May 5, 2013
After Dark Photography Education – St Louis, MO – 2013
Anyone who regularly followed the Tangents blog during the past year or so, will know that I’ve raved about the After Dark events that I attended (and presented at). In my opinion, After Dark is the best (and most fun) learning experience that I’ve encountered.
If you want more details about After Dark:
- After Dark Edu website for more info
- After Dark on Facebook, if you want to closely follow discussions
The one After Dark event that was announced for 2013, was held in St Louis. As before, I did several presentations and I’d like to show some of the images that I shot while here.
April 24, 2013
Tangents rated (very nearly) one of the best photography blogs!
Okay, I sound a little cheeky there with the title, but honestly, it really is an honour to have Tangents noticed and rated highly by other photographers. Especially when they run their own very visible and successful blogs, like Jamie’s The Modern Tog. Lots of good business advice on her site. Check out the link for the other superb photography blogs.
April 3, 2013
A few years back, I moved the Tangents blog over from the PlanetNeil domain to the new domain, neilvn, to keep it in line with rebranding my site and my photography. I know, PlanetNeil is a quirky name and memorable, but it also sounds like something a 12-yr old would’ve come up with. That says a lot about my general state of mind perhaps. Perhaps.
Since that time, the PlanetNeil domain lingered as just a splash page with a link through to the Tangents blog. But I also noticed that a huge number of people seem to have still kept it as a bookmark, and enter the Tangents blog via that link. With that, I thought it might be cool to update the PlanetNeil intro page into something less bland.
So there it is, PlanetNeil had a make-over, with more images and a list of the most recent blog entries. A bit of window-dressing for the long time followers of this website. Thank you for having stayed on for this journey!
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— Neil vN @ 4:53 pm
March 22, 2013
Tangents forum updated
Those who regularly visit the Tangents forum, would’ve noticed the layout and overall navigation have been updated. The forum now looks more like part of the website. There have been a couple of other tweaks as well.
Since the time the forum was announced in Dec 2010, there has been a steady increase in the number of people who visit. There are now around 500 visitors a day, according to my Google Analytics. (About 450 unique visitors.)
There’s now a small group of people who regularly help answer questions that are posted. A small thriving community! A big thank you to everyone who helps out. It is hugely appreciated.
So with that, here’s an invite to check out the forum if you haven’t done so recently.
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— Neil vN @ 5:13 am
March 21, 2013
Anelisa in the studio for a photo session
To create a promotional video clip for my studio, I had Anelisa stop by today so we could do a variety of looks. We used available light, continuous light, and studio lighting. It is also the first time we saw each other since the release of my new book – Direction of Light - so I was able to give her her copies. (In case anyone missed it, Anelisa is on the cover.)
As we reminisced a while about the number of times we had workshops and photo sessions, I realized that today was exactly three years, to the day, since the first time we worked together. The photos from that individual workshop resulted in one of the key articles on Tangents - effective on-location portraits. So yes, it’s been a long working relationship with Anelisa, my favorite model.
More images from this photo session, as well as the video clip, will be up in the coming days. But in the meantime, here is the pull-back shot of this image at the top …
March 1, 2013
my photography studio space, northern New Jersey
For those who followed the progress of how I set up my new studio space from a barren loft space into a much more useful studio space .. this is it! It’s done. It looks and feels comfy, and even better – I added some more lighting gear! Time to experiment more and expand horizons.
I would also like to announce that I’m making the studio available as a rental photography studio space (with equipment) for anyone in the northern New Jersey area that might need a studio. Keep this in mind in case you or a friend need studio space.
I have all kinds of exciting ideas for next few months, including a limited workshop just on posing the bride and groom. Check back for details.
February 20, 2013
Yes, it’s here! It’s available now. And I’m *very* proud of this book.
Since my previous two books, and with so many years of maintaining the Tangents blog, and doing numerous workshops and presentations, my “voice” has matured. My photography has improved. With all that combined, I really believe the material in this book is very strong. Essential even.
As I’ve told friends – I wish someone had told me everything that’s in this book, at a much earlier time in my development as a photographer. I feel it would’ve made so much difference to my understanding of the vital element of photography – light!
Right after I understood all the essentials – depth-of-field, shutter speeds, composition, timing, and all of that – instead of getting caught up in specific areas such as flash & off-camera flash & studio lighting … I wish that at the time I had truly grasped that it is all about the direction and quality of light. With this book, I try my best to share those “aha!” moments with you.
With that, I do believe this book can make a difference to your photography.
I believe that strongly in it.
The book might be at your local bookstore, but it’s definitely available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And if you like to, you can order an autographed copy directly from me. Of course, you can also order the book via Amazon.
February 16, 2013
seminar: wedding photography – style & technique
I presented a seminar on wedding photography on
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at Unique Photo in Fairfield NJ.
The program description:
We will discuss real-world practical steps to help you develop and achieve a personal style in wedding photography. We will also discuss photography techniques, as well as topics such as posing and lighting. We will cover various other aspects that photographers can work on and develop, so that they aren’t overwhelmed and daunted by the wedding day. Please note that this seminar is about the techniques and styles of wedding photography, and isn’t a seminar on business and marketing.
We had around 60 people there, and the place was packed! We over-ran by more than an hour – there was so much material to go through and a lot of questions.
Thank you to everyone who attended. It was a great afternoon getting to meet some of you. Best of luck with your future endeavors.
flash photography workshops
more articles on wedding photography
black foamie thing
using video light
NJ wedding photographer
February 3, 2013
Las Vegas mini-workshop: on-location flash photography
With WPPI coming up again soon, I’ll be in Las Vegas in March 2013. And like previously, I’ll be having a series of mini-workshops of my own.
There will be 2 such mini-workshops; each 4 hrs long.
- Sunday, March 10, 1 – 5pm - sold out
- Monday, March 11, 1 – 5pm - sold out
The mini-workshops will be limited to only 3 people at a time. Definitely un-crowded! Therefore these mini-workshops will be closer to being individual tutoring sessions.
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January 30, 2013
Finally – my own studio area.
Today has been an exciting day – I signed the lease on a large studio space. I’ve been sharing studio space the last year, but it’s become obvious over time (even before then), that I really, really need my own space.
My own studio, and my own office area away from home. And here it is – the studio as it is now. Two iPhone photos just to show what it is. It is huge, and as you can see, lots of window light. And it’s just 10 minutes’ drive from my home here in New Jersey.
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— Neil vN @ 7:00 pm