guidelines to photographic composition – but no rules!

photographic composition - a few guidelines (but no rules!)

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” - Ansel Adams For me, if a photograph is intended for an audience, and not just my own records and memories - then its success hinges around impact. Does the photograph make you stop for a few seconds at least to take it in? Then  Read more inside...

studio photography: low-key lighting for a dramatic portrait – Randy

studio photography: low-key lighting - vintage portrait - Randy

Randy has a look reminiscent of Ava Gardner, so I asked her to be a subject for my book on Portrait photography. I wanted to create a portrait of Randy in the Hollywood Glamor style of lighting, similar to the vintage styled boudoir photo session (with Olena). And it looked great! But while I had someone  Read more inside...

thoughts on using a beauty dish (light modifier)

thoughts on using a beauty dish as a single light source

A beauty dish is one of those light modifiers that sound attractive just by name already. And when photographers start exploring other options than direct off-camera flash and umbrellas or a softbox, a beauty dish is usually one of the first alternate light modifiers that catches attention. Mine too. Right after  Read more inside...

Janine vN – using a beauty dish

My daughter, Janine.  She turned 16 in September, and I have so very few recent images of her.  None of which are of professional quality.  So I cajoled her into this, since we're snowed in this afternoon ..  and she loved the results. "Facebook profile photo FTW!"

portrait session, using a beauty dish

The image is straight out of camera, aside from healing brush on  Read more inside...