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...

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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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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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Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome
Jun19

Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome

“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 I find myself wondering, “what do I shoot next?” or starting the think “there’s nothing to photograph,” one thing I like to do is to shoot some images in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be all of the images made...

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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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