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FDA recalls drug after 5 years of side-effects and approval without testing.

This is really scary, and yet not surprising.   Apparently the FDA approved a generic version of Wellbutrine XL 5 years ago.  This generic version came in both 150mg and 300mg versions.  Immediately after patients started to use the generic version of this popular drug, complaints of side-effects and ineffectiveness started rolling in for the […]

New Site Design!

I have been reading quite a bit about what photo editors and buyers look for in Photography website designs and wanted to try and incorporate some of that research into my website. I decided I wanted to try and make a much cleaner site design that focuses on my photographic work. The idea is a […]

Portfolio Shoot – Chase
Portfolio Shoot - Chase

Did another portfolio shoot for a local aspiring model. Chase was a lot of fun to work with and brought along his own entourage. I always encourage new models to bring along some friends as it helps them to relax and that is what allows the pictures to flow. Ended up with too many good […]

It’s official! Two day workshop with Joe McNally, July 31st/Aug 1st

It’s official! Joe McNally is coming to Portland, Oregon this summer to teach a two day intensive workshop on July 31st, August 1st. This workshop is going to be amazing, and is limited to just 15 people to give you a chance to have personal instruction and practice with Joe. Instruction will be split between […]

Ryan Brenizer reviews new Nikon 24mm f1.4 prime lens

Looks like Ryan Brenizer a wedding photographer in New York City has done a basic review of the new Nikon 24mm f1.4 prime lens. He seems to think it is a keeper if you are doing any kind of low light work professionally or need separation through depth of field at wide angles.  What […]

AlterEgos
AlterEgos

AlterEgos is a “pub crawl” organized by AlterEgosSociety each year in Portland, Oregon where the city’s Heroes face off against the Villains with fun prizes, competitions, and of course lots fun and socializing. Participants don their own unique super-hero or super-villain outfit, complete with props and special powers. Some of the creations included, “The Red […]

Dangers of Microstock Photography
Dangers of Microstock Photography

There is a pretty funny article about the dangers of Microstock photography over at Fair Trade Photographer.com.   They do a pretty good job of visually displaying what can happen when you let yourself decide to use inexpensive stock images to represent the people of your company.   This is probably also an […]

Mobile Edition

NXTFoto.com now has a mobile edition of the site. Now any time you come to the site on your mobile phone you will see a simplified version made just for your phone. You still have the option to see the full site too.

Fight Club!
Fight Club!

This weekend I helped to organize another meetup for the Portland Strobist Group (www.pdxstrobist.org) with a theme of “Fight Club.” It was a great event where I found them an abandoned looking building and we were able to cram 40 photographers, 2 makeup artists, and 6 models into its expanses. It is always fun working […]

Salton Sea
Salton Sea

Being a night photographer I have to admire the work of Troy Paiva of Lost America fame, so when I got a chance to visit a place that I had seen in some of his photos I jumped at it.  The Salton Sea is a lake that has no drainage and at one time […]

Speakeasy Lingerie
Speakeasy Lingerie

Had a quick shoot with a couple of the girls from Speakeasy Lingerie this past weekend. Was lots of fun and was able to play with a couple of cool ideas including going for the “bad girl” look with a motor cycle. Also got to play with high-speed sync (1/8000 sec) to drop the ambient […]

Wildlife Trip
Wildlife Trip

Was feeling a little bit of cabin fever and even though it was really windy and a bit cold outside I decided I would go try and find some ducks to shoot (with the camera). Anyway, I decided to call up my friend who recently got her first DSLR and was wanting to learn a […]

Massage Website
Massage Website

Did a shoot today for a client that needed some photography done for a website they are making for their massage business. Seemed like a pretty straight forward shoot but then when I got to the house I was taken into the massage studio in the basement.  While most people love a darker environment […]

Zuzzie Portfolio Update
Zuzzie Portfolio Update

Zuzzie is a gorgeous model that lives in Texas but used to live in the Portland area. I have worked with her several times in the past and she found out that I would be in the Dallas Fort Worth area and decided she would love to get a portfolio refresh shot while I was […]

Macro Electronics
Macro Electronics

Quick update about some macro work that I did for a local electronics company. They needed some new pictures for an advertising campaign that was coming up.  They needed very high resolution large files for the printing so we tried to shoot everything as close to 1:1 macro as possible.  Subject was very […]

PDX Strobist Condo Shoot
PDX Strobist Condo Shoot

This month for PDX Strobist I setup a meetup at an condo in Beaverton, Oregon.  Think we have about 30 photographers and 6 models present and everyone seemed to have a blast. I was able to step out on the roof for a few shots, and was the only one really to take up […]

Scream at the Beach 2009
Scream at the Beach 2009

I was happy to get asked to come back and shoot some more pictures for the really cool haunted house in Portland called “Scream at the Beach.” The goal is always to get some new photos for promotion and their website, but it also ends up being a ton of fun too. I worked with […]

MindyJo
MindyJo

Quick portrait set with MindyJo

Kaytee Rose Hime
Kaytee Rose Hime

Quick update with some pictures done with the lovely model Kaytee Rose Hime

PDX Strobist Meetup – July 2009
PDX Strobist Meetup - July 2009

Went down and joined the local Strobist group for their July meetup. I wasn’t really heavily involved this month in organizing things which turned out letting me spend more time shooting which was a nice change. We were shooting in a warehouse and luckily were able to make use of the roof. Plenty of fun […]

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