Cropping and Aspect Ratio

When you go shopping for a picture frame, what’s the most “common” size you’ll find?  8″ x 10″.  It’s been like that for… well, longer than I’ve been around.  I remember when I first got into photography, (the film years) and took my film to the drugstore to get processed.  I had 4″x6″ prints made,… Read More

Get Out Of My Head Whataburger

My Foil Hat I’m a little worried about Whataburger. Apparently, they have figured out a way into my parietal lobe of my brain and figured out what makes me salivate like a starving Great Dane. I heard a commercial on the radio the other day that they were introducing a new burger: The “Chorizo Burger”… Read More

A Photographer For Every Client

Sometimes I get a little off track in my blog, venturing off into dieting, politics, humor, motorcycles and other topics. Today I want to talk about money, and photographers. Today I saw a prominent photographer griping/ranting because someone on social media was looking for a photographer for a family portrait. This photographer has, in the… Read More

Special FX Composites

About five years ago, I found myself in a photography rut. Although I’m primarily known for doing San Antonio Wedding Photography, I also enjoy Special FX pictures. I was amazed at photographers like Joel Grimes who does commercial work for companies like Nike, Adidas, and other big companies. He shoots composites, where he will take… Read More

Your Engagement Session

What the Heck is an Engagement Session? So you’ve booked the venue, and just hired your photographer (Me!) and the photographer has mentioned an “Engagement Session”? In the past, Engagement Photos were used in the couple’s announcement, wedding invitations, or Save the Date cards. They are informal, casual, sometimes playful photographs of the couple. These… Read More

The Secret of Texas Brisket

I was born and raised in Cattle Country Texas. Ever since I can remember, I loved eating real Texas Pit Barbeque. There was a BBQ joint in Amarillo called “Underwoods”. It was good stuff. I saw the real “pit” they kept the meats in…. brick lined hole in the ground, and a part of it… Read More

Bossy People

We All Know a Bossy Person We all know that one person. The person who isn’t happy unless they are barking out orders to those around them. They are easy to spot in the workplace. They are quick to jump on employees who aren’t doing it right, and even if they are, they aren’t good… Read More

Family Portraits at the Pearl

Family Portraits in San Antonio

Nancy called me and said that someone referred me to her. She needed a photographer to do a family portrait session of four generations in her family. We talked about locations, and I suggested the Riverwalk area around the Pearl. This is one of my favorite portrait locations. There’s the northern beginning of the San Antonio River (known as the Riverwalk in San Antonio) the historic Pearl Brewery, the Hotel Emma, and even an urban area with graffiti all within a short walk. Read More

Choosing a Programming Compiler

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot In order to help you make a competent, uncomplicated choice concerning the competition between complex, incompatible computer compilers, we have composed this complete, compact, composite compendium comprising comparisons to compensate for the complaints and complements of their compromises. We hope you will find it comprehensible rather than compost…. Read More

MagMod Toys

MagMod Photography Gear

MagMod MagSphereIf you’ll excuse me, I must geek out every now and then and talk about photography gear. I got some new toys in the mail today, and I’m excited about using them. It is a new system of flash modifier that attaches to the flash unit.  It’s called “MagMod”.  It’s one of the newest and coolest new product in the past five years. This picture is the MagSphere.  It looks like a little silicone hat.  It diffuses and softens the light so that you don’t have those little harsh specular highlights on the cheeks or nose. It is omnidirectional, so it sort of throws light in every direction. Read More