lighting and design: (de)-constructing a photograph

lighting and design in photography: (de)-constructing an image

lighting and design in photography: (de)-constructing an image

For me, Design in photography relates to the way an image is constructed at the time of shooting. Composition and content. Lighting. Every element which forms part of a successful and eye-catching photograph. Some of the elements in the photograph are pre-visualized, some of it a kind of serendipity that  Read more inside...

full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison : depth-of-field & perspective

ull-frame vs crop-sensor comparison

full-frame vs crop-sensor comparison :  depth-of-field & perspective

When the differences between full-frame and crop-sensor cameras are discussed, there is an inevitable question about whether the crop sensor multiplies the focal length. Whether a 50mm lens on a crop-sensor acts like a 75mm lens (on a 1.5x crop sensor) or 80mm lens (on a 1.6x crop sensor). The  Read more inside...

Using tele-converters: extra lens compression for tighter portraits

Using tele-converters: extra lens compression for tighter portraits

One of the techniques to have your subject really stand out from the background, is to use the longest focal length on your 70-200mm telephoto zoom. One of the first things I do, is to zoom to maximum focal length, and then step backwards to find the composition … and then only zoom wider if  Read more inside...

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...

available light portraits – composition, light and style

available light portraits - composition and light

Over time I noticed that my style in photographing portraits have gravitated to a specific look where everything is quite simplified - the lighting, the background and the framing of the shot. Whether I use the available light, or video light, or off-camera flash, or even on-camera bounce flash, there's a certain  Read more inside...

boudoir photography with the 50mm lens

boudoir photography and the 50mm lens

boudoir photography with the 50mm lens

With shooting space often times so tight for boudoir photo sessions, there is the temptation to use a 50mm lens for tighter headshots on a full-frame D-SLR. Instead of stepping back a bit and using an 85mm lens or longer, a bit of visual laziness comes into play, and we rely on the 50mm lens too much. It really is too short a  Read more inside...

photography composition – get down lower for a better perspective

photography composition - getting down lower for a better perspective

It's a bit of a cliche perhaps, seeing a photographer on the ground, laying on his side, or sprawled on the ground. What might look like a strange form of attention-seeking, is actually a very solid way of improving your composition with full-length portraits. The lazy temptation is to just stand  Read more inside...

photographing a couple – posing and composition

photographing a couple - posing and composition

Re-editing and re-vamping photographs for my blog post of a destination wedding in Aruba, I found it enlightening to realize how much my style has progressed over years in post-processing too. As part of destination wedding photography coverage, I offer extended photo sessions around the exotic locale after (or  Read more inside...

off-camera flash for that extra bit of drama – (model: Olena)

finessing photographic composition - and using off-camera flash vs. available light

With this background, I liked the way the dots were repeated in Olena's dress in reverse - white dots on black, instead of black dots / holds on silver. I liked the repetition, and decided to work with the composition of this photograph a bit.  For the final sequence of images - of  Read more inside...

photographic composition: working towards the final image

photography composition: working toward the final image

When I first immersed myself in photography way way back, it took me a while to realize that what I see in a magazine or book, isn't necessarily the first image. Those incredible images that can inspire us, (or even make us just want to give up photography), most often are not fully-formed masterpieces. Most  Read more inside...