Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord, Art and Music

Spend too much time in the traditional, commercial photography ecosystem, and you might think that the only good photography, the only real photography, is what you see in a given photo enthusiast Facebook group or photographers’ message board. Deconstructing lighting and composition, or arguing over which lenses make the most sense for portrait shoots or… Read more »

Mamiya C3


Episode #4 of Flirting with Film: “Mamiya C3.” I give an overview of the Mamiya C3 Twin Lens Reflex medium format camera. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can be updated when new videos come out.

Macro Photography Tips with Ryan Morris

Figure 8.  50mm @ f/1.8, ISO 1600, on-camera flash with diffuser.

Ryan Morris is a photographer and close-up and macro photography enthusiast.  Being an admirer of his work, as well as his no-nonsense approach, I asked him a few questions about his technique.  Here are some of his close-up and macro photography tips: EV:  How long have you been shooting close-up and macro? RM:  I have… Read more »

Close-up Photography Backgrounds


One of the interesting things about close-up photography is how it allows you to take advantage of the narrow field of view in a typical shot.  In close-up work, your subject and setup are on a much smaller scale, which includes the visible background appearing beyond the subject area.  This means you can use “mini-backgrounds,”… Read more »

Flash Techniques for Macro and Close-Up Photography

Close-up of flower illuminated from left with hand-held flash, modified with mini-softbox.

In my new eBook, Introduction to Close-Up and Macro Photography, I discuss several lighting scenarios for shooting small objects using a basic flash unit. While dedicated solutions like Canon’s MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash and Nikon’s R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System are great for many close-up and macro photography applications, that’s about all they’re intended… Read more »

Film Photography for Weddings and Portraiture with Matt Haines


Wedding and portraiture is dominated today by digital photographers, but film photography is alive and kicking, and some are making their mark with film photography in an otherwise crowded market.  Matt Haines is one such shooter.  He’s making it happen with film photography, and tells us why and how he’s doing it. EV: How did… Read more »

Close-Up and Macro Photography


I’m happy to announce that my new eBook, Introduction to Close-Up and Macro Photography is now available! If you’ve ever been amazed at those close-up images of flowers, insects, and ordinary items, this guide will show you exactly how to do it yourself. Here are a few of the things I cover in this new… Read more »