Boudoir Photography Outdoors
Jul24

Boudoir Photography Outdoors

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”— Marilyn Monroe Boudoir photography or Intimate Portraiture, as I prefer to call the genre, is typically shot in a moody interior or studio setting but there’s no reason you can’t shoot outdoors. One of my favorite outdoor lighting techniques is backlighting, which  can produce  highlights on...

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Shooting Impressionist Images with the Skink Pinhole Lens
Jul21

Shooting Impressionist Images with the Skink Pinhole Lens

“Impressionism is not a movement, it is a philosophy of life.” ― Max Lieberman The Skink Pinhole Pancake lens is different than other pinhole lenses in that it uses a modular design with  disks, zone plates or  sieves that can be installed between the retaining rings in the center of the lens. It’s constructed significantly better than Olympus’ 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap lens although physically it’s about the same...

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How I Approach Each Working Day
Jul20

How I Approach Each Working Day

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”—Parkinson’s Law This post was  written for and originally appeared on my friend Rick Sammon’s blog. If you enjoy travel photography, you owe it to yourself to visit this site to see his amazing imagery and read his tips.. Rick and I have little in common photography speaking or even in the kinds of subjects we choose to photograph but we both share a...

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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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Motorsports Photography: Weather or Not
Jul18

Motorsports Photography: Weather or Not

“I love cold, rainy weather.”—Catherine Bell There are a few photographers that don’t want to venture out in the rain, afraid that their cameras and lenses, or perhaps their own delicate selves, will be damaged. (After all, look what water did to the witch in the Wizard of Oz.) Don’t be afraid of getting wet. You can always cover your camera with my old stand-by shower cap that most decent (anyway) hotels provide in...

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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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Whats the Best Exposure Method?
Jul14

Whats the Best Exposure Method?

“If we know exactly where we’re going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we’ll see along the way, we won’t learn anything.”—M. Scott Peck In photography there are no one perfect or correct way to do anything, although some program presenters speakers may disagree arguing that only their way is the one, true perfect road. I disagree. There is no “my way or the highway” in photography. In my world—and on this...

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