I want to photograph you

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  Read more inside...

photography studio in New Jersey

NJ photography studio space for rent, northern New Jersey

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  Read more inside...

Tangents, a must-follow photography blog

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,  Read more inside...

Tangents – updates

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  Read more inside...

Tangents – a new look

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  Read more inside...

After Dark Photography Education – St Louis, MO – 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: -  Read more inside...

Planet Neil

Planet Neil gets a make-over

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  Read more inside...

Anelisa – studio photo session

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  Read more inside...

Las Vegas: photography workshops – March 2016

Las Vegas mini-workshop: on-location photography lighting

I will be in Las Vegas again during the WPPI convention taking place March 5-09, 2016. In previous years, I had a series of mini-workshops of my own, in and around the MGM, but this time (2016), the workshop will be a photo outing to the Red Rock Canyon National Park. date: Sunday, March 6, 2016 The  Read more inside...

video clip: Direction and Quality of Light

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

Thank you to everyone that came out to the presentation at B&H’s Event Space. It was jam-packed! That’s always a big compliment. The photo was on B&H’s Instagram feed, and was taken in the minutes before the presentation started. And no, it’s not my doh! facepalm realization  Read more inside...