Dreams have turned to nightmares! Introducing: The TERROR! Chambre

We have completed a collaboration with set designer Joel Spencer to create a blood covered Shangri-La that we will be shooting in until Halloween. We’re partnering with the Pollygrind Film Festival and theatre7 on Oct 7 First Friday to capture their zombies inside the room. We will be open from 6pm-10pm. Swing by!

Watch our trailer…
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I was booked by Mashable to photograph CES for them using a technology workflow that allows me to work with a remote writer, feeding him photos, voice, video and data in real time. He works from the comfort of his home, as do I, more or less.

CES is a lot of fun and really important to the city and it’s relevance aside from gaming. It allows for me to see what’s out there and what’s possible. So far, I see that Motorola has reinvented the PC, by making one out of a phone and that Intel is about to bring an amazing amount of power to the scene with their new 2nd Generation Core processors. Things like Video editing and RAW photo editing are nothing to this new architecture. Everything is about to get really awesomer.

I even got to put my hands on the new Nikon D7000 at a press event. Holy shit, this is a great camera. Ken Rockwell knows way more about it than me, and even he seems to gush about the perfection of the $1200 lust magnet.

It’s free and open to the public, but you have to register long in advance. Do so at CESWEB.ORG. Sign up for their email list so you don’t forget next year!

Downside: Fuggeddabout First Friday Festivities Featuring Free Facebook Fotos.

Jumping into the 21st Century

The latest addition to our studio is the addition of DSL. Until now, we’d been using Clear WiMax. It’s never been great, but the price was right (we had them down to $30 a month). CenturyLink mailed me a flyer promising 10mbps for $30 a month. Clear runs at 1mbps for the same price.

Turns out, this price is only valid for residential users, however. Fortunately, our shop was already in the system as a residence, so presto. I put in the order. The modem arrived a few days later, but none of our jacks seemed to work. So, I called and found out that the lines hadn’t been activated yet. That was yesterday. Today, I rolled up and saw a guy in a CenturyLink van, up in a bucket, working on the lines. He said I’d be good to go. After an hour of troubleshooting, we discovered that there wasn’t any phone wiring in the building.

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A Little Polaroid Fun

Last night we got together in the studio to play around with my Polaroid 195. It’s always fun to goof around when testing a camera. Here’s some shots of me, Curtis and Curtis in the tunnel people set we cobbled together. And yes… that’s a ventriloquist dummy in the background. We have all sorts of interesting stuff.

Part of what we offer at Photo Bang Bang is an alternative to quick hit digital photography. We offer a whole host of analog options, including Polaroid, Medium format and Curtis even has a 4×5 if you are feeling patient. We are currently looking into setting up a darkroom as well, so we’ll keep you posted.

Time for an actual post

Well the Photo Bang Bang site has been up long enough… so it’s time to change this “Welcome to Photo Bang Bang” post and start to blog a bit about what is going on at Photo Bang Bang and what’s in store.

I guess the first thing we should mention is our new facade. Joel Spencer of Happenstance Studios over at 222 E Imperial painted the facade of the building. He did a kick-ass job. Joel offers a variety of Creative Services. He builds, paints and has had a hand in the aesthetic of many of our storefronts downtown.

As you will be able to see by navigating through the site, we are offering studio rental at really low prices for local Las Vegas photographers, both professionals and students alike. You can also hire Marcos or Curtis (as always) for a variety of photo work.

COMING SOON we are going to be offering lighting workshops at Photo Bang Bang. You’ll actually learn something in this lighting workshop though, not just show up with your camera and take photos of girls with no instruction.

Okay, that’s it for now… we’ll try to make sure it isn’t six months until the next post.

Welcome to Photo Bang Bang!

Photo Bang Bang is the home to photographic arts in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District. We began as a private space shared among 3 photographers with very different aims in photography. Since that time, we have grown to be a studio for all photographers through our hourly rental program. Resident photographers, Curtis Joe Walker and James Vargo can offer all services from lighting and photoassiting to full art director and photographer.

  • Portraits
  • Head shots
  • Events
  • Trade show
  • Photojournalism
  • Senior Pictures
  • Architecture
  • Conceptual – Full Art Direction
  • Automotive
  • Music Videos
  • Independent Film Production
  • Experimental Music Shows
  • Boudoir/Glamour/Erotic
  • Wedding
  • Band
  • Vintage analog processes