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I just got back from week 2 of Frogman’s – a printmaking conference where they teach a handful of classes to students, young and old – I really enjoyed my time. I took a class from a woman named Cerese Vaden, who teaches at University of Arizona. Cerese is a fount of knowledge. On top of teaching me several transfer methods, and helping me realize my love for woodburning, she gave me pointers on photographing a 3-D object like the boxes she makes. If you have a chance to take a workshop with Cerese, I would jump on that opportunity. This is the box I made:

The other classes that were offered were

Stone Lithography


Photo Gravure (a photo process, that I’d love to learn)


The duo that taught relief was The Amazing Hancock Brothers, from Austin. They are incredible people, we plan on inviting them as well as a few other artists we met to University Tulsa within the next year. But their style involves stamping, that they cut out of erasers. Here are some photos of their stamps:

Charles and John are on the far left and right, classic Hancock dress. (photo by Carlos Hernandez)

Anyway, I am a firm believer of conferences, I also go to a photo conference, and each one I go to i meet incredible people that give helpful insight to my projects, and have wonderful ideas of their own that are so interesting to hear about. If you’re not going to a confrence for the things you love, you really should look into it. Find your tribe and once you do, stick with them, as long as you can. (If you want to see some of the beat poetry by the Amazing Hancock Brothers, check it out here, courtesy of John Bryant)

Till next time,


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My birthday was a few weeks ago, and my friend Heather gave me a sushi matt and a book on making Sushi. So being the person that I am, I promised some friends of mine sushi this weekend. I needed to do a practice run. Tonight I had that practice run…and with all my free time I decided to practice food photography. And as it turns out there isn’t much to photograph in the process of making Sushi…but the final photo is pretty nice…so that’s cool, anyway, here’s photos from my adventure. Enjoy.

Cleaning the Rice

Drying the Rice

Cutting the Vegetables

The Final Philly Roll

So that’s it….if you’re interested in making Sushi, I recommend it…it’s not that hard, it’s just slightly time consuming….

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It’s been almost a month since my California trip and I have been trying to put my inspiration to good use. I have always been enthralled ring flashes, but they are so expensive! I recently found a Pizza Box Ring Flash how to…But, it didn’t go on my camera, it was meant as an off camera ring flash…so I made some changes. And here, for all to use, is my version of the Pizza box ring flash.

Step One:

materialsYou will need a few things:

1. Foil Tape, Masking Tape, Duct Tape

2. PVC Pipe the size of your lens (my lens is are big. But if you make one for a smaller lens, like a 50mm, it’ll probably easier to find a PVC pipe piece)

3. Pizza Box

4. 2 Bowls, (1 smaller, but bigger than your PVC, a slightly larger one, so you can have the actual, ring.)

5. Tissue Paper

6. Utility Knife

Step Two:

You will need to find the center of your Pizza Box.

Step Three:

After finding the center, use your smaller bowl to make the ring that will be taped to your PVC piece.

Step Four:

Draw the circle with the bigger bowl, and the circle with the PVC pipe.

Step Five:

You will cut out all the circlues, but the one that matters most is the middle one that says “glue to PVC.” this is the one that will make the ring show up in your subjects eyes.

Step Six:

Cover the entire inside of the box with the foil tape.

Step Seven:

Cut the hole for you PVC from the line you drew. Then draw around the PVC on the the back of the box. On mine I have the inside line and the outside line tha make it easier to know what I’m dealing with.

Step Eight:

Tape the inside ring to the PVC pipe. Then cut the tissue paper to size. I used one sheet, it usually does the trick.

Step Nine:

Tape down the tissue paper, and cut a hole to tape to the PVC pipe.

Step Ten:

Take your external flash and trace around it so you know how big your flash spot needs to be.

Step Eleven:

Cut the hole out, and you have a finished Ring flash. In this particular model, you need Pocket Wizards to work the whole thing.

Final Product:

This is how it looks on the front of my camera.


Well there you have it. A pizza box ring flash made for…maybe 10 dollars, depending on how picky you are about your pizza.

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