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June 2009

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Basic Color Processing & Retouching For Cosplay Photography

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Smitten Weddings! A New Service Preview…


Smitten Photography, the company I am a part of along with my boss, Daeja Fallas, is now offering wedding photography services in addition to our portrait photography. Our angle to set us apart from all the other wedding photographers in Hawaii is to focus on shooting fashion editorial-style images, as that’s her specific area of expertise. Along with the general wedding event coverage, we will set aside time with the bride, groom, and wedding party to create a series of 6-8 images that work as an editorial story. How great would that look as a series of wall-mounted prints?!  It’s also a way to capture posed portraits without a formal stiffness to them that is so often found in wedding photography.

We’re hoping to get examples up soon!

Yelp’d For Hawaii Photo Rental


I wanted to post a shout-out to Hawaii Photo Rental today for being such a wonderful service to have here in Honolulu.  I love it so much that I even signed up for Yelp today just to post a review for them.  Josh, the owner, is extraordinarily helpful in getting you the equipment you want, and offers great prices too!  Before Hawaii Photo Rental started, I had only dreamt of being able to rent high-end gear, as I would have had to order it from California, but now with their partnership with Imageworks in Kaimuki, they are a 5-minute drive from my apartment.  They are always expanding their stock, and besides lenses and camera bodies (both Nikon and Canon), they are even offering underwater housings, lighting equipment, and more!  I cannot be enthusiastic enough about having this service available to us local photographers on Oahu, because it gives us the opportunity to try a lot top-of-the-line equipment without spending thousands of dollars on it.

So, local photographers or those planning on visiting, be sure to check out Hawaii Photo Rental!  Look them up on Facebook and Twitter too!

Let’s Play A Game!


One reason you might realize your desk is in serious need of cleaning is when you can make an item-search game out of it. (Notice that the floor is clean, while the desk is not, as everything is mostly out of puppy-reach.) Click the image to see a bigger version, and see if you can find all the items listed below.

1. 7 Polaroids 2. USB Card Reader 3. 580 EXII Flash 4. Brother’s Navy portrait, mostly hidden. 5. How I Met Your Mother Season 3 Disc 3 DVD 6. Wacom Intuos3 Tablet 7. Wacom Intuos3 Tablet Pen 8. True Blood Season 1 Set 9. Cell Phone  10. Keys on UH Lanyard 11. Roll of Kodachrome 64 in Canister 12. 5D MKII with battery grip and 24-70mm f.2.8L lens 13. Smitten Photography wedding promotional postcard 14. Western Digital Passport portable hard drive 15. Storyboards for “Teddy Bear Apocalypse” (Wouldn’t you like to know…?)16. Xbox 360 17. Playstation 2 18. Ink drawings in a comic-style done by me 19. Postcard of Haleakala Crater 20. World of Warcraft mousepad (Gift from Sarah!) 21. Health insurance bill 22. TV remote 23. Swimming goggles 24. Binder of DVDs 25. Flash diffuser box 26. Microfiber lens cloth 27. Japanese Spitz puppy named Kodachrome  28. Sunglasses 29. Puppy Nutri-Cal gel tube, apparently leaking. 30. 2 dog brushes

Okay, most of those are pretty obvious, but they do give you an idea of the variety of stuff that I had on my desk.

And yes, I did clean it!