Portrait Wednesdays: Madame Butterfly
Nov08

Portrait Wednesdays: Madame Butterfly

“See, the night doth enfold us! See, all the world lies sleeping!” ― Giacomo Puccini With Wordy Wed-nesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bern-stein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wed-nesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many weeks I’ll be showcasing a different image of her...

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Trends in Portrait Photography
Nov06

Trends in Portrait Photography

In the December ’17 issue of Shutterbug magazine, that’s currently on newsstands, I write about trends I foresee for photography in the coming year. I thought I would take this opportunity to look at a subset of these trends, specifically as it relates to portraiture. This isn’t based on any scientific or statistical analysis but a general overview of the style of portraits that I see on social media. And it may be that these trends...

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How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2
Oct30

How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2

“The whole series is black-and-white, so when I went to shoot one of the women I only had black-and-white film with me. She had reddish hair and was a very pretty girl, a nice girl.”—Helmut Newton When last we left our intrepid photographer, he had zeroed in his lighting and was getting ready to photograph his model, in this case the wonderful Bella Fire, who is also pretty, nice and has red hair. As I have written before, there are...

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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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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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