Making Halloween Portraits
Oct31

Making Halloween Portraits

“Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.”— Judy Gold This time of year, one of my favorite photo concepts is to ask portrait subjects to bring their Halloween costumes to a shoot±even if it’s after Halloween, as I expect to shoot this Thursday. As adults they don’t get a chance to wear them more than just once and it lets you create the kind of images that are fun to make for both the photographer and the...

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Portrait Wednesdays: She’s Got Legs
Oct25

Portrait Wednesdays: She’s Got Legs

“She’s got legs, she knows how to use them”—ZZ Top With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s 1988 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...

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Creating Cartoons from Your Photographs
Oct20

Creating Cartoons from Your Photographs

“I don’t think of cartoons or comics as being for kids.”—Jeff Kinney Cartoons & Pop Art is a new set of Photoshop actions from Panos Efstathiadis the proprietor of PanosFX, an amazingly talented designer of Photoshop actions. Panos says that the Cartoons & Pop Art actions work “like a Swiss Army knife,” giving you an array of creative options. The actions transform your photos into cartoons by using a clever...

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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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It’s Aspen Season: How I Photograph Landscapes
Oct09

It’s Aspen Season: How I Photograph Landscapes

“The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.”— Georges Simenon While it may be a oversimplification to say that anybody can make a great photograph in Monument Valley, the truth is that that the art of landscape photography often gets confused with the real estate business because of its emphasis on location, location, location. As a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art I once attended...

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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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Portrait Wednesdays: Back to the Sixties
Oct04

Portrait Wednesdays: Back to the Sixties

In the book, One Face Fifty Ways by 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 last week. With Wordy Wednesdays running for many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold...

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