Canon 60D Portrait Tests

Ive had the 60D sitting in a box here for the last 2 weeks and just had a chance yesterday to open it and to do some shoots today. I am a little surprised at how few quality models there seem to be here (I am sure I will find more), but my understanding is most of them are on Oahu. I was super lucky to find Danielle who was able to help us out on very short notice.

So far I am really liking the 60D…it’s impressive. The monitor clarity is outstanding and I love the swivel feature. It feels both lighter and wider in the grip than a 50D or a 7D. Im loving the manual audio levels and the built-in transmitter. Grabbed some shots and video clips today and I believe we will be in full swing on the 60D Crash Course Production on Monday. Danielle will be helping us with the Live-View focusing chapter.

Both of these images are straight out of the camera, with no adjustments in PS:


“Buried” has been out for a while, but I hadn’t yet seen it. It was an intriguing premise from a movie making perspective- 100% of the movie takes place within a “coffin” buried somewhere in Iraq. If you have seen Kill Bill, think of a movie that takes that one scene with Uma Thurman buried and it being turned into a full length movie. Surprisingly, I thought that the Director, Rodrigo Cortés did a wonderful job. Ryan Reynolds, who plays the “hostage” also did a great job. It is tense and suspenseful. However there is one major problem I have with the movie…. There are no significant redeeming qualities. It is hard for me to recommend a movie that I come away from in doubt about what I learned, or a movie that is mostly about someone suffering alone in darkness. I will be honest with you, I couldn’t help but to think about Evan Monsigrace in Haiti (who survived 27 days of this very type scenario – for REAL- …without a cell phone or any kind of light).

My advice to friends….skip it altogether.

Photography Business Crash Course DVD Cover Revealed!

One of the most common things I see with those getting started into a Photography Business is how surprised they are to discover that “great photography” has very little to do with running a successful business.

The Business Crash Course for Photographers DVD production should finish in the next few days. (It has been 2 years in the making and originally started as the “Wedding Photography Crash Course” DVD which so many of you have asked for). To the best of my knowledge, there is not another DVD training set like it on the market, and costs a fraction of what I would charge for a 3 day workshop from which it was filmed, and many of you wanted to attend, but were unable to.

The Business Crash Course includes additional DVD ROM materials, including an exercise workbook, my suggested reading and website resource list, and Sample Contract. It is made especially for beginning and intermediate Photography Business owners and Advanced Business owners who are looking for a Crash Course on Marketing and Strategy if they do not have this training. It runs just over 7 hours in length.

The Pre-Order Special should go on next week and be available for about 2-3 weeks when they start shipping. All of those who Pre-Order will receive a significant discount (I am planning on 20% off), as well as a FREE LIFETIME membership to the “Secret” Business side of the Forum where we have Photography Business threads. (It typically runs $50 per year).

For any of those 100+ plus workshop attendees, you will be given an exclusive 50% off during the pre-order special.
For any of you who attended at 3 day workshop at Tampa or in Nashville- This amazing DVD set is FREE!!

I know this cover may seem a little peculiar….why would I have a fishing pole on a Business DVD Cover?PS- It’s going to take me some time to download the other 1,800 full size images for the Main Division Photography Contest, just know that this is something I am working on and will post soon. It is also possible we will go ahead with the Cell Phone Contest First while I am organizing all of the others.


It was either this or Paranormal Activity 2. When I first heard of “Hereafter” I had some interest, but not nearly as much as when I learned the Clint Eastwood directed. He has had a string of several very, very good movies and I was hoping to be surprised.

Great acting and interesting theme, which we have seen before. The problem with Hereafter was the pacing. It had some real potential, but it just kind of fizzed and didn’t truly exploit Damon’s character’s gift. If anything it was more of a story about how people struggle with the loss of loved ones, and the confusion, frustration and sadness that death brings, more than about how a gifted person could bring comfort to those mourning. (although the first reading was this way).

If you insist on seeing it, do so as a rental.