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Two For One

July 02, 2017 - While providing diver support and shooting for the NASA NEEMO XXII mission a couple weeks ago, my friend Dawn asked if I...
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My Head Assistant

February 04, 2017 - A few years ago, I wrote Praise for Photo Assistants, lauding the accomplishments of Niccole, Dawn, Aaron and others who...
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Run With It

December 11, 2016 - "How the heck am I going to portrait Lad?" I kept asking myself. The question had been nagging me and the day before our...
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What Really Matters . . . Is Possible

September 25, 2016 - Huge, world-wide problems loom over us. They're intimidating and daunting, sometimes seeming insurmountable. Sometimes p...
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Altitude Attitude

July 26, 2016 - One challenge in professional imaging is making your shots look like they're supposed to look. You can say "well, duh,"...
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Light Meters Are Stupid – And Invaluable

March 27, 2016 - O If you watch me work, one thing you'll notice is that I use a hand-held light meter. This has been part of how I...
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Photoing Freedivers

February 06, 2016 - Want to model underwater? Cool, let's do a shoot where you have to hold your breath (no scuba), then swim to 50 feet (wi...
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Sometimes It Takes Light to Make Night

January 02, 2016 - Yes, this is a cliché image of Christmas caroler figurines. I like it, but I didn't set out to make a quasi-trite Christ...
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When All You Have Is a Hammer, You Treat Everything Like a Nail

October 17, 2015 - "When all you have is a hammer, you treat everything like a nail." You don't have to be an auto technician to know that...
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The Magic Moment: When Opportunity Meets Preparedness

June 05, 2015 - No, I did not Photoshop the fish into this image. There are some shots that rely on a bit of luck, and this is one of th...
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Don't Confuse Image Style with Photographer Style

February 15, 2015 - In photography, "style" tends to be a mushy, confusing term that can take people down the wrong path: Shooters try to be...
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How They Ended Up On the South End of North-Flying Reindeer

January 10, 2015 - Sometimes fun shots come together magically. Fittingly, this family Christmas card is one of those. It started a coup...
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Shoeless Abe

December 25, 2014 - Professional photography, at its core, is a continuous problem-solving exercise. Every shoot differs, providing somethin...
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Feeding the World

November 25, 2014 - Meet Kevin. He has a lot to do with the Thanksgiving meal most of us Americans will enjoy in two days. He's a Tulelake,...
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What Really Matters

September 23, 2014 - This shot of my daughter's worth a million to me, but not because it's a nice photo. Certainly people relate to it, and...
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Twenty Thousand Dollars Under the Sea

August 17, 2014 - Background: In my November 2012 blog post, I wrote that the Aquarius undersea habitat -- the ocean equivalent of the Int...
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Finding Your Muse

July 03, 2014 - Every artist needs inspiration. What we create comes from a vision within us (albeit, often augmented and improved by th...
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A Voice for the Masses

May 09, 2014 - Whether you're a photographer, photographic artist or just have some photos that fit into a story you want to share, Ado...
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Reviving the Golden Age

March 25, 2014 - Sorry for such a long interval between posts. We just moved and as you may expect, that has kept me really tied up. S...
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Wish We Were There

January 13, 2014 - Ah, what could be more cheery than standing in a blizzard on the side of mountain? What Yuletide joy. For this image fo...
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Counting Lights

December 05, 2013 - Pop quiz: How many lights did we use to create this image of ScubaEarth.com fashion wear? Two? Try again. Three? M...
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Sometimes You Need a Stupid Model

October 23, 2013 - Since I have a keen interest in dramatic portraits, I'm always exploring new techniques for creating them. In particular...
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The Purity of Black and White

September 17, 2013 - The first photographic image was black and white. Everyone -- pros and snapshooters -- shot primarily black and white fo...
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A Short Photographic Translation Guidebook

August 16, 2013 - As a photographic artist, I’m guilty of what many professionals do when you interact with them: I use “photo slang” and...
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Hanging Out with Two-Year-Olds

July 23, 2013 - If you look at most of my imagery, you'll notice this shot (of my favorite model – my daughter) differs from my usual st...
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Perspiration and Inspiration

June 11, 2013 - Sometimes people ask me where I get the ideas for some of the images I get to create (with the help of many, many talent...
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Think You Have What It Takes?

May 19, 2013 - One of the most frequent requests I get is to shoot underwater models and portraits who are not scuba divers -- like thi...
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Commit!

April 08, 2013 - Sometimes an image's success lies in how much you (and I'm talking to both shooters and subjects here) commit to it. If...
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Fountain of Youth

February 26, 2013 - For whatever reason, I often find I capture images of children that, based on the comments I get, speak to many people (...
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Making a Zombie Diver

December 16, 2012 - This is a favorite image. The CEO and president of PADI (the company for which I work) requested a picture of a zombie d...
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Why I Use Manual Exposure (No, I Am Not a Purist)

September 14, 2012 - Copyright Karl Shreeves 2012 If you know cameras and you've watched me work, you probably noticed that I generally sh...
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Define Your Feeling

July 13, 2012 - Copyright PADI 2012 One of a professional photographer's jobs is to help you see things, but often it's also to help...
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How to Have Your Photographer Shoot Photos You Love

June 26, 2012 - Copyright Karl Shreeves 2012 Okay, you've decided to hire a photographer for... well, for whatever. How do you make...
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Impossible without Rebreather Technology

June 12, 2012 - Copyright PADI 2012 In this shot, my friend Kevin Gurr is using a Beta version of the soon-to-be-released Explorer re...
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The Accidental Portrait

May 13, 2012 - Copyright PADI 2012 Most of the images in my portrait gallery came about because we set out to shoot a portrait. With s...
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I Couldn't Disagree More

May 01, 2012 - Copyright PADI 2012 This past weekend I was on a dive boat and overheard someone commenting that in the film era, you...
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