Fireworks Spectacular with fusion photography

This hybrid and fusion photography of the Disneyland fireworks spectacular

is a set of still photos morphed into a video and set to music. The music is royalty-free, which means I purchased the rights to use it in this manner. Premium Beat is my source for music. Disneyland is my source for fireworks throughout most of the year.

Slow shutter speeds (e.g., 1/10 sec) allow the shutter to stay open long enough to capture the fireworks light trails.

Want to learn more about this technique? Join us on a photography field session to set up your tripod and do this yourself!

Digital Photography Classes

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse October 2014 - learn how to do it in digital photography classes

Blood Moon in a Sea of Stars, Lunar Eclipse, October 8, 2014

As the year draws to a close, we have just a few Digital Photography Classes – field sessions left to help you hone your skills this year. We are dark during December as we celebrate the holidays and prepare for next year.

Here’s what we will be doing in November –

Saturday, November 8:  Beach/Ocean in the morning and Wildlife in the afternoon. (Our rain date is the following day, November 9).

Saturday, November 15:  Tidepools at low tide 11:30 am, then Sherman Gardens in the afternoon. (Our rain date is the following day, November 16 with low tide at noon.)

Click here to get more details and sign up for the sessions.


PLEASE NOTE:  There are two more lunar eclipses next year and I hope you will consider joining me for the night. I was able to capture some exciting images and I even created some fusion and hybrid videos. Watch them with these links.


Digital Photography Classes Schedule Released

Digital Photography Classes ScheduleJDP Photography is proud to announce new and expanded

digital photography classes

for the first quarter of 2014.

Our ever popular Basic Digital Cameras class for Point-and-Shoot and DSLR, as well as Introduction to Digital Photography and The Novice Photographer are being held at Santiago Canyon College/Community Services between February and May 2014. Here is the link to find out more when the new catalog is released by the school district. Here’s their phone number – 714.628.4960.

New to the lineup is

The Novice/Intermediate Photographer

and is offered at JDP Photography’s studio in Tustin. If you have questions about this set of classes, here is our phone number – 714.669.4537. This series of sessions provides more challenging photo ops to the photographer who wants to expand their experience. Practice with guided homework sessions include photographing the ocean/tide pools/water, motion, macro/flowers, and people. Field sessions will be followed by a classroom review and discussion (sometimes called a critique).

The Novice/Intermediate Photographer series can be purchased with a discount.

Because you asked, we are also offering

Studio Lighting Techniques.


Learn or practice studio lighting techniques from a PPA-Certified Photographic Craftsman. A complete professional photo studio is equipped to help you “see the light”. Gain confidence and expertise in studio portraiture or small product photography. You decide the project you want to learn more about. Small class size of 1-3 people encourages participation and maximizes individual attention.


Reserve this complete professional photo studio for your shoot. You will have three (3) hours to work on your studio project using our equipment (training will be provided) or bring your own.

To learn more about digital photography classes offered at JDP Photography in Tustin and to sign up for your favorite, click here.

We look forward to working with you in the studio, in the field, or at Santiago Canyon College!

BTW – Gift certificates are always available for the classes/sessions held at JDP Photography’s studio.

Babyboomers’ Guide to Digital Photography

Babyboomers' Guide coverBabyboomers’ Guide to Digital Photography came out of my comfort with the rise of digital photography and my familiarity with Corporate America. For several years I had been teaching the basics to other professional photographers, amateurs and snapshooters alike, either tutoring or in a classroom setting.

When I started to write this book, I tried to answer all the questions I get from busy public relations professionals on how to best use a digital camera for their jobs. Whether you are a marketing professional, real estate broker or busy assistant putting together shots for your boss’s presentation, chances are you don’t have time to wade through a 300-page tome that reads like a Master’s thesis. Instead, you want a concise, easy-to-use reference on how to get the most bang for the buck from your camera. After all, you’re probably on a deadline and your next raise depends on your photos and presentation!

After getting together with my editor, we decided that this book would be equally valuable to both the marketing professional and the amateur photographer who is looking to get a little more out of the camera and to graduate from the fully automatic “point and shoot” phase.

Although you can read this book beginning to end, it is organized so you can just pull out the parts that you need most.

Chapter 1 − What’s in the Box? covers all the major features you should look for when purchasing a digital camera.

Chapter 2 − Basic Controls provides, in lay terms, a discussion of the most important technical issues (resolution, file formats, flash settings, etc.) facing a non-professional photographer when trying to get the most out of each shot.

Chapter 3 − Composition spends time on the photo session itself—things like proper focus, posing your subjects and action shots. Collectively, this is known as composition.

Chapter 4 − Basic Retouching goes into detail, again in lay terms, on touching-up those less-than-perfect shots, using your computer’s image editing software.

Chapter 5 − Output discusses techniques for viewing (screen, Web, print) your pictures after you take them.

Chapter 6 − Workflow: Putting It All Together gives you an easy method for tracking, cataloging and retrieving the hundreds and thousands of digital pictures you’ll take on the job or on vacation.

Chapter 7 − When You Should Use a Professional Photographer helps you understand why you really might need a professional, what things to look for and how to prepare for your photo session.

Chapter 8 − What You Should Know About Copyrights discusses copyright issues today and provides resources for further investigation.

Chapter 9 – Summarizes this topic.

Glossary – What would a book like this be without it?!