It Was a Dark and Not So Stormy Night
Dec14

It Was a Dark and Not So Stormy Night

“I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.”— Ashley Tisdale Today’s Post by Barry Staver & Joe Farace, Image by Barry Staver Working under available light, unavailable light, available darkness, or low light—it doesn’t matter what you call it—can also produce some of the most rewarding photographs. First, there is the thrill of...

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Learning to “See the Light”
Dec11

Learning to “See the Light”

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ― Bram Stoker Light has four major qualities including color, quality, quantity and direction. As photographers seeking to master the art of exposure, seeing that light is the key to mastering the art of proper exposure. Notice I said art. Chiaro-scuro, as Italian Renai-ssance painters called it, is the use of effects...

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Shooting Under Mixed Lighting Conditions
Sep01

Shooting Under Mixed Lighting Conditions

“Light is an interpretive tool in the hands of a photographer. He can make it harsh or soft, revealing or concealing, flattering or libelous. The more he knows about the versatility of light, the easier it is to cope with any picture-taking situation he encounters.”— Peter Gowland Light may just be light but it’s not always the same color as you might think it is. When making photographs, many of us typically think in terms of...

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Wordy Wednesday #455: Cooking in the JPEG Kitchen
Aug23

Wordy Wednesday #455: Cooking in the JPEG Kitchen

Today is National Sponge Cake Day—the quintessential classic of the cake world Digital imaging is, in most ways, more convenient than film photography. The ability to choose a white balance, select an ISO speed and view images on the fly, to name just a few. But there’s the inevitable question: JPEG or RAW? JPEG is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group who, in 1986, created the standard for digital still images that defines...

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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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Why Available Light?
May05

Why Available Light?

“Available light? To some photographers it means using “every light that’s available” while to others, like myself, it means using only or mostly the light that’s available within a scene. One of the most traditional forms of available light used for portraits is window light. This image was captured using only the light from a narrow window in my living room. The model was posed midway between the window at camera left and my sofa at...

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Using Shadows in Glamour Photography
Apr18

Using Shadows in Glamour Photography

Light illuminates; shadows define. Shadows add a sense of depth to a photograph. Shadows are the soul of a picture—Rick Sammon Light has four major qualities: quality, quantity, color and direction and the least expensive lighting for glamour portraits is the sun. It’s free and even on cloudy days produces a wonderfully soft effect and it’s easy to use too. Under most lighting conditions your camera’s built-in meter will give anywhere...

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