How we work

CONTACT:  MABridgeImages@aol.com

EQUIPMENT
Nikon D3X; Nikon D3; Nikon D300; Nikkor 300mm  f/2.8; Nikkor 70-200mm f /2.8; Nikkor 200-400mm f/ 4.0; Nikkor 18-200mm f 3.5-5.6; Nikkor 105mm f 2; Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8; Nikon Teleconverter 1x7 and 1x4; Really Right Stuff and Wimberly Tripod setups.

SHOOTING STYLE
All captures are handheld, including portraits, preferring the Nikon D3X, Nikon D3 and the Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 for nature and birds in flight; the 70-200mm f/2.8 for portraits.  Tripod used for 200-400mm f/4.0 w/1.4 teleconverter (special shoots).

PORTRAITS are taken outdoors; using minimal depth-of-field provided by the 70-200mm or 300mm lens.

BIRDS IN FLIGHT are a personal passion of many photographers.  What you see in these bird galleries will often be rare exposures; even I cannot duplicate them.  Static positions or straight flight patterns are unappealing to me in that they are repetitive in form; some may appear better than others in quality, but overall, they all look the same; mine included. In most cases they are beautiful images without the "wow" factor and I do shoot them, but they are not my favorite means of showing you what the "winged wonders" can do.  Fast shutter speed is mandatory for capturing Birds in Flight as is a good lens, good camera, fast reactions and endless practice; it's not for everyone.  Advice on request.

URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY and PHOTOJOURNALISM is habitual to a photographer who loves documentary.  The camera is always within reach and everything that happens is recorded.

SPORTS -  enjoyable and easy to shoot.  Still, as all types of photography, it takes the dedication of time and practice and seldom can be done well when tossed-into a mix.

SCENIC PHOTOGRAPHY is extremely rewarding; however, it requires location, location, etc.  Again, nature generally provides the light, while Photoshop provides the darkroom.  The eye, again, needs practice to discover what to shoot and when, how to process, and what to print.

Now for the all-important PHOTO-TOUCHUP or post-processing category where everything comes together. I would advise an emerging photographer to choose between photography or photo-touchup, but to attempt to be a success at both within the same time frame is futile.  Learning Photoshop takes years of practice and starts with an eye to detail and the patience and compassion to apply it.  Photography, on the other hand, is a quick learn under the right tutelage, provided, again, that the student has that all-important eye for the art.  Don't let this discourage you.  Not everyone needs to be great or produce the same style for success;  everyone has their place and there is plenty of room for all. Some of the best photographs taken have been done by amateurs with no knowledge of how the camera works and no understanding of post-processing.

In this studio, PHOTO TOUCHUP is critical, particularly in the very personal PORTRAIT category.  Every model, or client, has the potential to look beautiful, handsome, natural.  That  outcome is wholly the photographer's job,.  Successfully done, you, as the model, should be a bit stunned by how appealing you appear not only in real life, animated and glowing, but also in print - a photographic dimension of it's own that reproduces the essence of your features and personality at their best.  Yes, we do undo the natural carnage of aging, but it appears to be so subtle as to be unnoticable. 

Flash is generally avoided; however, the Venice Skatedancers were shot with an SB-80 fill flash on a Nikkon D300 during midday sun.  That spanned three years, 2003-2005.  Those exposures were taken while skating within the group, allowing me easy movement relative to the sun and the skater's athletics; it was an advantage much better photographers don't have when shooting from the sidelines. There are hundreds of finished prints of these athletes.

While I will, and have, done indoor night shooting, I do not like the hours and tend to decline those shoots; the Los Angeles Lakers are an exception to that rule.