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Fitness Transform Studio, Santa Barbara, California

Playing in Post

One of the great differences between digital photography and film is post-production. And I don’t mean the option of fixing mistakes, although I like to have the ability to fine tune an image. Photography has always required pre-visualization but now we need to pre-visualize what is possible in post and not just in capture. For many … Continue reading

Pets and their new owners

Humane Society Photo Shoot

Recently spent a fun day photographing pets and their new owners at the Santa Barbara Humane Society. Being a pet owner myself with four cats and a dog–all rescues–it was great working with these adopters and the Humane Society vet. It’s always a pleasure to promote something in which you believe deeply.

Restaurant Interiors

Photographing food on location is often more than making a particular dish look appetizing. It often requires the photographer to capture a sense of the restaurant’s ambiance. Is it elegant, cozy, relaxing or just plain fun? Styling, propping and lighting all become tools to make the food look great and the location welcoming. Shallow depth of field … Continue reading

Cal Poly Students Favorite Activities


This assignment sounded easy, photographing favorite activities and locations of Cal Poly students. Easy until I was half way up Bishop Peak on a hot afternoon with a camera bag hanging off me. While practically clawing my way up the last half mile, students would jog on by, seemingly with little effort. They were pouring … Continue reading

Center For Lifelong Learning Classes


The Santa Barbara City College Center for Lifelong Learning Fall 2015 Catalog has just been released. In addition to shooting the cover, I have three classes listed–Create Photographs With Impact, Photography for Travelers and Create Dynamic Photographic Portraits on Location. Chuck Place Photography Classes   I have to say that it was fascinating photographing artist David Rosen’s … Continue reading

Succulent Cafe, Solvang, California

Succulent Cafe

The Succulent Cafe, located in Solvang, California, serves a wide range of popular dishes, but it’s hard to miss the emphasis on  pigs. The restaurant sign is a pig, as is the “Enter” sign. The scallops are wrapped in bacon and the charcuterie board is cut in the shape of a pig. You can even order bacon-flavored ice … Continue reading

family at Pismo Beach, California

Lifestyle Action

Photographing active subjects during a lifestyle shoot can be more challenging than it seems. A photographer can set their focusing system to whatever variation of follow focus is built in to their camera. The focusing spot is placed where you want the main subject within your frame. As the subject moves into position, the shutter … Continue reading

TAP Thai Restaurant

Thai Chopsticks Controversy

  On a recent photo shoot at TAP Thai Cuisine in Santa Barbara for Westways Magazine, I came across one of those head-scratchers that keeps life interesting. Is Thai food eaten with chopsticks? Well, yes and no. According to sometimes reputable on-line sources, Chinese visitors to Thailand seem to have introduce noodles to Thai cuisine, along with … Continue reading

skaters in ice rink in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois

Winter Chicago at Dusk

It had been gray and overcast all day, pretty typical for Chicago in January. I don’t much like flat, overcast days, unless I am photographing a redwood forest. Chicago is a vibrant city with lots of interesting material to photograph inside, but as the day moved toward dusk, I headed for the ice rink at … Continue reading

Granada Bistro, San Luis Obispo, California

Granada Bistro, San Luis Obispo

One of the favorite getaways for my wife and myself is San Luis Obispo. With everything that Santa Barbara has to offer, it’s still fun to get out of town for a day, see new things and try new restaurants. My job makes the last part easy.   Working for several magazines, I photograph a … Continue reading


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