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The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
San Francisco Bay Area, California
I'm a commercial photographer and author who shoots assignments around the world, writes books and articles, and teaches photo workshops
Interests: travel, canoeing, photography (of course!), great movies, hiking, swimming, bicycling, killer music, getting better in life each year!
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This year marks my 23rd year as a professional photographer - exactly half of my life on Earth. In 1991, at the age of 23, I graduated Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Photography, young and enthusiast, eager to set the photo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Last month I had the pleasure of photographing this cool new Argentinian BBQ design for a new client, Gaucho Garcia. We spent a day capturing studio shots (I set up a portable on-location studio with a backdrop and lighting), and later that afternoon we set up an outdoor BBQ scene.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Most of my 2014 workshops were updated and listed on our main site, with a few "dates to be determined". We offer live and online workshops. Check out my workshop schedule, sign up, and come join us sometime for great photographic instruction and a day, weekend or week of fun!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Just updated my DxO software: DxO Optics Pro 9, DxO Film Pack 4, DxO ViewPoint- great software from a French-based expert photo testing company- you get incredibly accurate results- check 'em out: http://www.dxo.com/intl DxO Optics Pro 9: Enhance your photos, remove noise, optimize exposure and contrast, magnify colors, and boost... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Recently I was editing some of my image files from the Eastern Sierra, a wondrous place east of Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks where trees grow for thousands of years, land erodes abandoning balancing boulders, and alpine snowmelt feeds ancient lakes. While I reprocessed a few shots, taking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
My recent blog about my portrait shoot with Josef Muench... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
I definitely enjoy social media, but it's time to start a big discussion about Instagram. Reading blogs like this one below, from the well-known amazing photographer Daniel J. Cox, not only confirms my thoughts about Instagram's lack of "changes" to their photo-rights-stealing terms, but has prompted me to start this... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - this story fits the bill. A few years ago while on assignment for Via magazine, I captured an image of Lombard Street that ran in their July/August 2009 issue. I was happy with the shot but didn't feel it was... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Last month my older brother and I planned a long overdue backpacking weekend up in Yosemite, to retrace some of the steps we took 19 years ago in Tenaya Canyon. It was a fun badly-needed three days of nothing but hiking, camping, and photographing amongst granite and pines. We spent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
KOLO CONTEST for all my photo friends, fans, followers! I put this out to all my Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ photo friends last week, but no one has added a review for my current book, so I wanted to blog about it as well. The first TWO people to post... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
I remember taking that portrait of John!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on Ephemera Evolution Part 1 at Jennifer Parker Designs
Nice job Jennifer- brings back old memories!
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on Ephemera Evolution Part 1 at Jennifer Parker Designs
A fellow photographer and colleague recently posted this link on his Facebook page and it caught my eye. A Dad and his daughter were recently rescued in Yosemite when they got trapped in this dangerous valley I once photographed - check out the article to read more: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/Stranded-Hikers-Rescued-from-Tenaya-Canyon.htm When in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
My 82 year old neighbor invited me over yesterday. We've lived across the street from each other the past ten years, share the same birthday (different year of course), and had talked from time to time about life's happenings. To my surprise, I come to find out he's a photography... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Last Saturday, I was teaching a photo workshop in Point Reyes National Seashore through the Point Reyes Field Institute. I've taught 2-4 workshops a year over the past 13 years, and wrote an article in Outdoor Photographer a couple of years ago about photographers past and present capturing images along... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Finally received my copy of Running On Empty by ultramarathoner Marshall Ulrich- can't wait to read it. For the cover, they used an image I captured of Marshall running in Death Valley National Park- a slow exposure with flash at dusk as the full moon rose over the sweltering California... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
Just wrote another feature article for Engadget Primed entitled "What is Aperture and How Does it Affect My Photos?": http://www.engadget.com/2011/12/27/engadget-primed-what-is-aperture-and-how-does-it-affect-my-pho/#disqus_thread Check it out- lots of solid info, links, diagrams, photos, and more - covers apertures, depth-of-field, hyper focal distance, how it relates to exposure, and so on. Now I'm working... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
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My latest book came out today - online and in US bookstores. The Complete Guide to Nature Photography: Professional Techniques for Capturing Digital Images of Nature and Wildlife It's available in paperback (10.8 x 8.5 inches) and electronic versions (iPad, Kindle, Nook, ebook, iPhone). It will be in many countries... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi
I just loaded this tip on the Perfect Picture School of Photography (PPSOP), and wanted to share it with all of you as well...enjoy! FALL OUTDOOR PHOTO TIPS As we move through October, depending on where you live, the weather has begun to cool and dry out, leaves are slowing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at The Photoguru Sean Arbabi