Show #22–Scott Greene

Host Mike Howard, Tim Kemperle and Kathleen Bowie are joined for Show #22 by Scott Greene of Scott Greene Photography.   Tim shares a HUGE announcement with the show and we all share what we received for Christmas.



  • Tim Announced wife is pregnant

Christmas Presents

    • Tim
      • Spider Black Widow Holster
      • Wacom Intuos 4, Small
      • Photo Basics – Reflector Set with Tripod
      • 3 Legged Stool
    • Mike
      • Hono Straps – Wraps around hotshoe flash
      • LumiQuest Promax System – 80-20 Bounce with reflectors
      • Induro Tripod – light for travel
    • Kathleen
      • Easy Balance Grey Card
      • Reflectors
      • Calibrator for Screen, Huey Pro
    • Scott
      • Looking to get Nikon VR2 70-200mm /f2.8



  • Tell us about Scott Greene.
    • Graduated with Graphic Design Degree, Minor in Photography
    • Opportunity to shoot CD’s covers for two musicians
    • Now take wedding and senior photography
    • How do you manage full time job and photography business
      • Luck that f/t job is low stress and when done at work it stays at work and able to complete work at night
      • Took Nov / Dec off to regroup
    • How long have you been doing this professionally?
      • Started charging for work in 2005
    • Did you always want to be a photographer?
    • Any formal training?
      • Took workshops, seminars, read books and magazines to gain knowledge
    • Equipment? Hardware and software
      • Started with Minolta 7D
      • Nikon D3 – backup
      • Nikon D3S – primary
      • Use one Nikon Speedlight SB 900
      • Utilize Lightroom to narrow down photos
    • What do you like to shoot?  How did you get into that type of photography?
      • Seniors – Combination of photo and histogram
      • On a wedding day I utilize the “blinkies” to see if highlights are blown
      • Sometimes toddlers…they are fun depending on what you put into it
    • Jpeg or RAW?
      • All RAW since day 1
      • Convert RAW to DNG
      • Senior Rep Program?
    • Senior Reps,
    • Photos Reviewed
      • Photo of Scotts with a wedding couple draped in LED Christmas Lights
      • Inspiration of couple on truck in a junk yard…”trash the dress” photos (image of dress on fire)
        • Stalked wedding photographer on Internet for ideas
          • Melissa Ray Photoraphy – Canada
          • Jeff Weber – Canada
          • ???
    • What do you use to smooth skin?
      • Deviant Art
      • Try not to take out everything otherwise it doesn’t look real
    • Editing Process – Got down to  a science
      • Night of wedding (same for Senior photos)
        • Dump cards into computer, DNG
        • Create a folder with numbering system, 6 digits (MMDDYY)
        • Pull images into Lightroom
        • Reject / Pick
        • Discard photos that are duplicate
        • Keep around 50/60 per hour shot
        • Time per edited image
          • If photos are taken around the same time I batch process around 15-20 images at a time
          • Edit 200-250 per night
          • Get it done correctly in camera prevents time spent on the back-end
        • Disk cover and prints all done at home
          • Epson Stylus R1400
        • Uses “levels” instead of “curves”
    • Fortographers
    • How long did it take you to get at this level of photography?
      • With job working within Photoshop all day long
      • Graphic design background quickened the learning process
    • Advertise?
      • Have a billboard which creates some exposure
      • Facebook – self promos, creates 90% of senior work
      • Mostly word of mouth
    • Shoots
      • 54 total weddings, goal is to shoot 7 – 10 weddings per year, reason is a lot of side shooting (biggest disservice is overbooking which affects quality of the final product).  Limited shoots creates value.
      • Shoot 16 seniors, double over the prior year and looking to double again.  Quicker turn around and more profitable.
    • Using a strobe for photography
      • Aperture controls the strength of the flash
      • Shutter controls ambient light








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About geephotant

geephotant (Geek-Photographer-Accountant) (aka. Mike Howard) is the creator of Nov Studios and the jpeg2RAW podcast. Mike is an accountant by day as the Controller for a large US based corporation. By night, he is a geek and has appeared on the Home Server Show Podcast & the BYOB podcast ( both found at He has also appeared on the Home Tech Show podcast ( and is now a regular guest on that show. Mike's true passion is photography and shoots when ever he can find time. As an amateur photographer, he is always looking to learn more about the craft.


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