lighting a vintage styled boudoir photo session (model: Olena)

lighting a vintage styled boudoir photo session, using LED fresnel lights

Working with the ever-delightful Olena in my studio, we went for a mix of outfits and looks. We started off the photo session with straight-forward headshots, but then when Olena showed me this outfit, it just begged for something with a more vintage feel in lighting. So, drawing on the classic  Read more inside...

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...

off-site data storage & back-up options – File Transporter

 

off-site data storage & back-up options - File Transporter

Update (May 2015): Unfortunately the File Transporter didn't live up to its promise. Using Finder (on a Mac), it becomes so slow to navigate within the Transporter Library, that it is rendered useless for every day access to files. You will see a lot of the spinning ball while waiting for your  Read more inside...

details and sequences – increase your sales in boudoir photo sessions

Petra Herrmann, of Bella Boudoir, runs a successful boudoir photography business based in Kansas City. In my opinion, she’s one of the best boudoir photographers around. Her work is sexy in its simplicity, which I find quite appealing. Her use of interesting angles and composition first drew me in when I saw her work awhile back.  Petra also has a series of workshops on boudoir  Read more inside...

how to use flash at sunset, (balancing flash w/ warm ambient light)

gelling your flash for the warm light at sunset

Since the light from a speedlight is relatively quite cold, (ie, blue-ish), it can create an unpleasant color cast when you use flash with existing warm ambient light. A typical problem situation would be the Incandescent environment that we often find ourselves in at night. But there are other times when the WB from our  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...

a favorite image – before & after (model: Anelisa)

a favorite image - before & after (and the how to)

There's something about this photograph that I really like ... aside from Anelisa being one of my favorite models. It is slightly surreal with Anelisa's apparent levitation. The dress and hat is reminiscent of a 1950's Fashion, and Anelisa's mid-air pose is also reminiscent of Philippe Halsman's iconic jumping  Read more inside...

wedding photography – detail shots, bounce flash & macro lenses

wedding photography - detail shots, bounce flash & macro lenses

Macro photography for wedding detail shots is one of those areas where you need a smaller aperture. I know it's been suggested by some high-profile photographer(s) that you shoot macro at f/2.8 but this is tough advice to follow. If you even breathe, your plane of focus changes for that close distance  Read more inside...