Thursday, November 13, 2014

Image is Everything Episode 8 - Shooting in the dark

In this episode of Image is Everything I talk about what I have recently been working on including an international ad campaign I worked on, and a wedding I shot with my 2nd shooter, Jung Kim. We were faced with a Photographers worst nightmare, and I touch base on just exactly what had us scrambling trying to pull off a miracle.

I also just moved hosting for the podcast, we moved from Libsyn, to Podbean, so we have a new website now for the podcast, which we didn't have before.
Click Here to check out the website

I also touch base on Sigmas new Art Series Prime Lenses, and a new web series called #BehindTheGlass.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Image is Everything - Episode 7 - Raw or JPEG

In this Episode on of Images is Everything, I delve into the age old question.....drum roll please....


In the Photogroup I host on Facebook, PhotoJunkie - Photo Addicts Only there has been some talk about shooting Raw vs JPG, many, many photographers are dead set on Raw is the only way to shoot. In this episode, I give you my thoughts on both, and what I think is the actual correct one to choose for you. Listen, and let me know your thoughts, do you agree?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Image is Everything Episode 6 - Guest Model/Muse Cissy Ly

In this episode 6 of, "Image is Everything" we were lucky enough to have the beautiful Ms Cissy Ly in studio. Cissy, and I have known each other a few years, now, and I had her stand in for a Commercial shoot I did a couple years ago, when we were actually seeing each other on a personal level.

I really encouraged her then to see where she could go with the modeling gig, and it's really awesome to see how far she has come in such a short time. She has signed with an Agency, and is well on her way to booking some high end commercial print gigs. In this episode I also let Cissy ask me a question which sets me off on a long winded answer on how, and when I actually started in this crazy field we love, and cherish called, Photography.

                            Below is one of the photos, we shot over two years ago.

And here are a couple shots from our latest shoot. 
This shot is for her new book. 
                   This shot was for my black and white fine art collection - The Nu Collection.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Image is Everything Episode 5 - Guest Ms AlliCat Arkfeld

As the old adage goes, "better late, than never".

Last Thursday's podcast is just now being loaded on Tuesday morning the 28th of Oct, for reasons that I have had company in the studio going on two straight weeks.

First I had Ms Nai Qazi, and ElleAX come out, and visit for a weekend, and do the show, than the very next weekend, I had my girl, Ms AlliCat Arkfeld come out for the weekend, and we did some Photo hiking in the Joshua Tree National Park, and she did the Podcast as well the two Sundays ago before leaving back to LA, unfortunately I only had her for a half an hour, which meant there was still an half hour of show to produce, and as soon as she left Sunday I had to leave for LA, and pick up my next Podcast victim Ms Cissy Ly, who ended up doing two days of shooting, and the Podcast as well, but with her being with a new agency we literally had to drive to LA, and back a couple times, so within one week, of her being here. I drove just over a thousand miles, and with doing her shoot, and all of her edits for her book. I've gotten way behind. Clients, and shooting will always come first for me.....

Anyway, without further ado, here is the podcast with my interview with, Ms AlliCat Arkfeld, and I also touch base on the popularity of Facebook Groups, and the potential positive, and negative effects of CCing your photos, and art.

Hope you enjoy the show.....I am actively looking for sponsors, so, if you want to get a spot on the show please contact me, and let me know.

UPDATE: Thursday, October, 30, 2014. If you listen to the show with MS AlliCat Arkfeld, there has been a write up in the Long Beach Press Telegram for the event she was promoting, and talking about. Follow the link for the story. Dramatic Results wins two million grant for arts


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Image is Everything - Episode 4 - Manual mode, or Auto for Beginners

In this Episode of, "Image is Everything" I will try to answer the question of should you as a beginning Photographer shooting your first requested photoshoot, even though for free, should you start off in manual, or auto-mode. I'll give you my insight, and opinion on the topic.

In Photography News: Addressing, and talking about the four UCSB Researchers, and Photographers who one was killed on the railroad trestle close to Santa Barbara, CA this past weekend.

Last, but not least I will give you my initial thoughts on the newly released Nikon D750, which is all the buzz all over the Internet these days. Being a Nikon D700 owner, I will give you my initial thoughts on this camera.

If you would like to listen to the show, on your mobile device, or tablet, you can download the Podcast App, Stitcher Radio App, or listen directly on iTunes for free.

I just want to THANK YOU all so much for listening, and all the support for this new show...... means the world to me, and I can thank you enough. ~RAV


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Image is Everything - Episode 3 - Guest Singer, Songwriter, Ms ElleAX


Pixel Peeps, first things first, I want to apologize for no episode last week. I've been marred with technical problems with my iMac. My iMac is a couple years old, and has a one terabyte hardrive, that is completely full. 

So, I have been having major problems just getting a podcast recorded, and rendering the file. I also have a external one terabyte, that only has about 50gigs of space left, so, I literally have been having to find items to delete, and do a MacSweeper to free up enough space to get an episode recorded, and rendered. After spending a week, cleaning, and reconfiguring things on my computer, I thought I had it all figured out, only to run into the exact same problems plaguing me again this week.

I've invested in all the podcast equipment to produce, record, and provide a show, so I am not about to give up. I just need to really figure out my hard drive, and maybe start deleting some very expensive software that I never really use, like ProTools etc, or invest in a computer dedicated solely to the podcast. 

This is also why the show is delayed as of today, but it's finally up, after spending all day trying to get it done. I did miss my 3pm deadline, and wasn't able to clean up the audio as much as I had wanted, but I think it's still clear enough to listen to. I actually had loaded the show, and because I was running so far behind I actually didn't listen to the entire episode, but after loading, and getting ready to send to iTunes, and Stitcher Radio, I started listening only to find the recording had been corrupted in rendering, so, I had to just go back to square one, and do it all over. Finally, got the finished recording, and spent an hour, and listened to the entire one hour show, just to make sure there wasn't anymore glitches.

I just wanted to apologize to anyone who may have been waiting all day on the show, I was working diligently to make it happen.


It was a real special treat to have the multitalented, Ms ElleAX, and her good friend the very elusive Ms Nai Qazi travel out to the Desert Compound, to do the show. I was honored, and blessed, to have them travel out.  I had originally planned to have Nai, on the show, but she has this thing about no media, and staying completely out of the media spotlight, but really her, and I stayed up all night shooting photos of the Blood Moon, and she was in no condition to interview, so, since ElleAX was well rested, she, filled in.

Keep in mind though, that in this day, and time, Ms Nai Qazi (right in the photo) who is embedded in creativeness in music, video production, and a long list of other things has absolutely no Social Media presence, she has no twitter, no facebook, or personal instagram. I really don't know how she does it, and with that being said, she is a girl who knows everyone. I had really planned on asking her, and getting to the bottom of her being so, elusive, and how she lives everyday in a world, that is consumed with social media on all levels, and she doesn't even have a Facebook page. Very intriguing to me, to say the least. Hopefully, I'll be lucky enough to get her on the show someday, and find out the key reasons, she stays completely off social media bandwagon.

Anyway, without further ado, here, is Episode 3 with singer, songwriter, future published book author, Ms ElleAx. I actually met ElleAx through Ms Nai, and we have all become very good friends, from attending social events in Hollywood, working on co-producing some great photoshoots, video's among other things. 

Be sure to check out Ms ElleAx

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Juicing made Easy

Hi Everyone,

So, after posting this photo...
on my social media one night after making my nightly juice, I got some feedback, and questions on exactly what I do, and what ingredients I use in my juice.

So, I decided it was a good topic for a video, and decided to do a little video to show anyone interested exactly what I do to make my juice. Hope you enjoy it, and hopefully, this gives you all information you need to start making your own juice.

Happy Juicing!