Happy Valentines Day — Instantly
Feb14

Happy Valentines Day — Instantly

“Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.”—Edwin Land I have been in love with instant photography since the introduction of the original Polaroid camera by Edwin Land in 1948. OK I was just a kid at the time and my first real Polaroid camera was the slick SX-70 in 1972 and I had that camera a long, long time. When Mary and I had our studio, we used a NPC Polaroid back for Hasselblad and took the late Leon...

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Shooting a One Light LED Glamour Portrait
Feb13

Shooting a One Light LED Glamour Portrait

There are two kinds of portrait photographers: The first likes to shoot with “available light” by which they really mean “every light that’s available.” For some shooters, setting up five lights to make a portrait is just getting started. The second group prefers to use as few light sources as possible because there’s less gear to fiddle with, which translates into more time spent concentrating on making a good portrait of the...

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Manual Focusing Takes Me Back to the Future
Feb10

Manual Focusing Takes Me Back to the Future

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”—Mark Twain A few years ago I wrote an article for Shutterbug’s Digital Photography How-to Guide about using different kinds of lenses on mirrorless cameras and it got me feeling nostalgic. Fast forward: I’m walking down Wilcox Street in Castle Rock CO carrying a Panasonic Lumix G5 with a Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Biogon lens mounted and all of...

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Shooting Portraits with Lowel’s Blender
Feb09

Shooting Portraits with Lowel’s Blender

The Lowel Blender’s twin-LED design makes it possible to fine-tune its color output to match (or contrast with) whatever kind of existing light that you’re grappling with. This tiny (4.5 x 3.75-inches) unit produces 56W of light, is dimmable from 100% to 10% and is powered by a 120V AC adapter or the optional ($27.88) camcorder battery sled (uses Panasonic, Sony or Canon batteries.) The Lowel Blender 3 Light Kit includes three...

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Wordy Wednesday #428: “Mannequins in ABQ”
Feb08

Wordy Wednesday #428: “Mannequins in ABQ”

You know how it is: You drive by something and say “I’ve gotta make a photograph if that” but never somehow get around to it. When I was in Albuquerque Mary and I drove past this clothing store and Mary said, “you gotta take a picture of that,” so when we drove by later in the day, the store was closed and the Mannequins had been taken inside. But I persevered, so the next time we were in the Nob Hill area, we made a detour and the...

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Travel Photography: Have a Checklist
Feb07

Travel Photography: Have a Checklist

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”— Paul Strand If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive; when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? The scouts have it right, you gotta...

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Working with and Posing Glamour Models
Feb06

Working with and Posing Glamour Models

When I was a young photographer I asked my mentor, what was the worst thing I could do during a photo shoot. My guess was that it would be some kind of technical glitch but to my surprise he said, “not talking to the people.” If you don’t talk to the models that you’re photographing you are never, ever going to make good images. If you’ve participated in a group model shoot, you know what I mean. Shooters use their longest focal...

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