Making Halloween Portraits
Oct31

Making Halloween Portraits

“Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.”— Judy Gold This time of year, one of my favorite photo concepts is to ask portrait subjects to bring their Halloween costumes to a shoot±even if it’s after Halloween, as I expect to shoot this Thursday. As adults they don’t get a chance to wear them more than just once and it lets you create the kind of images that are fun to make for both the photographer and the...

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How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2
Oct30

How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2

“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. She had reddish hair and was a very pretty girl, a nice girl.”—Helmut Newton When last we left our intrepid photographer, he had zeroed in his lighting and was getting ready to photograph his model, in this case the wonderful Bella Fire, who is also pretty, nice and has red hair. As I have written before, there are...

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Getting Inside an Infrared Conversion
Oct03

Getting Inside an Infrared Conversion

“In the beginning it was all black and white.”—Maureen O’Hara A digital camera’s sensor typically sees light in wavelengths from approximately 350 to 1,000 nanometers. A nanometer (nm) is a metric unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter. Your eyes can see a range of light from approximately 400 to 700 nanometers. Most digital cameras place a low pass filter in front of the sensor to lets low frequency light...

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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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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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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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Wordy Wednesday #450 “Mt Evans Stream in Infrared”
Jul19

Wordy Wednesday #450 “Mt Evans Stream in Infrared”

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ” ― Ansel Adams The below image was made in the Arapaho National Forest, just off the road to Mount Evans in Colorado. It was shot using a Panasonic Lumix G6 that had been converted to infrared-only operation by LifePixel, It was shot with a Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and an exposure of 1/80 sec at f/11 and ISO 400....

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