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...

Informal / candid portraits on the street – applying what you know

informal / candid portraits on the street

Informal / candid portraits on the street - applying what you know

New York City abounds with characters - interesting and colorful people. This is one of those constants if you're out on the streets in NYC, especially when taking photos or busy with a photo session ... or as in this case, during one of the individual photography workshops in NYC. This man approached  Read more inside...

book: On-Camera Flash Photography (2nd ed.)

book: On-Camera Flash Photography (2nd ed.)

book On-Camera Flash Photography  (2nd ed.)

If you think I've been quiet on the Tangents blog the past few months ... here is the reason why: I've been hard at work on the revised edition of On-Camera Flash Photography ...  it's just been announced for a Nov 2015 release date, and is available on pre-order with Amazon. I really am excited about this updated version of  Read more inside...

Photographing portraits with a personal connection

photographing portraits with a personal connection

Photographing portraits with a personal connection

One of the portraits I've taken over the years that I am most proud of, is this of my friend Petra Herrmann. This photograph, for me, shows her strength as well as vulnerability. I'd mention her sense of humor, and her warmth and kindness .. but she'd just tell me to fuck off. So there's that. But it's true. She's  Read more inside...