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Guess the scene, win a bag.

I’m in Hollywood for a couple of days meeting with some clients. In the spirit of Hollywood I thought I’d have a little contest. A few years ago I was in a movie with Tom Cruise (yes, I really was). If you’re the first person to guess the movie and the scene you’ll win a cool PocketWizard bag.

This contest is being held on the blog and on Twitter. So I’ll give a bag to the first person who leaves the correct move/scene combo in the comments section as well as the first person who tweets the correct answer.

The bag holds two standard PocketWizards or Two Flex units and One Mini. It’s very cool.


Hint: “You had me at PocketWizard.”


And the winners are…

@wordslinger0044 was the first to guess correctly on Twitter and seraphicimago was the first to guess correctly in the comments section on the blog.

I was an extra in the movie Jerry Maguire. Many of the football scenes were filmed at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ – just down the road from our first studio. I was in the end zone for many of the scenes and was later moved to a section by the 20 yard line. Although I was pretty close to the field I’m totally indistinguishable in the movie. In fact for most of the scenes everyone had cardboard people sitting between the real people in the seats. The entire upper deck of the stadium was cardboard people. It was pretty funny.

Congratulations to our winners. Your bags will be sent out soon.

Beauty and the Beast giveaway!

The Beauty and the Beast tour with Hanson Fong and John Woodward is just about to begin – and we’re giving away 2 tickets in every city on the tour!

Here’s how you win:

  1. Follow Mark on twitter: @jmarkwallace
  2. Post your best “beauty” or “beast” shot on your blog, website, or flickr.
  3. Send Mark (@jmarkwallace) a tweet with the link to your photo and the city where you’d like to attend the tour.
  4. Two winners will be selected for each city:
    1. One will be selected at random
    2. The other will be selected based on creativity. You can be creative with your photo, your blog entry, or your tweet. Tell us why you want to attend, show us how you’d benefit from the tour, or just do something amazing. It’s up to you.
  5. The winners will be announced on twitter. All winners will get a Direct Message from Mark.
    1. Winners for each city will be announced at least 15 days prior to that city’s tour date. That means Nashville people have a bit more time than Portland.

*Travel and hotel expenses are NOT included. We’ll get you in the door but you’ll need to pay for the trip.


If you want to learn how two top, award-winning photographers put their techniques, styles and tools to work you’re in luck. Hanson Fong, one of the premier portrait/wedding photographers in the country and one who holds the degrees of Master Photography and Photographic Craftsman, and John Woodward, voted Photographer of the Year in 2007 by the Professional Photographers of America are embarking on an eight-city tour of the U.S. Cities are:

  • Portland, OR: July 30
  • Boston, MA: August 10
  • New York, NY: August 13
  • Indianapolis, IN: September 14
  • Grand Rapids, MI: September 24
  • Houston, TX: September 28
  • Los Angeles, CA: October 1
  • Nashville, TN: October 5.

Hanson and John are both well-known speakers and educators in addition to being top shooters. Topics covered will include: compositional study, facial analysis, portrait, glamour and modified lighting, lighting ratios, metering techniques, posing family groups, “The Wheel of Self-Assessment,” digital and the power of RAW, color management and its importance, 10 basic poses, flow posing and more. Great stuff! Last year’s tour was without a doubt a hit with photographers all across the U.S.

In addition, the day will feature a mini-expo which will be open for one hour before and after the seminar, during breaks and lunch. Representatives from Mamiya, Sekonic, Profoto, Induro, PocketWizard, Tenba, X-Rite, Eizo, Toyo-View, Creative Light, Benro, Marathon Press, ACI/American Color, Nik Software, Denny Manufacturing, Luma Vue Arts and Graphic Authority will be on hand to demonstrate products and offer special discounts.

Visit for more information and online registration.

Shooting in small spaces

A few days ago James Andrews (@theNetImp) sent me a tweet about his small studio space. He suggested that I should make a video about shooting in small spaces. So I asked how many of my twitter followers had a studio smaller than 20×20. The response was overwhelming. So I asked them to send me links and photos so I could see these spaces. I’ve posted a few below.

I will be making a video about shooting in small spaces, but I’d like you to help me create it. I’d like you to answer a few questions:

  • How large is your studio or space (conference rooms, etc., count)
  • What specific issues are you seeing?
  • Do you have any tips or tricks you are willing to share?
  • What equipment are you using?
  • What have you been able to accomplish in your studio?

You can answer these questions by using the comments section below or just sending me a note on twitter (@jmarkwallace). I’d love to see the results of your work, so if you have work you’re proud of post a link in the comments section below.

Here are a few of the small spaces that I’ve seen so far.

Studio space of John Milleker @JohnMilleker

Mark Howells-Mead’s space @mhm72

The very nice small studio of Marc Landry @FastTimesInc

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Ingrid’s closet studio @ingridspangler

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Studio/Home theater built by James @jamesbdotcom

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It’s not a laundry room, it’s a studio! (Don’t miss the video)
From the mind of Nathanael Gassett @NathanaelG

397 square feet of awesomeness via @adrienbisson

Elvis would be proud! Ryan Chahanovich’s studio @ryanchahanovich

Harley Pebley’s basement studio. @hpebley3

Kathryn Lymburner’s basement studio @photokat81

Want to share your small studio space? Paste a link to your image in the comments below.