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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Using a Canon Macro Lens for Portraits
Jun05

Using a Canon Macro Lens for Portraits

The EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens is one of Canon’s L” series lens and their first telephoto macro lens that includes Hybrid Image Stabilization. It works in 1:1 macro mode that compensates for both angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting. As can be seen in this portrait, the subject is a young model with great skin that can easily handle the EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens’ unflinching optics. This...

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DIY Tips for Your Home Studio
Mar20

DIY Tips for Your Home Studio

Over the years my home studio space evolved. First it was the living room in a condo, and then it was in my home’s unfinished basement (next to the furnace) until today’s dedicated but small studio. If you decide to use a spare room, as I have, you will find many homes have white or light colored walls that while aesthetically pleasing can be good or bad if you want to control the lighting. After the basement, where my home studio is...

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Working with the Classics: Speedotron
Feb23

Working with the Classics: Speedotron

“Remember that the person you are photographing is 50% of the portrait and you are the other 50%. You need the model as much as he or she needs you. If they don’t want to help you, it will be a very dull picture.”—Lord Patrick Lichfield Speedotron’s power pack and head systems are the studio lighting world’s equivalent of the American muscle car. They’re made in the USA, ruggedly built to take hard use, and powerful. The...

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The Importance of the Portrait Warm Up
Feb03

The Importance of the Portrait Warm Up

The warm-up should gently prepare the body for exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.—from Importance of Warming Up before Sport As a younger photographer I attended a workshop on posing for portraits and it went something like this: The speaker, a...

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Why Do Some of My  Portraits Have High ISO’s?
Jan30

Why Do Some of My Portraits Have High ISO’s?

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates and the glare that obscures.” James Thurber I want to answer a question I recently received from a readers regarding a post I did on Flashpoint’s 13-inch fluorescent ring light. Bernie asked, “Why are some of my portraits shot with such high ISO settings?” I’m sure he is concerned because everybody knows that higher ISO settings produce more digital...

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