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Photoshoot with Pulse!

We had the pleasure of shooting Connecticut River Valley’s fan-favorite classic rock cover band, Pulse!, last week. The band has teamed up with local classic car club, Car Nutz, to perform at a benefit event this fall. Car Nutz provided the beautiful rigs that were used as backdrops for the photoshoot and club President, Wayne Boardman, graciously allowed us the use of his facilities to work in.

The guys were quite the characters, hamming it up for the lens and barely able to keep a straight face.

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When it did get time for the serious shots, though, they pulled it together…but only just!

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All in all, it was a fun shoot with a great group of guys and we look forward to hearing more of their music as they play out more gigs in the region….

Image of classic rock cover band, Pulse!

Image of classic rock cover band, Pulse!

Image of classic rock cover band, Pulse!


About the Author: is the Senior Marketing Strategist for 603 Media Group. Primarily tasked with the challenges of keeping our small business running, Jeremy also occasionally branches out into public speaking, blogging, website design and raising his son to not be another one of “those damn kids”.

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk – October 11, 2014

MANCHESTER, NH – 603 Media Group is proud to announce that we will be leading the Manchester, New Hampshire, group of photographers out into the field for Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk 2014 on October 11th. Registration is FREE and open to photographers of ALL skill levels. Sign up, today!

We will start our walk in Arms Park and make our way into the city grabbing photos of landmarks and many hidden gems along the way. I know the city quite well and have done photo walks around it in the past but I also welcome participants to present ideas and possible routes in advance so that we can have the best experience possible.

Also, although I have planned this initially as an evening walk in order to best capture the lights and vibrant nightlife of the city, I am open to a change in the time if enough participants require such. Let’s have that discussion if needed….

Thanks for your interest and your participation and I look forward to meeting my fellow photographers in and around the greater Manchester region!


About the Author: is the Senior Marketing Strategist for 603 Media Group. Primarily tasked with the challenges of keeping our small business running, Jeremy also occasionally branches out into public speaking, blogging, website design and raising his son to not be another one of “those damn kids”.

Processing for Commercial Photography

Hiya’, folks! In today’s video, we cover some pretty easy methods for turning a bland photograph into something that really pops. Sometimes, the weather just refuses to take into consideration the fact that you have a big shoot scheduled. That beautiful sky and lighting that you were hoping to capture are as nonexistent as a teetotaler at Mardi Gras. But, if you can’t re-schedule your shoot, there are at least some skills you can bring into play to make your photographs look their best. The techniques covered in this video include:

1. Boosting tone and color ranges through selective use of Topaz Adjust plugin;
2. Working with layers and layer masks;
3. Sky replacement;
4. Adding headlights and marker lights to vehicles, and;
5. Adding lens flares for dramatic effect.

We hope you enjoy this video and learn a few tricks to help you improve your skills. Thanks for watching, from all of us at 603 Media Group and 603 Shoots!

When [Delete] Really Doesn’t….

Tossing out that old MicroSD card from your phone? Selling your old laptop but you’re just positive you deleted all your personal photos and videos? Might want to press [Pause] on your plans for a moment. Here’s why:

UPDATE (09/02/2014): The recent hacking of multiple celebrities’ digital storage accounts sheds light on a problem not addressed in this blog: cloud storage. If you are going to use cloud storage for backing up your files, you should do so with caution and make sure that your storage service provider has multiple security redundancies in place to prevent such a hack from happening to you.

(Original Post): Can you honestly say you’ve never done it? Really? You’ve never stepped out of the shower and thought, “I look rather good at the moment….”, grabbed your cellphone and *click*…captured that moment for yourself (or, perhaps, for a loved one)?

It’s okay to admit it, even if only to yourself. But what happens when you hit that shutter release on your camera, cellphone, or built-in laptop cam? Where is that data stored? More to the point of this article, what happens when you think, “Nah…maybe I don’t look so great, after all.”, and hit the [Delete] button? That’s the end of it, right? Well…unfortunately for you, no. And, in this age of instant over-sharing, more and more people – predominantly women and young ladies – are finding this out the hard way when they wake up one morning and find their private pictures being shared online.

When data is created and stored on a drive, the operating system automatically maps a path to that file. After all, you have to be able to tell the computer where to physically retrieve that data from the storage device when you click on the icon, right? An entry is made in the system’s registry and the file is listed in something called the Master File Table. Conversely, when you decide you want to delete a file, the computer basically wipes away the path to that file. Mark that wording: It deletes the PATH to the file, NOT the file, itself. The file remains in the same place it was created but the file’s spot in that Master File Table is now marked as “re-usable”. This means that, as more data is added to the storage device, there’s a good chance that, at some point, that section of the storage device will be over-written.

Take note of those caveats: “good chance” and “at some point”. The overwrite process is not instantaneous. Nor is it even guaranteed on a large storage device where it’s likely a user will not even fill up half of the device’s capacity. It can take quite a bit of time and, sometimes, several actual overwrites of that storage sector – particularly if the file you “deleted” has been stored for a while. We won’t get into all the technical reasons why this is the case, here. It has to do with file indices, registry entries, master file table allocations, etc….Suffice it to say that the lovely image of you in all your birthday suit glory does not, in fact, disappear into history just because you pressed [Delete].

So how do you and your friendly-unmentionables become fodder for unwanted internet attention? Free and user-friendly software such as Recuva is available that, once installed and ran, can scan a storage device’s data, locate files that are still intact – just no longer mapped to the user interface area – and recover those files for easy access. Once that process is done, the original files can be used just as easily as any other file. They can be recovered to any drive or storage device and, more concerning, they can be shared online.

On the other hand, such recovery software can also be quite useful when catastrophe strikes. When your cat finds your keyboard nice and warm and accidentally deletes those work reports you’ve spent days compiling. Or when you break up with your loved one and delete all your cute vacation selfies only to get back together the next day and realize you behaved rashly. These are the kinds of reasons such software was created. However, like all good things, there is always a shadow on the sunniest days. So be careful. When you’re absolutely certain you want to delete data, use a secure deletion tool (a simple Google search will provide you with dozens of great software products for this), and educate your loved ones on this important topic before they simply toss out or give away their data storage devices.


About the Author: is the Senior Marketing Strategist for 603 Media Group. Primarily tasked with the challenges of keeping our small business running, Jeremy also occasionally branches out into public speaking, blogging, website design and raising his son to not be another one of “those damn kids”.

Wonderful day for photos and fun!

Sunday was a great day for 603 Media Group. Not great as in “We just won the lottery!” or “We just had a photo on the cover of National Geographic!” No, it was great because it was one of those days when it seems like you are really just living life the way it’s supposed to be lived.

We started off the day with a senior photo shoot in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The subject was a very lovely young lady named Tori and we accompanied her and her wonderful mom, Mary, to the local drinking water reservoir where Tori thought the lake and foliage might make for a nice backdrop for her photos. Boy, was she right! The water was as calm as glass, the colors were just right and she worked with Jesse as if she had a lifetime of professional modeling behind her! After the lake portion of the shoot, we decided to bring Tori and her mom into downtown Bellows Falls for some more “urban” shots (if Bellows Falls could ever be called urban!). The results, as seen below, were just fantastic and we ended the shoot knowing that we had yet another happy client in the books.

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On the way home from Vermont, we decided to stop into Keene, New Hampshire and see what was going on in my old stomping grounds. Turns out, it was the day after the annual Pumpkin Festival and the downtown area was a jumble of people, cars, litter and smashed pumpkins. What fun! (Well, from a photographer’s point of view, anyways!) Despite it being a Sunday, several workers were busy cleaning up the streets to restore the downtown area to the quaint and lovely little town that Keene is known for being.

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When we left Keene, I surprised Jesse by taking her through the village of Roxbury and up onto the top of Otter Brook Dam. The sun was low in the sky and the colors of the leaves were simply beautiful. While I puttered around getting some nice landscape shots, Jesse found a place to rest and take a breather from all the bustle of the day’s activities:

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The combination of the clouds, low sun and Autumn colors made for some perfect shooting and I think I got a keeper or two from the day. What do you think?

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On the way home, as we headed across Route 101 towards Manchester, we rounded the western edge of Dublin Lake and, looking back, realized we had been handed an amazing stroke of luck with the sun literally just about to sink below the hills. I whipped the car into a private beach on the eastern edge of the lake, got out the tripod and barely had time to catch the last rays of the setting sun. Simply amazing luck and an impressive light show from the heavens!!!

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All in all, it was a great day! Did I say that, already? ;o)