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One year ago today... (Brevard's Blizzard of 2022) dsp photo projects travel photography Jan 16, 2023

They say that time flies when you're having fun.

Well, then I must have had a good ole time in 2022 because I can't believe that it was a year ago today that I went stomping through my neighborhood in over 15" of fresh snow blanketing Downtown Brevard, North Carolina, on a mission to capture...

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DSP Music Photography - Best Of 2022 (Concerts, Festivals & Crowd Shots) dsp news dsp photo projects music photography Jan 13, 2023

It's official. Live music is back. And, in the year 2022, it came back with a vengeance. 

And, I've been fortunate enough to be part of that come-back, documenting countless concerts and festivals over the course of the year, mostly as part of my "house photographer" duties at the ...

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Merry Christmas Jam! dsp news dsp photo projects music photography Dec 23, 2022

The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam is back!!! (And, so am I!)

After a four-year hiatus, one in which many of us music fans thought may have been permanent, Warren Haynes brought the traditional fund-raising festival back to Asheville for 2022 as the 31st edition of the event (December 9th...

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Autumn 2022 in the Blue Ridge Mountains dsp photo projects travel photography Nov 16, 2022

Autumn has come and gone in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and, this year, it arrived early and departed early. In fact, the much-anticipated annual color-change was so early this year (about two or three weeks earlier than last year) that it caught me off guard, and I missed...

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Goodbye Asheville! (Hello, Brevard!) dsp news marketing photography instruction Sep 27, 2022

After over 11 years of being an "Asheville photographer", I'm done. Finished. Outta here.

Sort of...

You can now call me a "Brevard photographer", as I have officially moved my business PO Box from Asheville, NC, 34.8 miles southwest to Brevard, NC (where I have been living the past few...

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Which camera should I buy? commercial photography music photography photography industry photography instruction tips and tricks travel photography Aug 05, 2022

As a professional photographer and instructor, I get asked a lot of questions. But, by far, the most common question I get is...

"Dave, which camera should I buy?"

Half-jokingly, my canned response is, "Why, the Nikon D6, of course!" (or, whatever the latest and greatest DSLR or mirrorless...

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How to Photograph Fireworks with Ease - 15 Essential Steps photography instruction tips and tricks Jun 29, 2022

Are you ready to shoot some fireworks (with your camera) this Fourth of July?

You might be thinking that’s it’s far too difficult, and attempts in past years have only led to blurry, under-exposed and un-inspiring images.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way!

Though there are a...

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How to become a much better photographer in one easy step (instantly) commercial photography music photography photography instruction tips and tricks travel photography Jun 23, 2022

I shoot a lot of music concerts, and I'm often seen roaming the venues in and around Asheville, NC with a couple of Nikon cameras hanging from my sides (two D750 bodies on a Black Rapid harness system, in case you were wondering), sporting my DSP ball cap (worn backwards, of course) and, likely,...

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What is a "shot list", and why is it necessary? (Commercial Photography) commercial photography dsp photo projects music photography travel photography Apr 14, 2022

I have been at this photography thing for many years now, serving both the editorial and commercial photography markets (amongst other things). I've collaborated with businesses, artists, and publications both large and small. Despite their differences, one of the first questions I get asked by a...

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Whaaaaat? Why would a photographer get paid more than the band he's shooting? marketing music photography Apr 01, 2022

 

Are you a musician or band and you are wondering why your preferred photographer just quoted you a fee to shoot an upcoming gig that is much higher than what you are going to be paid to perform at that very gig?

Do you understand why that may be the case?

Short answer: Because hiring...

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The hidden "About DSP" page: No photography allowed! (The Story of DSP) book club dsp news dsp photo projects marketing Mar 08, 2022

A new DSP website without an "About" page? What's up with that?

Please allow me to tell you a story about telling a story about a storyteller...

Back in early 2021, when I embarked on the new DSP website project, essentially redesigning my business strategy and associated web presence from the...

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Why Kajabi as the new DSP website platform? dsp news kajabi website marketing photography industry Mar 08, 2022

Kajabi?!?!? What the heck is Kajabi?

While most photographers choose to use WordPress for their website design or, perhaps, one of the many template-driven platforms that are now available (e.g., Zenfolio, SmugMug, etc.), I have chosen to take a different path -- one that fits in...

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