Kara Smith and Brit Smith, the designers of the label ELKIN, pose for a portrait at their studio Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Los Angeles Times)

Meredith Placko as Lilith of Borderlands, Courtney Hagans as the Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn with Melanie Watson as Catwoman, Bethany Jones as Mario and Madison Benitez as Luigi, pose for portraits outside the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con 2012 on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in San Diego, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/Los Angeles Times)

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Mauricio Aaron Reyna Guerrero, Mexico City’s Deputy Secretary of Tourism and Luis Eduardo Ros, Director General of Mexico City’s Institute of Tourism Promotion pose for a portrait in the Houston Chronicle photo studio on Monday, August 8, 2011 in Houston. Although travel to Mexico has suffered in recent years, travel to Mexico City is booming, rising 15 percent from 2009 to 2010. Mauricio and Luis Eduardo attest to the historical attractions, museums and cuisine options that are earning Mexico City a reputation as a world-class destination. ( Patrick T. Fallon / Houston Chronicle )


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Turns out we grew up in the same places. Small world eh?

Tomball Police Chief Robert Hauck poses for a portrait while singing country music in front of a police cruiser on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in Tomball. Hauck moved to Tomball from Los Angeles in June 2008, "I fell in love with this place," said Hauck, who sings country and gospel music at church and in the community. He won Tomball's American Country Idol contest. ( Patrick T. Fallon / Houston Chronicle )

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First day of the Dave Black workshop here at the Chronicle, learning more about using portable speedlight strobes and finding out how to make the most of what we have – as well as thinking about what tools I could add to my light kit to give me more options. Before going to our location shoots, we tested out some stuff in the studio.

Houston Chronicle staff photographer Jake Nielson poses for a portrait during the Dave Black photo workshop at the Houston Chronicle on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Houston. ( Patrick T. Fallon / Houston Chronicle )

Shot with a reflected umbrella, left, then a Honl gridded strobe on the left side, rear.

(1DmKIIN, Canon 580EX II and 550EX with PocketWizards. 50 ISO, 35mm, f/5.6)

Patrick Merrill, 18, practices with his band at Helie's Carpet in Claremont, N.H., Wednesday evening June 2, 2010. Merrill joined the Ombudsman program last fall as an independent alternative to learning traditionally at Stevens High School and now finds himself playing to his own tune, learning more and earning better grades. Valley News - Patrick T. Fallon

For my rock and roll portrait, I used a blue Honl Photo speedlight gel on my Canon 550EX Flash from the rear on ETTL Slave. I mounted the flash on a plate attached to a ‘magic’ variable friction arm, connected to a superclamp on a forklift! This basic box of tools I always keep in the car just in case I have an idea…

In front, a Canon 580EX II flash on camera, set in master ETTL mode. Getting the two flashes to talk was a real chore, but a lack of PocketWizards mean this was one of my few options with what I had. Continue reading »

Thought I would try out my Canon PowerShot G11 point and shoot camera tonight at the Girl Talk performance.


Gregg Gillis, best known by his stage name, GIRL TALK, performs live at The Blue Note in Columbia, Mo. Wednesday night to a sold-out crowd of college students.

My ears are still ringing….
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Shot a portrait of gold medal Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi today for ZUMA press at the P&G Family Home.


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Another busy day here in Vancouver. Work up at 7am to try and shoot curling – alas the venue was pretty full so no room to shoot from the stands or tables with a 400mm – so fruitless, I headed back to the Main Press Center in time for the 11am press conference with Canadian Cross Country Skier Brian McKeever.

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Didn’t get to shoot much today, had to handle a lot of image editing from photographers and work here in the Main Press Center. However this evening I was able to shoot the press conference for two time gold medal winning snow boarder Seth Wescott.


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After getting back to the MPC from shooting the Finland – Russia women’s Ice Hockey game last night, my editor gave me a last minute assignment – a portrait session with the first team USA gold medalist, Hannah Kearney. I left the MPC and made my way up 6 blocks to the Team USA House on Seymour.

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About a year ago, my father got a phone call from some family friends, their photographer had bailed on them the day before they were supposed to re-shoot their wedding portraits [they had rain on their wedding day].


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Working some more in the studio, this time with glass…. and rubber cement. Emergency Personnel were standing by.


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Classmate Studio portrait assignment.

Single Light Source:

Portrait of Jimmy Maritz in the studio, Thursday night September 25th, 2008. Photo by Patrick T Fallon.

Multiple Light Source:

Portrait of Jimmy Maritz in the studio expressing his feelings towards a recent speeding ticket, Thursday night September 25th, 2008. Photo by Patrick T Fallon.

Wedding Portraits In Chicago – After the jump:


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