Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela
Sep20

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela

“Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.”—Helmut Newton With Wordy Wednesdays running 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 Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I’ll be showcasing a different image of her...

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Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Faces of Pamela
Sep06

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Faces of Pamela

In 1988, photographer Gary Bernstein, along with Bernie Taupin, published his first book called Burning Cold. The only model whose photographs appeared in the book’s pages was Bernstein’s wife, Kay Sutton York. I’ve been flogging Wordless then Wordy Wednes-days for many years and thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednes-days I could publish a different portrait of the same...

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Book Review: NY in the Snow
Sep04

Book Review: NY in the Snow

“I love the surreality of snowstorms in NY.”—Vivienne Gucwa To me the best kind of photo book is not a how-to book telling you how to use your camera or explain Photoshop techniques; While these books can be useful in helping you lean the vocabulary and craft of photography, my preference is for books that make you think about your photography and inspire you to make better photographs. Vivienne Gucwa’s NY in the Snow is...

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Wordy Wednesday #456: The Final Chapter
Aug30

Wordy Wednesday #456: The Final Chapter

I’ve been flogging Wordless Wednesdays then Wordy Wednesdays for many years. In fact, the first Wordless Wednesday appeared on March 14, 2012 and I thought it was time for a change. Next week, Inspired by the photography of Gary Bernstein, I’m starting a new series I hope will run for a year. In the meantime, I leave you with this.   “Mary and Joe At the Psycho House” Normally you can’t get out of the cars...

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Wordy Wednesday 440: “Mary & R2D2”
May03

Wordy Wednesday 440: “Mary & R2D2”

“R-Two, the message says, ‘help me Obi-Wan, you’re my only hope.’” —Mary Farace Tomorrow is Star Wars Day. May 4, celebrates the Star Wars films created by George Lucas. (Disney had purchased Lucasfilm including the rights to Star Wars in late 2012.)  This informal holiday was initially observed by fans of the movies and observance of spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations. The date was chosen for the easy pun...

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Working with Props & Backgrounds
Apr28

Working with Props & Backgrounds

“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important”— Jacques-Henri Lartigue They may not be the subject of the portrait but the right prop and background will not only enhance a photograph, they can improve your image with your clients. But you need to light it appropriately. In a portrait of a child sitting on a Victorian bench in a environment...

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Shooting with Cold Continuous Light
Mar26

Shooting with Cold Continuous Light

The  problem with traditional “hot lights” is that they are, well, hot and are not all that comfortable to work under for subject and photographer alike. Welcome to a world of continuous light sources that are powered by fluorescent bulbs. I know what you’re thinking, don’t fluorescent lights produce horrible green light? As it turns out daylight-balanced fluorescents are the perfect light source for digital photography. By...

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