Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam
Dec13

Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam

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 weeks I’ll be show-casing a diff-erent image of her that was made over the five years I’ve work-ed with Pam show-ing her many, many...

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Digital Texture Screens
Dec12

Digital Texture Screens

Keep in something my mentor Eddie Bafford told me about applying effects in the traditional wet darkroom: “If you get too carried away, you need somebody with a 2×4 to hit you up-side the head.” The use of texture screens is nothing new and has been around for more than seventy years having been used by darkroom artistes and pictorialists such as William Mortensen in the 1930’s and 40’s. When used in the traditional...

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Learning to “See the Light”
Dec11

Learning to “See the Light”

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” ― Bram Stoker Light has four major qualities including color, quality, quantity and direction. As photographers seeking to master the art of exposure, seeing that light is the key to mastering the art of proper exposure. Notice I said art. Chiaro-scuro, as Italian Renai-ssance painters called it, is the use of effects...

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Is a Cell Phone a Camera?
Dec08

Is a Cell Phone a Camera?

“What do you call a box with a plastic, wide-angle lens, tiny imaging sensor and no way to control aperture, shutter speed of ISO setting?”—Joe Farace Today’s Rant by Joe Farace If you described a brand new digital camera like that some people would say “it’s a digital Holga,” but I don’t think anybody would say, “that sounds like a great camera.” But if all of a sudden you say it’s a phone, people will rave that it’s the...

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Portrait Wednesday: Pamela with LEDs
Dec06

Portrait Wednesday: Pamela with LEDs

With Wordy Wednesdays running 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 weeks I’ll be show-casing a diff-erent image of her that was made over the five years I’ve work-ed with Pam showing her many, many...

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Books Make Great Gifts for the Holidays
Dec05

Books Make Great Gifts for the Holidays

One question I get from readers from time-to-time is “when are you coming out with a new book?” The answer is: I wish I knew. Mark Toal and I talked with the publisher of my last four books about co-writing a book about mirrorless photography, specifically on Micro Four-thirds system cameras and lenses and the publisher initially considered our proposal but lost interest after a while. Book publishers, like photo magazines...

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Different Types of Camera Filters
Dec04

Different Types of Camera Filters

“I’m not a photographer, so I didn’t get into f-stops or ND filters or background, foreground, cross-light, all that stuff.” — Keanu Reeves Camera filters are available in lots of different different shapes, sizes, and materials including delicate gelatin filters that drop into holders or lens hoods, glass filters to screw onto your lenses and rectangular filters that fit modular holders. For more, see my riff on Wratten...

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