Use Test Shoots to Build Your Portfolio
Nov17

Use Test Shoots to Build Your Portfolio

“I have a personal philosophy in life: If somebody else can do something that I’m doing, they should do it. And what I want to do is find things that would represent a unique contribution to the world – the contribution that only I, and my portfolio of talents, can make happen. Those are my priorities in life.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson When working with models I haven’t photographed before, my first step is...

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Working with a Pre-Shoot Portrait  Checklist
Nov16

Working with a Pre-Shoot Portrait Checklist

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”—Winston Churchill I think that the most important aspect of making portraits is communicating with the subject. It starts with initial contact and moves onto communication during the session but to make the best possible image, you need to start before a subject arrives. Here’s a few simple tips that will make your subjects look better which in turn...

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Portrait Wednesdays: Leather in B&W
Nov15

Portrait Wednesdays: Leather in B&W

With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bern-stein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many weeks I’ll be show-casing a different image of her that was made over the five years I’ve worked with Pam show-ing her many, many...

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A Camera Bag Check List
Nov14

A Camera Bag Check List

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”—Lewis Hine When a photographer leaves the safety and security of the studio and goes on location, they need to start packing. It doesn’t matter whether you’re slinging gear into a Land Rover or a baggage handler is stuffing it inside a Airbus, you need tough dependable bags and cases that are up to the job. Bags and cases must protect your...

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Portfolio or Website Reviews for Charity
Nov13

Portfolio or Website Reviews for Charity

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank For the past several year’s during the holidays, I’ve offered portfolio and website reviews for this blog’s readers with a charitable twist. From today until December 15’th I’ll be doing face-to-face portfolio/website reviews for photographers that are located in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas with the full $45 fee going directly to a...

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Remembering Our Veterans
Nov11

Remembering Our Veterans

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”—Alexander Hamilton For my readers living outside the US:  Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring armed service veterans observed on November 11th. It coincides with rmistice Day or Remembrance Day that are celebrated in other parts of the world and marks the anniversary of the signing of the...

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Understanding Digital Exposure Techniques
Nov10

Understanding Digital Exposure Techniques

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”—Ansel Adams If you agree that the use of light is one of the key ingredients that differentiate a good photograph from a snapshot, it’s necessary to understand proper exposure. Even with today’s cameras, the ability to tweak the exposure at the moment of capture can make or break your image’s quality and content. Caption: This image of a Dodge...

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