Posts Tagged: photography

Guide to Flash Photography


Flash photography should be easy… I mean, second-nature, do-it-without-thinking easy. So why isn’t it? Here are some of the top things a lot of people are struggling with: 1)  Outdoor flash that looks too “flashy” or unnatural. 2)  Backgrounds that are too dark. 3)  Can’t seem to get a good white background effect. 4)  Just… Read more »

Composite Images Using Foreground Elements

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Replacing backgrounds is an effective way to create a new look for our photos, but we can also add elements to the foreground of an image to give it extra impact. The subject isn’t always the closest thing to your camera, so why not reflect that in your creative composite work? In the following poster-style… Read more »

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II


In Episode #5 of Flirting with Film: “Mamiya RZ67 Pro II,” I offer an overview of the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format SLR camera. The Mamiya RZ67 Pro II is a medium format single lens reflex camera produced in the mid 1990’s. It’s part of a modular system, and features interchangeable lenses and viewfinders,… 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.

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 »

Video Interview: Neil van Niekerk


  Check out this new interview with Neil van Niekerk, NJ/NYC-based photographer, author, and educator.  Great advice in this Q&A. Neil dropped by the studio and answered a few questions about his work, what aspiring photographers should know, and how to move forward with your photography;  never stop learning.

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 »

HPRC and Pelican Cases: A Comparison


I give you my personal take on HPRC vs. Pelican cases for everyday use.  This is not a compilation of scientific impact resistance tests or a review of how well these withstand the most brutal conditions.  Instead, I talk about what I like about these cases and how they’ve worked for me on the punishing… Read more »

What Type of Photographer are You?


Photography is one of those things that attracts many different kinds of people and personality types.  Actually, if you let go of the notion that the word “photographer” can only apply to professionals or those with some degree of expertise, you’ll agree that virtually everyone is a photographer. If you’ve got a camera, and you… Read more »