Dailies: Breakdown #1

Welcome to the first of a new series of blog posts entitled: “Dailies: Breakdown #” This is a self assessment, critique, and discussion about a certain photograph from my Dailies collection of photographs. In no particular order I wish to simply share what I was thinking and seeing when I …

2012 High School Seniors – Now Booking Sessions

Exciting news! I wanted to post it here since I am still developing my new web site and won’t be able to post the details for a few weeks yet. I am offering a limited number of high school senior sessions. Email me at: mike@michaelwiesman.com or call 920-254-9087 to book …

Find Something that you have to Scream to the World About

(This is a vertical panoramic picture, please scroll down to see it’s entirety, text follows along with a video interview with the photographer after the jump) Awhile ago I talked about enjoying The Process of photography. Ignore the social media feedback, shoot what you are passionate about. Don’t shoot it …

My Favorite and Most Memorable Photos of 2010

Compiling and condensing 25,000+ photographs can be a bit time consuming if you know what I mean. Thank God they have programs like Aperture, Adobe Bridge and Lightroom to help make this process much more efficient. Needless to say, 2010 brought an interesting beginning and a sad ending for me. The loss of my …

Better Gear, Better Photos? Not Always the Case.

Photography has so many unique little groups & niches, styles, do-it-yourself(ers), vintage camera gurus, film & expired film addicts, big-lensed wildlife photogs, sports…..the list is ultimately endless. But there IS one category that even you will find yourself getting caught in. The Gear. And I mean, why not? Every photography magazine you pick up …

Dana Erlandson

Wisconsin singer/songwriter, Dana Erlandson, has been working the mid-western music scene for two and half decades. A very talented musician, an antique guitar collector-fixer-upper and a wealth of musical knowledge, as well as being a down to earth nice guy, Erlandson approached me to get some new promo shots. I greatly obliged knowing that it would be …

Dead Modern Villains LIVE

I read a headline in the Green Bay Press Gazette the other day that a venue that was well known for throwing some of the biggest shows in area closed their doors. Tom, Dick and Harry’s of Ashwaubenon closed, it’s a bit of a story that I won’t get into here, but you can read about it here it you would like. The venue as far as a photographer looks at things was a beauty. Great big stage, lots of lights, front lit and back lit performers. It was honestly one of the “easiest” places that I can remember to …

Photographs of Dean the Luthier

Dean, a Luthier, also a good friend of mine, was kind enough to let me make a few portraits of him awhile back. Mainly shooting with a few “styles” and ideas within my head, I set out to make some portraits that expressed this humble master craftsman. Thought that I would share a few of these with you. I have been shooting a lot lately with some of my old manual focus (MF) lenses that I have accumulated over the years. There are a few reasons behind my use of these. For one, you can often pick these up for a lot less …

What Is High-Speed Sync?

What is High-Speed Sync? High-Speed Sync allows photographers the ability to shoot using flash at higher than normal flash sync speeds. With older cameras your highest shutter speed that you could flash sync with was either 1/60s or 1/125s. But thanks to the new technology in current digital cameras we are now able to sync at shutter speeds up to 1/8000s of a second. A few basics about flash: 1. Flash Duration. The amount of time that it takes your flash to dispense it’s set power. A flash set at 1/1(full)-power takes a longer amount of time to discharge than a flash set to, …

Zack Arias interviewed by Chase Jarvis

First off, I have to let you know that this is the longest YouTube video that I have ever watched (2 hours). Chase must have an inside connection at YouTube HQ to be able to get away with an upload of that size! How to approach watching this video: I first had full intentions of watching this start to end without any disruptions. Well, we all know when you’re on-line how hard that is. I ended up breaking this into three viewing sessions, works well with my ADD if you know what I mean. I do dislike taking RAW content from one …

Prints Hanging on Display at Luna Cafe

It’s that time again, I recently had some huge prints made up and have them on display at Luna Cafe in De Pere, WI. For a more clear picture, head on down to Luna to check them out. All prints are 40″ x 60″ and would love to have a new home. Let me add that transporting these things was a bit of a puzzle due to the size, but I will gladly transport them to wherever you would need them to get to. I would also like to extend a thank you to Craig Johnson and my dear Maggie …

A Visit to The Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay

Photography to me holds a significant power to help others. This time, The Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay. These are the start of a new little project that I will be working on with a friend at the club. The thought behind this is to show that The Boys and Girls Club is not just a place where kids hang out, it’s a place that helps school age youth make better choices and reach their full potential in a safe and accepting environment. It teaches all young people, regardless of background or circumstances to be equipped to respect others and …

What Photography is to me – Part 2

There are many reasons why I like this photo. The first one that comes to mind is the silver heels. Second, the red text. Third the reflection of the text on the floor. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

What Photography is to me – Part 1 of ?

Photography to me started when I was as little as I can remember back, my dad would always have a camera and a video camera at just about every single thing that we did and went to. I won’t get too much into video because I was not called into that area. My calling/passion is in the still world, a picture. One at a time, several a day, millions in my lifetime. I capture images because that is what makes me, me. My goal in these “What Photography is to Me” blog posts is gain a better understanding and awareness of what …

Sunday Coffee Links

Spending the morning looking through some of the archives and came across this picture of me that was taken in March 2009 on Mt. Lemmon, AZ. It inspired me. We are so small to this world around us and yet, at times, we are so oblivious of our surroundings. How often do we take a minute of our day and think about how great and inspiring the world is around us [the present actual world, not cyber world]. All we have to do is let it in. No texting needed. No technology needed. No talking even needed. Just sit back and enjoy, nature is …

Stepwise Returns TONIGHT!

I had that awesome experience to photograph, hang-out, talkin’ smack and making a few pics of these six guys known as Stepwise. As a few of you may know I was highly involved with Boy Scouts as a kid/young adult. Yes, I earned my Eagle Scout, I earned loads of merit badges and wore a neckerchief that proudly displayed Troop 872. But one of the best things that I have taken from the scouting program is the friends that I remain in contact with over the years. Life always has a way of disconnecting you with people of great meaning and friendship …