boudoir photography: couples boudoir – gesture and connection

boudoir photography: couples boudoir photo session - gesture and connection

With portraits of a couple, the way they connect with each other is often the main factor whether the image is compelling. It could be through gesture and touch. The gesture might even be subtle - if a couple snuggles in, they don't have to look at each other - it's entirely possible to give  Read more inside...

using interesting available light & white balance options

finding interesting available light & white balance options

It's always a feel-good moment to discover interesting available light while out on a photo shoot. Something unusual to add a new flavor to a different sequence of images. While photographing a model with Tilo Gockel and Mike Silberreis (both from Germany on a visit to NYC), we started off with  Read more inside...

lighting a vintage styled boudoir photo session (model: Olena)

lighting a vintage styled boudoir photo session, using LED fresnel lights

Working with the ever-delightful Olena in my studio, we went for a mix of outfits and looks. We started off the photo session with straight-forward headshots, but then when Olena showed me this outfit, it just begged for something with a more vintage feel in lighting. So, drawing on the classic  Read more inside...

exposure metering for a backlit subject

exposure metering for a backlit subject, using the histogram  (model - Olena)

When our subject is backlit, we have a number of options: expose for the background, and then either: -- go for a (semi) silhouette, -- add light to your subject to balance their exposure with that of the background. expose carefully for our subject, and let the background blow out.  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...

lingerie photo session in the studio – model: Olena

lingerie photo session with studio flash – model: Olena

During this same photo session with Olena - the first in my new photography studio space - we also worked with just the studio flashes. Actually, this part of the photo session was first. An easy setup just to get things rolling. We used two lights here - the main light was a Profoto D1 head in the  Read more inside...

lingerie photo session: video light & studio flash – model: Olena

lingerie photo session: video light & studio flash - model: Olena

With my new photography studio space ready, I've been itching to actually use the studio with a photo session there. Olena is a model that I've worked with once before during an individual photography workshop in New York, and I was really impressed with her, but we never quite got the opportunity  Read more inside...

photography: how good do your lenses need to be?

photography: how good / sharp do your lenses need to be?

Olena, who I photographed during a recent individual workshop in New York. camera settings:  1/320 @ f/3.5 @ 800 ISO  (available light) I was trying out the new Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC (B&H) for the images I shot during this workshop. (It comes in a Canon version too.)  It appears to be a fantastic  Read more inside...