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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Into the World of The Upside Down
Dec01

Into the World of The Upside Down

“I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.”— Ursus Wehrli Today’s Rant by Joe Farace In the Netflix series Stranger Things, the “Upside Down” is an integral part of the plot but I’m not sure I understand its application to the world of portraiture. What I’m referring to in another trend (read “Trends in Portrait Photography”) I’ve noticed in portraits displayed on the Internet,...

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Portrait Wednesday: In the Pink, Again!
Nov29

Portrait Wednesday: In the Pink, Again!

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 that was made over the five years I’ve worked with Pam showing her many, many...

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Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights
Nov27

Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”—Caroline Kennedy The Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* for Canon EOS is designed for medium and longer distances and provides high-performance capture even when shot wide open and even improves as the lens is stopped down. Lens construction controls flare and ghosting artifacts, resulting in a brilliant...

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It’s Black & White Friday
Nov24

It’s Black & White Friday

“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.”— Robert Frost Photographic umbrellas are the simplest and most inexpensive form of light modifier and that makes them the most popular too. Photographic umbrellas look and act like rain umbrellas except they’re reflective and light is bounced into or shot through them creating a big, soft light source that’s...

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