Cindy & Jerold tied the knot this summer on the grounds of a Summer Camp on Fox Island, WA. Where’s that? Out past Gig Harbor, we’d never been there either, but it was a great venue. This couple was so in love, the groom did a happy dance when he was told he could kiss the bride! Why on earth is there a photo of a dog hanging out in the grass? He’s the camp dog and made him self at home during the wedding, even hanging out with the bride during the ceremony.
One thing I really have never done is a product review, but 2 days ago I bought a new camera strap after seeing a fellow photographer using one at the basketball tournament last week. I’d heard about the company, BlackRapid, for the first time a few months ago, but I didn’t order the strap at the time. I’m one of those people that like to touch a product before I buy it and when I went to Glazers in Seattle they were out. That was the end of it until last week.
What is so great about the BlackRapid Strap? It’s the closest thing I’ve ever found to the perfect camera strap. Most straps are designed to wear on your shoulder and they tend to slip off any time you do just about anything. You spend a 14 hour day shooting basketball games, run around shooting a wedding or go hiking with your camera and it’s a constant fight to keep it from falling off your shoulder. “why don’t you wear it across your body, like a messenger bag?” you might ask. Well, I’m kind of a big guy, 6’5″ and let’s just say I’m not skinny, so most camera straps will not comfortably fit across my body like that, then pulling at the strap to get the camera up to your eye becomes a lot more difficult. The BlackRapid Strap fixes all of that. First of all, the length adjusts to be plenty long for a guy like me to wear and the strap attaches to a swiveling attachment that screws into the tripod socket either on your lens or camera body. This attaches to a moving clip on the strap that allows you to pull the camera up the strap to shooting position, then just drop the camera when you’re done shooting and it rests comfortably at your side.
Check out the video below, or go to their WEBSITE for more information. I love this thing and while it’s a fair bit more expensive than other straps, if you spend a lot of time with your camera you can’t go wrong. I’ve only had it for 3 days now and the first day I spent 8 hours following a corporate group around Naval Base Kitsap and on a tour of an aircraft carrier and it made all the difference. I never once had to worry about dropping my camera while climbing up and down steep ladders and my camera was always ready to go. The BlackRapid Strap leaves your hands totally free when not shooting, leaving you free to haul other stuff around, move your tripod, or just about anything else you might need to do.
There are 3 versions of the single strap, 2 offering different levels of storage for CF cards or batteries in the strap and one that you can attach different sized pouches to. The RS-5 has a large storage compartment with a magnetic closure, so if you need to grab new batteries or a fresh CF card in the middle of a wedding it won’t make a bunch of noise. There is also a version that you wear over your shoulders that supports 2 cameras, one on each side. This is great if you regularly use 2 cameras!
Not only do these straps work incredibly well, they are very well made and they are MADE IN THE USA!
know what you are getting
One of the most important things you can do before you hire your wedding photographer is to ask about his post production experience. What are you looking for? If you don’t know, make sure you ask lots of questions when you review portfolios. What comes with your package? Make sure you know before you sign your contract.
When shooting candids the intent is to capture the fleeting moment – which means you sometimes get the wall outlet and power chord in your shot too. At Firstlight Photography all of our images receive the basic color and exposure corrections but we also do a lot of other editing you might not notice (which means we have done our job). Aside from aesthetic changes, see if you can find the missing objects in the AFTER image. In addition to “erasing” several objects, the post production work involved a layering, vignette and other techniques that we like to experiment with for that perfect album photo or canvas print.
the grass is greener
It was a dry summer as can be seen from the before photos take at the Meridian Habitat Park in Puyallup. I know my bride was very disappointed that the grass was so brown so I decided to surprise her with a little bit of Photoshop magic. Below you will see the before and after images – and not a drop of water was used in this eco-friendly photo editing work.
For most of my life my two biggest obsessions have been airplanes and photography and I love it when those two obsessions meet. This DC-3 showed up at Thun Field in Puyallup recently and last night I just had to go take some photos of it. It didn’t matter how cold and wet it was, I really wanted to get out there. I figured the mistwould do great things with the lights at Thun Field. This is really one of the nicest DC-3’s I’ve ever seen and if my my information is correct it is the property of the Thun family. Well, they did a great job and I’m so glad it is there for me to photograph.
Come on down to Ubiquitous Journey with me on the 25th of March at 7pm. Why? Robyn has been featuring some of my photographs in her shop and has asked me to come and give a talk about my work and I’d love it if I weren’t the only one there and I promise to try not to ramble on and on and fly off on mad tangents.
Ubiquitous Journey is a one of a kind shop in Puyallup, selling all manner of products from a wide selection of organic teas, herbs, spices, clothing (organic cotton), bath products and artwork done by local artists. Stop in and share a cup of tea with Robyn, the owner and have a look around.
15011 Meridian Ave. E. Ste. C
Puyallup, WA 98373
Yes, I’m a few days late posting this, in fact I’m at the 3A Basketball tournament right now and will be for the next 4 days, but I just had to update my post about Jermoe Collins and Federal Way High Schools boys basketball team, they WON! Not only that but coach Collins was once again rocking a new suit. Congratulations Coach Collins and Federal Way Basketball!
I’ve been doing photography in one form or another for over 23 years now. It’s more than just a little bit scary to think about it, but over the years I have had a chance to do a lot of really cool things, from traveling across the country taking pictures of hospitals, shooting some really cool weddings, taking pictures of celebrities and a few politicians, but over the last 8 years one of my favorite things I get to shoot every year is the Washington state high school basketball tournaments.
I have been shooting the WIAA State Basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome for 7, or is it 8, years and there is one thing I look forward to every year. What is Federal Way High School’s coach, Jerome Collins, going to wear? My favorite was an electric blue suit with a knee length coat he wore a couple of years ago.
Today he was at it again, coaching his number 1 ranked basketball team to another victory over Redmond High School and looking good doing it!
Living in Puyallup means that we pretty much have to go to the Fair with the kids every year. We all have a great time, the kids running from ride to ride and me hauling around my cameras having my own kind of fun.
I had a blast shooting senior photos yesterday. He was very comfortable in front of the camera and seemed to really have a good time.