2015 Recap. Best Photos and Blog Posts

The year of 2015 was an amazing year. I didn’t want to rush with publishing the recap because I was still going through all the best moments of 2015. Early in the year I became Sony Artisan of Imagery and my life changed. In February I launched Asilda Store and my life changed. I met Bellamy Hunt and got my M6 and my life changed. I had big dreams for the year that just ended and to be honest in many ways I didn’t expect to have such a year. Every December I make a list with goals and every …

Introduction to Lens Filters, Type Options, and Filter Pouches and Holders Review

In the last few months everyone has been writing quite a bit about filters. There is a lot to say and the level of depth can be very broad on the topic. I have been using filters for many years. I typically have a UV protective filters on every lens I own, but that was about it. Then I decided to get a little more into it and got some ND filters for video and creative effects. At some point I realized it’s time to put a big overview together with some essential options, their purposes, and how to keep …

Sony’s Sky HDR App Review

It took me some time to fully absorb the idea that firmware updates and apps are the modern reality of the future. In the past you needed to get better hardware to see improvements. Computers needed new components, phones needed new batteries, new accessories, and so on. Today a simple firmware update or an app can make you very happy and get you the tools you were looking for. I got my hands on the new in-camera app by Sony. It’s called Sky HDR and I took it for a shoot in an early afternoon to see if the future …

Tanner Goods Field Camera Bag Review

There are many camera bags on the market, but only a few fit that incognito non-camera bag looking profile. For me personally, walking around the city without drawing too much attention is a big plus. I always strive to get my hands on some of the best casual camera bags on the market and I’ve done quite a few reviews of such bags. Today I want to introduce you to Tanner Goods Field Camera Bag. Tanner Goods is based in Portland and focuses primarily on lifestyle leather goods. They have a few products for photographers and this camera bag is …

My First Magazine Feature. Let’s Explore Magazine Right Now on Kickstarter

In all my years of shooting I never had a proper magazine feature. I can’t say that it’s something you can live without in the digital age, but it’s a definite validation of your success. I started shooting ballet less than two years ago and since then it has sort of become one of my signature series. I love being around the dancers and having the privilege to shoot the process that’s typically a very intimate and unavailable space for the masses. You can’t just go out and decide that today you’ll be shooting ballet. I was invited into this …

Microsoft Surface Book First Thoughts and Review. For Photographers.

Displays, of any sorts, are definitely taking over our lives. Phones, tablets, and computers for us, photographers, are essential to our work. Throw in a digital viewfinder of a mirrorless camera and you’re looking at a screen 20 hours out of a day. It’s a bit of this love hate relationship with all these devices. I haven’t been excited about laptops and phones in a really long time. I have MacBook and iPhone, and iPad mini for writing articles for the blog. I’ve been using Apple products for the last 5 years and at this point I am a little …

Why I Bought Sony RX100 IV. Review and thoughts

There are many awesome cameras being released literally every few weeks now. It’s all revolutionary and we really are seing some major changes happening in the gear world. Often we do recognize that a certain camera is great, but does it have a space in our kit and does it make sense to may a certain amount of money for possibly your second or third camera? For many people RX100 IV is not the dream camera, there is a prime a7 line for that. I’m sorry I though give you a head up, I think of cameras these days primarily …

Tanner Goods Camera Strap Review

As everyone, I have my favorite places and regions. I love Oregon and just so happens that a lot of companies I admire are based there. It’s their home, their soul, their land, and their products. Tanner Goods is a Portland based company that does some really cool everyday carry products. Their range of bags is probably one of the best looking out there. As many artistic people, the craftsmen at Tanner Goods couldn’t pass on an opportunity to make something for photographers, and about a month ago I got my hands on the camera strap they make. Chances are, …

Photography Websites and 7 Things you Need to Do for Yours

There are numerous articles on websites: how to make one, how to promote it, and so on. It always seems that there are more articles about this stuff than people actually taking actions on these suggestions. I find that often the advice is too broad and not actionable, so I put a list together that is simple to digest, that is relevant to everyone, and that you can keep close as your checklist for the future. My website is an important part of what I do and I run into situations I shouldn’t have let happen. But this happens to everyone! Many …

How to Be Relevant in 100 Years?

I’ve been on the road last month and had a really interesting week going from Chicago to Milwaukee to Minneapolis. I stopped at the headquarters and museums of two companies that have been around for over 100 years. I never really though about my work and what will happen to it in such a long time. It’s always been more about 5-10 year plans, but never a hundred! So as I walked around the museum of Harley-Davidson, and then Red Wing Shoes, I kept thinking about what it takes to survive such a long time and still be one of …

Being a Brand, an Ambassador, and an Influencer

We’re living in an interesting time. It’s difficult alone to be both a business person and an artist, but now we have three more interesting and relatively new areas where we can make an impact. I’ve mentioned this many times this year, but we truly are becoming brands of our own. We do not necessarily need to have someone to present our work. We’re in full control of how we present our work, to whom, how we package it (text and visuals at the very least), and how often we broadcast. I know these might seem like completely incompatible to …

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015. Los Angeles.

Last Sunday was a busy day for me. I was participating and shooting the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015 in Los Angeles. This is an annual fundraising ride where over 30,000 motorcyclists dress up dapper in over 400 cities around the world do this ride on the same day. All money is donated to find a cure for prostate cancer, a pretty painful topic for me because I lost my grandfather to this two years ago. So this year I donated my time to capture the special moments of the LA DGR 2015 ride. 600 riders gathered in Pasadena on early …

What Kind of Presence Photographers Need on the Web in 2015?

Things are changing very quickly on us, or I should say that’s what we do to the photo world collectively thanks to the technologies around us. In the old days there was a completely different set of things you needed to promote and sell your photography. You’d have a printed portfolio, other print materials, your contacts that in those days were just business cards without web address, email, and social handles. When I started getting more serious about my photo work, I experienced this shift on myself as well. My old printed portfolio album is dusting in one of the boxes …

Three Things That Matter in Your Photography in 2015

I’ve been thinking lately how all the boundaries we assume to be present on our way to photographic success and dissolving by themselves over the last few years. There are many new trends and opportunities that you and I can leverage to let the world know about our photography. You can be your own broadcaster, you can collaborate with brands more easily these days, you’re a brand that people are interested in  because what you create is your own community and your own world within. Google Plus didn’t become a success, but they were right when they came up with Google Circles …

Roamographer Camera Bag Review

The more I interact with brands and photographers who have a pretty large fan base, the more it becomes evident that this is quite a small world. There are only so many camera bags when you think of it, only so many tripod manufacturers. So in this community of people developing new products for photographers every new thing that comes out needs to be almost bullet proof. Social media gives us the ability to kill or launch any product at any time and the power of numbers or masses is most of the time the defining factor. You need to …