Sunday, January 31, 2010

Going to SPE?

Hey all you SPE goers,
I have a room at the Marriott Hotel (where the conference is being held) From the 3-7 (four nights) and am looking for two other people to share it with. Kaitlyn and myself are already planning on staying there. If we get four people in the room it would be 169erish per person for the whole time. Think on it, and let me know!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Shooting video and still

Click the title above to see a video created with the Nikon D300s and Nikon D700 by myself and Jackson Harris. The project was edited in Final Cut Pro.

Bozeman Survey Meeting 2010

Hello everybody, there will be the first Bozeman Survey meeting of 2010 this upcoming Friday the 5th of February at 4:30 p.m. at Ian van Coller's house. If you think you may be interested in participating or finding out more about how the Bozeman Survey operates, you are welcome to come by and see for yourself. Email me directly at for directions or other inquires.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Looking for an assistant this summer...

Hey guys! I'm coming back up to Montana this summer to shoot a wedding in Missoula on July 2nd. I'm looking for one to two assistants who'd be willing to come over and help out with the reception photos. Ideally I'd love to find someone who also has some lighting equipment I could rent to avoid flying with mine. Also someone with some experience shooting receptions, or live band photography would be the best. You'd be compensated for travel expenses and get some cash for your trouble. EMAIL ME at for more info.

Kevin and Eric Sledding

Augie's Antique Store Find

Fun was had by all in Butte yesterday. I love this rug that Augie found at an antique store.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cheap Portfolio Website

Most of you guys probably already know about this, but just in case some of you don't-
There are a LOT of places to get your website done, if you don't have the time or knowhow to do it yourself, this is just one that seems to be OK. Personally, I don't have the time to do it myself, and don't have the money for a lot of the top artist portfolio sites, so I'm putting my stuff up on It's reasonably priced, and you can upload full resolution images. You can even sell you stuff via paypal on the site if you want. I am currently working on getting my photos up at so check it out if you're in need of cheap, quick, easy, and decent looking website.

Some Butte Pics

Here's some of my butte pics. The landscapes looked better in b&w so I left them that way.

Carnations are Edible and Red Pepper Makes Me Sneeze!!!

Well we had a great time in butte today, shooting whatever we wanted to and just messing around. Here are some pics, hopefully the others will upload some of theirs.(just exported straight, no postprocessing, and I forgot my sun guard)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Well, its that time again, seniors! Time to collect money for the show if you plan on being in it. We figured it would be $75 per person this semester. We are having the show at the Emerson again. HERE'S THE DEAL: We need the money by the 16th of February so we can start planning the show. That's in two and a half weeks. I'll put up reminders on the blog until then. It's going to be posted on D2L. And we will be announcing it on class on Tuesday.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO EITHER CHELSEA, STEPHANIE, MYSELF (Aly), OR CHECKOUT BY THE TIME IT CLOSES ON THAT TUESDAY, YOU WILL NOT BE IN THE SHOW!!!!!!! We need to have this by a timely manner so we can start to plan out the space.
Once again, if you don't have it to us by the 16th, we can't put you in the show.
Thanks all and good luck on your projects!!!!!

Studio editorial portraiture

Click the title above for a very brief lighting tutorial for this portrait of Haitian student, Dominique Etienne.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Need A Website???

If you are in need of a portfolio website, a new portfolio website, or just wanting to know more about how the whole website thing works and what your options are, feel free to email me or give me a call.

My email is and my phone is 610.937.2316

I offer the complete package, from start to finish.

This includes: domain name and very good hosting (with plenty of space and bandwidth), consultation for determining the logo, look, design, and layout of the actual website, proper XHTML and CSS syntax, all of which will be built around SlideShowPro. Also includes the customization of SlideShowPro to match the color scheme of the design for seamless and NON generic integration (customization to prevent it from looking like everyone elses flash gallery, including custom thumbnail navigation system), as well as server configuration, SSP Director installation (SSP Director is a server side backend image management tool, and its literally easier to use than Flickr), and other custom pages (such as Bio, interactive contact page, and whatever else you might want). And finally, this of course includes a crash course on how to manage the website and manage your images, which is SUPER EASY. -- $300.00 -- and only after you are happy with everything. Please note that domain name and hosting fees reoccur annually, and those costs will be $70.00 a year.

I am also willing to work with you in case you are just interested in one part of this process, whether its logo design, website design, SSP Director installation, SlideShowPro integration, or something else. -- Price negotiable.

Some may prefer other forms of image viewers (whatever you want to call them) but the reason I like SlideShowPro is because it is highly customizable, works efficiently (it's not like those long loading ridiculous flash galleries) and most importantly, works with SSP Director which is an amazing tool that will allow anyone to manage all of their images, including organization with galleries, albums, names, automatic thumbnail generation, descriptions, password protecting certain albums, and ALOT more.

THANKS! - Tyler


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Senior Show??

hey guys, so no one said anything about senior show last night, does anybody want to run it because we should probably figure that out.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First scan in some time...

Here is the first scan I have made in a long time. The picture is still unpolished, but it is ongoing component of a total obsession.


Just a photo I took tonight that I thought I'd share...

4x5 film holders

I'm looking at film holders for 264 and was wondering if there was any brand that i should look for slash avoid?? Or if any one is looking to sell theirs.... =)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tessa has a website

It's slow (we are fixing that) and still somewhat under construction, but here it is! Check it out!

Yes, I am a photo nerd

I developed some really old film today and found this crappy photo of a painting i did in highschool. Apparently i was a little demented even then. Anyway, i just thought it was kinda cool and thought i would share.


I am thrilled to see so many of my peers working hard to get their work noticed. I just wanted to let everyone know that for this Artists Wanted "Power of Self" contest, you can vote for each one of us and every 24 hours. So if you've already voted, please vote again. We would all appreciate the support. Thanks!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

no guys me!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Yes, another submission

Please check out my submission for the Artists Wanted power of Self competition HERE. Goodluck to everyone submitting work!


Hello all. I entered "The Power of Self" contest through Artists Wanted. I too would like your votes. Here is a link to my profile. Please check it out and thank you for your support!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Hello friends and close to family, here is where I ask you to help me out. I have submitted to a "call for entries" which is giving a people's choice award and I was hoping you all would take a minute and look at the two works I have submitted and vote for me, if you see fit. Marta's Stuff! Thanks a Million! Your Pal, Marta

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Senior Show

Hey all, I finally got a chance to download some pictures. I'll be posting a lot more on my facebook, so if you're not already my friend you should be and then you can see everything :)

Thanks Tyler for the new Header. Looks good.

Ian on Lenscratch

Congratulations to Ian Van Coller on his work being shown on Lenscratch! Lenscratch was recently voted one of the top 10 photography blogs and does an amazing job showcasing fine art photographers.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Have a great semester!

Hey peeps! Thanks for a great time at MSU. I'll see you all at the Final critique and Graduation in the spring. I hope everyone has a great semester! I'll keep in touch and post frequently.

Ian's in Fraction Magazine

You just can't keep Ian van Coller down over the holiday break, yet again more of his work making it out there for all to enjoy. Ian's work can now be seen in the current issue (#10) of Fraction Magazine. It looks great!

Friday, January 8, 2010


Hey all!!
I'm looking for an old fashioned bathtub/bathroom if anyone knows of any that would be willing for me to set a crime scene up in. I'll do the clean up and everything. I'm attempting to contact Voss Inn to see if they will allow me to use theirs, but if anyone knows of any others that would be awesome!!! Thanks!!!

Witness to Combat

so im going to be obnoxious and just keep on posting this so its fresh on the blog...i am looking for veterans of any war ranging from ww2 to afghanistan. some of you have given me contact info an i appreciate it...the direction this project seems to be heading is in one that focuses more on combat/firefight stories...let me know of anybody you might know! again!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Third & The Seventh

A friend sent me a link to this video that I thought I would then share here. Here's the description: "A FULL-CG animated piece that tries to illustrate architecture art across a photographic point of view where main subjects are already-built spaces. Sometimes in an abstract way. Sometimes surreal. " I figured you all would probably enjoy viewing this beautiful piece of work. (Watch in full screen, of course)

OMGee Magazine

I recently photographed a beauty spread for OMGee Magazine, which is a web based fashion magazine. It's kind of interesting how more and more magazines are abandoning print formats. You can click the link, and then click "magazine" in the toolbar to see the full spread and instructions on how to do that weird thing to your hair.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Radio flash systems

A morning conversation with Jackson prompted me to spend the next several hours doing some industry research. I thought I'd share the results of what I found. There are several systems for wirelessly triggering flashes, notably radio and infrared. The infrared systems are primarly native to Canon and Nikon with many manufacturers introducing radio systems. The two radio system leaders at the moment are Pockewizard (old established company) and Radio Popper.

Wireless basics: The infrared system uses a beam of infrared light to transmit encoded information from a camera, flash or commander unit to remote flashes. The system is limited in range and is line of sight. When a flash is used as a commander in the Canon and Nikon system, they rely on a series of pre-flashes to transmit information about the coming exposure to the remote units. Radio is similar in that the information is sent via radio wave. The benefits are a longer transmit distance and the signal can go through walls, obstacles, etc.

Pocket Wizard has a reliable system for use with studio lighting (Plus II, Multimax) but the introduction of compatability with flashguns (Flex and Mini) came last summer. Canon flashes are highly susceptible to interference and the problem was solved with a cover that's now refered to as the flash cozy (play on beer cozy). The product for Nikon are in production and expected out in 2010. These systems will encode the Canon or Nikon flash instructions directly to radio. The process is very complicated and is the reason why it has taken so long to develop.

Radio Popper is getting a lot of attention as they created a simpler methodology in which the infrared signal is relayed to a device which encodes to radio, transmits, then another device encodes back to infrared and sends to the flash unit. The units are relatively small and have proven to be quite effective. The Px and JrX are their products with the Px being more advanced and costing appx. $250 per unit. Note: you'll need one unit to transmit and one unit for each flash. In testing, the Radio Poppers have proven more reliable than Pocket Wizard for consecutive speed firing and distance. The PW worked up to 120 ft as opposed to the RP which fired up to 620ft. The beauty of the Radio Popper system is that a photographer could actually simultaneously fire flashguns of any brand along with studio flashes. A very adaptable system.

I've been using the Nikon wireless system for a couple years, several hours a day in varying conditions with great success. Nikon and Canon cameras with pop-up flashes can easily trigger a compatible remote flash providing you with terrific off-camera flash opportunites. The systems mentioned above simply allow for more flashes triggered via radio to cover greater distances through obstacles.

It's important to remember at times like this that while the technology is interesting and gadgets are fun, ultimately the skill of the photographer is what creates a great photograph.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Web Site

Hey! I finally have a web site. I know it needs some work, but please let me know what you guys think... Thanks!

Fairy on the Hot Tub

photo © Ian van Coller. All rights reserved

Monday, January 4, 2010

Photographing in the Lamar

I am headed to the Lamar Valley on Thursday to make a portrait for On Earth Magazine. It will be an all day affair. Very early to very late. If anyone wants to join me for the experience let me know. Oh, and if you can help me carry the photo gear that would be great too. Shoot me an email if you are interested.

Image/Data Recovery

Well, it finally happened. While I was on vacation my memory card crashed. But, this story has a happy ending.

When I did start uploading my images, everything was going as normal. I was uploading them/converting to DNG/importing them into Adobe Lightroom as I normally do all the time, as well as simultaneously backing them up on my external, a neat feature of Lightroom that kills two birds with one stone. Anyways, it uploaded 83 of the 395 some pictures, and crashed. I got 83 pictures, and looked on my CF card on my computer and did not see the rest, let alone ANY files. I popped it back into my camera, no files....FML.

I took it to a photo place thinking most of these incidences are usually recoverable, so no sweat. Well they called me and said they could not recover it.

So I get home, and look online for some recovery software that I could use to try it myself. I came across Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery (For Mac and Windows). I downloaded it for free (demo), and it lets you do everything up to but excluding the actual recovery. So, while it was free, I was able to scan my CF card, and sure enough, it found my long lost photos! It also found photos that had long been formatted over at least 15 times, from last semester!

This software rocks. I went ahead and purchased a key combo ($40) and then registered the software so I could recover my photos, knowing it had found them and worked.

It recovered 395 .nef 14-16mb raw files in about 8 minutes.

This also lets you scan any digital storage device, whether its a memory card or hard drive. It will find whatever files it can, and then let you choose which ones you would like to recover, so it can be handy for things other than memory cards, say in case your backup hard drive crashes with ALL your photos ;).

Grazie Gesù!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Veterans Wanted!

I know i have asked a few of you, but if anybody knows of or is a veteran of any war or conflict who is interested in being a part of my senior research project I would love to get in contact with you...Iwill be conducting a brief interview as well as photographing them in a fairly traditional portraiture style. Please let me know as soon as is convenient!! Thanks!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Blog!!

Howdy all!! Hope everyone's Christmas and New Year were awesome!! Just wanted everyone to know that I started a photo blog for my work (cheaper than a website right now!). the link is Hope ya'll check it out!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New work, new website

I thought I'd announce to all you MSU folks that I've finally put my work from this last semester online. The website's been massively overhauled, too.

I've also started a new project as an off-shoot of the Daily Polaroid (alas, I am 3 months behind scanning those), called Aggregated Moments. More info on my blog post here.

Feedback on any or all of the above is welcome.