What happens when you photograph the same subject 30+ times

Other photographers often ask me about the best way they can become better shooters. My answer is always the same – shoot the same subject matter over and over again. It helps in quite a few ways, and in this post I’ll go over the 5 things that I learned by shooting in series. I’ve shot American Contemporary Ballet company over 32 times in the last 3 years. It’s quite a lot considering you’re almost always in the same studio, shooting the same people, in often the same costumes, mostly with the same light, and also doing it all unstaged. …

Why You Should Shoot in Series

It’s been a while since I published something new on the blog. In part because after holidays I promised myself a short break from writing, and also in part because I was so busy on the business side. I haven’t been shooting as much lately, but when I do I have a total blast. A few weeks ago I spent three days shooting American Contemporary Ballet, the company with whom I spent the last two years capturing their rehearsals and performances. I’ve been thinking lot about writing on shooting in series and importance of that.I think this photo collection below …

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 …

January Recap. Personal Shoots

After months of shooting a lot for work (EagleRider Motorcycles) and working with the “client editing preferences,” I am finally getting back to my main work. It felt very refreshing to go and shoot LAX again. Sony sent me 70-200 lens for a month, so now I am able to get back the distance that I had with Canon 70-300mm, which was my most used lens. You should’ve seen me jumping all around my spots where I shoot the aircrafts… I was so energized! I’m very happy with some of the new shots that I’ll be adding to the LAX series …

LAX Series. April 2014 updates.

It has been a long time since I did any updates to the LAX series. I was very busy with other series and LAX was not as tempting as everything else I had in plans. In the recent months I decided to take some time and do the major update to the series. Since April, I have been finding new locations, new angles, and new favorite airlines. Now I cannot stop shooting planes and being more selective than ever before. Here is the first of the three updates.  

The Boardroom Show 2014 in Del Mar, CA

I started working on the Shapers series last year and in October of 2013 I went to my very first Boardroom Show. At that time I had only a few Shapers shoots under my belt and all I could do is throw out a few big names of the people who agreed to do a shoot with me in the next few weeks. I didn’t have much to show besides my work on the other series and I was completely new to the surfing/shaping world. It’s a pretty small circle of people and I really didn’t know how they will …

El Porto surf session. Testing Sigma 35mm.

It was the time for another lens rental with all the buzz going around about the Sigma art series lenses. I got myself the 35mm 1.4 for the weekend and took it to the beach. The built of the lens is great and it’s incredibly fast and sharp. It’s big an heavy too. I never actually shot for my surfers series with anything this wide, so it definitely was a challenge in the beginning. I had to get very close to get the shots that I wanted. It was also an interesting experience because I knew right away what shots …

Surf Tourney in Huntington Beach.

My surfers series kept growing from every shoot I did. It was a Saturday morning and I knew I had to get out and an hour later I found myself in Huntington Beach.  It was my lucky day because I was able to photograph my very first surf tournament. I got some great shots that day and it was great to see the heats in person. Here are the results from that day.

Surfing in El Porto. January 2014.

There are days when you don’t plan to get anything new. I was going to El Porto for my Elements series. As I was making my way down to the parking, the waves had my complete attention. It was not the typical surfing day and there were only a few people around. But the foam was so nice and the air was so humid that I just had to start with my surfing shoot. Here are a few photos from that day. I actually did end up doing Elements as well, so it was a very productive day.