review: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash – photo shoot

review: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash – photo shoot

review: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash - photo shoot

Over the years I have used a variety of off-camera lights on location shoots and at weddings, and have worked my way up from Dynalite and Quantum flashes (and speedlights), to the Profoto B1. The Profoto B1 (affiliate) has made such a difference for me in the ease of use, the speed of setting up, and the sheer  Read more inside...

Business headshots in the studio with a contemporary, modern look

modern / contemporary business headshots in the studio

Business headshots in the studio with a contemporary, modern look

When Matt Sweetwood, the owner of the largest Camera Store in New Jersey, discussed doing new new business headshots for him, we agreed that a more contemporary look suited him. There's a large dynamic personality at work here ... and using an 85mm f/1.4 lens wide open would place attention on his eyes  Read more inside...

photo gear & logistics: corporate headshots

photo gear & logistics: corporate headshots

With any professional shoot, forethought and planning is a necessity. For personal photography there's always place for serendipity. But relying on luck with a professional shoot isn't going to go all that far. The same goes for photographing on-location headshots - planning is essential. With the on-location  Read more inside...

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...

portrait photography: dramatic lighting with fresnel lights

dramatic lighting with fresnel lights - photo session w/ Jen Rozenbaum

For the portrait session of Jennifer Rozenbaum, I wanted to show her in her "office" - the studio where she shoots boudoir images of her clients. But instead of photographing Jennifer in a boudoir style, I wanted this to be portraits of her, the boudoir photographer, where she works. Her office as  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...

behind-the-scenes video clip: photo shoot w/ Ulorin Vex

video clip: behind-the-scenes during photo session w/ Ulorin Vex

I've posted some of the images from the recent photo session in my studio, with Ulorin Vex - and here is the behind-the-scenes video clip. The instructional stuff will be in the related articles - this is more of a glimpse of the rhythm of the shoot in the studio.  Read more inside...

available light portraits – composition, light and style

available light portraits - composition and light

Over time I noticed that my style in photographing portraits have gravitated to a specific look where everything is quite simplified - the lighting, the background and the framing of the shot. Whether I use the available light, or video light, or off-camera flash, or even on-camera bounce flash, there's a certain  Read more inside...

photography: anatomy of a time-limited photo session

Brian Friedman is an event and publicity photographer based in NYC. When I first became acquainted with Brian and his work, my reaction was, "damn! I wish I could shoot this type of work." Looking at his website, you'll see the kind of gigs that Brian shoots - interesting and diverse. Quite exciting. Brian was gracious enough to describe the behind-the-scenes activity of a  Read more inside...