photography workshops for 2014

Working from my studio now, instead of a rented studio in New York, I made a few changes for 2014 and onwards. Working with a smaller group than before – the workshops are now limited to 6 people – and working within my own studio with more equipment readily at hand, gave the workshop a relaxed tempo. The material is always streamlined a little bit more, from workshop to workshop.

There will be only two more workshops for the rest of 2014, which will take place on:

  • Sept 21, 2014  (Sunday)
  • Oct 26, 2014  (Sunday)

Book a spot at one of the workshops. Each class will be limited to 6 people!

If you would like an individual workshop, or a personal tutoring session, those are available as well throughout the year, depending on both of our schedules. The studio is only 17 miles from Manhattan. Just a short hop from New York and quite accessible by bus. Oh, and there’s parking at the studio. Free parking.

If you are limited in how far you can travel, there are Skype sessions and also video tutorials to help you get a much better understanding of photography and lighting techniques.


video clip: Direction & Quality of Light – your key to better portrait photography

The video clip of the presentation I did at B&H to promote my book – Direction of Light – has by now been viewed more than 137,000 times since it was posted in January 2013 !!

But as the saying inevitably goes, the book is always better than the movie. So in case you haven’t seen the video clip yet, it is a good introduction to the book, while also taking a few detours along the way. If you liked the video clip, the book contains even more, and for less than $20, you can own and hold and touch and smell the book. All yours!

You can order it from Amazon via this link,
or even directly order an autographed copy from me via the same link.

And for those of you who have already bought the book, a big thank you! The support is always appreciated. And if I could ask a small favor – a nice review on Amazon always helps.

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I’ll be visiting South Africa in August 2014 – the airplane ticket is booked and confirmed! 

I’m attending a friend’s wedding (as a guest) in Cape Town over the weekend of Aug 20th, 2014. With that, I’m making it a two-week trip to South Africa. It’s been 9 years since I’ve been there! Way overdue.

I’ll be in Jo’burg and Pretoria for a week from Aug 19th (Tue) until Aug 26th (Tue). Then I will fly down to Cape Town. I’ll be in Cape Town for a week, from Aug 26th (Tue) until Sept 2, (Tue). Then I fly back home to the USA. So that’s two weekends then that I will be in South Africa, visiting friends and family - the first week in Jo’burg / Pretoria, and the other week in Cape Town.

I will be traveling with the minimum amount of gear and personal belongings – a toothbrush, Fuji X100s and a MacBook Air. You know, stripped down. So while I don’t intend to present any workshops there, I am quite open to the idea of doing a seminar presentation in any of those three cities – Jo’burg, Pretoria and Cape Town. (Similar to how I did it in Melbourne during my trip to Australia recently.) So I would like to coordinate this with someone who has access to a venue with a projector and a screen – low cost is great, free is even better. Drop me an email if you have something that would be suitable.

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studio photography: never shoot at 320 ISO @ f/5.6 against white seamless

…  because Amazon’s patent on how to shoot against a white background, 
(with camera settings given as “about 320 ISO” and “about f/5.6″ ) 
has been granted to them by the US Patents office

Yes, I know, this makes no sense. One of the oldest studio photography techniques – shooting against a white backdrop – has been patented by Amazon. 

Udi Tirosh at DIY photo reported on this.

So I guess the easiest way to circumvent this, (aside from easily proving prior use), would be to shoot at … let’s say 100 ISO @ f/8 in the studio?

Oh, perhaps not:

“It should be noted that angles, dimensions, distances, settings, parameters, and other numerical data may or may not be expressed herein in a range format. It is to be understood that the numerical data is presented herein and used for convenience and brevity, and thus, should be interpreted in a flexible manner to include not only the numerical values explicitly recited as the only workable parameters, but also to include all the individual numerical values that can be employed in a studio arrangement 100 to achieve the desired effect discussed herein.”


I wonder if this will all fall apart when the first photographer sued by Amazon simply shows prior use?

What is your take on this ridiculousness?


The Business of Boudoir

Petra Hermann, (who you might remember from the guest article, increase your sales in boudoir photo sessions), and Lynn Clark, (who you might remember as the subject of photo homage: a regal portrait with a ferret), have teamed up for a new website dedicated to one topic – The Business of Boudoir.

The Business of Boudoir, is a free resource for boudoir photographers worldwide who share an interest in the beauty and art of this genre  - but with a specific intent: building and maintaining sustainable businesses. Their scope is broad enough that they want as many perspectives as possible, to allow you, the boudoir photographer, to create a business that works for you. So check them out.

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photography video tutorials by Craftsy

Creative Photography – Capture Life Differently, with George Lange

George Lange takes you on an eye-opening tour of his most inspiring tips and techniques. Follow along as George works with subjects of all ages in various environments and learn to harness available light and fresh perspectives for dynamic images. Transform everyday surroundings into compelling shots with props and unexpected angles and learn to compose a visual arc that powerfully conveys even the simplest story. Find out how to use little details to reveal tenderness and spontaneity and capture your subjects’ character instead of just their smile. Learn how to use your camera to connect with the world, and take shots that capture love, laughter and everything in between!

Craftsy has released these new video tutorial classes.

These are ideal for photographers who want to learn more but whose time is restricted, and also can’t make it out to an in-person photography workshop. A video tutorial is a great way then to see the material. This is often easier to understand than just reading text. So while it isn’t quite in-person one-on-one tutoring, it is close to that with Craftsy’s interactive platform and well-structered video tutorials. It’s an online workshop on photography!

In conjunction with the team at Craftsy, I’ve also presented four video tutorials – two on flash photography, and two onwedding photography. They’ve received very good feedback from those who enrolled so far. In addition to the four classes I presented on video, other photographers have also presented online video tutorials on various subjects. These are the other classes that are available at this time. Check them out!

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens

This lens is now available and can also be ordered from Amazon: Canon | Nikon
The initial rumored price for this lens was around $1,500 but now that it has been officially announced, the price is a relatively moderate $949.00

There’s been an incredible buzz around this lens – the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens. The initial reviews are unanimously impressed with this lens’ optical performance. Right up there with the very best.

If it is in the same league of awesomeness as the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HMS art lens, then we’re in for a treat. As soon as I get my hands on the 50mm, I’ll check it out for a proper review.


my book on off-camera flash photography is available again!

So here’s a crazy thing – it appears my book on Off-Camera Flash Photography, went out of print temporarily. And I suspect some retailers on Amazon have automatic price adjustment when an item goes out of print, but there’s still demand for it.

So for a few months now, some retailers via Amazon, had my book listed for anywhere up to $999.00 … yup, a thousand dollars. Now, I think the info in there is priceless, but even then, a thousand bucks seemed a little excessive. Anyway, the book is now available again at normal prices, as are my other books.

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2013 overview

December 30, 2013

2013 end-of-year overview

The slideshow is of my work the past year – a somewhat eclectic mix of photos of people – portraits, weddings, engagement sessions, as well as images shot for various projects and some from the various workshops during the year. As you could perhaps see from that slideshow, the past year has been a wild ride again – and again I have to thank everyone who has followed and supported the Tangents blog (and forum). You helped make this site such a vibrant place.

A number of photos seen in that slideshow is from my next book, 60 Portraits, which should be completed early in 2014. A big thank you to everyone who offered and who participated in this project!

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I want to photograph you

September 1, 2013

I am looking for people to photograph!

I need your help! My publisher has asked me to write a book on portrait lighting, but with a specific theme in mind. They have a series they want to build up, called 60 Portraits. Over 150+ pages, each book will describe how different portrait photo sessions were set up, with emphasis on the lighting.

60 Portraits, and each one is devoted a 2-page spread with the main photo, a description, and supporting images, including a lighting diagram. Wonderful to just dip into for ideas; wonderful to read through more systematically.The first in the series is 75 Portraits, by Hernan Rodriguez. I was very impressed with the quality of his work, and how the material in the book is laid out.

What really caught my attention, was the variety that the author has in his book. These are mostly studio-based photos, but there are many on-location setups as well. He also describes how he arrived at some of the concepts. His subjects are varied, ranging from kids all the way to Mike Tyson!

So there’s the challenge – to write a book that might compare.

I don’t want to write a book with just 60 lighting diagrams. I want to write a book on Portrait photography that will show different approaches and different thought-processes. I want each portrait to reveal something to the photography enthusiast, whether it is about light, or working with your subject, or coming up with ideas. I want the book to be multi-faceted in its narrative about portrait photography.

But … I don’t have enough material yet. And this brings me to the topic here. I need interesting and photogenic subjects. I want to photograph you. Or your friends, or family or colleagues. I’m not necessarily looking for supermodel-perfect subjects. I want people that fascinate and intrigue. Characters. Musicians. Tattoos. Interesting jobs and locations. People with stories.

I want to shoot mostly on-location. But instead of shooting in familiar locations where I might fall into routine ways of photographing someone, I want to shoot in diverse places, and let each place and each person (or group) that I am photographing, trigger new ideas and new approaches to photographing people.

So here’s what I propose …

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