Mar 30 2012

Amy Joins the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery

As many of you know, Amy has been doing a lot of Fine Art work. (You can see her work on our main business site or amyditto.com. Signed, limited edition prints are only available through the gallery or via phone or e-mail ordering.) She has recently been juried into the Albuquerque Photographers’ Gallery in Old Town. The information for the gallery here in Albuquerque Old Town is:

303 Romero Street NW
(upstairs) in suite N208
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505-244-9195

Open daily from 10:30AM until 6PM
Friday & Saturday until 8PM

Amy is tremendously excited about being a part of New Mexico’s only juried photography co-op! In addition to her work, that of 10 other award-winning photographers is on display. Styles are diverse, from conventional to avant-garde. Members staff the gallery, so come on by and say “hi”, and “like” us on Facebook and join our mailing list for regular updates regarding the gallery and specials! Thanks for all of your support, folks- she would not be there without all of you!


Jun 8 2011

48 hour film project in Albuquerque

This last weekend starting June 3, I participated as the Director of Photography for one of the three dozen Albuquerque teams in the 48 hour film project. This is a friendly competition where local teams create a short movie within 48 hours from the time they receive a required line of dialogue (“I can’t get it out of my head”), a required prop (a mask), and a character (Lee or Laura Stevens, electrical company worker), and each team draws a random genre (Romance, in our case). At that point, it’s a whirlwind to create a script, learn the lines, create the set and costumes, and do all the filming. And then it must be edited and handed in under the deadline! The bulk of the competition is mostly within one’s own team, each member challenging himself and teammates, to complete the project and create the best movie they can in the extremely limited time.

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May 22 2011

Model shoots and comp cards

Here are some seamless white background shots I took at April’s Tobyriffic show. Also mixed in are some candids and a couple from inside the studio during broadcast. Clicking any of the thumbnails will take you to the full gallery.

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The setup was simple, but like with all photography, the proper light and exposure is paramount. The background was exposed to the right, to almost blow out the whites. I intentionally left some detail in the background to give a little context. Then the models were exposed with a large octobox key on camera left, with a large reflector at camera right. Very few of the models were used to having the light and reflector so close to them, and they clearly felt cramped — the natural reaction is to step back. However, those models that stood where I indicated had the softest light, feathered across their faces, caressing their features, and providing the best shadows and color. Those that stood back were under-exposed, with harsher and flatter light, and more “wrap” from the background which highlighted any blemishes.

So, models, you should make sure to stand where the photographer tells you where to stand, or the light will not be perfect. Sometimes you will not even be able to see the photographer, due to all the light modifiers in the way — but you’ll always see the lens poking out from behind, and that lens is what you’re posing for. Ignore everything else!

We have a model and actor comp card package on special right now, for an introductory price of $250 and if you’re a friend on facebook, the first few will be $200 for a limited time. This includes 100 double-sided cards on 100# “digital” cardstock which has a nice gloss finish, although it is not quite as heavyweight as if you ordered 1000+ on an offset press. Models, this comp card is the most important part of your resume, even if you have a large portfolio of tear sheets. Contact us, and we’ll make sure your comp card is a good one.


Mar 20 2011

Reality is what you make it. Photography & the art of seeing.

How an artist interprets a photograph during processing can dramatically effect our emotional response and understanding of an image. Understanding the impact of various treatments on the eye and emotions can help an artist communicate the message they wish to get across to their viewers.

Consider these three versions of a photograph recently shot at a “Goth” photoshoot (click any image in this post to see larger versions):

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Feb 15 2011

Accessing your personal gallery, sharing, and purchasing your photos from Smugmug: A walkthrough

Okay, so we can’t all be computer wizzes! While our vendor, Smugmug makes things pretty easy for you, in this post, we’ll hold your hand a little throughout reviewing your photos, sharing on the internet, and the checkout process.

After your shoot (generally 2 weeks after a portrait shoot or 1 month after a larger wedding or event) we will contact you with information with regard to the location of your personal gallery. This gallery will be persistent at no extra charge to maintain. The other cool thing about these galleries is that you can share your pictures on a variety of social-networking sites (such as Facebook & Twitter) with ease. (We’ll get to that later.) Continue reading


Feb 7 2011

The importance of photography equipment

“Wow, what a nice picture. You must have a great camera!”

Try telling a chef, “what a great meal! You must have an excellent stove!”

Behind every great photograph is a great photographer, not necessarily a great camera. We emphasize quality of the photograph starting from the artistic aspect of what we want to capture, before our finger touches the shutter release. We see our camera equipment like a painter views his brushes.

Of course, good brushes, spatulas, and pigments are quite helpful to a painter. Similarly, we prefer to work with good equipment, which helps us realize the shots we want to take. We consider good equipment to be important, as do most professionals in any field, but only as a tool to the craft. Good equipment makes our job easier, allows us extra leeway to focus and shoot faster, is very well-built and dependable, and even makes some artistic concepts possible which would be impossible with lesser equipment. With that in mind, because people have asked, here is a list of some of the equipment we use. Following the list is the thought process of why we selected our particular equipment. Continue reading


Feb 5 2011

Dia de los Muertos y Marigolds Parade, 2010

El Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead, is a tradition steeped in thousands of years of history, dating back the Aztecs. The holiday in modern times is celebrated in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Soul’s day and is a time for family and friends to gather and remember the dead. Private altars honoring the deceased adorned with offerings of favorite foods/beverages of the deceased, candy skulls, and marigolds, are often constructed, and fiestas and parades are common to celebrations of the holiday. For more on the history of el Dia, visit Wikipedia and for information regarding the annual parade (which the photos below are of), visit Muertos Y Marigolds.Org.

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Feb 4 2011

Preparation for your shoot

The hard part is over. You’ve chosen your photographer. How else can you make sure you will get the most out of your photoshoot? Here are several things we recommend you do in preparation of your portrait session. Continue reading


Nov 30 2010

Mark Pardo Starry Nights Fashion Show to benefit Make-A-Wish

At the beginning of the month, Stef and I attended a charity fashion-show benefiting the New Mexico chapter of The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Here are some (err- a lot!) of photos from that event! (Click on the link below the images to see them all!)

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Sep 10 2010

Burn, Baby Burn: Old Man Gloom Goes Down! (The Burning of Zozobra)

Zozobra is a hideous but harmless fifty-foot bogeyman marionette. He is a toothless, empty-headed facade. He has no guts and doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. He never wins. He moans and groans, rolls his eyes and twists his head. His mouth gapes and chomps. His arms flail about in frustration. Every year we do him in. We string him up and burn him down in ablaze of fireworks. At last, he is gone, taking with him all our troubles for another whole year. Santa Fe celebrates another victory. Viva la Fiesta! – A.W. Denninger

Hands down my favorite “holiday” event, the annual burning of the effigy of Zozobra signifies the cleansing of anguish, anxiety and gloom- a symbolic purge of all that that is negative in our lives. In this way, I think of it as a kind of New Mexican New Year’s celebration. A tradition since 1924, there is nothing quite as exhilarating (if a bit disturbing) as standing in the crowd of thousands shouting “burn him!!”. For a full history of the event, visit the official website. While the images below aren’t quite as good as being there, we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed capturing them!

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