Infrared Portraiture Revisited
Sep12

Infrared Portraiture Revisited

“From the research that I’ve done it seems that the bright Arizona sun caused he pupils to be smaller which is where the dark area is. If I had been shooting in a darker scene where the pupils were more dilated I would have gotten darker eyes.”—Mark Toal One of the things I enjoy about our sister blog Mirrorless Photo Tips is the stuff I learn from other writers, especially Mark Toal. Mark’s recent posts of infrared images are...

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Remembering September 11, 2001
Sep11

Remembering September 11, 2001

In my March 2003 Web Profiles column in Shutterbug magazine, I wrote about Brian Dorsey’s photography: “The photograph of his baby called “Miles Above the World Trade Center” was made on September 4, 2001 and projects an image of hope and optimism that goes far beyond the kind of images we have been bombarded with since September 11th.” Each Christmas I’ve published a letter from a reader—and my response to her— who was...

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Film Friday:  Gold-trimmed Seagull TLR
Sep08

Film Friday: Gold-trimmed Seagull TLR

“There are a thousand ways to point a camera, but really only one.”—Ernst Lubitsch One of my prized film cameras was a birthday gift from my wife Mary. It’s a gold-trimmed Seagull 4A-107G Limited Collector’s Edition Medium Format TLR. OK, it’s not a Rollei but that didn’t stop Seagull from trying. According to Wikipedia, Seagull Camera Ltd is located in Shanghai and is the oldest camera maker in...

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Photo Contest Tips
Sep07

Photo Contest Tips

“There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option.”—Dean Smith From time to time I’m asked to judge photo contests and because of time restraints, this year I’ve had to limit the number of competitions I can judge. Instead, I’ve focused my time on face-to-face critiques that I do for charity during the holidays or mentoring sessions that can be scheduled any time. In the meantime, here...

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Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Faces of Pamela
Sep06

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Faces of Pamela

In 1988, photographer Gary Bernstein, along with Bernie Taupin, published his first book called Burning Cold. The only model whose photographs appeared in the book’s pages was Bernstein’s wife, Kay Sutton York. I’ve been flogging Wordless then Wordy Wednes-days for many years and thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednes-days I could publish a different portrait of the same...

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Photography: Weather or Not
Sep05

Photography: Weather or Not

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”—John Ruskin The real adventure of photography is being passionate about creating images that reflect your view of the world, not the repetition of someone else’s ideas. To produce great images, you’ll sometimes have to brave the elements. Are you ready to...

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Book Review: NY in the Snow
Sep04

Book Review: NY in the Snow

“I love the surreality of snowstorms in NY.”—Vivienne Gucwa To me the best kind of photo book is not a how-to book telling you how to use your camera or explain Photoshop techniques; While these books can be useful in helping you lean the vocabulary and craft of photography, my preference is for books that make you think about your photography and inspire you to make better photographs. Vivienne Gucwa’s NY in the Snow is...

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