All posts by Mark Wallace

Mark is a traveler, photographer, and writer.

Episode 9 shoot

Yesterday the video team got together and we shot Digital Photography Episode 9.  It was terrific to have all the extra hands to make the new video.  We finished all the production work in 6.5 hours – that is one of the shortest video shoots we’ve ever had.  And that included set-up, travel time, location shooting, b-roll, and voice-over.

Here are a few shots the gang took during the shoot.

Mark and Drew
Mark showing Drew a few things on the camera.  The big wooden thing is our homemade teleprompter. The camera is behind the glass.

Daniel, Drew, and Diane
Daniel, Drew, and Diane. Daniel was running the camera, Drew was operating the teleprompter, and Diane was directing. Daniel and Diane also helped demo the bags in the video.  These guys has skillz.

Yasmin waiting for her cue.  Yasmin kept track of all of the takes, made sure we got all of the scenes in the camera, and was responsible for continuity (making sure all the b-roll was properly captured).  Oh – she also helped demo the bags in the video.

Mark shooting Diane as she demonstrates the LowePro slingshot bag.

Mark shooting Yasmin
Mark shooting Yasmin as she demonstrates the features of the LowePro Apex 140 camera bag.

Look for the new episode to be posted later this week!


Here are just a couple of the many great shots of Yasmin from our session yesterday. Diane did a great job with the Hair/Makeup as usual.  Great work everyone!

© Copyright 2008 Mark Wallace/SnapFactory

© Copyright 2008 Mark Wallace/SnapFactory

Halfway there…

Our current Digital Photography 101 class just finished week 4, so we’re halfway to the finish line.  Last night I set up my camera and put a PocketWizard on it so I could take shots during class.  I snapped this one while students were working out an exercise (if you look closely you can see the Pocket Wizard in my left hand).


As usual the class is a lot of fun. I always enjoy getting to know everyone and seeing the creativity of their shots.  This class is no exception – we have a bunch of very cool people in this class.

We have one more Digital Photography 101 class scheduled for this year.  I won’t be teaching this workshop again until 2009 so I can take a break.  I’ll be using the time to create a DVD set for all of those people who’d like to take the class but live in other cities.  We’re shooting to have the DVD set finished by Christmas.  I’ll keep you posted.

If you’re interested in enrolling in the August 19 class you better act fast! The class is almost full and it’s first come first served. But don’t worry, if you miss it we’ll have another class ready to go in January 2009.

Note: click here to see how to set up a PocketWizard for remote shooting.

Meter Megan

Our video team met last night and we spent a few hours discussing upcoming episodes, topics to be covered, and just how much detail needs to go into each explanation.  At times the discussion was spirited. Who’d have thought people are so passionate about explaining how an aperture value is determined? Most of the evening was spent brainstorming and looking for the best way to answer questions that have been sent to us. We narrowed our list of videos down to 26 video topics.  That should keep us busy for a long time.

We’re also excited that Megan Accordino will be joining us as our model in a few of our upcoming episodes.  Megan is one of our favorite models, she appeared in episode 1 (shutter sync), episode 2 (how to use a light meter), and episode 5 (basic 3 light setup).

Megan Accordino © Copyright 2008 Mark Wallace/SnapFactory

We’re shooting our next video this Sunday, we’re going to be doing a short review of some bags that will keep your gear safe and ready to use. We’ll be looking at the LowePro Flipside 300, the SlingShot 200AW, the Mini Trekker AW, and a couple others.

Soon to follow will be videos on color correction using the Sekonic Prodigi Color meter, understanding stops, metering for light ratios, location flash, shooting products for eBay, and more.  And, of course, we’ll try to keep answering my “favorite” question – what should I buy?

Stay tuned as our video team kicks it in to high gear and we start producing great videos on a regular schedule.

The DP 1on1 Crew

Video Team
Daniel, Jeff, Drew, Craig, Mark, and Yasmin posing for the iPhone shot.

Tonight a few of us got together to plan future episodes of Digital Photography 1 on 1. This is the team of volunteers who work hard to put these videos together. Drew and Yasmin are new to the team; Drew will be helping with the technical crew and Yasmin will be helping to keep everybody on track.  Daniel and Craig are regular assistants at the studio and have helped with past videos.  Jeff is also a regular at the studio and is going to be leading us all to technical excellence.  He’s a professional cameraman and video editor.  I learn new things from him all the time.

Our team is going to be meeting and working regularly with the mission of creating a new video every two weeks.  It’s a lot of work and we’re not positive we’ll be able to meet the schedule, but we’ll try.

Our next shoot is Sunday.  We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

New Episodes Coming Soon

New Videos Coming Soon

Filming started yesterday on a new batch of Digital Photography One on One episodes. I’ll be filming new episodes over the next few weeks. Topics in our upcoming episodes:

  • Using Sekonic light meters to balance flash and ambient light.
  • Understanding aperture values
  • Understanding stops
  • Metering for light ratios
  • A review of my favorite camera bags

The videos will be posted as soon as they are finished.  Our video crew is all volunteer (models included) so we’ll have to juggle some schedules, but we’ll finish as soon as possible.  Stay tuned…