photography workshops for 2014
From 2014 onwards, if you’d like to attend one of my flash photography workshops in New York, it will only be available as an individual on-location workshop.
The full-day On-Location Photography Lighting workshops will be held at my studio space in NJ. The studio is only 17 miles from Manhattan. Just a short hop from New York and quite accessible by bus. To accommodate photographers who can’t attend weekday workshops, there will now be a workshop on a Sunday, and another one on the Tuesday. Same workshop, same material that will be covered.
May 18, 2014 (Sunday)
May 20, 2014 (Tuesday)
Book a spot at one of the workshops. Each class will be limited to 6 people.
And of course, here are the techie details for the photograph at the top.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens
This lens is now available for pre-order from B&H: Canon | Nikon | Sony | Sigma
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.
photography video tutorials by Craftsy
In conjunction with the team at Craftsy, I’ve presented four video tutorials – two on flash photography, and two on wedding photography. They’ve received very good feedback from those who enrolled so far.
These are ideal for photographers who want to learn more but whose time is restricted, and also can’t make it out to New York for a 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 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!
Commercial Photography: Taking Product Photos That Sell
with Christopher Grey
Learn the business and techniques of product photography, guided by industry expert Chris Grey. Discover invaluable tips for successfully finding clients and collaborating with art directors, and create a dynamic portfolio with Chris’ step-by-step guidance through product shot setups. Master a range of strategic lighting designs, and showcase and accentuate the texture, form and detail of flagship products. Use subtle adjustments in modifiers and product position to take a shot from basic to blockbuster, and learn how to shoot reflective products for images that stand out from the pack. Plus, find out how to use post-processing techniques to improve your shots and create the polished, professional look clients want.
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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 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 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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An update to my post where I announced that my studio is set up and ready, and that it is available as a rental photography studio space (with equipment) for anyone in the area that might need a studio on irregular basis. Keep this in mind in case you or a friend need studio space.
I’ve updated the webpage with the info about the studio, and this slideshow is from photo sessions I’ve done in (and around) the studio, and shows the versatility of the space and the lighting equipment.
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Tangents, a must-follow photography blog
How very meta – a screen capture of the Tangents blog, as the lead image here. There’s a reason though – the Tangents blog got a nod by the people at e-junkie, as one of the Top 10 must-follow Photography blogs. It always feels good to get recognition for the work. So while I bask a little in this glowing moment, there’s also a thank you to everyone who follows this website. You’ve helped sustain this website into a something that has helped so many photographers along the way. This has been as much my own journey as I progressed as a photographer.
I frequently get thank you notes, telling me how much impact this website has had on their photography – and that is a huge compliment. It’s always good to hear.
A recent email that was quite touching …
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Tangents – a few more changes
Along with the recent new look to Tangents, (with wider images and with the navigation improved), my web techie guy, Griffin and I, rolled out a few more changes.
The Tangents forum now more closely matches the look of the Tangents blog, with a wider layout, and with the same navigation (and Social Media links).
The overall navigation of my entire site has been changed, with the Tangents related sections now more logically grouped together. The Tangents related sites are now separated from the wedding photography site. It’s more an effort not to confuse any potential client. But in case you were looking for my wedding photography blog, it’s now on the ooooother side.
Another new addition is the Store page which lists the video tutorials and action sets (and such) that are for sale on the Tangents site. In addition to the links in the menu to the Tangents forum and Workshops, there are nowa link to an About page which helps bring some sense to this by-now labyrinthine website.
Of course, all this is still an ongoing process, but if there are any glaring problems, please drop me a note here.
The image at the top is the view of Manhattan from the cliffs of Weehawken – a truly breath-taking sight any time of day. It was shot with the très magnifique Fuji X100s. I did juice up the colors slightly in post-processing.
Tangents – a new look
As you may well have noticed, the Tangents website has had a major overhaul. Two of the changes that will be immediately obvious to the regular visitor – the horizontal images are now larger. Yay! Also, the navigation has been tweaked.
It’s still an ongoing process, but if there are any glaring problems, or ways I can improve the site, drop me a note here.
The image at the top is from a concert I attended recently – The Heavy, during their show at Webster Hall. Electrifying! (But I decided to hang out from the balcony area since I hurt my foot, and wasn’t ready to be trampled in the crowd yet.)
It was shot with the awesomely awesome little Fuji X100s.