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Recent Crystal Cove Workshop

I held a workshop in Crystal Cove State Park this past weekend and it went great! Although the sunset wasn't fantastic, I was able to get a couple shots. The two here are very similar. I only decided to post both because I can't figure out which one I like more.

Thank you to all of my attendees for being such great students and for making this workshop a success! I hope to see you all again in the near future!

If you are interested in attending a future "Sunset in Crystal Cove Workshop," I have another one coming up on August 29th! Get information or reserve your spot today by clicking here! For information on all future workshops, visit the Workshops page!

Sunset in San Onofre Workshop Results

I'm happy to report that yesterday's Sunset in San Onofre Workshop was a success! The weather was beautiful, the sunset was nice, the scenery was unique and everyone had a great time! Here's one of my shots from the trip:

Thank you to all my wonderful attendees for being great students and for making the workshop a success!

To get information about upcoming workshops and to reserve your spot today, visit the workshops main page!

Homemade Plamp

One of the most frustrating things in macro photography is trying to keep flowers still while photographing them. At the high magnifications of close-up photography, even the slightest trembling in the wind will ruin a shot. That's why someone smarter than me invented the Plamp (plant clamp) - an articulating arm with clips on either end that attaches to your tripod and can hold a flower steady for you.

It's a really great product, but I just couldn't justify the price, size and weight for something I'll use so rarely. So, instead, I made a trip to my hardware store, picked up a yard or so of their heaviest-gauge wire, bought a pack of charging clips and decided to throw an imitation plamp together myself.

Total cost of materials: About $3.00.
Total assembly time: About 10 minutes

Basically you just attach a clip to either end of the wire and you're done. You can wrap it around your tripod and position the arm to hold the flower just right. Of course, this isn't as good as the Plamp itself (it isn't as sturdy and is a little "springy"), but it definitely is cheap. Here's a shot I took with and without my homemade plamp (both pictures: 1/25 at f/14):

Without:

With:

See? Much better. Now go out and get your supplies!