Full-length Posing in Small Spaces
May18

Full-length Posing in Small Spaces

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”—Frida Kahlo My  home studio measures 11×15 feet (but one end is angled) making shooting full length poses a challenge. It is the space that I use to shoot in and test lighting  products for Shutterbug reviews as well as shooting glamour photographs for clients of my boudoir photography business. But full length...

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Wordy Wednesday #442: Homage to Jerry Garcia
May17

Wordy Wednesday #442: Homage to Jerry Garcia

“I’m gonna beat it on down the line.”—The Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. He performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995.). The VW Microbus was also a symbol of the 1960s....

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Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet
May16

Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet

A lot of people are surprised to learn that May is the rainiest month in Colorado. But what about Japan? Things to Do in Tokyo When You’re Wet? What else? Make pictures of other people taking pictures in the rain… If it isn’t already obvious, it’s a good idea to pack a small umbrella—one that fits in your camera bag—whenever you travel. I use an inexpensive ($16) Totes Raines collapsible umbrella that folds...

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Photo Ops Are All Around You
May15

Photo Ops Are All Around You

“I feel a responsibility to my backyard. I want it to be taken care of and protected.”—Annie Leibovitz When making an image I don’t always have any specific goal in mind, other than “I’d like to make a nice photo,” but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. I conducted a workshop called “Right in Your Own Backyard” at the FOTOfusion conference a few years ago that was based on the premise that you needn’t travel halfway around...

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How I Became a People Photographer
May12

How I Became a People Photographer

It may come as a surprise to some of you but I didn’t start out to be a people photographer. Back in the day, when Mary and I opened our studio, we divided the workload: She photographed people and I photographed things, mostly architecture and some products. Every now and then because of scheduling and availability I would shoot a few business portraits but people were really Mary’s game. When she took an extended sabbatical from...

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Understanding Inks and Papers: A Primer
May11

Understanding Inks and Papers: A Primer

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams As printing technology changed paper and ink became more specialized developing it’s own vocabulary but when it comes to fine art inkjet papers here are a few to get you started: Dye-based inks use a colorant dissolved in a carrier liquid. With pigmented inks, color comes from fine particles that are suspended in the fluid. Pigment inks...

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Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”
May10

Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”

The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous bridge in the Florida Keys, located in Monroe County. It connects Knight’s Key, part of the city of Marathon, Florida. in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is part of the Overseas Highway in the Keys, which is part of the 2,369-mile U.S. Route 1. There are really two bridges in this location. The modern bridge is...

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