Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Mansion party

This week I took some event photos for Trust No One Productions for their "THE HAUNTED MANSION" Halloween Costume Party Saturday October 25th 2014. Located At The Newbury Mansion, Newbury Park. You can check out the full Gallery at Halloween Mansion party.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide For The Photographer In Your Life

I’ve compiled a holiday gift guide full of wonderful things that all the photographers in your lives will love. Some things that YOU might want to add to your own Christmas list! The best part is everything is under $100!

1. 50mm f 1.8 lens for Canon or the Nifty Fifty
Canon lens 50mm
If you own a Canon, get a 50 1.8 lens! This prime lens is a great investment for $100.

2. Eye-Fi Wireless Flash Memory Card.
This awesome card lets you upload JPEGS and RAW files right from your camera to your computer, smartphone, or tablet using wi-fi. You can even install watch folders in Photoshop and Lightroom to automatically import them into the programs and apply presets.

3. Wacom Intuos Tablet
Wacom Intuos small Creative Touch Tablet

Great for a first-time tablet user or as the to-go travel tablet, the Wacom Intuos small Creative Touch Tablet will help any photographer with their retouching game. 

4. Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub
Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub
The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Hub is a modular four-bay reader hub designed to accept up to four optional dedicated card readers. This solution enables quick, USB 3.0-speed transferring of files from up to four memory cards simultaneously.

5. WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive
WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive
Every photographer needs a place to back up their photos. This drive is sleek with a compact design, automatic backup software, password protection and hardware encryption.

6. Transit Backpack 350 AW
Transit Backpack 350 AW
The slate grey Transit Backpack 350 AW from Lowepro is versatile travel bag made of weather-resistant 600D polyester. It can accommodate a DSLR with a 70-200mm f/2.8 or a 300mm f/2.8 lens attached, two additional lenses, a flash and accessories, including a compact tripod. There is also a dedicated compartment at the back of the backpack that will accommodate most 15" laptops.

DISCLAIMER: I was not compensated or gifted any products in exchange for including any of the above items on this list. All opinions are of course my own.

+Blake Murphy is a Thousand Oaks photographer specializing in portrait and event photography throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura County, and beyond.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Drink and Click™ LA rocks the Wine Country!

Yesterday I went one a photo walk with a group of people from Dink and Click™ LA and Dink and Click™ SB in California's wine country. Thanks to +Christi Nielsen who organized the function, +Devon Bell and +Marc Briggs who steered us in the right directions.

Our first stop was the Zaca Mesa Winery, Los Olivos, California were we started our first wine tasting and clicking of photos. We then moved to Koehler Vineyards in Los Olivos, CA. Where I think most of the groups actually got together. We hung out there for awhile tasting more wine sharing snacks people brought and of course more clicking. After Koehler Vineyards we moved into town for lunch where we ate at this awesome little market deli.

After lunch we continued on our journey to Bander Winery, Los Olivos, California. We did a few more tasting there before their last call of 4:00pm. Clicked more photos after last call before moving on to Cold Springs Tavern, Santa Barbara County, California. In my opinion this was the coolest spot. All of the wineries are modern but this place has been around since 1860. The Cold Springs Tavern had so many stories to tell. A sign read "4 horses and buggy 1.50" This place really showed how much thing have change over time. 

Unfortunately from here I had to leave. The groups continued on adventuring to new locations. This was such an awesome adventure for me. The best part about it was not taking photo but hanging out with people that shared the same interests as me. It wasn't talking about gear, settings, framing, how long you have been doing it ect. It was talking about what you are interested in and your passion for photography.

Some of the awesome people I met +Christi Nielsen & +Steve Petterborg+Devon Bell+Marc Briggs+Kevin Deadwylier+Baber Afzal+Scott Detweiler+Shari Seibold & +David Seibold

Some of my photos:       

+Blake Murphy is a Thousand Oaks photographer specializing in portrait and event photography throughout Los AngelesSanta BarbaraVentura County, and beyond.
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