by its D1 Air on all my shoots. Unlike other strobe manufacturers, Profoto’s gear produces consistent color temperatures while toggling between different intensity levels of strobe flash. This is fantastic news for me and my studio as we look forward to exciting future collaborations.
I was on Mostly Photo as a co-host!
Last week, when I was invited as a guest on Mostly Photo, I was really excited. But when Leo Laporte, an old friend, asked me to stand in for his co-host Lisa this week, I was beyond ecstatic. Let me know what you think of my first shot at interviewing: watch Episode 8 with Rick Sammon here. Thanks to the love in the TWiT chat room and on Twitter and Facebook. You guys are awesome.
Best of Bay Top 5 Wedding Photogs in 2011
Thank you to voters for supporting Catherine Hall Studios as one of top 5 wedding photographers in the Bay Area. I’m so excited to be included in this fine group and for your recognition of my work.
Recommended: Thomas Fogarty Winery
It’s the beginning of the wedding season – and Thomas Fogarty Winery is a wonderful venue with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. I’ve said it again and again – the background is extremely important to a good photograph. This image, one of my favorites, is taken amid the rustic wine country landscape. I recommend other partners and friends in my For Photographers and For Brides sections.
Would you like to be included in our Recommended section? Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New blog, new contests! I am giving away some of my favorite things twice a month. For our first giveaway, I have a Datacolor SpyderCube 3 up for grabs. The compact Datacolor SpyderCube 3 is a staple in my camera bag and I use it religiously as my RAW calibration tool. The SpyderCube is an indispensable tool for calculating color balance and saving you numerous hours in post-production.
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Enter to win a @Datacolor SpyderCube 3 from @catherine_hall. Please RT. More info at http://www.catherinehall.net/blog/.
- You must be 18 years or older to enter.
- You must follow Catherine Hall and Datacolor on Twitter.
- The winner will be notified on May 16, 2011, on Twitter, Facebook and http://www.catherinehall.net/blog.
CHS is excited to be working with Datacolor to give this prize away. Look out for the results and a new contest on May 16, 2011. Thanks for supporting Catherine Hall Studios!
The world watched on March 11 as the worst earthquake in decades rocked the northeast coast of Japan, subsequently triggering a tsunami that swallowed everything in its path. A month on, the nation struggles to recover from the devastating effects of the disaster.
A few weeks ago, Maki Kawakita, an extraordinary artist-photographer, sent out a call to me and other artists. She wanted to use their artwork to raise funds and convey a positive, uplifting message. What she came up with in a short period of time is nothing short of astounding.
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