Hydrate & Create | Northwest Arkansas Photography

Hydrate & Create | Northwest Arkansas Photography

Many photographers (myself included) have jumped on the Sam Hurd bandwagon by waving glass prisms in front of their lenses while creating images. And why not? It's unique, unexpected and given the right light, can produce some beautiful results. But on a recent video shoot, I discovered that you could create a similar effect by using a Nalgene Water Bottle.

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Gear Review | A Few Weeks with Apple Watch

Gear Review | A Few Weeks with Apple Watch

Yes, I have an Apple Watch. For those of you who know me, I’m sure you saw this coming. However, I didn’t just jump on the bandwagon because I’m an Apple fanatic. Apple products make up a large part of my work/home life because they integrate with each other so well and they just work. I've been using Apple stuff since college and for me, there was value in owning an Apple Watch, even in the product’s infancy. I bought it knowing that it wouldn’t be perfect, that there would be improvements as time goes on and that the overall usability would take some getting used to. But the fact of the matter is that in spite of its newborn limitations, the Apple Watch is off to a great start and I love it. There’s been quite a few in-depth reviews of the watch thus far so I’m going to keep this one short, sweet and visual. I'll touch on a few reasons why I bought the watch and summarize how it’s integrated into my life thus far. If you have any questions, please feel free to email. Enjoy.

Gear Review | Fuji X100s

Gear Review | Fuji X100s

Last April, I posted a quick review of sorts on my new Fuji X100s. Since then, I've been using it religiously for everything from paid work, to documenting my daily life. I take it on hikes or bike rides or quick trips to the backyard so that my bulldog can empty his bladder. When I'm not using it, it sits on my desk because it's a great looking camera and I love looking at it. It's a great travel camera, too. I barely pulled out my DSLR while in Europe this past summer. And on flights, it looks old enough to not be considered "a portable electronic device", rendering it usable for photographing takeoffs and landings out the window. In Africa, it performed just as my X100 had performed the year before, but without the quirks of the menu or aperture settings freezing up. And wherever I go with it, I always get the same reaction; "Oh sweet, you're shooting film!" Of course when they find out it's digital, they just assume that it's a good looking camera, a novelty design with an ordinary inside. Boy are they wrong. After many months of travel and use, I'm finally sitting down to give a bit of a summary as to why I fancy this little camera so much. Ive split my review into two categories, one for photographers and one for consumers interested in a good camera. I've also posted a number of images that I've captured over the course of my time with X100s. If you have any questions or comments, they are always welcome.

Here we go. 

The Switch | Switching from Nikon to Canon Gear

The Switch | Switching from Nikon to Canon Gear

A few years ago on April Fools Day, I went to our local camera store and had someone snap a photo of me holding a new Canon 5DMII. As an avid Nikon shooter, this little shenanigan got me some attention (and some offers to buy my Nikon gear). The joke lasted approximately 6 hours and at the end of it, I had to tell people that I was kidding. Now, I really am switching to Canon and here's why.