How I Approach a Glamour Session
Oct23

How I Approach a Glamour Session

“The first 10,000 shots are the worst.” – Helmut Newton Next to “where do I find models,” the next most popular question I’m asked is how do I approach a shoot with a new model. The answer is that even if I’ve photographed the model before I use the same method, although the time spent on each section might go a little faster. Sign the Release: After a friendly greeting, we head to the workroom that contains my...

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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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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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Choosing the Right Light Modifier
Sep18

Choosing the Right Light Modifier

“The mind is like an umbrella. Its most useful when open.”—Walter Gropius It doesn’t matter whether you’re working with 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 one has their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Your decision should ultimately be governed by one important rule: The closer the light is to the subject...

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Shooting with Silverlake Photo’s Colorsmacks
Aug18

Shooting with Silverlake Photo’s Colorsmacks

For this photograph of Alice Iver I used Silverlake Photo‘s “Sweet Apple” backdrop that is part of their Colorsmack series. Colorsmack backdrops are made from a durable, wrinkle free, and washable fabric and are equipped with loop-side Velcro at the top. If you supply the hook side, you can mount the backdrop anywhere, including Silverlake’s own 10-foot Colorsmack Velcro Sleeve ($59,) which I didn’t have so I used...

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