Google Street View Tour

As a certified Google Street View photographer, I am sometimes asked by new homeowners to update the picture of their house on Google Maps. On a recent project, the new homeowner purchased two adjacent houses, tore them down and built a new house on the combined...

Run in With My First Small Business Scammer

Recently I've undertaken several freelance photography assignments, ranging from weddings to a Google Street View shooting to a home renovation shoot. My personal time has taken a hit as I still have a 9-5 job, so these projects consume my evenings or weekend times....

You Can Never Go Home

In an earlier post titled "Ricoh Theta S: The Perfect Blossom" (see below), I did a review of the Ricoh Theta S, a 360 degree camera that took okay pictures and video. I knew when I plunked down $300 that the images were sub-par, however the holidays were approaching...

Know Your Equipment

Know Your Equipment

While I began developing my videography skills with the filming and editing of family videos, as well as my annual motorcycle trips videos, I didn't really focus on improving my photography skills until 2017, when I bought my a7rii and some quality, non-kit glass....

Trip to Israel

Trip to Israel

I work for an Israeli company and every year we have a Sales Kick Off, essentially a chance for the entire Sales, Marketing and Executive Teams, as well as select Engineering resources, to get together to review 2017, as well as prepare for 2018. Last year we all met...

Wishing For a Zoom Lense

Wishing For a Zoom Lense

Yesterday was warm for Chicago, about 34 degrees, sunny and no wind, perfect for a lakefront shoot. I futzed around the house earlier and began trying to figure out how to use the Godox X1s with my ultra portable Godox tt350s. By the time I figured it out, I was 10...

Outdoor Shoot & Lessons Learned

Outdoor Shoot & Lessons Learned

I was really looking forward to the afternoon shoot. It was a cold day in Chicago and my sister offered to give me access to her office building's patio, located on the 23rd floor. I arrived at 3:30 pm, plenty of time to set up my gear and get situated. My sister and...