Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fidel Castro’s tomb, meant to resemble a kernel of corn, becomes an instant attraction

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Think Tank Photo Holiday Specials 2016!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have announced two holiday special offers on their award-winning camera bags.  The first is their Outlet Center, which is chock full of huge discounts.  
And second, through December 31st whenever you buy a Think Tank rolling camera bag you will receive Road Warrior Kit for free.  The Road Warrior Kit features 10 Red Whips cable ties, a Cable Management 10 pouch, an AA Battery Holder and a Travel Pouch. That’s $54.50 worth of accessories FREE!  And don’t forget, with our special relationship with Think Tank you will also receive a free gift when you use my special URL, as well as free shipping.  So get shopping!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Caution, Season Opener for NBA's Hassan Whiteside & Miami Heat

Looking forward to tonight's season opener for the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. For the Miami Herald's Season Preview 2016-17 I photographed the Heat's Hassan Whiteside. Throwing Caution to the wind. Now that Dwyane Wade has joined the Chicago Bulls and Chris Bosh's NBA future is in limbo, the Heat must rely on Hassan Whiteside to lead an untested roster. 

I created this image using a Canon EOS 1D-X and a Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM Zoom Lens, ISO 100, Shutter 200 at Aperature 7.1 The magic in all this is my Think Tank Photo Production Manager 40 carrying a multi-set of Dynalites and a B1 Profoto Head and beauty dish.

Photo by Al Diaz / Miami Herald
Photo of Al Diaz by David Santiago / Miami Herald

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC

Sony Square NYC Presents: Brian Smith ‘Heads & Tales’

Location: 25 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 7PM
Sunday 11AM – 6PM
Closed on major holidays
Portrait photography is a window to the soul. Regardless of whether the subject is famous, infamous or un-famous and no matter if it was shot in a studio or on location, a successful portrait reveals insight into the personality of a person in front of the lens.
This exhibit features the work by Sony Artisan and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith. During his career he has told Bill Gates what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, written an Amazon Best Seller, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on… For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of Hollywood’s A-List and Fortune’s 50 have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Time, People, Forbes, Billboard, Elle and GQ.
All photographs were taken with Sony cameras and lenses.
Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC
Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC
Brian Smith Heads and Tales Celebrity Portrait Photography Exhibit at Sony Square NYC

Sony Square NYC

Sony Square NYC is a showplace for the latest in Sony entertainment and technology. Located in the company’s New York City headquarters at 25 Madison Avenue, the facility offers visitors the chance to check out select new Sony technologies and products, some of which are still in the prototype stage. Additionally, the intimate space will be used for events, such as photography classes with world-renowned photographers, exclusive movie screenings, and invitation-only performances by Sony Music artists.
While the primary goal of Sony Square NYC is to allow visitors to engage with the brand, approximately 200 of Sony’s most popular products will be available for purchase. They may not all be on display, however if visitors ask for assistance, an employee can arrange for them to make a purchase. In addition, if a visitor wants to purchase something that is not in stock, employees can arrange for that product to be purchased and shipped.
Visit the Sony Square NYC website for more information about products on display and upcoming events and connect with them on Twitter and Instagram: @SonySquareNYC

Thursday, September 1, 2016

LEICA LOUNGE with C.W. Griffin & Carl Juste Thursday September 1st 2016.

Leica Lounge with C.W. Griffin & Carl Juste

Tomorrow! September 1st   |   7:00 - 8:30 PM   |   RSVP


Join us in the Leica Lounge tomorrow, September 1st with Miami Herald photographers C.W. Griffin and Carl Juste. Carl will be interviewing C.W. about his images and career as a photojournalist. To learn more about C.W., Carl and the Leica Lounge, click here.
As always, Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Bring a friend and try out a selection of Brooklyn's latest brews.

Reflections by Peter McGrath

Customer Gallery Reception   |   Saturday, September 10th, 6 - 7 PM

Join us on Saturday, September 10th to celebrate our new customer gallery artist, Peter McGrath. Peter's series, Reflections, uses layers to reveal depth in everyday scenes. Each image tells a visual story, which unfolds gradually as the viewer studies the elements of the photograph.

To RSVP, email

Monday, August 8, 2016

THINK TANK PHOTO: Video Rig Roller & Transport Bags

Available Now!

Video Rig Roller & Transport Bags

Designed for “Run & Gun” Assignments and Larger Video Productions

Are you a videographer seeking transport solutions that are lightweight, have greater capacity, more features and easy to use? Think Tank has 4 rolling video bags designed for your travel and on-location needs.
In addition to lighter weight and more features than traditional hard cases, the Video Rig Rollers enable you to hit the ground running by leaving your camera rigs fully assembled between shoots. No longer will you need to build a complicated video rig on location while time (and money) slips away.


Video Transport 18

Transport a fully assembled video rig with viewfinder and matte box installed plus accessories


Video Transport 20
Transport a fully assembled video rig with monitor and matte box installed plus larger accessories
For traveling videographers, the Video Transport Rollers allow you to carry on the maximum amount of gear on the plane with you. The Video Transport 18 is designed to meet International carry on requirements while the Video Transport 20 meets U.S. Domestic requirements. Always check with your airline as requirements may vary.


Video Transport 18
Transport a camera body with 3 – 5 lenses (detached)


Video Transport 20
Transport a camera body with 4 – 6 lenses (detached)
The roller bags hold Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F55 or F56, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini cameras.
Gear could include a shotgun mic, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve.
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They stand by the products with the best Warranty, Return Policy and Customer Support Team in the business.

You also always get free ground shipping (U.S. Domestic). Orders are also shipped same business day in most cases when you place your order before 11:30 AM PST.
Questions? Comments? Email them directly at, chat or give them a call U.S. Toll Free at 866-558-4465 ext 1, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM PST Monday through Friday. Please let them know affiliate Al Diaz sent you and you'll receive a free gift.

Thursday, June 30, 2016



Panel Discussion  |  Reception & Program  |  Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalists
WHEN   |  Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
WHERE  |  HistoryMiami Museum 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130

Explore the state and future of news photography in a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists Alan Diaz, Patrick Farrell, and Deanne Fitzmaurice . This panel celebrates 100 years of the Pulitzer Prizes. Moderated by Maggie Steber with introduction by Al Diaz Miami Herald. Presented by HistoryMiami MuseumMiami Herald, and Leica Store Miami with the support of The Brooklyn Brewery and Photo Workshops Miami. Reception at 6 PM and conversation at 7 PM.
Alan Diaz was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2001 for his photograph of armed U.S. federal agents seizing the Cuban boy Elián González from his relatives’ Miami home. Since then he has covered every major breaking news and sporting events in Florida. Based in Miami, he has photographed for the Associated Press for 16 years.

Patrick Farrell received a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2009 for his images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti. He was part of the Miami Herald staff that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the coverage of Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in South Florida. He has been a staff photographer with the Miami Herald since 1987.

Deanne Fitzmaurice won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 2005 for her photo essay for the San Francisco Chronicle on an Oakland, California hospital’s efforts to mend an Iraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion. Based in San Francisco, she is an assignment photographer for publications including National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and ESPN. She is a Nikon Ambassador and co-founder of Think Tank Photo.

Maggie Steber is an educator and photographer who has worked in over 64 countries on humanitarian, cultural and social stories. As assistant managing editor of photography for the Miami Herald, she oversaw projects that won the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize and two Pulitzer finalist recognitions. She served on the Pulitzer Prize nominating jury for photography in 2015.

Friday, June 24, 2016

NEWSMAN: Join Tim Chapman On His Next Adventure June 25!

Voted Best Museum Exhibit by Miami New Times 2016! 

NEWSMAN: The Photojournalism of Tim Chapman

Join Tim on his next adventure! See ‪#‎NEWSMAN‬ like never before on this no-holds-barred tour by the legend himself. With over 4 decades of stories to share, we promise this afternoon full of Tim Chapman's real-life encounters will be better than most fiction you can recall. Don't miss it. Limited spaces available.
WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT) at 

HistoryMiami Museum  101 West Flagler St. Miami, FL 33130
ON EXHIBIT: April 15, 2016 - August 14, 2016
For forty years, photojournalist Tim Chapman documented the history of South Florida and beyond. His career with the Miami Herald began in 1972, ended in 2012, and included coverage of The Jonestown Massacre, the Mariel Boatlift, the Cocaine Cowboys era, and Hurricane Andrew, among other local and international events. In 2013, Chapman donated his life’s work to HistoryMiami Museum, and Newsman showcases images from this collection, selected by longtime Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz. The displayed images, along with cameras, press passes, notebooks, and other artifacts, chronicle Chapman’s storied career.
Journalist, columnist and novelist Carl Hiaasen in a conversation with photojournalist 
Tim Chapman. Photo Matias J. Ocner

Opening Night with photojournalist Tim Chapman and exhibit curator Al Diaz

Reunion of fellow photojournalists from the Miami Herald, Associated Press and the Miami News. 
Photo Matias J. Ocner

Photo by Matias J. Ocner