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“The Craft” – The Stinson Company

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

There are very few jobs where I feel as proud of as I do this one. One of my very best friends, Jesse Isenberg, owner and head craftsman at The Stinson Company, launched his new brand and website today and I had the honor of directing and shooting his video with our Check The Gate Films team.

The inspiration for this film was to offer a glimpse into what takes place behind the scenes at Stinson, highlighting an emphasis on authentic, hand-crafted elements fused with the most innovative technology and equipment. The film was shot over the course of one evening, using a single incandescent clamp light ($8) we bought at The Home Depot.


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A Visual Revival

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I rarely keep a camera by my side when I’m not working.  Some may find this a bit odd but I think it adds to my creativity. When walking around with a camera, I end up looking for things to photograph and the images often don’t come naturally. Without a camera, I freely start framing and seeing images.

I recently made the switch from the ol’ Blackberry to a Droid with a great camera app on it, FxCamera.  It has been a bit of a “visual rebirth” for me.  I have the best of both worlds now; no camera hanging off my shoulder with the pressure of finding a perfect picture,  but a quality micro camera that enables me to act on my creative whims and urges.

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek:
“But there is another kind of seeing that involves a letting go. When I see this way I sway transfixed and emptied. The difference between the two ways of seeing is the difference between walking with and without a camera. When I walk with a camera I walk from shot to shot, reading the light on a calibrated meter. When I walk without a camera, my own shutter opens, and the moment’s light prints on my own silver gut. When I see this second way I am above all an unscrupulous observer.”

Here are a few images I grabbed while on a job in Nashville last week.


Photo Tip – Utilizing your FTP

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Every photographer has a website these days, but very few are utilizing their website to its full ability.  A website consist of multiple files that are “hosted” online in a directory. To access your directory, contact your website hosting company and ask for your FTP information.

What FTP information looks like:

  • FTP Server:
  • FTP Username: exampleusername
  • Password: samplepassword

Once you have this information, you can use FTP programs such as Fetch, FileZilla, Ubermind for Aperture, even some browsers have built in FTP such as Firefox FTP, to organize, store, deliver files, create web galleries, etc.

Basic way folders/directories work on your FTP:

Inside your directory, you have multiple folders and they are split up by the “/” and you can have various folders and images on your FTP site that you can access from anywhere you can jump online.  This can also be a great spot to store files you need while on the road and you can access them from any computer.  Notice below how the URL shows the path to the files.

Example of directory

Click on this link to see what the main directory of “ftpexample” looks like online: Here you can see that the other files on your website are safe because when you click on “Parent Directory” it takes the viewer to your main website.

Send large files to clients:

Sending large files is made extremely easy when using your FTP rather than emailing or using other file sharing programs. I believe this is also much more professional and keeps your client inside your brand. All you have to do is send them a single link and when they click on it, a window pops up and ask where you want to save the file. Try it below.

Post Web Galleries

You can set up folders for your clients and create web galleries showing your work or takes from a shoot. Programs such as Aperture, Lightroom, and Photo Mechanic are great programs to create web galleries. When you export a gallery using these programs, it produces a folder and inside has an index file, folders to hold your images and other files the site requires.  You can rename only the main folder and simply drag this into your main FTP folder. See below how this example gallery created in Aperture will look in your directory:
Web Gallery Files