Remembering Our Veterans
Nov11

Remembering Our Veterans

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”—Alexander Hamilton For my readers living outside the US:  Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring armed service veterans observed on November 11th. It coincides with rmistice Day or Remembrance Day that are celebrated in other parts of the world and marks the anniversary of the signing of the...

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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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Shooting Infrared with Zeiss Lenses
Sep29

Shooting Infrared with Zeiss Lenses

“I think a lot of the time these days people are so concerned about having the right camera and the right lenses and all the special effects that go along with it that they’re missing the key element.”—Herb Ritts Distagon is the name that Zeiss gives to its wide-angle lenses that have a retrofocus design. Short focal lenses are typically composed of glass elements whose shapes are symmetrical in front of and behind...

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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 #456: The Final Chapter
Aug30

Wordy Wednesday #456: The Final Chapter

I’ve been flogging Wordless Wednesdays then Wordy Wednesdays for many years. In fact, the first Wordless Wednesday appeared on March 14, 2012 and I thought it was time for a change. Next week, Inspired by the photography of Gary Bernstein, I’m starting a new series I hope will run for a year. In the meantime, I leave you with this.   “Mary and Joe At the Psycho House” Normally you can’t get out of the cars during a...

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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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Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG
Jul17

Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG

There are more ways to convert a color file into a monochrome photograph than “are dreamt about in your philosophy, Horatio.” In my Geared Up column in the October ’17 of Shutterbug (on newsstands September 10,) I’ll be doing a comprehensive (as possible) look at all of the different ways to convert a color file into monochrome but here are a few early tips to get you in the mood: I am a big believer that there are lots of photo...

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