Jason Byron Lee: Blog https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jason Byron Lee [email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Thu, 04 May 2023 01:38:00 GMT Thu, 04 May 2023 01:38:00 GMT https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u784311202-o392171746-50.jpg Jason Byron Lee: Blog https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Latest YouTube video https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/5/latest-youtube-video

The YouTube Journey has begun. I started creating and posting videos just over two weeks ago. And so far I'm having a lot of fun doing it. I did an interview with my Dad Byron Lee about his history owning the shop, (Lee Photo) and had him describe and demonstrate
using his favorite camera of all time. the Hasselblad SWC.

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Camera collection on YouTube https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/11/camera-collection-on-youtube  So I'm needing a creative project to sink my teeth into and so I've been researching videos on YouTube channels and video creation. And the one thing I learned with all of this is that I need to select a project that I care about and have a lot of passion about. And I came up with one thing above all others....

Vintage camera equipment....


I grew up in a camera store, I lived, breathed and ate camera equipment from the age of 6 (my age when I received my first film camera.) And from the age of 9 I worked alongside my Dad in Lee Photo up to 2011, when I had to close the shop. But by passion for photography and camera gear hasn't diminished in the slightest.

Starting in January I'm going to begin doing a YouTube "series" highlighting the camera collection of Lee Photo which spans 3 generations. It will be a long process. So I'm going to take it a step of a time. I hope to include a few interviews of my Dad as well to highlight his favorite equipment.

So if you aren't already a subscriber to my channel please sign up @jbleephoto and help me move forward in this project and make it great.

Thanks in advance for your support.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/11/camera-collection-on-youtube Mon, 28 Nov 2022 02:47:13 GMT
Dusting off the Hasselblad https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/5/DustingofftheHasselblad Dusting off the Hasselblad...

I grew up shooting film and it's nice to see that once again people are taking a look at how to use and shoot film cameras.

Because not only did I work as a professional photographer, but also owned a camera store I had the chance to shoot will "almost" every camera ever made I acquired a lot of knowledge about all different types of film cameras, how they work and what all the buttons and knobs did. But out of all the camera's I ever used, I have a favorite... The Hasselblad, I used this in studio, and at weddings so I could get stunning results due to the large 2 1/4 inch negative.

So this last weekend I dusted off the "ol" Hassy loaded up two 120 backs with Kodak Portra 400 and took the camera and 2 lenses out to take photos of my Daughter and her friends along side my Sony A7R III to take pictures of them before their Senior Ball. Next thing I know it was like I traveled back in time after I heard the first click, flapp, kuchunk.... of the distinctive Hasselblad shutter release, and following film crank rotation. As soon as some of subjects heard the loud sound my camera made the question came up. What was that noise?

Gear List:

  • Hasselblad 
  • Zeiss 150mm f4
  • Zeiss 60mm f3.5
  • 2-120 format film backs
  • Gossen
  • Gitzo GT3530


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Planning for Banff! https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/2/planning-for-banff Our summer excursions have come full circle, this Summer we will return to one of our favorite places, Banff, Canada. The last time we were there 6 or so years ago it was still a great trip, but the scenery was shrouded in smoke from a forest fire. And to make matters worse, my camera malfunctioned and all the photos were terrible, so the only pictures we returned with were from lackluster cell phones.

This time will be different. I've got my 2 Sony mirrorless cameras and a pair of Zeiss lenses and the Sony 70-200 f4 polished up and ready to go. And as my video kit my Samsung S9+, DJI gimbal and a full case of moment lenses and a RODE mic.

As soon as we told the girls what we were doing this Summer they squealed with joy and have already created their packing lists.

Look out Canada... here we come.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/2/planning-for-banff Sun, 02 Feb 2020 23:10:16 GMT
Samsung S9+ and Moment case https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/samsung-s9-and-moment-case With so many photography related (gear mainly) problems of late my shooting days have been few. Between new dell laptop frying and loosing all photo editing capabilities, and my Sony A7II camera dieing. All I have left in my camera bag is an old Sony A7r and my Samsung Galaxy 9+. 

So I began to look into what photo options that I can afford (Being a Middle School Library Clerk pays just under nothing)

I found a case for my 9+ made by Moment https://www.shopmoment.com/ 

The cool thing is you can purchase a useful variety of lenses for a reasonable cost and give your phone added options. Moment also has a photo app that is just as useful with good manual controls.

Next month I'll purchase the 58mm (tele) lens and see if this could be a good option while I save up my dimes for a Sony A7r III

In the meantime Keep pressing the shutter button.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Moment App Moment Lens Samsung S9+ https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/samsung-s9-and-moment-case Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:55:00 GMT
My ignored blog.... sorry https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/my-ignored-blog-sorry Seems like lately I haven't had anything new on the blog. This is quite true. I decided to embark on an abandoned journey and re-enrolled at Sierra College to complete my degree. Subsequently I've been so busy with classes I haven't had any time for adventures nor free time. But take heart, this summer I will embark on a new excursion and give you all the details along the way. Thanks for sticking with me through the "dead air" period on my blog and I will have new content soon.

Jason Byron Lee

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/my-ignored-blog-sorry Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:54:26 GMT
25 Limited edition posters available of South Rim Sunset $15. each https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/25-limited-edition-posters-available-of-south-rim-sunset-15-each 25 Limited edition posters of "South Rim Sunset" for sale now $15.00 (postage extra)

​For a very limited time I'm selling a 12x18 signed and numbered poster series of some of my favorite images. I will only be printing 25 12x18 posters of each image in this series to be released one at a time during various time of the year. To stay tuned follow my blog for future releases.

​*poster will not have the watermark logo on the image.


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[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/25-limited-edition-posters-available-of-south-rim-sunset-15-each Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:19:46 GMT
Selling ALL my studio equipment https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/selling-my-studio-equipment Now that I'm not doing any studio photography work anymore there is little need for me to keep these items in my office taking up room. So here is a list of my gear. All items are in like new condition (I've always taken really good care of my gear) so my prices on these items are a great value.

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This studio kit is an extremely complete kit and can cover any event or photoshoot.​

​Tamrac case

Elienchrome Scanlite 1000 watt hot light with adapter for 5 Foot octobox

2 Elienchrome Varistar Umbrellas

2 Avenger A0025B lightstands

5 Foot Photoflex Octodome Softbox

​2 Alienbees B400 studio flash units

​1 Cybercommander wireless flash controller with 2 receivers

51 inch PLM round softbox with spill kill rear panel and mounting bracket

​22 inch Beautydish with diffusion sock and mini boom arm

​Polaris Ambient / flash / spot meter

​Natural light reflector kit including 4 different reflectors and 2 diffusion panels with Photoflex carrying case.

​Retail value of this kit is 3,000.

​I'm selling it for 1,750. FIRM

​Give me a call if you're interested.



I'm also selling some individual studio items as well.

Background stand <SOLD>

​2 Impact 42" umbrellas <SOLD>

Savage posing table 20.00

Botero blue mist background 5'x6' 20.00

​Chroma key Green / Blue reversible background 6'x7' <SOLD>

​Lastolite Drk Grey/Lite Gray reversible background 6'x7' 85.00

​Off the Wall set designs Textured brick panel (can be used as background or floor) (orig $2,500) selling for 250.

​Black cloth background 30.00

​Manfrotto tripod 658B with 322RC2 Rapid head & 2 extra mounting plates (orig $700) selling for 350.

​Black folding print stand solid oak 40.00

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[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/selling-my-studio-equipment Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:42:17 GMT
Sony Mirrorless Camera class! https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/sony-mirrorless-camera-class If you are one of the many photographers who have the new Sony mirrorless cameras or you want to learn more about them prior to purchasing, this class will explain the modes, benefits and how to bring out their best. These cameras are packed with many modes and systems to make photography easier and better but it's hard to figure this out from just an instruction book. Come get the scoop on mirrorless.

Tech/Adult Center, Computer Lab

13055 Bill Francis Drive, Auburn

10/27/16 Thursday 2:00pm - 5:00pm $29.00

(To attend the class you MUST sign up in advance with Placer School for Adults (530)885.8585 or www.placeronline.org)​

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Lens adapters for Sony Alpha cameras https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/lens-adapters-for-sony-alpha-cameras  

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One of the features that attracted me to the Sony mirrorless digital cameras was the ability to use different lenses. Not only could I use some of my Canon EF lenses but in my camera collection I could drag out the older Olympus, Pentax, and even Carl Zeiss from my Contax camera system and give them new life and extend my creative options.


For my older Contax lenses I purchased the Metabones CY-E mount adapter. My reason I went with the more expensive adapter for the Zeiss lenses is because the value and quality of the optic. I wanted to make sure that quality was "passed down" to the Sony. And I wasn't disappointed the tight fit and ability to focus smoothly wasn't affected in the least.


K&F concept adapters I purchased for both my Pentax and Olympus OM lenses. And found them to be every bit as good as the Metabones adapters with all metal construction and a solid feel. The lenses also focus all the way to Infinity like the Metabones. So in both cases these adapters are a great way to bring the older film lenses into the digital age and give them value in imaging again.


[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Lee Photo Northern California Photographer Old Lenses Photography Sony lens adapters photography https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/lens-adapters-for-sony-alpha-cameras Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:31:30 GMT
How to use a Digital Camera (SLR & Point & Shoot) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/how-to-use-a-digital-camera-slr-point-shoot I wanted to create a blog post/discussion for the students that have taken my classes through Placer School for adults. Sign up and post your questions and I'll answer them here.


Jason Lee

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/how-to-use-a-digital-camera-slr-point-shoot Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:20:05 GMT
New Year's 2016 in Monterey CA https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/new-years-2016-in-monterey-ca DSC06702ODSC06702OPoint Lobos Carmel, Ca

Almost every year for New Years we head off to Monterey CA. for some great ocean-side hiking and great food to start the new year off right. We began the trip with a trip to the local shops to spend some of our Christmas money, and I was sorely temped in adding another camera to my bag at Greens Camera. We then ended our day with dinner and a movie. With a great quick dinner at California Pizza Kitchen and the new Star Wars movie it was a great way to end the day. On new years eve we went on an all day walk (7 hours) from our hotel room to the little town of Pacific Grove where we wander through the shops and try new little coffee shops and the great views along the way. And then went to Vito's (Best Italian Restaurant ever!) for our traditional New Year's Eve feast.

New Years day was the best of them all, we went for another all day hike at Point Lobos, and I couldn't believe after over 16 years of going to Monterey we had never gone to this jewel of a state park. I took more photos than I could have imagined. Dramatic scenery and clouds were all around me and I was seeing great potential images all around me. I have polished many of them but I have a ton more to go through and edit.

It was a incredible trip and I can't wait to get back to Point Lobos for another photo/hiking excursion. If you would like to view/purchase some of the images from my trip view some of them here at http://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/jasonleefineart

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Green's Camera Landscape Lee Photo Monterey Pacific Grove Photography Point Lobos Sony Vito's https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/new-years-2016-in-monterey-ca Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:26:46 GMT
Everyday Messenger by Peak Design https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/everyday-messenger-by-peak-design As an official, card carrying member of the camera gear nerd club, I started checking out the gear made by Peak Design since I heard so many good things about it.

And wow am I impressed. I've been using the Slide camera strap, and the Capture Pro clip for a short time now but they have already made my "must have" camera gear list. I've always been annoyed by camera straps but was unwilling to do without because of the risk of dropping my camera. The Slide strap solved that beautifully. With it's smooth easy to use adjustment buckle and one handed attachment points its a dream to use. As for the camera clip, I am an avid hiker and always use a backpack because I can't imagine lugging a shoulder bag on an eleven mile hike. I always end up walking past shots I would like to take but don't because I didn't want to stop, take off my backpack unzip it, get the camera out, take my photos and put it all back and start hiking again. The Capture pro solves this so well because nothing is more uncomfortable than the alternative which was fighting with the camera strap wrapped around me and the backpack.

So now I come to the best of the three. The Everyday Messenger.

The materials this bag is made of is all premium and has an expensive feel and rigidity. Even fully loaded the bag carries the weight very evenly and securely. The genius of this bag is the Origami inspired dividers that are easily repositioned even while gear is in the bag to make room or adjust the interior. The strap is comfortable and easy to adjust even while wearing it and makes quick access to you gear a dream, especially if you have a capture camera clip to go with it.  It really is a great bag for everyday use. And this is without a doubt my new favorite shoulder/messenger camera bag.

That being said, I wouldn't use this bag for my mountain day hiking trips because a backpack camera bag is so much more comfortable for all day hiking and exploring. So I'll stick to my ThinkTank Perception Pro bag for that.

My advice to Peak Design, I want to see what you guys can do for a day hikers camera backpack. If you can make a shoulder/messenger bag this good, I would LOVE to see what you can do with a backpack.

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Peak Designed camera strap and capture pro clip https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/peak-designed-camera-strap-and-capture-pro-clip As many of you know I have this love of camera bags, straps, and backpacks. I'm always looking for a better/easier way to carry and use my favorite camera gear so when I see the shot I like I can easier get to my camera and shoot. I purchased and tried out a couple of items made by Peak Design https://www.peakdesign.com/ and I couldn't be more impressed. I purchased the Capture Pro clip, and the Slide camera strap. If you like well made gear and are sick of your camera carrying systems you have to check these out.

​The mounting plate that you use on both the strap and clip are also an ARCA type tripod plate and the Pro clip plate can be adapted by adding 2 metal plates to make it compatible with some Manfrotto systems using the RC2 plate. The bummer was the Manfrotto head I have even though uses an RC2 plate didn't work but for about $15 I purchased an adapter plate for the ARCA and just screwed it on top of my Manfrotto if I want. Though I did order a ARCA type ball head for a smoother tripod workflow.

​The Slide strap I was also equally impressed with. The hardware is smooth operating and is very easy to change length and direction to hold the camera so you can wear it many other ways depending on your shooting situation.

​The trouble is now I'm looking at the new Everyday Messenger bag made by Peak Design and thinking if they redesigned a clip and strap so perfectly their bag must be just as good so I'm now saving my quarters to purchase that next.​


Want to buy these go to https://www.peakdesign.com/

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[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Capture Pro Peak Design Slide https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/peak-designed-camera-strap-and-capture-pro-clip Thu, 03 Dec 2015 16:49:11 GMT
Summer trip to Yellowstone https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/summer-trip-to-yellowstone In July our family left for our yearly summer trip. This year we chose to spend 4 days in West Yellowstone, then 4 days in Jackson Hole. This was the perfect chance to test out my new Sony camera setup. So I purchased a new thinkTANK Perception Pro backpack to haul the perfect amount of gear. One of the reasons I dumped my Canon setup was weight so I didn't want to again slip into that cycle. The thinkTANK backpack was the perfect blend of being able to carry the gear I needed without taking everything plus the kitchen sink.

Here is the list of gear I brought and used on the trip:

Sony Alpha 7M2

Sony Alpha 7R

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35 ZA OSS

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/24-70 ZA OSS

Sony FE 4/70-200 G OSS

Sony HVL-F60M flash unit

5 Batteries (Sony NP-FW50)

​I brought 2 different Camera bodies so I expand my choices and capability. The 7M2 for the 5 axis stabilization, fast focusing, and 5 FPS burst rate. The 7R for it's incredible image quality and lack of a low pass filter for enhanced sharpness. The 3 lens zoom kit seems to be the best choice for me, a great combination of being lightweight but still having great range. I have 3 Zeiss prime lenses from my old Contax camera system and an adapter so I can use them on the Sony but decided to leave those at home to lighten my pack. I didn't think I would need the 18mm f4, 50mm f1.4, or 300mm f4 on this trip, though I did debate on the 300mm since Yellowstone has great wildlife photo opportunities. But the weight of my bag was important so I went with the zoom lenses only.

The first day off the airplane was spent driving from Boseman to West Yellowstone so I didn't do much photography that day. Day 2 we drove over to the Fountain Paint Pots where I took this image in Black & White. I was impressed with how well the default B&W setting did on the Sony. I did punch up the contrast in camera, then polished the image up in Perfect Photo Suite 9. The image was shot in jpg mode on the 7M2 with the Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35 ZA OSS lens.

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This next image was just a simple landscape

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[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) 7M2 7R Alpha Lee Photo Northern California Photographer Sony Switching photography https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/summer-trip-to-yellowstone Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:16:46 GMT
$400 travel camera https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/-400-travel-camera I recently was asked this question via e-mail and thought it would be a good question to answer on the Blog.


Hi Jaon, I took an Adult Ed class from you this Spring and would like a recommendation on a camera. My canon eos 6D is just to big to haul on a long trip - do you have a suggestion for a small digital in the $400 range?
Thanks, Kathy

In the compact camera area there are some cameras that stand out from the crowd as exceptional. I've recently switched all my Canon camera gear to Sony due to the incredible quality and value of their camera's and currently the Sony Alpha a5000 is extremely high on my list. With it's high Megapixel count and interchangeable lenses it is a perfect travel camera if you need to travel light, I would add a telephoto lens to the kit though to give you a truly incredible kit but that will raise the price an additional $350. This doubles the price for the kit, but you then have a full replacement to your heavy DSLR without giving up quality.

If you want to lighten your camera bag but still come home with quality images from your vacation that match your DSLR I'd go with the A5000 even given the basic lens it comes with only a 16-50 I'd take this over a "super zoom" compact camera due to the APS-C sized sensor that you can always crop later.


I hope this helps in your camera search.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Lee Photo Northern California Photographer Sony Sony Alpha A5000 Switching Travel Camera photography https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/-400-travel-camera Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:28:48 GMT
Switching to Sony? https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/switching-to-sony I've never been totally loyal to a camera brand, I've had my favorites through the years but I've always chosen what tools suit my needs best. For the last 3-4 months I've been researching the new mirror less system cameras by Sony. Though I no longer shoot weddings I've always wished my gear was smaller and lighter, hauling 3-4 cases of 2.8 glass and camera bodies and lighting from job to job has sent me to the chiropractor MANY times and caused many sore and weary days close to the bottle of Advil. But I've always wanted to have the best quality image files and great performance out of my cameras too so I believed that the only way to get what I wanted was to haul a ton of gear. My first big gear switch was when I traded from Contax to Canon (back in the film days) after the terrible low light performance of the AX series of cameras. And now I'm looking at selling every Canon item I have to trade up to the Sony Alpha 7 Mark 2. I imagine you are wondering why would I do such a crazy thing so let me explain.


1.      With the high ISO capability of the Sony I no longer NEED 2.8 glass for low light performance. The native sensitivity of the Sony goes up to 24,600 while the 5D Mark 3 Canon has an expansion of ISO sensitivity. Native vs. Expanded is similar to the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom. The Native ISO of the Sony is WAY better in Quality.

2.      Smaller camera bodies and lenses. I’m just tired to carrying heavy gear. I love to hike but hiking with my 5D Mark2 and just 2 lenses and a flash take up 80% of my backpack and weighs 8 to 10 pounds. Because of this I end up leaving them at home and bringing my Nikon Coolpix 7700. And though I love this camera I do sacrifice quality since it has a small sensor and don’t end up printing any “art” images from this camera due to the lack of quality.

3.      I miss my Zeiss glass. Maybe I’m just being sentimental about the “golden era of film” but I learned my profession on Rolliflex, Contax, and Hasselblad gear. And I always loved my Zeiss lenses both for their quality, durability and subtle tones and incredible sharpness. It hurt badly when I sold my prime Zeiss 85mm & 50mm 1.4 and the 18mm, 24mm 2.8 and 35-70 lenses I owned but to switch to Canon I had to. But with the Sony I can once again bring the Zeiss into my camera bags.

4.      My needs are different and the technology of the Sony is WAY ahead of the curve. Quality, Speed, innovation and price are huge. I hate the idea of having to spend 4000 to 7000 on a single camera body. I can buy 2 Sonys for the price of 1 Canon and with technology that moves so fast paying for that Canon camera body cuts SEVERLY into my bottom line since I have moved from full time photog to part time while my daughters are in school. The AF systems on the Sony are so quick and agile, and being able to easily connect your camera via a free app on my phone and control and upload photos on the fly are amazing. Heck the little a6000 is $549. 24mp and focuses and shoots at 11 frames per second and has much better subject tracking performance. The Canon D1X is $6,000 18mp and 12 frames per second and focuses SLOWER than the Sony…. If that doesn’t wake you up I don’t know what will.


So I’m making the switch to Sony. Just for chuckles Here is the gear I’m giving up and what I’m getting

2-Canon 5Dmark2’s with battery grips

15mm Sigma fisheye

16-35 2.8 L Canon

28-70 2.8 L Canon

70-200 2.8 L IS Canon

85 1.2 L Canon

300 2.8 L IS Canon

1.4x extender Canon

2x extender Canon

580EX 2’s Canon


What I’m going to buy

Sony A7 Mark2

Sony A6000

Sony 28-70 3.5-5.6 kit lens (for a spare or travel)

Sony 55-210 kit lens (for a spare or travel)

Zeiss 16-35 f4 ZA OSS

Zeiss 24-70 f4 ZA OSS

Sony FE 70-200 f4 G OSS

(Still looking at which flash to add at the moment)

So that is where I’m at for the moment and I’ll keep you posted on my sale, purchase and learning a new camera system. Thanks for reading my ramblings.

Jason Lee 

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Auburn Ca Canon Lee Photo Northern California Photographer Sony Switching photography https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/switching-to-sony Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:53:11 GMT
Advanced Digital SLR Class Q/A https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/advanced-digital-slr-class-q/a I wanted to create a blog post/discussion for the students that have taken my classes through Placer School for adults. Sign up and post your questions and I'll answer them here.


Jason Lee

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Auburn Ca Lee Photo Northern California Photographer photography https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/advanced-digital-slr-class-q/a Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:35:47 GMT
The approaching holiday season. https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/the-approaching-holiday-season The one thing that always stays the same is that everything changes. A lot more of my time now-a-days is spent working at Skyridge Elementary School as a Noon Duty Supervisor, so I'm doing a lot fewer photo sessions due to my daytime schedule. 

I'm offering a VERY limited number of holiday sessions this year so unless you book your session early I will most likely be busy.

Here is a copy of my current pricing and I hope you have a great holiday season.

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Upcoming photography classes https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/upcoming-photography-classes Classes start Thursday 9-25-2014

Sign up now at http://register.asapconnected.com/ShopCart.aspx?viewType=Max


Advanced Digital SLR

Total Fees:

Control the artistic feel of an image by exploring the depth of field, change perspectives simply by using a different lens and decipher which professional tools to utilize in every scenario. In this advanced class you will gain the knowledge needed to enter the field of photography as a profession as well as develop and enhance your skills. Bring you camera gear and a notebook. Prerequisite: Basic skills of SLR such as menu, navigation, setting file size and changing lenses.

Additional Information:

 Bring you camera gear and a notebook. Prerequisite: Basic Skills of SLR masters such as (menu, navigation, setting file size and changing lenses).

Class held in PSA 630, a portable classroom located behind 360 Finley Street in Auburn.


[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/upcoming-photography-classes Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:45:03 GMT
Accessing School Photos https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/accessing-school-photos

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Lee Photo Northern California Photographer photography https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/accessing-school-photos Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:12:50 GMT
Photo Versions https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/photo-versions IMG_7077-Versions Whenever I do a portrait session I always select my favorite images and apply retouching and color correction. But I also usually add special artwork as well so you can see how many different ways your photos can look. There are so many different ways you can change the feel of an image today and I love creating new look's for clients.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Auburn Ca Lee Photo Northern California Photographer photography sessions https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/photo-versions Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:29:35 GMT
Spring is on the way! https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/spring-is-on-the-way I know that I may be a bit crazy talking about spring photo sessions when here in Auburn it's still raining but, there's no time like the present to start thinking about those wonderful spring outdoor portraits.

Call us today and book your appointment now.


[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Auburn Auburn Ca California Lee Photo Photography Spring sessions https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/spring-is-on-the-way Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:41:40 GMT
New year, new focus, new price list https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/new-year-new-focus-new-price-list With now being a totally mobile business, one of the main benefits to me is my overhead costs are a lot less. And one way I can use this to my advantage is to reduce the prices of my finished prints. As of now, print prices from my portraits and copy-work are going down. I decided to release the new prices a little early so I have time to get the word out.

And for the first 20 clients who place an order from now to Jan 31st you will get 30% off all orders over $75.00 if you enter the code:


when you check out.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Auburn Ca Lee Photo Northern California Photographer photography price list https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/new-year-new-focus-new-price-list Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:24:19 GMT
Custom Frames for Christmas! https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/custom-frames-for-christmas Just a reminder in the direction of Think Auburn First.

Did you know that you can order incredible custom frames and matting directly from Lee Photo.

We've been selling incredible quality frames from Gross National Products for years in our studio and you can still order them right off our web site.

Just click on the "Custom Frames" link on our main page and search from there.



[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/custom-frames-for-christmas Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:48:14 GMT
Settling into the home office schedule https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/settling-into-the-home-office-schedule This is the 2nd full week of having my office at home rather than downtown, at least the 2nd week since the boxes are now unpacked and my computer system is finally up and running normally. Ha ha.....

I'm really enjoying the new schedule of my work life, from the normal morning rush of Erin and I getting the girls ready for school and being able to walk with them to school (When it's not too cold or wet that is) then do a loop or two around the block to stretch the legs and lungs. Then down to business at the computer editing and applying artwork and corrections to my images of the day. But I am amazed at how quickly the day passes while I'm here at the desk. It seems that I no sooner sit down and work on 9-10 images and it's time to pick up the girls from school. Then it's onto the afternoon routine of homework, snacks and getting dinner fixed.

This is a new experience for me and so far I'm pleased about how it is turning out. But I must admit the hobbyist chef in me wants to be in the kitchen all day trying out the new recipe I saw in Sunset magazine though.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/settling-into-the-home-office-schedule Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:40:07 GMT
Time to buy a new Point and Shoot camera https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/time-to-buy-a-new-point-and-shoot-camera I've been a Canon guy since I first picked up my brand new EOS 3 way back in the days of film, and I've always stuck pretty close to the brand while at the same time loving the random Nikon, Pentax Hasselblad or Leica i picked up and shot with for a time. But I've always tried to look at overall features and quality of a camera before I purchased one.

Well the time finally came for me to buy a new Point and Shoot camera. And after a good 6 months of research and looking at everything out there I finally traded in my trusty Leica Digilux 2 for a.... Nikon Coolpix P7700 and wow am I ever impressed with this piece of gear. The image quality off of this camera is better than I got out of my DSLR just 3 years ago.

And so I'm going to do a long term evaluation of this camera and post my results and findings as I take this camera into the field and test it out.



Nikon Coolpix P7700353_26360_P7700_right

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Nikon Coolpix P7700 https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/time-to-buy-a-new-point-and-shoot-camera Thu, 15 Nov 2012 05:35:50 GMT
Lee Photo going mobile! https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/lee-photo-going-mobile It's official! Escrow closed on our new place so the calendar is now set. Lee Photo will be closing our downtown location as of November 1st and will moving into our exciting life as a totally mobile business. So slowly over the next month I'll be packing the boxes of personal items and junk and moving it to the new house.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/lee-photo-going-mobile Fri, 05 Oct 2012 01:50:04 GMT
Lee Photo and the changes to come. https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/lee-photo-and-the-changes-to-come  

The other day I was doing a private photography lesson and afterwards I was thinking about how quickly changes have come to photographers. Being a photographer who's full time career as a photographer began in 1991, I wanted to be different from other photographers. So I began doing weddings slinging dual cameras around my neck and shoulder so I could do both black and white and color photos. So I used a 35mm camera for my black and white photos and for color photos either a Hasselblad 120 camera (for the posed pictures) or another 35mm. And at this time all of my cameras were manual focus and manual exposure. And I created some of my best work in this era. I miss the days of photographers needing to have great skill in order to be considered "professional".  At the same time I love the creative aspect that digital brings to the table. What I can create and refine in my own images is at a new level, but sadly though I have invested my life into being a photographer, I find it more and more difficult  to be an active photographer and remain in my downtown studio. With my clients ranging from Commercial clients and Musicians, and my exciting new endeavor into the world of school photography, it becomes time to once again make a change.
As of November 1st Lee Photo will no longer be in its downtown studio.  This is a tough decision since our studio has been a part of Downtown Auburn since 1945. But the advantage of being a 100% mobile business is impossible to ignore. Lee Photo will still be offering our high quality photo restoration services, and for local customers we will be happy to pick up and deliver your orders right to your doorstep. Now as you can imagine lots more changes are to follow but I won't bore you with the details. Just know that you can reach me anytime online or via iPhone.
I want to thank all our customers that were so loyal to Lee Photo through the decades from being customers when we were an old fashioned camera store and studio to today. And rest assured that we will continue that commitment to excellence that has led us to having a 67 year old family business.
[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Lee Photo https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/lee-photo-and-the-changes-to-come Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:35:53 GMT
School is back in session! https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/school-is-back-in-session Hi everyone and I want to let you know that class is now in session! 

The Placer School for Adults catalogues are out and my new class schedule is up. To sign up for your classes now click on this link. 


Thanks again and I'll see you in class.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/8/school-is-back-in-session Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:53:19 GMT
Framed photos right to your door. https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/picture-frames-right-to-your-door In talking to my clients most people didn't know that Lee Photo offers picture frames right off our web site. So I decided to do a video to walk you through the interface to show you how to do it.

Custom Frames

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Frames Lee Photo https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/picture-frames-right-to-your-door Thu, 24 May 2012 19:00:00 GMT
Other Photographer's blog's https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/other-photographers-blog-s I came across this great blog by a fellow photog and wanted to share it with you.

Tina Boyd & Co.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/other-photographers-blog-s Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:01:09 GMT
Better family group photos https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/better-family-group-photos Making natural looking family group photos is a challenge, not only to get your family to relax and be at ease but also putting them in a pose that shows their best side. Helping people feel at ease in front of the camera is more than half the trick to getting a great shot, and the more people you have in the photo the harder it becomes to get that right shot.

Try to avoid using on camera direct flash with your group shots it not only adds harsh shadows to the scene but is disturbing to the subjects. So try and find an area to photograph in where your light is good from the start and flash isn't needed. If flash is still needed try to bounce the flash off of the ceiling or a wall so the lighting isn't so harsh and straight on. Or if you have them available have a large lighting source off to the side lighting your subject at an angle. Remember if you are using large lighting panels, let your subjects get accustomed to the light before you just start snapping away


[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/better-family-group-photos Fri, 09 Mar 2012 18:41:47 GMT
Special Discussion Panel at WPPI Convention hit's home. https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/special-discussion-panel-at-wppi-convention-hits-home- I was watching this discussion panel from the WPPI 2012 convention and was really impressed with this panel, so many of the issues photographers deal with and live with have to do with expanding technology and how we as business professionals deal with it.

After watching the whole thing my take on it is though technology is helping photographers do some things easier, anyone who calls themselves a "professional photographer" needs to respect the craft of photography and learn the how and why of every aspect of photography from the camera tech. and control side (f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc.) To how to properly light and pose a subject. That way the profession of photography is lifted to a higher standard and it makes you a more effective artist. I'm not saying that you have to go print film in the darkroom, but you do need to know the basic principles of your craft to be able to call yourself a professional. And last but not least get involved in the groups that want to help you succeed as a professional photographer like P.P.A. and W.P.P.I. that offer training to help you become the best you can be

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) 2012 WPPI convention Is Technology A Menace to Photography? https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/3/special-discussion-panel-at-wppi-convention-hits-home- Mon, 05 Mar 2012 02:30:48 GMT
Light and composition https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/light-and-composition What worries me about photography today is that people spend so much time trying to figure out what "photoshop filter" to use to make the photo better and look "cool", I feel that by controlling light and learning the techniques of composition, and camera control. You won't need photoshop except to fine tune your image.

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Lee Photo photography photoshop filter https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/light-and-composition Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:52:34 GMT
Poor Man's Poison Slideshow https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/poor-mans-poison-slideshow

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) Hanford Fox Theatre Jason Love Lee Photo Motel Drive Poor Man's Poison https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/poor-mans-poison-slideshow Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:38:20 GMT
Lee Photo's New photo blog! https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/lee-photos-new-photo-blog- I am thrilled to announce the new and improved Lee Photo blog. I'll be working to get posts up quickly and soon, but for now just this simple announcement post will have to do

Jason Lee

[email protected] (Jason Byron Lee) https://jasonlee.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/2/lee-photos-new-photo-blog- Mon, 20 Feb 2012 20:18:19 GMT