About Joe Randeen

3 Penguins Photography

Joe1Photographs are one of the joys of life.  Photographs capture moments in time, moments that you relive each time you look at those pictures.

I remember as a child spending hours look through photo albums, slides and framed photos hanging on the wall.  Even today, pictures of my grandparents as kids, playing with me, playing with my parents when they were kids.

Digital photography has advanced this craft in many ways but, it’s also been detrimental to photographs, in my opinion, and here’s why.  Now we shoot EVERYTHING on our phones, iPads and cameras but very few of these photographs see the light of day, except for on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and the like.

Photographs are made to be shown, displayed, not sitting on a phone, CD/DVD, on a computers hard drive.  A CD doesn’t look very attractive hanging on the wall but a WELL TAKEN, FRAMED photograph is something special, something that you can pass down through the generations.

I want to be a part of capturing YOUR SPECIAL MOMENTS.

- joe randeen


The 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is THE workhorse for portrait and wedding photographers. If you don’t own one and are thinking about purchasing, finding objective information about the different makes (Canon, Tamron and Sigma) is nearly impossible. I have read countless [...]

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Should RED be worried? Quite possibly! Consumers may not be familiar with Blackmagic Design, but the firm’s cameras are all the rage with filmmakers at NAB, drawing enormous crowds within seconds of the show floor opening up to attendees. This [...]

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Many of us only know the world’s most famous landmarks through images that show them in all their beautiful, historical glory. The world has changed since these structures were built, so the surrounding landscapes might not be what you’d expect. [...]

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I photograph a bit of everything.  I just plain LOVE photography.  There are very few subjects that don’t interest me in some way or another.  Like cars. Recently I took some shots at an annual car show.  I love the [...]

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“Photoshop” – it’s become part of nearly conversation I have with clients these days (3 Penguins Photography). Can I? Yes. Do I? Most of the time, No! I, personally, like to capture real life. It’s what we look back at [...]

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Koch Wedding Preview

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure to shoot the Koch Family Wedding. This time a wonderful young couple living in SoCal. It was an intimate wedding with some family and their closets friends. More pictures to come [...]

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Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store? The reality is – if the ads looked like the food you purchased, you won’t buy it. The truth is, A LOT goes into food [...]

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If photography is important to you, then check out this mini documentary. Bill Bonner presides over eight million images as the longtime keeper of National Geographic’s vintage collection. He’s a keeper not only of photographs, but memories—and he treats each [...]

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There’s so much more to photography than pressing the shutter button.  The more you learn about photography the more you will discover how truly complicated it is.  Professional photographers will invest a lot of time, money and other resources in [...]

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As a teacher I often hear, “I’m not worried.  I’ll fix it in post.”   Can you really fix it in post? It depends. If you’ve overexposed your shoot there’s not information to fix.  If you’ve underexposed it, you do have [...]

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The portfolio of work of Joe Randeen is located at 500px.com/joerandeen.

Take a look around.  If you have ANY questions please feel free to contact me.


Joe Randeen :: 3 Penguins Photography

Located in Corona, California
Serving Riverside, Orange & LA Counties

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Here’s some products that I either own, have reviewed and stand behind or know to be fantastic products that you want to add to your gear list.

Canon 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Digital SLR Camera Body, 20 Megapixel, Built-in wireless technology, EOS Full HD Movie mode, Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch, Black


Canon 70D


Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens – BUNDLE – with 32GB SDHC Card, Camera Case, New Leaf 3 Year Extended Warranty


Canon 5D Mark III

Canon EOS-5D Mark III

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an HDSLR designed to build on the unprecedented success of its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.


Canon 7D

Canon EOS-7D Camera Body

The Canon 7D is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.


Canon 57-200mm f/2.8L

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM AutoFocus

One of the most celebrated lenses in the Canon EF line. A must have lens for wedding and portrait photography.


Tamron 70-200mm

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD

Consistent output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh and Strong construction.


Canon 50mm 1.8

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Another must have lens for any photographer, with a price that can’t be beat. Also a great lens when shooting video.


Tamron 17-50mm

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II VC

One of my all favorite lens for the price. 90% of my Disney and Street photography came from this lens. And I’m one of the strange photographers that shoot portraits. Before you judge, check it out for yourself.



Glow HexaPop 20″ for portable off camera flash

Personally haven’t used the speedlight softbox but I’ve seen the end product and am willing to stand behind it. Will probably be picking up one for myself real soon.


Glow Softbox

Glow 47″ Grand Softbox with Speedring

I do own this 47″ softbox and his bigger brother the Glow 71″. It’s a fantastic softbox (review) for portrait photography.


5-in-1 Reflector

Westcott Photo Basics 40″ 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector with Case

A MUST HAVE for any photographer.


Westcott Umbrella

Westcott 45″ Optical White Satin Umbrella with Removable Black Cover

Westcott has enhanced the already popular umbrella product line by building the frame with fiberglass ribs. The fiberglass ribs provides added durability for those on-location situations and windy days!


Flash Point Monolight

Flashpoint 180 Monolight Battery Powered

I do own this product and have reviewed it at Pro Video Coalition. This is a great beginning monolight and very useful for location shoots.