Maui Photography Blog

Image of the Week – Glowing Sunset

Whenever teaching a sunset workshop, I always tell the participant it is a good idea to stick around for 15 minutes after the sunset because sometimes magic happens. You never know when the the sky will burst with Glowing Color. The weather and clouds must align and that does not happen frequently, but when it…

Master Photographer – What does it mean?

Earning a college or advanced degree indicates extensive training, experience and education. Professional organizations that deal with particular businesses have formed associations to ensure members receive the best possible training. The Professional Photographers Of America is a non-profit trade organization that promotes continued education and advanced degrees dedicated to photography. The PPA offers photographers several…

Three great locations for Maui Sunsets

Every has their favorite places on Maui to see the sunset. Here are three of my favorite. 1. Poolenalena Beach. Located in Makena this beach is big and beautiful views. It is not marked well and has a dirt parking lot. There is no shower and one porta potty. The signage is small and it…

Turbulent Skies – Image of the Week

On the mainland there are photographers that chase storms in the hopes of capturing a tornado with lighting. Here in Hawaii, we don’t get tornados but we do get our fair share of strong winds and rain. Once I saw a waterspout occasionally lightning. What Hawaii does have on story days, are the possibility of…

Selecting the right equipment for the style photographs you want to create

As an underwater photographer, I have to set up my camera, lens, housing, and lighting kit, prior to getting in the water. Once beneath the surface it is not possible to change lenses. Many times that means passing up on subjects as its hard to photograph a 1 inch nudibranch when your kit has a…

Celebrate Family with portraits that evoke emotion.

With all that goes into planning a family vacation in Hawaii, having a family portrait created that captures true expression, emotion, and joy being experienced in Maui. Five years from now these kids will be grown and college bound. One look at this portrait the parents be immediately transported to to happy memories. Imagine when…

Take time for yourself. You’re worth it.

So many people have been under stress since the pandemic hit. Doing things we used to do to relax are not easily done with social distancing and travel restrictions. There is only so much binge watching a person can handle so it’s important to make time for yourself to off gas, relax, and find a…

Image of the Week – North Shore Sunrise

This portrait was created near Paia, along the islands north shore. The sun had just come up and I was fortunate to be the only one out there. The view was spectacular. I selected a Nikon 16 mm fish eye lens as I wanted the curve of the lens to be a silent reminder our…

Client Reviews and Testimonials Matter

Being in the service industry, knowing how how your clients feel about the products and services provided after purchased or consumed is important. The review below was was written by John H from Baton Rouge. I chose Douglas Hoffman because of his work and his reputation. Sure, there are a lot of cheaper tours to…

Ying and Yang

I really don’t know why these two stick together because every time I see them they are squawking at each other. Perhaps it because they are from the same flock. I was up early to teach a sunrise workshop on the north shore. I had a 14 x 24 mm lens and was teaching wide…