Portrait Wednesday: Little Red Riding Hood
Oct18

Portrait Wednesday: Little Red Riding Hood

In the book, One Face Fifty Ways, YouTubers Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson demonstrate lighting, posing and other portrait techniques to capture the many looks and moods of a single person. This is similar to the approach Gary Bernstein used with Kay Sutton York in their 1988 book, Burning Gold, that I mentioned previously. With Wordy Wednesdays running for many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold...

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Shooting Portraits At Home
Oct13

Shooting Portraits At Home

“So many people dislike themselves so thoroughly that they never see any reproduction of themselves that suits. None of us is born with the right face. It’s a tough job being a portrait photographer.”— Imogen Cunningham Before I had my current in-home studio, I used my entire (former) home as a studio and one of my favorite places to shoot was the kitchen because it had a North-facing bay window. If the upside of shooting...

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Portrait Wednesdays: In The Pink
Oct11

Portrait Wednesdays: In The Pink

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wed-nesdays I will be show-casing a different image of her that was made over the five years that I’ve photo-graphed Pam showing her many, many...

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The Better Choice? Lightbanks vs. Umbrellas
Oct06

The Better Choice? Lightbanks vs. Umbrellas

“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”—Desiderius Erasmus Whether working speedlights or monolights one of the best ways to improve the quality of the light is by using an umbrella or a lightbank and each device has their advantages and disadvantages. The choice between either of them is governed by one important rule: The closer the light is to the subject the softer it is; the further away a light...

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No Photoshop Please, We’re French
Oct05

No Photoshop Please, We’re French

In 2009, French lawmakers proposed a law that photographs where a model— the key word is “model” not your aunt Sally—has been photoshopped be labeled as such. In 2017, that law is now going into effect. The BBC reports that the Photoshop rule does not apply to the removal of blemishes being or retouching to hair. France 24 reports that as of October 1, 2017, anyone who publishes a photo in which Photoshop is used to “either slim or...

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Available Light Boudoir Photography
Sep28

Available Light Boudoir Photography

“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.”— Salma Hayek It’s no big secret that best way to improve your photography is by practicing. I think it’s a good idea to photograph something every day or at least once a week so you can get to the point where you don’t have to think about how to operate your...

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Portrait Wednesdays: Using an LED Ringlight
Sep27

Portrait Wednesdays: Using an LED Ringlight

“I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they’re sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun.”—Clara Bow With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case...

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