Photographers – inspiration, and overcoming fears

photographers – inspiration, and overcoming fears

Photographers - inspiration; overcoming fears & maintaining momentum

It was high time that I updated my bio photo on my websites and profile photos. I wanted something casual, yet with a certain gravity. While at WPPI last week in Las Vegas, I was surrounded by photographers. I asked ... well, prodded and pushed my friend Annie Sullivan to take a series of photos  Read more inside...

podcast interview w/ Wedding Photographers Unite

podcast interview w/ Wedding Photographers Unite!

Looking at previous podcasts I've participated in, it would seem that the opportunity to sound off in some podcast comes around about once a year. This time I get to chat with Neil Urban and Andy Buscemi who hosts the Wedding Photographers Unite podcast. And I do have opinions! Wedding Photographers Unite - episode  Read more inside...

Photography tip: available light portraits – finding that sweet spot

photography tip: available light portraits – finding that sweet spot

Photography tip: available light portraits - that sweet spot of light

A regular theme on Tangents, is using interesting found light sources while shooting portraits on location. For example: using sunlight reflected off a traffic sign. With this straight-forward portrait of Irene, a photographer friend in New York, I want to show a neat little trick here - helping  Read more inside...

In-camera special effects with gobo projection

in-camera special effects with gobo projection

In-camera special effects with gobo projection

I still have this old-school preference for effects done in-camera and effects achieved with interesting lighting, over effects achieved nearly entirely through digital manipulation. Absolutely no disrespect to digital artists who create astonishing work. However, my jaw drops when I look at the sheer scale of the work of  Read more inside...

Tutorials on using your camera – focusing modes

Tutorials on using your camera - focusing modes

I want to expand the exposure metering tutorials with other basic tutorials on camera settings and photography techniques. It's been in the works a while now, and here is the tutorial on the focusing modes of your camera. Similar to many of the other tutorial articles on Tangents, I wanted to distill the essential  Read more inside...

Wedding photography: posing and lighting – a consistent style

wedding photography: posing and lighting – aiming for a consistent style

Wedding photography: posing and lighting - aiming for a consistent style

The two images were taken about half an hour apart, with entire different lighting setups - yet there is a consistent look. The photo on the left was shot using video light with an Incandescent white balance. A video light is a small light source, so the lighting is usually quite contrasty -  Read more inside...

Lingerie photo session in the studio – lighting, light & textures

lingerie photo session in the studio – light, lighting & textures

Lingerie photo session in the studio - lighting, light & textures

This photograph of Melanie, one of my favorite models, is one of a sequence where we played with different lights and lighting styles in the studio. I wanted lighting that was both soft and dramatic. Both feminine and bold. The lighting is the same idea - using a big gridded strip-box / soft-box -  Read more inside...

Photography book – Direction & Quality of Light

photography book: Direction & Quality of Light

Photography book: Direction & Quality of Light

When Direction and Quality of Light was released in March 2013, it felt like an even bigger achievement than my previous two books. Here I share many of the "aha!" moments which took me years to completely grasp - that at the heart of it, every aspect of photographic lighting is dependent on understanding the  Read more inside...