Posts Categorized: Photo Talk

Night Photography Tips


I received a question about night photography the other day, and thought I’d throw it over to Jeff Kauffman to get his take on it.  I asked if he could provide a few examples and explanations of his process. Here’s what he had to say: The first challenge in night photography is getting a proper… Read more »

Four Big Photography Mistakes

From my newsletter: Hey, you and I share a love for photography, and I’m pretty sure we both got into it for similar reasons. I mean, being a photographer allows you to express yourself in an immediate way, and it gives you a reason to interact with the world in ways you might otherwise not… Read more »

What Equipment Do I Need to Shoot Weddings?


  One question that pops up pretty often is, “What gear do I need to shoot [fill in the blank]?” In other words, if someone’s planning to do weddings, sports, landscapes, etc., they often want to know what they need to have in their kit. On the one hand, it’s easy enough for me to… Read more »

What Would You Add to Your Kit? What Would You Switch Out?


  I asked our Facebook group members what camera, format, lighting, etc. they’d most love to add to their kit, or switch to?  Many of us think alike.  I was surprised to see so many interested in medium format.  There’s also plenty of interest in the new mirrorless systems from the likes of Fuji and… Read more »

Holiday Family Photos


Taking family photos this Holiday?  Of course you are!  Here’s a little video with some advice that will help keep you happy and sane when family is in front of your camera.  Lots of common sense stuff, but maybe worth a view.

Minolta XG-7 with ProFoto XL 100


Here are the results of my test shoot today with the Minolta XG-7.  This is a 35mm film camera introduced in 1977.  It was the first camera I used for serious photography.  More about that here. This was from a series of shots around my neighborhood on the Upper West Side (Manhattan), taken on Kodak… Read more »

Young Photographers Are Going to Rule

Fire during Hurricane Allen, 1980.

We become photographers for one reason or another. I’d always enjoyed taking snapshots as a child, and when the announcement was made one day at middle-school that they were going to be in need of a photographer, I jumped at the chance. Not as a way to express myself creatively, or contribute something to the… Read more »

Models’ Photo Choices vs. Yours

Model's choice marked with a red "X."

According to several in the About Photography FB group, I’m not the only one who experiences this.  Models will often select, as their favorite shots, something I wouldn’t have picked myself.  This does happen with clients, too.  Once in awhile, a subject and I will share an aesthetic sense and she’ll surprise me.  A kindred… Read more »

Are Photo Competitions a Good Idea?


I’ve always thought of myself as a competitive person.  No, I’m not the kind of guy who turns everything into a race or gets bitter if I don’t win a board game.  For me, the competition has to at least be quantifiable to have a chance at being meaningful.  There has to be a well-defined… Read more »

What You Like About Black and White Photography

Last weekend, the theme in our Facebook group was “Monochrome.”  I asked our members to comment about their feelings on Black and White photography.  Here are a few of their responses: I love the timelessness of B&W.  It strips away any pretense and you’re left with the raw subject, in all its glory. I am… Read more »