progression of an idea in a photo session – cosplayer, Ger Tysk

progression of an idea in a photo session - cosplayer, Ger Tysk

For me, there's always some anxiety before a photo session - especially when you have the opportunity to photograph someone quite unusual and photogenic like Ger Tysk, a cosplayer. (She also creates cosplay outfits for others, and has published a book on Cosplay.) Her latest outfit is Black Widow (from  Read more inside...

guidelines to photographic composition – but no rules!

photographic composition - a few guidelines (but no rules!)

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” - Ansel Adams For me, if a photograph is intended for an audience, and not just my own records and memories - then its success hinges around impact. Does the photograph make you stop for a few seconds at least to take it in? Then  Read more inside...

photography: gelling flash & post-processing for deep blue skies

photography: gelling flash for late afternoon sun (& deep blue skies)

The warm light from the nearly-setting sun, accentuated with gelled flash. Towards the end of the recent photography workshop, we were shooting on the rooftop - the warm tone of the sunlight contrasting beautifully with the blue sky. To punch it even more, we added gelled flash via an  Read more inside...

posing technique – adjusting a pose with incremental changes

posing technique - adjusting a pose with incremental changes

I'm not a huge fan of "flow posing" where someone is rigidly posed according to formula. I feel this doesn't allow as much for personality and individuality as a more organic approach. I much more prefer a low-stress approach where a pose is adjusted, to where it looks good, and looks flattering. This does  Read more inside...

will flash freeze the action at slow shutter speeds?

flash freezing the action at slow shutter speeds  (model: Oktavia)

Does flash freeze action when shooting with slow shutter speeds (in low light)? The answer is ... maybe. Perhaps. It depends. It is difficult giving a definitive answer because it depends on the scenario. In short - if your subject isn't lit by much available light (with ambient light 4 stops or  Read more inside...

gear updated: flash photography workshop

update: new gear for flash photography workshop

The material covered, and the gear used in the on-location flash photography workshops, are constantly being fine-tuned and adapted with each workshop. With the first workshops (around 2006) centered around bounce flash photography. Over time the workshops expanded from that fairly simple premise, into what is a more  Read more inside...

camera settings: photo session with a couple in bright sunlight

camera & flash settings: photo session with a couple in bright sunlight

Analyzing other photographer's work to figure out how they got the result, and figure out how to re-create it if you want, is a solid exercise. I do it often. It's part of expanding your understanding of photography and lighting, and a way of expanding your technique and your  Read more inside...

on-location portraits – when simplicity counts

on-location portraits - when simplicity counts  (model: Anelisa)

This is one of those images - a portrait which is simplicity itself - and yet there is something about it, with Anelisa's riveting gaze and her pose, the muted complimentary colors - and the photograph just falls together somehow in a way that makes it one of my favorite photos that I've shot in a while.  Read more inside...