Shooting with Silverlake Photo’s Colorsmacks
Aug18

Shooting with Silverlake Photo’s Colorsmacks

For this photograph of Alice Iver I used Silverlake Photo‘s “Sweet Apple” backdrop that is part of their Colorsmack series. Colorsmack backdrops are made from a durable, wrinkle free, and washable fabric and are equipped with loop-side Velcro at the top. If you supply the hook side, you can mount the backdrop anywhere, including Silverlake’s own 10-foot Colorsmack Velcro Sleeve ($59,) which I didn’t have so I used...

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Glamour Photography Takes Practice
Aug17

Glamour Photography Takes Practice

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.”—Vladimir Horowitz Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was arguable one of the finest classical pianists of all time, yet even he had to practice every day. Regular readers of this blog know I believe that the best way to improve your photography is practice. I think you should photograph something, anything really, each day or at least every week so you can get to...

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Wordy Wednesday #454 “Shoot Your Way of a Rut”
Aug16

Wordy Wednesday #454 “Shoot Your Way of a Rut”

“Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” – Elliott Erwitt When I’m in a rut, I shoot monochrome images to help me get out of it. These are some of the thoughts that are going through my mind when I was working on my Geared Up column for the October ’17 issue of Shutterbug magazine (on newsstands 9/10/17.) Sometimes I shoot  photographs in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be all of the images that I...

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Time After Time: A Photographer’s Journey
Aug15

Time After Time: A Photographer’s Journey

Flashback, warm nights, Almost left behind, Suitcases of memories, Time after…— Cyndi Lauper Recently a reader sent me an e-mail suggesting I wrote a post about “how my own photo career has evolved, from an amateur hobbyist to a true professional with a style all my own.” I had already decided to write a whole book on that subject and it’s called ”A Life in Photography.” The book is currently in the final editing stage and although I...

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Getting Started with Infrared Photography
Aug14

Getting Started with Infrared Photography

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ” – Ansel Adams Shooting in infrared transforms mundane subject matter into something more interesting and exotic. It adds drama to landscape photography while letting you to shoot during the middle of the day because the best time of day for infrared photography is the worst time for traditional photography. Is your camera infrared...

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When In Doubt, Use Flash
Aug11

When In Doubt, Use Flash

“The whole series is black-and-white, so when I went to shoot one of the women I only had black-and-white film with me.”— Helmut Newton The ingredients for making outdoor portraits are easy to find: All you need is a subject, a camera, and some light but like any recipe it’s how all these elements are combined that goes into cooking up a delicious portrait. Just like Emeril’s secret ingredient Essence, I’d like you to...

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Blurring The Lines
Aug10

Blurring The Lines

“When life gets blurry, adjust your focus.”—Internet meme Blur, soft focus…take your choice. I received an e-mail from reader Carol Baker. As a movie buff you gotta know that name got my attention. Carol told me she likes “the effect that blur and selective blur can have” and feels “blur and selective blur can add mystery and depth to an otherwise ordinary photograph.” As far as I know, there is no rule about how...

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