The Winners Of The Robocop Retouching Contest Announced


We had hundreds of entries to my Robocop retouching contest that was announced a few weeks back. You can see the grand prize winner and all of the honorable mentions on There were some really awesome ones.

Announcing The Amazing Robocop Retouching Contest! Win Prizes!


The Contest As you may have seen on Fstoppers or on this blog, I did one of my dream shoots with an actor wearing an original style Robocop costume along with his replica of the OCP Robocop police Taurus. The Robo suit is actually made from original molds used to create the actual costume used […]

Want Photoshop For Free? Now You Can Have It Along With The CS2 Creative Suite


Adobe has just decided that you can now download the Creative Suite that they originally offered in 2005 FOR FREE! This includes Photoshop CS2, InDesign CS2, Illustrator CS2, In Design CS2, and Premiere Pro CS2. Sure, the CS2 creative suite may be nearly 10 years old, but they still can do a great job… especially […]

Jumping Joe – Retouching Contest Winner


Thank you for everyone’s patience. The time has come to announce the winner of the Jumping Joe retouching contest and who will receive the Nik Color Efex Pro 4 software! I had a lot of really hilarious and awesome entries. As you may recall, folks had an opportunity to download an unedited file shot by my […]

Catch Me On The Front Page Of Gizmodo – Golden Lamborghini Edition


Check it out! I’m on the front page of Gizmodo and a few other sites! Thanks Gawker team! Intel flew me to Miami made me a part of their new marketing campaign for the new Ultrabooks, giving me a chance to photograph and drive around around with some awesome cars. Make sure to check out […]

Photo Retouching Contest Time – Jumping Joe And Win Free Stuff

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It’s contest time again! You may recall this image above from a shoot I did with my Phase One a few weeks back (click the hyperlink to see behind the scenes and video). Snag my buddy Joe in the image above and put him in some crazy places or situations. Serious or funny, doesn’t matter to […]

Shooting A New Ad For Discovery Channel / Discovery Creative – Blood And Guts


This job came together pretty quickly, but was a fun one. I had a few days to rush order doctor’s uniforms and props, find an ambulance with portable stretcher, arrange a clothing stylist (Tara Papanicholas), a hair/makeup person (Stacie Snyder), and plan out the shot with the client. Everything had to be pre-approved with Discovery Channel so […]

Learning To Fly – Fun With A Trampoline And The Phase One IQ160


I took the day yesterday to do a personal shoot. We had a beautiful, but hot, day here in the Washington DC area. Some friends came together to help with the shoot. Shooting with a digital medium format, the Phase One IQ160, is pretty awesome. You can see in the image above, the incredible depth […]

My Free Post-Production Webinar Is Live On The Nik Software Blog

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Using Nik Software To Step Up Your On-Location Photoshoots with Douglas Sonders A few weeks ago I did a live webinar for Nik Software, showcasing how I do some of my Photoshop post-production and how I apply my favorite Nik Software plugins. They have the video posted up on their site to view at your […]

“Closing Bell” – The Photoshop Composite Breakdown Of A Personal Shoot

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It feels good to get back to my old shooting style. It’s like coming back home. I realized after hearing Erik Almas speak last week, that I have not been shooting the type of photos that I have been known to do earlier in my career…photos with lots of poppy contrast, motion, and energy (few […]

Video Tutorial : Quick Face Retouching Using Adobe Photoshop CS6

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I’ve had requests to do a quick tutorial on how to retouch faces in Photoshop. This will show you some easy quick tips on how to make a fresh look more refreshed and healthy, without looking alien or over-photoshopped, which is a big hazard these days. I play with the new Photoshop CS6 to show […]

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Is Coming Soon This Month!

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Rumors state that CS6 will be releasing on May 7, 2012. You’ll be able to upgrade from a previous Photoshop version for $199. Photo District News did an article listing all of the new features. Major CS Upgrades and All-New Muse Anchor Landmark Launch for Designers
 The performance and workflow enhancements in Adobe Photoshop CS6 […]

Want To Try Out The Brand New Adobe Photoshop CS6 Before It Comes Out? Learn More Here

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I’ve been having a blast playing with the new Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta (pre-release), as you can see above. Want to try it out? Click the image above or the link below. No serial numbers necessary! I’ll share a comprehensive personal review soon. LINK TO DOWNLOAD CS6 BETA Want to learn about all of the […]

Behind The Scenes With My Corey Barker Action Shoot


Teaser from a fun personal shoot I did with my friend/retoucher/fellow Kelby instructor Corey Barker during the Photoshop World DC pre-con last week. I hope this teaser gets you as excited to see more! This is just a small taste. Behind the scenes video, more edited photos, lighting and diagrams are coming soon. Just stay tuned.

Do A Photo Walk With Me Around DC At The Next Photoshop World March 2012

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See your Photoshop World email this morning? They announced that you can have a chance to do a photo walk around DC with me during the next photoshop world in March, which takes place March 24-26, 2012. Happy to have the opportunity! I mean if youre going to do a photo walk around DC, might […]

Photoshoot With Dominic’s Dodge Charger From Fast 5 (Fast And The Furious)


I blogged about this shoot a few weeks ago. Thanks to some long hours at the computer by myself and my retoucher, Justin, here we are. This image above is a combination of multiple exposures of the same shot. I essentially would have an assistant walk around the car and light it part by part. […]

The Winner Of The Winston Retouching Contest

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With 252 votes, Marina Brocal Sanchez of Spain is the winner of my Winston retouching contest. Her prize is the new OnOne Plug-in Software Perfect Photo Suite 6. Thank you to our contest sponsor onOne Software! Thank you to everyone that voted. It was a heated battle for awhile and really loved going through the creative entries. In […]

Winston Retouching Contest Finalists – Choose Your Winner Of OnOne Software

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Thank you to everyone that entered in to my retouching contest this past week for a chance to win the new OnOne Plug-in Software Perfect Photo Suite 6. I got some hilarious entries. Now here is your chance to have your peers vote on your entry. Here are my top picks (in no particular order) after the […]

The Photography Gift Guide 2011


Here we are again! It’s the time of year friends coming out of the woodwork asking what to get for their photography-loving husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/sister/brother etc…  So I have put together the ultimate 2011 photography gadget gift guide for your very own photo geek. – ONA Waxed Canvas “Camps Bay” Laptop & Camera Bag: I mentioned ONA products […]

Fun Retouching Contest! Win “Perfect Photo Suite 6″ By OnOne Software


The time has come again kids for another fun retouching contest. You may recall my last couple of contests (here & here). This one I am holding in honor of my beloved Boxer, Winston Churchill, who I had to put to sleep on Halloween this year. I wanted to honor my little guy by using […]

Introduction: Fast And The Furious 4 & 5 Dodge Charger Photoshoot


I’m having serious fun roughly planning out the post production process on this shoot I did in Los Angeles last week with one of the actual 1970 Dodge Charger Vin Diesel drove in Fast and The Furious 4 and 5. You will also notice the brand new Chevy Caprice police cars, which I believe are not […]

Video Trailer For My New Photography Class Is Out

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The trailer for my new class coming out December 12 is finally out. Check it out and spread the word. You can sign up on the site to see my first full video workshop. I discuss how to put together an advertising shoot all the way from pre-production, to shoot day, to the post-production […]

Catch My Interview About Photography On The Nik Radio Podcast


I was recently interviewed by Scott Sheppard for Nik Software radio about my photography career and my philosophies on shooting. It was a nice opportunity to share my thoughts on the industry with the world. I haven’t had a chance to hear it yet myself, since I’m on the road. Hope you enjoy it! You […]

Editing A Jeep Photo For A Print Advertisement [Time Lapse] And Lighting Diagram

I will probably submit an alternate version with punchier clouds and a little more contrast. I essentially accomplish this by using Nik Software Viveza 2 on the final "after" file. See below to see my Viveza settings to create this alternate version.

Here is a quick 40 second video showing all the little elements I touch up before an ad. In this case, I am working on an images of a new Jeep Grand Cherokee  This was not a particularly complicated edit, but you can see a little bit of the process I go into, nonetheless. The […]