Sports Photography… Harder Than it Looks!

Before I get into the post I want to say that going in I already knew it was going to be hard but it’s even harder than that! A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had the opportunity to go and shoot the Seahawks final preseason game vs the Oakland Raiders but didn’t really ever follow up. I apologize but here is that post! For a while now, I’ve been in contact with a photographer up in Seattle who’s helped me with so many things it’s hard to find a place to start. After meeting with an ad agency
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Nike Trainer 1

The past few months I’ve been interning at a studio that focuses on product photography so to say the least, I’ve picked up a few tricks. I’ve been going through the interview process (well showing my portfolio around town) and Nike wants me to start assisting out at their studio which mainly consists of shooting shoes and other Nike Products. I really wanted to start emphasizing this in my portfolio so I decided to rent a few lenses for the weekend and do a test shoot. This post will just be a quick overview of the lenses I rented and
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Photo Journal

With all the new advances in camera phone technology (as well as a bunch of great new apps) I’ve decided to start posting some of my iPhone photos to give you something new and different. I’ll try to let you know the camera program I used to take the photo, as well as any other programs I use to process the images. This photo happens to be my first ever flower photo. I took it while I was moving out of my apartment and I was lucky enough to have it sunny out so the flower wasn’t closed (which is
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Learning from the Masters

For the most part, my blog reflects the processes in which I am going through. It’s my way of almost documenting my journey to becoming a photographer but by providing the information I find/read/see to all of you. I try to provide some tips into some of the processes I go through in order to create my images (my tutorials) but I like to also provide you with quotes from the books I read to inspire all of you creatives out there. But, I wouldn’t limit some of this information to just photographers or even just creatives, I think some
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The Apple and the Orange

Image by Vlad Artazok Today’s blog post is a quote straight out of David duChemin’s book, VisionMongers. For those of you creatives out there, it’s a great book about the business aspect of our lives that everyone should read. Of course, David is a photographer so it’s catered to photographers but there are important ideas in there that I think every creative out there could use. But, enough of me trying to convince you to go out and buy the book, let’s get to the quote: The apple doesn’t lose out when someone chooses an orange instead. Why? Because the
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The New Zach Ancell Photography

I’m sure many of you have already (or hopefully) made your way over to the new Zach Ancell Photography website. It took about a month to put together and then another couple of weeks to get the domain transfered over but I never had a chance to officially announce that the site is complete! There will continue to be a few additions to both sites but for the most part, all of the web construction is done. Those of you who have been followers for a while will remember the old site and how difficult it was to navigate through
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The iPad and Photography

I have to admit, the day that the Apple iPad was announced, I wasn’t too excited about the product. Hype over several months leading up to the release had only fueled the fire of what the new Mac Tablet was going to be able to do. And I think for that very reason, many people were turned off by the “Giant iPod Touch”. People hoped it would do this and it would do that and it fell short of the many lavish expectations that were out there. I wanted something even more portable than my Macbook Pro that I could
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It’s not about what you know…

Or as a matter of fact, it’s not about who you know either. My photography mentor, David Loveall, taught me this simple concept from day one. It’s not about what you know, or who you know, it’s about who knows you. This simple phrase has left a lasting impact on me. It doesn’t matter if what creative field you are in (or even not in a creative field at all), it’s about working the contacts you know and making your name be heard. Essentially, it’s the basic key of Marketing. Getting your name out to important people so when the
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Cannon Beach

I had a chance to head up to the Northern Oregon Coast to a spot that I’ve been looking forward to shooting for a long time. To say the least, I’m not completely happy with the images I came out with but it was nice to recharge the batteries for a few days out at the coast. These are the famous Haystack Rocks and I was hoping to get a little better sunset but you work with what you are given. It’s pretty much a traditional shot you’d see if you’d type “Haystack Rocks” into google; a colorful background with
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Drawing the Red Line

Yesterday, I downloaded a book onto my Kindle entitled Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity. It’s a very interesting book written by a Hugh Macleod who has a very interesting sense of humor. Essentially, Hugh goes to the Big Apple and has a career as an advertising writer. One night, he ¬†ends up at a bar and starts drawing cartoons on the back of business cards. It was a crazy idea at first but the more he drew the more interested in the idea he became. It wasn’t originally an accepted concept but it eventually led him to
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