SteriPEN Ultra How-To

With each liter of water weighing 2.2 pounds, I’m a big fan of leveraging water sources near my campsite or hiking route rather than carrying unnecessary weight. After trying multiple treatment options over the years, I find the Katadyn SteriPEN Ultra to be the easiest, fastest, and most reliable method. All you have to do is fill a bottle, click a button, insert the UV lamp into the water, stir, and then wait for the LED screen to confirm that the process is complete. For me, this is way better than pumping, waiting on a gravity-fed system, or tasting iodine.

Giving Back During COVID-19

An interview on what I and others can do to help our community during COVID-19, including my pledge to donate 100% of 2020 sales bonuses to organizations and charities assisting with COVID relief.

Findlay Subaru and the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance Partner Up to Blaze a New Trailhead in Prescott

Findlay Subaru’s latest venture includes working with the Prescott Mountain Biking Alliance (PMBA) to help fund through corporate sponsorship the building of a new trailhead for the Spence Basin trail system. The new trailhead will be called the Spence Springs Trail Head. Vice President on the Board of PMBA, Scott Bideau explains the work that has been done at Spence Basin.

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Families Rave About Opportunities Offered Through Help Portrait Prescott

Help Portrait Prescott is a new local chapter of a national organization that offers to individuals and families who could not otherwise afford it a posed, professional portrait in a studio environment. Each individual is given an 8 x 10 framed portrait; families receive an 11 x 14 frame. All are given digital shots and coupons to make additional low-cost prints.

Help Portrait Prescott: A new event of ‘creativity and empathy’ for people struggling in life

Scott Bideau, the organizer of Help Portrait Prescott, holds a portrait from a similar event a few years ago of a family who arranged for the portrait to send to their daughter serving in Iraq. The father in the photograph was a community leader who died two years later from lung issues he suffered after volunteering to assist his brother at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. (Nanci Hutson/Courier)

How to Put On a Local Help-Portrait Event

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Help-Portrait, a global movement of photographers, hairstylists, and makeup artists using their time, tools, and expertise to give back to those in need. I was fortunate enough to get involved with this event in 2009, the first year that it expanded from the inaugural Nashville location to cities throughout the world. Since then, I have founded two local chapters and learned a lot about how to put on a successful Help-Portrait event. In this post, I’ve shared some of my experience from coordinating these events in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

Self Portrait Project

portable photography studio equipment setup in garage

I try to update my headshot every 5 years so that people easily recognize me when meeting in person for the first time. After walking away unsatisfied from three different headshot booths at recent industry conferences, I decided to back the cars out of the garage, set up a portrait studio, and take one myself. This turned into a fun little selfie project despite the strange look my kids gave me when I asked if I could borrow their giant teddy bear for pictures (more on that later).

Increase Your Godox AD200 Flash Power by 1/2 Stop

The Godox AD200  cordless flash mounts very easily into any Bowens mount softbox using the included bare bulb and an optional S-Type Bracket. But, as you can see from the image above, some light leaks out the bracket holes while also being absorbed by the black plastic instead of reflected out your softbox toward the subject being photographed. Here’s how a $15 accessory cures the problem to provide about 1/2 stop of additional flash power!

Summer Ski Jumping at a Balloon Rodeo

Summer Ski Jumping at a Balloon Rodeo
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS II USM

I’ll never forget my first time photographing action sports. I was attending the 30th Annual Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo with my family. I had just purchased my first SLR camera about a year ago, so I brought it along. What I learned is that great images are created through a combination of proper camera equipment, technical skillset, and the ability to find unique perspectives to capture. 

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