April 17, 2011


Hello everyone, just FYI, we do have a new website that is full of information and is regularly updated!

Check it out, the blog is slowly being phased out!



Mikey & Andy

March 4, 2011

3 Shoots Start to Finish - Preview!!!!!!! Lightenupandshoot

We are editing a new video called "3 Shoots Start to Finish." Help spread the word on twitter, facebook and become a member on Lightenupandshoot.com to see more cool videos. This is a special video because we go over how we light three different shoots. Spread the love by spreading the word!!!

February 27, 2011

Las Vegas - Leave Your Comfort Zone!


So we decided to end up in Las Vegas for the WPPI show! We had originally decided that we wouldn't go because after all... WE AREN'T WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS! But, Casie Shimansky from Rebel Belle Photography, Ron Henry from BlackRapid and Amber from Westcott where all going to be there, so why not take advantage of the situation and meet up with some cool people! And after all, it was Las Vegas, I'm sure we could find something to do if the show sucked!

February 4, 2011

BlackRapid 2 in 1 Giveaway!


Hello everyone that is still following us on the original blog (lightenupandshoot.com is a more up to date website, just keep that in mind)!

We are having our first giveaway and what better than to make it a 2 in 1. The 2 in 1 means we are giving away 2 straps, one for men and the other for women!

If you are interested, click over to lightenupandshoot.com for all of the details!

January 30, 2011


I just want to remind everyone that our MAIN website is located at


Go check it out, it is being updated with a ton of information!

Mikey & Andy

January 24, 2011

Nikon 70-210 f4 Review - A Nice Piece of Glass - Lightenupandshoot


A lot of sites review the latest gadgets and gear that supposedly will make you a better photographer.  I think it's time to do the opposite and review a great piece of glass from the past.   In 1986 Nikon released it's first AF telephoto zoom, the 70-210 f4.  The glass is just as beautiful today as it was back in 1986 and there are a few advantages of owning one of these gems.  Read more after the jump:

January 18, 2011

The Art of Story Telling - Eugene Richards and Vivian Maier

I love street photography because of the endless adventures and the ability to capture moments that will never happen again. Recently I have discovered two very different street photographers who spent the greater part of their lives dedicated to their work and what I have learned most after studying their images is the importance of story telling. I present to you two unique street photographers, Eugene Richards and Vivian Maier.

Eugene Richards, an accomplished photographer printed in major magazines such as Life, National Geographic and Esquire and author of 15 important photography books. Well worth exploring are Exploding into Life, Richards chronicles his first wife’s battle with breast cancer, A Procession with Them, documents the plight of the world’s mentally disabled and Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue, an indepth and intimate look at the embattled inhabitants of three troubled communities around New York City. The photographs tell the stories; a sample from each book is on his site Eugenerichards.com

Vivian Maier, a private and reclusive woman who was a prolific in taking photographs from the streets of Chicago for nearly 40 years, but never shared her work with anyone. Maier was recently discovered after her death and contents from her storage unit was sold at an auction. The man who purchased the belongings from her estate discovered over 100,000 negatives taken from the 1950s-1990s. Now he is slowly scanning her body of work for all to see and a small collection is being displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center through the spring of 2011. I wonder how Vivian would have felt knowing her work is being displayed for all to see? You can see a selection of her images at vivianmaier.blogspot.com

I have gained inspiration and knowledge from each of these amazing photographers, but what I have learned most from their images is the importance of telling a story through photographs. I hope you gain as much insight I as I have from Eugene Richards and Vivian Maier.

Their work can be found at http://eugenerichards.com/ and http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com

November 26, 2010

Parkour . Behind the Scenes Shoot for BlackRapid . Lightenupandshoot.com

A behind the scenes look at a photo shoot for BlackRapid Straps and CD Artwork for Paul Andrews. Shot at a castle built in the 1930's in Medellin, Colombia. "El Castillo" was inspired by a gothic castle from France. Check out Blackrapid.com for the new RS-Sport strap and Culturasparalelas.blogspot.com to see Paul Andrews in parkour action. The last picture in this post was shot by Johanna who loves to do multiple exposures. I thought it suited my personality. Lightenupandshoot! Mikey

...more after the big JUMP:

November 9, 2010

Lightenupandshoot.com website!

Guys and gals still following our blogger site, remember that we have a kick booty new website with a forum!

So go check it out today and post something in our forums!

Fixing Blown Skies - Photoshop Tutorial

Curse those blown skies! Sometimes there is nothing you can do, but you have to shoot! So for those situations here is a quick way to fix those ugly whites using photoshop.
There is a part 1 and part 2 so make sure you click on Read More to see both!