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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Why It’s a Good idea to Test
Jul07

Why It’s a Good idea to Test

Back when everybody shoot film, testing was an important part of improving your photography and most people wouldn’t shoot an assignment or any critical images before testing the concept or gear beforehand. Before clicking the shutter, medium and large format studio shooters used (expensive) Polaroid film  and others would shoot test rolls or run clip tests before trying anything new. Along comes digital capture with its instant...

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Wordy Wednesday #446 “Toy Camera Effect”
Jun14

Wordy Wednesday #446 “Toy Camera Effect”

“Mechanically the Holga is simplicity itself. The nature of the Holga places emphasis on seeing, thinking, and interacting with the environment at hand.”— Joe Ostraff These days many cameras, especially mirrorless, have a built-in Toy Camera effect. Another ways to add this effect is in the digital darkroom by using a Photoshop-compatible Plug-in or Photoshop Action such as Dave Ward’s “Old Toy Camera” Photoshop...

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Photographing an Autobianchi Bianchina
Jun13

Photographing an Autobianchi Bianchina

On a sunny summer day the Italian car clubs in Colorado gather at an annual show called Automezzi. Lots of exotic, interesting, and beautiful cars are on display including Ferrari’s, Lamborghinis, Lancias, Panteras, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos and Fiats. I’ve had a love affair with Italian cars since the early ’70s and this little red car captured my imagination but there was always a crowd gathered around it. When leaving the show,...

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Shooting In Home Portraits
Jun12

Shooting In Home Portraits

Before I had my current and small (11×15-foot) home studio, my previous home was a studio and one of my favorite places to shoot was the kitchen because it had a North-facing bay window.] This beautiful model was posed and photographed in my kitchen using mostly available light with fill from an EX550 speedlight. Camera was an EOS 50D with EF 28-105mm lens and an exposure of 1/90 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 400. The biggest upside of...

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