You Made It!I'm glad you found my little photography blog. I created this blog to share my passion for the art of photography. I share photos, tips, and tutorials. I also review books, blogs, documentaries, and anything else pertaining to photography. In addition to photography, I'm a music fanatic. Living in Austin gives me the opportunity to see and shoot a lot of amazing bands. Please email or call me if you have any questions or comments about this blog or Nathan Hall Photography. Word!
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My wife and I had the incredible opportunity to spend a week in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has been at the top of my travel list for years, and it exceeded my wildest expectations!
This summer is turning out to be the busiest summer of my photography career. I’m doing a lot of band promo/press kit shoots. I haven’t been shooting as much fashion, but I’m shooting more events and portraits. I’m horrible about updating this blog, but I should have more time when I have an assistant. Thanks for all of the support!
As professional photographers, we are often asked to shoot certain subjects that we may not be too excited to shoot. That’s just part of the photography business. There are very few photographers who have the luxury of cherry picking all of his/her shoots. Quite frankly, I’m happy to be busy in this anemic economy. It’s still important to continually shoot personal projects when you’re not shooting paid gigs.
Personal projects often lead to paid gigs because those passion projects convey your style and aesthetic more than your other shoots. I started shooting bands and musicians simply due to the fact that I love music and enjoy shooting shows. I started posting some of my music photos on my sites, and clients found me.
When you’re able to take the time to shoot personal projects, there’s no pressure to rush the results. Although I think you should give yourself deadlines to finish those projects, don’t stress too hard about it. Personal passion projects are meant to keep the creative juices from stagnating. You’re not trying hard enough if you can’t come up with some interesting personal projects.
Zack Arias has a tumblr blog that is LOADED with a lot of great information for photographers. It’s straight up photography Q&A, with an Arias twist. Zack has never been afraid to speak his mind, and he doesn’t give a shit about political correctness. It’s refreshing. If your little feelers get hurt easily, you might want to stay away from it. There’s a lot of wonderful advice from one of the industry leaders. Dig it.
We’re moving into our new house in about a month, and I can’t freaking wait! It’s going to be incredible to have my studio at home. When we decided to build a house, we knew that we wanted to have a studio at home for many reasons. It’ll make watching my sweet boy so much easier by having the studio right there. It’s not a large space, but it’s bigger than my previous studio. It will be ideal for headshots, band promos, product photography, and anything else I can shoot in a 19×14 space. I’ll post some pics of the new digs when we move.
This beautiful 285 gallon reef aquarium is maintained by Ben Johnson of Captive Aquatic Ecosystems. It is lit with 4 EcoTech Radion LED systems. For more information, please visit www.caecosystems.com. For Nathan Hall Photography, please visit www.nathanhallphotography.com I filmed this with my Canon 5D Mark II, and I also used a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.