This week's HotW! is of John Steele, VP of Human Resources at HCA. John's a busy guy and his time is limited. So how do you get a subject like that "warmed up" and flash a great look like this in just a few minutes? Get him talking about a subject he loves. In John's case, I knew he had a Porsche (2 actually) and that is something we could both talk about (not that I have one.. but I can talk about them smile emoticon ). Little did I know that John has been to the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, AL. A few minutes talking about his experience there was all it took to get this great shot of our "Man of Steele".

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Last weekend I had the chance to connect with a friend I haven't seen since the 90's. I first shot photos with Amanda when she was fifteen years old. I was struck back then at how she "owned the space" in front of the camera and how she needed little (if any) direction to get such great looks. Last weekend she and I got to work together in the studio with both of us behind the camera. I did manage to catch one photo of her during the day though and it was just a test shot. Even so, it clearly shows how she's still got it.

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Headshot of the week for September 7th! Local actor and voice over talent (and friend) Lynn Yates.

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Headshot of the Week!
I present to you Woody.This dashing pug belonged to my friend Rita Casey and unfortunately "Wood" is no longer with us. He was great in front of the camera and was always "himself". He may be gone but not forgotten.

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imageresizeI was asked recently by the editor of a website I write for to please make sure the images I send him are saved at 72 DPI. As soon as I saw this I thought "uh-oh, here we go..". I politely agreed to make the change to the setting (it's easy enough) but asked what the reasoning behind this would be. I had a pretty good idea what the response would be, but I wanted to make sure. A few minutes later I received the response that I feared. He said it would help the images load faster when viewed on the web site. 

I was correct in my guess. The editor was under the impression that a reduced DPI setting would decrease the image file size which in turn would facilitate faster loading times for images from his web site. This is not an uncommon misconception but one I felt I would like to clarify. This editor is intelligent and a great guy to work with so I wanted to help him understand. This setting would not affect the images in the way he thought they would and while it would not harm anything being set differently, it adds an extra step in his workflow at times that he doesn't have to take. 

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