So I was sitting in my big cushy chair with a cold Octoberfest brew culling through 3,000 images when I stumbled upon an flurry of shots that seemed odd. Why were they odd you ask? Well, I guess it was because in the image was of a groomsman, a few other folks, and me. Me! […]Read more "Crossing the line."
What makes a good portrait? The lighting? The pose? It has to be the scenery. …no It is the eyes. You are reading this and saying “Duh.” But, it’s not that simple. Anyone can ask someone to look at the camera and you will end up with a photo of someone ‘looking at the camera.’ […]Read more "Psychology of shooting portraits"
Photographers are a silly bunch. Many of us are “gear junkies.” I know I am and my wife could attest to that. So couldn’t Discover Card. I think that in a time when cameras can shoot clean up to 12,800 ISO, it is refreshing to go backwards a bit. This is what I did and […]Read more "The return of a legend. The Nikon D3."
1/100, 1/500. f/4, f/5.6, which lens? Which camera body? RAW? JPEG? Sandisk? Canon? Nikon? Etc. When you start to get into photography you will be bombarded with choices. The problem is, these choices (although important) are less important than you might think. The camera is a brush. The world is your canvas. The dirty little […]Read more "Just be there…"
Here is a simple breakdown of how to light this scene using 2 lights. I was asked to photograph a Master of a Grand Lodge in Massachusetts. When I got to the location, there was a lot going on. The room is filled with a lot of historical architecture and symbols. I know this room […]Read more "Anatomy of a shot: An evening with a Master"
Profoto! It took me awhile to finally accept the fact that I needed better strobes. Like many photographers, we grow in sort of a predictable fashion. We buy more and more cameras and tend to forget that the essence of photography is LIGHT! Yet, we buy cheap speed lights and wonder how someone […]Read more "Using the Profoto AcuteB2 system on location."
Location photography is always fun, but challenging. Here is a very simple solution to getting nice lighting in an awkward location during a sunny day when you are alone. GEAR: Nikon D810 Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 Lens Alien Bees B800 320ws strobe Paul C Buff 2×3′ soft box Paul C Buff Vagabond Mini Lithium […]Read more "Lighting a family on a boat"