Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Jaclyn & David – Cafe Pinot, Los Angeles

Hello World, it’s been way too long since we’ve blogged! We’ve got some fabulous work we still haven’t shared from 2008 and more fun stuff from this year so far so stay tuned!

Jaclyn and David had a very stylish, trend forward wedding at the fabulous Cafe Pinot in downtown LA. They loved the city vibe of the venue, and it really fit them as a couple. We had a blast with them taking advantage of the different cityscapes for photos and capturing the great sense of community amongst the bridal party and guests. The intimacy in many of the black and white images nearly brings me to tears…such a love. This wedding was simply gorgeous with much help from the lovely Kelly from Demaray Events, the day was seamless.

P.s. Check out the shots of Randy Newman singing “You’ve got a Friend in Me”



Tips & Tricks : Font Explorer X

Hey everyone, heres another quick biscuit. I’ve had several people ask about good font management software, and for all you designers out there, you know this is a staple. I switched from Extensis Suitcase a few years ago after I found Linotype Font Explorer X, which I absolutely love. Aside from it’s inability to operate in a server setting, it’s proven to be better than Suitcase in every way, including the fact that its FREE!

Once installed, it will automatically monitor what adobe apps you have open, and will activate fonts for each seperately, as you active them in the Explorer. You can organize the fonts into groups that you use regularly or by style. This will allow you to keep your system running fast and smooth. Most people don’t know that fonts are one of the main reasons why applications like Photoshop start to get bogged down (photoshop load screen takes forever).

Tip: Keep the number of fonts in your system folder down to a select few, and this will help speed up both your operating system, and your graphic programs! (You can do this from within FontExplorer)

Go to their website and grab the lasest version for free before they change their minds and start to charge for it!

Thoughts or comments, we’d love to hear them!

Font Explorer X

Tips & Tricks : Photo Mechanic

I’ve had a lot of people email and ask different questions about editing, processing, stylizing, and photography techniques, so instead of responding to individual emails I thought I would start a new section of the blog devoted to answering some of those questions so that everyone benefits! So from time to time you’ll see posts titled “Tips & Tricks” with all the wisdom of a Jedi Master (which I must honestly say I most likely learned from close friends and other “yoda” type photography mentors. So thank you to you guys in advance, I’m just sharing the love).

That being said, I wanted to share an invaluable program with all of our photographer readers. The question about which programs to use, and how to use them in a work-flow is always being passed around, so let me start with this; a good image “selection” or “cutting” program is a must regardless of your work-flow. Some people use Adobe’s CS2 or CS3 Bridge, or the selection software built into Lightroom. These are all great, and their inherent benefit is that you’re not using multiple programs, so you can organize and centralize a work flow pretty easily, however it seems that their biggest drawback is their speed. They are heavy, multi task programs that don’t really perform when it comes to viewing and moving through thousands of images quickly. Bridge does considerably better on the new Intel based computers, but it still doesn’t hold a candle to the speed of a program called Photo Mechanic from Camerabits, and this is where the benefit comes from adding it into your work-flow. For a long time I heard a lot about iView Media Pro, and its strength for cataloging and speed, however after finding Photo Mechanic, I quickly left iView for other projects (iView is a very strong program, I just use it differently now).

Now, let me say this; Photo Mechanic is not meant to replace image production software such as Bridge or Lightroom, but rather to supplement it, and here’s how. You let Photo Mechanic deal with the bulk of the work up front in Raw speed, and then leave the final selections for the production software to handle in all their organizational skill and work-flow prowess. For example: You drop a wedding with 4000 images (which you use Photo Mechanic to ingest) and you quickly browse through tagging the images to keep, narrowing down the selection to your final set of, let’s say 1000. These are the images that you will then bring into your normal work-flow software. Now you’re using your normal production software that it is not bogged down by image quantity, and you’re simply starting production on images that are already intended to be in the catalog.

The reason Photo Mechanic is so much faster is that it uses the small thumbnails already attached to RAW files to give you previews, so it doesn’t actually have to render a RAW image in order for you to view it. This shaves off some serious time when you’re skimming through images quickly.

Visit the Photo Mechanic website to download a demo and see if it might fit into your work-flow. I promise you, as of right now, you won’t find a faster program out there!

Have comments or thoughts… let’s hear them!