“When the mind is still, tranquil, not seeking any answer or any solution, neither resisting nor avoiding – it is only then that there can be a regeneration, because then the mind is capable of perceiving what is true; and it is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.” – Krishnamurti …a photo […]
A day in South Beach (Miami, FL)…
So I was recently asked on Facebook,
“(I really like your photography) but one thing I have always wondered? How do you make a living at this? …are they friends and relatives? I am only asking, because they seem so comfortable in front of the camera.”
WALNUT CREEK PHOTOWALK: I can not UNSEE. I can not pretend to not see. So when I walk affluent areas my mind fills with the continuous thought of, “We have so much.”
Why I finally ordered my Fujifilm x100s this morning.
I am a huge fan of #vanityfair. The writing and visuals are some of the best in the industry. However this month’s trite fashion ads, ho hum editorial photos and Swift editorial were underwhelming…
During my interview for an article on beauty lighting in next month’s issue of Popular Photography, the editor asked me for tips on positioning and equipment. I gave him an array of suggestions but the most important thing I told him was the relationship between the subject and I.
I first met Lauren when I booked her for a hair shoot. As she was leaving she asked me if I could help her create additional photos for her portfolio. Here is video and stills of what we came up with over the course of 4 months.
As stated in an earlier post, for this session we shot in the salon as we had 4 hair stylist and models and wanted to give the artists access to all their tools. Also I did not want to shuttle the subjects back and forth from location to salon. I used a simple three light […]
For this session we shot in the salon as we had 4 hair stylist and models and wanted to give the artists access to all their tools. Also I did not want to shuttle the subjects back and forth from location to salon. I used a simple three light setup of Profoto Acutes on the […]
I am a big believer that the best way to get better as a photographer is to simply shoot more. And so I am constantly looking for models that will allow me to use them as muses where we can simply experiment and try different concepts. Kristina Love contacted me during the week and wanted to […]
I was a big fan of the Crumpler line of camera accessories. I used the Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home Photo Bag to store my lenses and the Crumpler Industry Disgrace Camera Straps to hang my cameras. They are well made products and quite comfortable…IF. If you have a leather neck and carry small cameras […]
Overview of the minimum amount of equipment I take in my Think Tank bag to shoots. http:///www.facebook.com/kandidzportraits http://www.wootenweb.com http://www.kandidz.com
The Engagement of Michelle and Derrick from David 'Art' Wooten on Vimeo. In anticipation of Michelle and Derrick’s wedding next year, we did an engagement photo shoot in Muir Woods. The photos were put into this video and shown at their engagement party as well as on their Save the Date magnets.
Test shoot I did for a new model named Corrie J.
Test shoot with the lovely Shanice Watts in Benicia, CA More @ http://www.facebook.com/kandidzportraitsBlog @ http://www.wootenweb.com/
Long term review of the Lastolite All-in-One Umbrella
One of the toughest parts of my job is convincing people to allow me to shoot them as they are, in their environment. Since my style is very editorial, capturing a sincere moment is essential to my art. However most people are so accustomed to snapshots and posed photography wearing their ‘Sunday best’ they do […]
I was joking with a friend of mine the other day. She asked me to take a look at something on my iPhone and I asked her if it were eyeball worthy. Kinda like the ‘sponge worthy’ episode of Seinfeld . Because I did not want to waste precious eyeball time on something that was […]
Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes or via the direct link. Our first episode is the follow up to the Windy Day episode. I show you how we took the 3 different sessions and composited the photographs into one image for a March magazine cover using Adobe Photoshop CS5. I would love to get your […]
Images and behind the scenes from the latest Team Phenom shoot at Brentwood, California’s Trilogy at the Vineyards.
Model: Ebony Camille
Producer & Photographer: David ‘Art’
Shot on location in Walnut Grove, CA
In preparation for my recent road trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and then Las Vegas, I toyed with the idea of bringing my studio lights. They weren’t that heavy right? How much would the airline overcharge me to bring them? Maybe I could ship them ahead of me via FedEx? Maybe I could rent them there? But after considering the effort, security of the places I would be staying and practicality I opted for my speedlites (4 x 580EX II) instead.