Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer: Blog http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:04:00 GMT Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:04:00 GMT http://www.deandaphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u186782336-o63391431-50.jpg Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer: Blog http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog 120 120 Rock N' Roll Wedding on The Sunset Strip - Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Durant http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/7/rock-n-roll-wedding-on-the-sunset-strip---congratulations-to-mr-mrs-durant I don't shoot weddings anymore.  However, when the drummer for Six Gun Sal, Joey Durant, approached me about shooting the first Rock N' Roll Wedding to be hosted at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, I could not say no. 

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) & at bar famous grill n' on rainbow rock roll strip sunset the wedding word http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/7/rock-n-roll-wedding-on-the-sunset-strip---congratulations-to-mr-mrs-durant Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:03:37 GMT
Hollywood Rock Photographer - Finally Reached Spots 1 and 2 in Google Search http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/7/hollywood-rock-photographer---finally-reached-spots-1-and-2-in-google-search Well, if you know how obsessive I can be about the things I am most passionate about, it would come as no surprise that I've been working my ass off with my SEO. Last week I finally reached top rankings ( spots one and two) in Google Search for Hollywood Rock Photographer. 

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) - -"Hollywood Anda De Google One Photographer" Rank Robert Rock http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/7/hollywood-rock-photographer---finally-reached-spots-1-and-2-in-google-search Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:56:59 GMT
Images being licensed for a very exciting new project! More to come... http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/6/images-being-licensed-for-a-very-exciting-new-project-more-to-come Images being licensed for a very exciting new project! More to come...

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/6/images-being-licensed-for-a-very-exciting-new-project-more-to-come Sat, 02 Jun 2018 21:01:37 GMT
Instagram as a true Photographer's Portfolio http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/5/instagram-as-a-true-photographers-portfolio My biggest complaint about Instagram is the inability to rearrange photos in the order that I believe to be most aesthetically pleasing.  I have other complaints as well, such as the square image format and the inability to include links in yours posts.  All of this is aggravated by the fact that the number of people who actually visit websites is diminishing.  Today when you hand someone your business card they will almost without fail ask you, "Do you have an Instagram?".  I pondered this conundrum for some time.  I would look at my Instagram profile and be disgusted by it.  I wanted to display my portfolio; the best of my best to people and more and more I felt that Instagram was not only lacking in it's ability to do this, but far worse, it was making me come across as a hoarder and not as an artist who thrives on color balance and composition.  The solution for using Instagram as a portfolio came to me one day as I reminisced on the old days of website design. 

Twenty years ago I headed Dynamic Alliance, a website design and consulting firm with my brother (David De Anda - who now runs his own successful photography business with his wife in Yuma Arizona).  In those days, we would design a website in Photoshop as a magazine spread.  We would add the links and the animations by slicing up the image into grids.  One of the major reasons why sites are no longer designed this way has to do with the subsequent rise of the ubiquitous mobile browser.  Different screen sizes would cause the tables of the grid to become discombobulated.  Unless the platform(s) where you would display your site had a fixed size, your perfect design would look like a bad Picasso. 

Wait a minute? Fixed size, and a grid...  My solution was to go retro.  

 

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/5/instagram-as-a-true-photographers-portfolio Mon, 28 May 2018 23:12:36 GMT
Benro PP1 Table Top Tripod http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/4/benro-pp1-table-top-tripod ROBERT DE ANDA

 

Nikon D700, Nikkor 16mm FISHEYE AIS, ISO 200, F/11, 20 Seconds. Benro PP1 Table Top Tripod 

 

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) fisheye nikkor nikon http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/4/benro-pp1-table-top-tripod Sun, 29 Apr 2018 20:09:49 GMT
Featured in VoyageLa.com "Flashes and Strokes" section of their April 25th, 2018 issue. http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/4/featured-in-voyagela-com-flashes-and-strokes-section-of-their-april-25th-2018-issue "Thanks for featuring my concert photography. The Rock scene in Los Angeles is definitely seeing a resurgence especially among younger music lovers who are discovering the magic of songwriting and the satisfaction of mastering a musical instrument. I am honored to be able to capture the scene today and help promote new talent"

Jill Janus of HuntressVoyageLA.com Hollywood Rock Photographer Robert De AndaJill Janus of Huntress

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/4/featured-in-voyagela-com-flashes-and-strokes-section-of-their-april-25th-2018-issue Sun, 29 Apr 2018 18:37:03 GMT
My photos on exhibit at Hollywood's "The Door" Art Gallery http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/1/my-photos-on-exhibit-at-hollywoods-the-door-art-gallery Screenshot

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2018/1/my-photos-on-exhibit-at-hollywoods-the-door-art-gallery Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:19:57 GMT
The Sunset Strip - The Mecca of Rock n' Roll http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/7/the-sunset-strip---the-mecca-of-rock-n-roll I grew up in Los Angeles (born in Torrance, CA in 1977).  Sometimes I realize that I take for granted the world famous landmarks that played such an important roll in the history of Hard Rock and Metal.  As a teenager, my friends and I (we are still friends 20-30 years later), would take the bus to Hollywood and sometimes make the trek to West Hollywood (where the strip is located) after our stop at Tower Records on Sunset Blvd. 

Today, these venues are my regular stomping grounds as I immerse myself in the music, fashion, and culture of a genre that many claim to be dead.  I assure you that it is alive and well.  Are the lines blocks long like in the mid eighties? No, of course not.  However, Rock was never meant to be mainstream.  At any given night I must chose between 3-5 shows to attend (sometimes as a photographer).  

My normal days are smoking a cigarette between sets in front of the pay phone used to call 911 during River Phoenix's last moments in front of the Viper Room,  or saying hello to Kim at the Rainbow Bar and Grill who taught me that a real Lemmy is made with Wild Turkey and Cola, or shooting next to legendary rock photographer Jack Lue (Guns N' Roses photographer during the early days) at The Whisky a Go Go.  The shine has not dulled one bit.  The true rockers to the core, still walk these streets, still ride their Harley's, wear their leather, and still rock until late into the night. 

 

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/7/the-sunset-strip---the-mecca-of-rock-n-roll Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:19:14 GMT
Hollywood Rock Photographer's Review of Dubs Acoustic Ear Plugs http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/6/hollywood-rock-photographers-review-of-dubs-acoustic-ear-plugs Shooting concerts means constantly being subjected to extremely loud music.  I used to use ear plugs only on rare occasions.  As a rock/metal fan, I want to hear the different instruments.  However, this of course, is highly irresponsible and very risky.  I carry regular orange sponge material ear plugs that you can pick up at your local drug store for less than $10.  I do not particularly like using these because of the loss of fidelity.  

Recently however, a friend of mine, not only recommended the DUBS EAR PLUGS by Doppler Labs, but actually gave me a pair as a gift.  This is after all, not a paid advertisement, or sponsored review.  Since my first paid was a gift, I didn't search the price (around $25) and actually believed that they were electronic like in-ear monitors.  They are not;  which only makes them even more remarkable.  I won't get into the details of the physical appearance of the DUBS, as I hate unboxing videos.  What I will do however, is get to the bottom line.  

These things ROCK! Cheap pun, I know.  You immediately experience lower volume, however, the fidelity of the sound stays in tact (for the most part).  With regular earplugs vocals are the first thing to disappear; not so with the DUBS.  You can still hear the different instruments, and get this: you can hear when someone is talking to you.  I'm glad I came across this product and highly recommend it. 

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/6/hollywood-rock-photographers-review-of-dubs-acoustic-ear-plugs Mon, 12 Jun 2017 03:39:17 GMT
Rock Photographer's Tutorials http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/6/rock-photographers-tutorials Even in the fast paced setting of Concert Photography, composition is key to a great shot. I only shoot with primes because my style is a "portrait" style shot (plus I get twice the light than I would with the standard 2.8 zoom). This may or may not appeal to everyone, but I figure people want to see their idols up close; which is why you won's see too many wide angle shots in my work. This approach requires body movement in composing the shot as opposed to zooming. For example, in this shot of Jill Janus, I wanted to ensure that the blue light was behind her head and not in the frame. To accomplish this, I had to crouch down and time the shot until the rays of light were in the direction I wanted. See, there is a method to my madness.

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/6/rock-photographers-tutorials Sat, 10 Jun 2017 10:35:01 GMT
Your best equipment is your mind. http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/6/your-best-equipment-is-your-mind ´╗┐The photo below took weeks to create.  I was working on the seventh floor of a ten story building just west of downtown about a block from Loyola Law School.  The skyscraper on the left side of the image is 1100 Wilshire, and it was vacant at the time.  The lights were therefore always off.  When the sun would set and night fell, my photos of the skyline were cursed with 1100 being completely dark.  Through weeks of observing and writing down the times of the sunset and dusk, I determined that I had only a five minute window to get the shot you now see.  

The shot started in my mind, in my dreams, many years prior. When the time was right, I rushed to the roof with my Nikon N80, my trusty 50mm 1.8 AFD, and a Manfrotto Tripod.  In all, I had only about $400 worth of equipment, plus a roll of FujiFilm Sensia.  Even though I have been blessed with now being able to have much more expensive, and sophisticated gear, it is this shot that constantly reminds me that my best equipment is my mind, my vision, and God's talent. 

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robert@deanda.photo (Robert De Anda - Hollywood Based Photographer) los angeles skyline http://www.deandaphoto.com/blog/2017/6/your-best-equipment-is-your-mind Fri, 02 Jun 2017 03:31:56 GMT