Tamron Lenses and Why I love them

I started talking to the Tamron reps the other day at Photoshop World about my love of the Tamron lenses and why I use them exclusively. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against other brands. I’ve owned Nikon, Tokina, and Sigma but I keep coming back to the Tamron lenses because of their quality build, and quality optics, plus a little known fact about the 70-200 2.8 but more on that later.  The Tamron lenses are built out of quality materials, and use quality optics for superb images.  Not to say that the Tamron lenses don’t have their flaws. They are notorious for having slow autofocus, specifically the 70-200 but it’s not so slow that it is crippling.


The 28-75 2.8 is my “short zoom”.  This lens is my go to lens. With its fast f/2.8 aperture and awesome focal range, it is perfect for Shooting within 15 feet.  When I’m out of town or traveling light I use this lens. With the ability to go from 28 all of the way out to 75 mm it really allows me the range that I need.


70-200 f/2.8

The Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 is my favorite lens. Hands down. The first lens when you get serious about photographer is a 70-200 f/2.8. Some choose the brand of their camera, Nikon, Canon, etc. Some people decide that the non brand name is the one for them. I first went with a Nikon and I was happy. The autofocus is fast, the build is awesome, and the glass is pristine. One thing that I didn’t like about the Nikon however was the focus distance. The minimum focus distance for a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 is 4.6 feet according to their website but I think this is a little optimistic.  The Tamron minimum focus distance is 3.1 feet. It is very close. The Tamron has a 1:3 focus ratio which makes it a macro of sorts. I am an eyes photographer. I want to make sure that the eyes are perfectly in focus and sharp. With the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 I can make sure that it happens!


You can get the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 from B&H for $499 here

You can get the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 from B&H for $769 here

Photoshop World Orlando 2011 With Pictures

Shot at the Westcott Booth


Teaching some CS5 Goodness...

Hey everyone I just got back from a week in Orlando at Photoshop World!  I have wanted to attend Photoshop World for a few years now but I just never found the time to make it down to Orlando in March or Vegas in September. This year I went down to help my good buddy Terry White with his demonstrations on the floor.  I took a bunch of shots of Terry “doing his thing” at the Westcott booth, Manfrotto Booth, Adobe Booth, as well as some in class shots of him teaching the masses. If you don’t know by now I work with Terry over at the Best App Site where we review the best Apps available for the iOS platform. (You can see the most recent just by looking at the right side of this page)

My Buddy Terry White Teaching at the Manfrotto Booth


While I was down there to help Terry, I also had a lot of time to do some stuff that I wanted to do, and hang out with some of my other friends that I knew would be there. Raphael Concepcion or “RC” was teaching a pre-con workshop along with Matt Kloskowski on HDR.  I have known RC for a little while now, so I sat right up front and “heckled” him periodically throughout the class.  Anyone that knows RC knows that he’s awesome though, so he didn’t mind. We got to hang out a few times throughout the rest of the conference, enough that I think he was tired of me by the end of the week. Kidding.. But seriously I got to hang out with him, and I have to tell you all he’s not only a cool person but one hell of a Photoshop guru.

Then there’s Scott. Who could forget about Scott?  Scott Kelby is the President of NAPP and Kelby Media. Not only is Scott one of the most likeable, funny people that I know but he is also an AWESOME musician and singer! Wednesday night I went to the Photoshop World after hours party at BB Kings house of blues where Big Electric Cat (Scott’s band) provided entertainment with live music. They totally rocked the place! Big Electric Cat did one of the best cover shows that I have ever seen, and you can tell Scott is really in his zone on stage. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that Photoshop World is just an excuse for BEC to perform live for all of their friends. Kidding.  They did put on a great show though. I got to see Joe McNally and Moose Peterson “cutting a rug” for the crowd.  Tuesday night NAPP and the wonderful Nancy who runs the social media pages for them put on a “Tweet up” poolside at the hotel we were staying in.  Scott and I got to hang out a little while there but for the most part he was busy all conference long. He really puts himself out there for all of the fans, making himself available after every one of his classes and demos to shake hands, pose for pictures, or sign books. He’s truly there for the fans.

Brad Moore (Scott’s photo assistant) handled all of the photography at BB Kings. Not only is He Scott’s photo assistant, he is also a professional concert photographer and a heck of a guy. I’ve known Brad for a while now, and can’t say enough about him.

There were so many more people that I got to hang out with down there that if I right a paragraph about each you’ll be here for days so David Ziser, Damien Tepe, Alan Hess, Vanelli, Alan Brusky, David Rogers, Drew Gurian, Carly Adams, and everyone else that I hung with, you all rock and I’ll see you in Vegas in September.

So the best part of Photoshop World is… well everything is the best part actually.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the week. Most are taken with my iPhone but some were shot with my DSLR. Enjoy, and make sure you come to Vegas in September for the Photoshop World West!

Shot at the Westcott Booth


RC Teaching at the Manfrotto Booth

Me and V. at the after hours party at BB kings

Scott Kelby and Me at the closing Ceremony