Photo Talk


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.


New Video Series: Photography Q&A

I’m starting a new video series, where I’ll answer viewer-submitted questions about photography.  The videos will be made available on my YouTube channel.  If you have a photography-related question, send it to  I’ll let you know when the answer is posted!


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 […]

Fire during Hurricane Allen, 1980.

Young Photographers Are Going to Rule

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 […]

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

Models’ Photo Choices vs. Yours

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


Podcast #29: Interview with Photographer Joe Asencios

Podcast (Audio only): [powerpress] Podcast on Video: In this episode, an interview with Chicago-based photographer, Joe Asencios. Subscribe to download our podcasts on iTunes. Check out the video and images for this episode and all podcasts at:  YouTube What we talk about: Sacrificing for your photography Joe’s lighting, settings, and post-processing methodology Finding and working […]

From an editorial shoot for a restaurant/bar in Austin, TX.

What Will it Take to be a Successful Photographer?

I recently posted up a questionnaire in my photography group on Facebook.  In it I asked members to describe their current situations and levels of satisfaction with their earnings as photographers.  The responses to the poll questions were eye-opening.  Granted, very few of our 1,200+ members responded, and this poll was in no way a […]


Proofs You Don’t Want Your Clients to See

What’s your opinion on this?  You do a session for a client and all goes well.  After editing you select only a fraction of the images to present as proofs.  This is common, but some clients will ask to see the “other” shots;  the ones that did not make it into the final selection.  What […]