photographers: Why use a high-resolution camera?

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photographers: Why use a high-resolution camera?

The Nikon D810 (affiliate) is a camera that surprised me for how much I liked using it. The high resolution of this camera was a drawback for me initially. But it had very responsive AF. Also, super-crisp images because of the improved sensor and due to the lack of the anti-aliasing filter. Ergonomics. (I have  Read more inside...

Posing people: Tips for improving your portrait photos

posing people: tips for improving your portrait photos

Posing people: Tips for improving your portrait photos

Throughout the numerous articles on the Tangents blog, I'm often asked about how I go about posing people. I've described some of it in the article, adjusting a pose with incremental changes. Instead of a traditional way of posing, it's mostly a "feel" thing, looking at my subject and seeing if there are elements  Read more inside...

NYC cityscapes – infra-red black & white photography

NYC cityscapes – infra-red B&W photography

NYC cityscapes - infra-red black & white photography

After a long hard winter and a slow warming up to summer (and a busy schedule), I finally squeezed some time to wander around New York City again with an infra-red B&W camera. I tried it out once during winter, but it just didn't work - without the sun and without heat, the images were dull and flat. Nothing  Read more inside...

How to overpower bright sunlight with on-camera flash

how to overpower bright sunlight with on-camera flash

How to overpower bright sunlight with on-camera flash

The photograph on the left shows one of the toughest lighting conditions you get to deal with. Your subjects are half in the sun / half in the shade ... and there is no way you could interrupt and change things in your favor. There is no way to have the flower-girls move. No way to bring in additional, off-camera  Read more inside...

recap: Boudoir photography workshop – Albany, NY (2015)

feminine-portraiture-boudoir-photography-workshop

recap: Boudoir photography workshop - Albany, NY (2015)

Teaming up with Genine Gullickson, one of the best boudoir photographers I know, we co-presented an all-day workshop in Feminine Portraiture and Boudoir Photography. The workshop was held in Genine's studio in Schenectady, NY on May 31st. We had two lovely modes, and two stylists who took care of make-up and  Read more inside...

Engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

Engagement photo sessions: posing, lighting & context

I love this photo! I also like how it came together. This was within minutes of meeting DaWeon and Toban for their engagement photo session in Philadelphia. We had only chatted on Skype before. Embarrassingly enough, I arrived late to the meeting place for their engagement session through my misunderstanding  Read more inside...

Topics for photography workshops?

topics for photography workshops?

Photography 105 - how to be successful in your photography business

When days are dark, these slivers of light shine extra bright. Yes, I received a check for $1.05 ... clearly I need to raise my prices ... or something. (Actually I have no idea why this company would just throw more money at me.) Seriously though - the reason for this blog post is that I want to  Read more inside...

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

Flash photography tutorial: balancing flash and ambient exposure

This topic - balancing flash and ambient exposure - seems to one that many newer photographers struggle with. The big hurdle seems to be the basic starting point - how do you decide on the exposure for each? I'd like to explore this topic a bit with this post. The trigger for this was a question that  Read more inside...

Creative portrait photography on location

creative portrait photography on location

Creative portrait photography on location - allowing opportunities to happen

There was an interesting challenge for me during a recent individual photography workshop in NYC - Don (who arranged the workshop), already knew the essentials of lighting techniques, and said what he really wanted was insight into the way that I see a photo before I take it.  How do I know  Read more inside...

recap: Flash photography workshops – New Jersey / NJ

flash photography workshops – New Jersey / NJ

recap: Flash photography workshops – New Jersey / NJ (2015)

The format of the flash photography workshops that I present, are constantly evolving. Gradual changes as I adapt the program to be fluent. Always with the ideal that anyone who attends will see a marked improvement in their understanding and use of flash, and on-location lighting. I wanted to give a  Read more inside...