Your camera doesn’t matter – except when it does

Your camera doesn't matter - except when it does

Your camera doesn't matter - except when it does

There's this specific narrative that gets pushed that your camera and photo gear don't matter all that much. That it is your imagination and your eye that counts for the most. Perhaps, perhaps ... but without the necessary gear to enable what you're trying to capture, you're lost. It seems so self-evident. I would  Read more inside...

photographers: Why use a high-resolution camera?

family & kids - NJ photographer

photographers: Why use a high-resolution camera?

The Nikon D810 (affiliate) is a camera that surprised me for how much I liked using it. The high resolution of this camera was a drawback for me initially. But it had very responsive AF. Also, super-crisp images because of the improved sensor and due to the lack of the anti-aliasing filter. Ergonomics. (I have  Read more inside...

Engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

Engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

I love this photo! I also like how it came together. This was within minutes of meeting DaWeon and Toban for their engagement photo session in Philadelphia. We had only chatted on Skype before. Embarrassingly enough, I arrived late to the meeting place for their engagement session through my misunderstanding  Read more inside...

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

This topic - balancing flash and ambient exposure - seems to one that many newer photographers struggle with. The big hurdle seems to be the basic starting point - how do you decide on the exposure for each? I'd like to explore this topic a bit with this post. The trigger for this was a question that  Read more inside...

Informal / candid portraits on the street – applying what you know

informal / candid portraits on the street

Informal / candid portraits on the street - applying what you know

New York City abounds with characters - interesting and colorful people. This is one of those constants if you're out on the streets in NYC, especially when taking photos or busy with a photo session ... or as in this case, during one of the individual photography workshops in NYC. This man approached  Read more inside...

Portrait photography – show us a favorite or break-through photograph

portrait photography - favorite photograph

Portrait photography - show us a favorite or break-through photograph

This photograph remains one of my favorites. It was taken circa early 90's during a studio shoot-out arranged by a camera club (CCJ) I belonged to in Jo'burg. In this photo, the models are waiting for their turn to be photographed in a studio setup, using studio lighting, as well as available light  Read more inside...

Tutorials on using your camera – focusing modes

Tutorials on using your camera - focusing modes

I want to expand the exposure metering tutorials with other basic tutorials on camera settings and photography techniques. It's been in the works a while now, and here is the tutorial on the focusing modes of your camera. Similar to many of the other tutorial articles on Tangents, I wanted to distill the essential  Read more inside...

personal photography projects & goals for 2015

personal photography projects & goals for 2015

personal photography projects & goals for 2015

With photography technology and trends changing more and more rapidly, something like a 5-yr business plan would be tough to draw up. Be successful and be awesome! That's about as far as you can aim ahead of you as a photographer. Still, as we enter a new year, it's as good a time as any to consider a forward-going  Read more inside...

best & worst photography purchases of 2014

best & worst photography purchases of 2014

best & worst photography purchases of 2014

Looking back every year, I'm sure you too are happy with some of your purchases you made in photography, whether gear or software or website related. Purchases that you love and made a difference to you as a photographer. But similarly there are also those purchases you regret. What was I thinking? I should've done my  Read more inside...

on-location headshots and promotional portraits

on-location headshots and promotional portraits - Jonathan Arons

One of the things I like the most about photography, aside from the cool toys, is that you get to meet interesting people. Characters. People with spark. The challenge is then to capture that and show it in the photographs. A headshots photo session needs to be more than just a mere glimpse of your  Read more inside...