PREVIEW 2 | Orlon Mix

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Another trailer to the demo reel I have been working with Orlon which I creatively labeled it as “Preview 2”. (If you haven’t seen the World Premiere of “Preview 1”, check it out Photographed on a cold and windy night somewhere around the University of South Florida. We actually stumbled upon this location after our regular spot at the Argos building was locked down with another large dance crew. Call it divine intervention or just call it just the best luck ever, the new location was a better fit.

Shot on a Canon 7d peering through a Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 while gliding around on a Pico Dolly. Post production was done through Adobe After Effects CS6 and Sony Vegas Pro 12.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress. -Fredrick Douglass

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First and foremost, THANK YOU for helping me make the list last year. For 2013, I would like to notch it up higher but there’s a catch: there’s a slew of talented photographers nominated for the list this year. So I need as much help as possible. Please vote and if you can, promote this on your social media pages.

If you think I deserve your vote, please head to question #61 on the survey and put a little check mark on Nam Phan Photography. I greatly appreciate the support!

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I was riding out with my brother in downtown one night and I received an unexpected Facebook message through my phone asking, “Hey are you down doing a photoshoot with an Audi?” I love cars and I love photography, so you know that I’m always down to fuse awesomeness. The shoot was for Concavo Wheels showing off a set of 20×10.5 Concavo CW-12 with BC coilovers holding Ā the ultra clean white Audi A5 from peeling the pavement. The shoot took place in the extended evening near the Tampa International Airport just right outside the taxiway. In my previous blog I touched on the importance of post production and how it has it’s place in Photography-specifically Commercial and Lifestyle Photography. Well for this, the stress points are natural lighting and location. Realtors use that term ‘Location, Location, Location”, well that should be in the the photographers manual as well. Whenever I’m out, believe it or not, I’m scouting locations and taking mental notes. I look at the sun and the lighting that the area gets, shadows are important too-more on that later. So, pick an awesome location that’s relevant to the visual message you (or your client) want to convey to your audience, think of the style and setting of the shoot and you’ll see what it does for the photo and the subject.






You can view the full set and the wheels lineup offering from Concavo:

I honestly don’t know what drove me to do this, but a few weeks back I decided to rehash my photos from a shoot I did around June ’11 (Oh and if you want to view the suspect image, its right here ->

Looking back, I couldn’t believe that I would release this one particular photo. I’m not speaking about the composition or accuracy in settings of the shot, I’m speaking in terms of the post production. So I did a re-edit of the jpeg file from my old blog and here’s my 2013 take on it..

What was I thinking back in 2011? I released the photo pretty much as is, my thoughts? I wish I could tell you, but I really don’t remember. Maturing in the fields of photography I dabble in and refining my post production skills over time has brought me to another level in my aesthetic for design philosophy. What do I mean by this? It’s simple…but complicated, so I’ll make it simple. Instead of treating them as two separate talents (which I know they are) I realized that they are married. I had to master both of them or find someone to marry (other than Sharonne) that was the other half. The two are actually one-given the circumstances require them. I’ll state that I do believe that a photographer should be able to capture a shot, composition and accuracy wise, from the beginning-in other words, pre-Photoshop. However, depending on the genre(s) of photography you shoot in, the post production process is greatly needed and I have found myself with a greater appreciation of it. There are a lot of shots I take where Photoshop is not needed and I refuse it because of the “feel” that I’m looking for. Which brings me to my point. Being a commercial and lifestyle photographer I photograph a couple different genres and love all of them. However, I have come to learn and experience, that a photographer is not just a person with a camera pushing a button who then hands their files over the the retoucher or graphic designer. A photographer is a script writer, a producer and a director. This applies to all fields of photography especially commercial and lifestyle-used for commercial use. You have to be able to see the big picture in order to capture the one in front of you. If I have a client I have to see the picture before it is even captured. Depending on what the end use of the images you have to be able to determine how to shoot the photo in the present for what it is going to be used for in the future. Sometimes that requires some crazy epic photoshoping of the images shot on set and a lot of times it doesn’t. Nevertheless, I have to be open to my clients needs, the creativity of the project and my vision as a photographer. Most of all I have to keep the integrity of the image and the artistry of the project.

Looking back on all the images that I have had both the honor and pleasure of capturing, I remember the most important things of all, gratitude and humility. My appreciation for the results of the hard work I have invested into learning and pushing myself towards the edge of the earth for that enrichment of wisdom leads to talent. But without the pieces and moments that make up of our lives, what would I have to capture.

Geez, I have come a long way! šŸ™‚

Sometimes its best to stay out of dark alleys.

An impromptu video of my coolest homies and brand new parents, the Ali’s. Just having fun in the kitchen and baking some cookies.

Music: The Golden Age by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

Shoeboxes for Seniors is a wrap (pun not intended)!

Let me bring it back. There are great programs out there to help and give back to the community during the holiday season but the light is a bit dim for the elderly. Shoeboxes for Seniors is a program started by the Gio Brothers to help enlighten and appreciate some of theĀ forgottenĀ seniors during the holiday season. Its fairly easy to show some love; just get a shoebox, throw in some of your basic toiletry items, knick knacks, Christmas Cards, wrap the closed shoebox and drop it off at any of the Gio Brothers restaurants or any of their Shoeboxes for Seniors drop-off locations. The boxes would then get delivered in conjunction with Meals on Wheels; a meal with a present, how much better can you get than that?!

The celebration started on the 15th of December at the Joia restaurant to say thank you to all of the participants, friends and families for donating their time and efforts for another successful drive. The numbers of shoeboxes haven’t been tallied yet, but we’re predicting that we’ve doubled the donations from the previous year. Now if you missed that party, you can take a little to party it up in Sarasota at any of the three restaurants throughout the evening.

As a freshly proud board member of the committee, I’m glad to have taken part of such an heartfelt effort. The program is still fairly young but anyone who I have asked for help, want to do more for 2013 (which we will)!

Go grab the December 2012 issue of Focus Magazine.

I had such an awesome opportunity to photograph this cover with the cutest kid winners of 2012. To everyone that is reading this, I challenge you to take a photo of five kids! Without the support group Ā and chaos control from Focus Magazine (thanks Mike and Aldo), Sharonne and the parents, this shoot would went down in flames.

Photo was taken at Christmas Lane in Dover ( Pretty awesome place to take the kids and family as Ā it’s really off the beaten path as it’s not off of any major streets or highways. So now you know (and knowing is half the battle)!


Such a crazy Saturday but would do it all over again! Help Portrait was the best thing I have ever done. For most of us, having a cell phone and any type of camera, we take that for granted but within the slices of society, some have never ever have had a portrait of themselves or with their families.. ever!

Donating one day to produce a family’s first ever portrait will be their lifetime.

Some people from various forums asked me what entailed as a ‘simple’ edit to one of my recent bboy photo. Well, here’s a quick bts of the edit. Its not the actual edit to final production in this video capture but should give you an idea of what was involved.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci