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"
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"
I pride myself on my skills of talking too much and photojournalism to use the camera and light to tell a story. I am far from a skilled expert in Photoshop. I am also NOT one of those photographers that likes to make dinosaurs chase wedding parties. I am sure you have all seen those […]Read more "Beating up the groom!"
It’s not often that you get to spend time with a true master. I heard about Youxin Ye online from pretty much everyone on the planet that is somehow connected to Leica cameras. Just ask anyone who the best person to repair such a fine instrument is and you will probably hear Mr. Ye’s […]Read more "A day with a Leica Master"
The Leica M8 is 8 years-old. A lifetime in digital technology. And yet, the M8 is as popular as ever. There are dozens of new reviews online, all written within the last 2 years. That is astonishing considering the fact that it has since been replaced by the M9 and the M240. So why is […]Read more "The Leica M8. My quest for the red dot."
It’s 2014 and everyone shoots digital. The iPhone is the new Polaroid. It is an exciting time. It is amazing because it has only been about 10 years since digital photography really took the world by storm. Even then, it was too expensive for most people. The Nikon D100, once a $5,000 technological marvel, can […]Read more "Shoot film!"
I was watching an interview this week with one of the most influential photographers on the planet, Joe McNally. He was talking about how there are so many “technically perfect” images out there, but they all lack something. Let’s face it, with the birth of digital photography, the number of photographers out there has exploded. […]Read more "A photograph."