Would You Like to be a Model?
Mar21

Would You Like to be a Model?

“I wanted to thank you for making me feel beautiful and giving me the confidence that has helped me become who I am today!”  — Leslie, a young model that I helped to launch her career. When I’m testing cameras, lenses and especially lighting equipment, I need models to pose for these photographs. With repairs to my home studio finally complete, I will be doing more and more studio shoots and will be needing new models. If you have a...

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DIY Tips for Your Home Studio
Mar20

DIY Tips for Your Home Studio

Over the years my home studio space evolved. First it was the living room in a condo, and then it was in my home’s unfinished basement (next to the furnace) until today’s dedicated but small studio. If you decide to use a spare room, as I have, you will find many homes have white or light colored walls that while aesthetically pleasing can be good or bad if you want to control the lighting. After the basement, where my home studio is...

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March 19: St. Joseph’s Day — Den Svatého Josefa
Mar17

March 19: St. Joseph’s Day — Den Svatého Josefa

…everything around us, dead or alive, in the eyes of a crazy photographer mysteriously takes on many variations, so that a seemingly dead object comes to life through light or by its surroundings…. To capture some of this – I suppose that’s lyricism. —Josef Sudek St. Joseph’s Day is a more subdued version of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day and is celebrated about the same time  during March in The Czech...

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Why I Still Shoot Film…Occasionally
Mar16

Why I Still Shoot Film…Occasionally

“Learning how to use different formats has made me a better photographer. When I started working in medium format, it made me a better 35 mm photographer. When I started working in 4×5, it made me a better medium-format photographer.” — Mary Ellen Mark While much of what I shoot today is with mirrorless and digital SLRs, I still have several film cameras, including a Leica M6, Hasselblad XPan, Zeiss SW and a medium...

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Wordy Wednesday #433: It’s A Snow Day
Mar15

Wordy Wednesday #433: It’s A Snow Day

It may be that way in some parts of the country but not here on Daisy Hill. While our friends and colleagues in the East Coast are recovering from a massive Winter Storm, the weather forecast for the Denver area is partially cloudy with high temperature in the low 70’s. That forecast, of course, ignores the fact that the two snowiest months in Colorado are March and April. The above photograph shows me digging Mary’s...

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Shooting Sigma’s 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens in the Studio
Mar14

Shooting Sigma’s 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens in the Studio

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens is part of their Art series and has an angle-of-view equivalent to 45mm. It’s designed for APS-C format digital SLRs like the Canon EOS 60D I tested it with. The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and produces quiet (for shooting video) and fast autofocus. It has Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and the company includes a nicely made lens hood and case at no extra cost. The...

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Two Photographers, One Model, One Location
Mar13

Two Photographers, One Model, One Location

A great photographer once advised me to work with as few light control devices as possible. I try to do that because the less time spent working with my gear, the more time I can spend putting my subject at ease. If you give me a doorway I’ll use it as a prop. Doorways give subjects something to do with their hands as well as—I think anyway—provide a natural frame around the subject adding interest to the portrait. Image wascaptured...

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