Every so often I come across something that gives me the immediate and overwhelming urge to drop what I’m doing, grab my gear and create something awesome. I had this feeling today after watching this video by Austin Walsh. The piece is a great example for still photographers who are looking to dive into motion (you might not know if from watching, but Austin is a Kansas City commercial photographer not a film maker) and a reminder that following your passions can lead to amazing projects with high potential for more business.

The video was not client commission but a personal undertaking of Austin’s ahead of his presentation at a two-day photography workshop hosted by Kansas City photography retailer Digital Labrador. For more background on the video and the workshop, check out this event post-mortem by the PhotoShelter crew.

If you love this as much as I do, please share it, give a shoutout to Austin on Twitter, and check out his blog for more inspiration.

If you’ve come across something that has instantly inspired you, please share it with me in the comments or @chrisowyoung on twitter.

At long last – the video Todd and I shot while building the Mark II edition of the “Chinatown Special,” is up. Here’s the 4 minute walk-through of how to make what Todd and I think is the best DIY beauty dish around.

For the full 10-step instructions, more photos of the design, and the complete parts list, check out the full write-up for this DIY beauty dish design.

For a sample portrait and catch light detail using the Chinatown Special, check out this example. Also, stay tuned for a full write-up about using the CS “on the ground” from my promo shoot with the My Silent Bravery.


Since most photographers I know want to spend as much time shooting as possible and as little time on everything else, I’ve put together this overview of some of the fastest and most beneficial ways to get your photos into your wordpress blog. Continue reading

New Nikon 70-200mm VR II

New Nikon 70-200mm VR II

I’ve used the new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II for a couple of weeks now and so far, I’m impressed with the results. My short review complete with 100% crops at super slow shutter speeds after the jump. Continue reading

Given the recent comments on my concert photography article and the A Photo Editor blog regarding the Jane’s Addiction photo release, I thought the topic of rights grab contracts deserved some attention. The full text of the JA release and my overall strategy for dealing with these predatory documents after the jump. Continue reading