inspiration from movies – a visual feast for photographers

inspiration from movies - a visual feast for photographers

It would be a rare photographer - in a fact a rare person - who isn't fascinated by other forms of art, whether music, dance, various visual arts, architecture and everything we surround ourselves with. I just can't imagine a photographer not finding inspiration specifically in other visual art forms, whether  Read more inside...

using on-camera bounce flash outdoors at night

using on-camera bounce flash outdoors

With wedding photography, when doing the night-time romantic portraits of the couple, the pressure is usually on. The only opportunity to whisk the couple away for a few minutes, is during dinner time, when the party is at a lull. The pressure is on because you have even less time than you had during the earlier part of the day,  Read more inside...

shooting in low light – flash and incandescent light

using flash in an incandescent / tungsten environment

I have used this photograph several times in the past to illustrate various aspects of flash photography in low light, so it might be time to discuss this image more thoroughly. We'll also pull together a few other topics and see how it all comes together at this one point: - dragging the shutter, - gelling  Read more inside...

photographic composition – eliminate & simplify

eliminate & simplify - the first steps in photography composition

These two images were taken from more or less the same spot. All that changed was my vantage point, and my choice of lens. This vibrant park in Manhattan seemed like an interesting place to photograph, but when photographing a couple, I really want the accent to be on them. The best way to  Read more inside...

exposure metering – expose for your subject !

photography exposure metering - expose for your subject

In preparation for a review of the Fuji X-100 camera, I met up with Anelisa to see how this little camera performed during an actual photo shoot. The image above was one of the photographs we ended up with. Now, there is something specific about it that I wanted to explain in a separate article, instead of it  Read more inside...

the next step – going beyond just posing people

the next step - going beyond just posing people

With the recent post on a few guidelines on posing people, I wanted to add the reminder that when photographing people, our final destination isn't just the posed photograph, but that we should try and capture something about our subject. Something about their personality, or showing some facet of who they are and their  Read more inside...

posing normal, everyday people for portraits

how to pose normal, everyday people for portraits

When you work with models, or subjects who are used to presenting themselves to the camera or an audience, it is much easier for the photographer to pose them. The challenge though is how to pose people who aren't used to pose in front of the camera. Then it is up to the photographer to guide them, and give clear  Read more inside...

create emotional impact in your photography!

create emotional impact in your photography!

While in Cincinnati recently, attending the After Dark photography convention, I walked past Tiffany's on the way to the restaurants. I was immediately drawn to their window displays. Now, I am usually drawn to displays of high-tech toys and cameras and stuff ... not displays of jewelry stores. But these window displays  Read more inside...

wedding photography – a photo-journalistic style, or more posed?

wedding photography - a photo-journalistic style ... or more posed?

A photographer who attended the recent flash photography workshop here in New York, asked me an interesting question regarding my wedding photography style. His observation was about how I seemed to consistently get such well-timed un-posed and natural looking images with my wedding photography. Since  Read more inside...

directing & posing an available light portrait

directing & posing - using randomly found available light as portrait lighting

During a trip to California, I was keen to meet up with another favorite model, Bethany. We were allowed to shoot in a night-club on a Sunday afternoon when it was all quiet with no one there. It's an interesting place to work with a beautiful model, and I had a multiple-flash setup  Read more inside...