Monday, August 31, 2009

It's already September!

I can't believe it's September already (actually 08/31).

Since trying to regularly update a blog along with raising 4 children is a consuming task, I'll keep my focus on the 2x a month newsletter - Light Readings.

If you want to be on the list go to and sign up.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Check this out!

Check out this cool depth of field calculator!

Depth of Field

Sunday, April 5, 2009

3 day event!

Want to spend 3 days studying with Don? Check out the June opportunity at KAPA.

The KAPA website is here link
Just In!!!

If you are considering adding any of the Imagenomic software to your workflow. Put the code donchick in for the coupon code when you are in the checkout area. This will save you some on your final purchase.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I've been teaching photographers to see light using a classic example for years now, a white egg on white paper. I think its a cruel twist of nature that a guy named Chick should be using an egg for an object lesson! Anyway, have you created your slide show of images? Of the hundreds of photographers I told this to, maybe a 1/2 dozen have actually done the exercise. If you done this email me and tell me if/how it helped.

Trust me - It's worth doing!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Beautiful Images

I love looking at beautiful images, they feed the artist in me. That little desire you have inside to "create".

ASP - The American Society of Photographers has a display of Loan Collection images online. You can find them here; Link. If that doesn't work past into your address line.

Enjoy, & be inspired!


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another Forum!

Are Looking for a forum with lots of useful information and people willing to help? Check out

You don't have to be a member of PPA to enjoy this benefit. Whether your looking for help with print competition, Certification or just want to chat this forum has lots of nice folks willing to share.

Yesterday Gene Paltrineri and I taught the basic Studio Lighting class for NHPPA. It was fun sharing with these folks. A special Thank You to Walter Schnecker for allowing us to use his studio in Milford for the event as well as the group photo shown here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Newsletter: Light Readings! #102

In case you didn't receive the latest newsletter, you can take a peek at it here... Light Readings! Newsletter

If you want it sent to your in-box (at no charge, of course) then click on the subscribe link at the top or go over to and add your name and email address on the opening page (near the bottom).


What to do with light!

Yesterday I found a really cool blog by Fred Hinegardner. I just had to share Fred's philosophy towards light with you.
Fred's Rules for Lighting
I suppose you should read the previous blog to give this one context, but regardless, here goes:
Fred's Lighting Rule #1. If it's important, put some light on it.
Fred's Lighting Rule #2. If it's not important, put some shadow on it.
You're welcome.
You can read more of Fred's writings at this link or paste into your address line.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Awesome Read!

I found an essay (Seeing Like a Painter) by Art Wolfe over at Luminous Landscape that you really have to read! Click this link and check it out. Or cut and paste this address

Have a great day.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Thank You!

Thank you for your patience as I figure out a color scheme that works for this site!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I got a set of the Paul C. Buff CyberSync flash controls close to 6 months ago. I must say after using them that I am very impressed with both the quality and reliability. With other brands of transmitters and receives I would get a bunch of images during each session where the flash wasn't triggered. Talk about frustrating... to not have your flash system fire when you have a wonderful image sitting in front of your lens. Since I switched to the CyberSync system, I hardly have a mis-fire. It has certainly lowered my stress level.

As you can see from the photograph the transmitter and receivers are not very large. And the receivers (CSR) get their power from AC. No batteries to go dead during the session! And are you ready for this.... A set (CST & CSR) costs only $130! Check them out at

I hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Email Marketing

Looking for a great way to do an email marketing campaign? You can mail to 100 addresses for free with Mad Mimi. After 100 the price is very reasonable. Check it out by clicking the link.

Mad Mimi Email Marketing

Monday, March 2, 2009

Welcome to the new DonChick blog!

The plan is to post educational material of interest to a Professional Portrait Photographer. I'll also keep you updated on my teaching schedule as it happens.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


On Friday, February 20th, I presented a Studio Lighting program for PPAM. I only had a couple of minutes at the end to demonstrate the equipment; however, I really like this image of Dan Doke. Dan is an amazing wedding photographer who also belongs to PPAM.

This week I am in the Bahamas.

Mark Garber & Jennifer Gilman are teaching now. On Thursday I am teaching for a day on studio lighting. I'll have images posted soon.