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

Figure 7.  Result.

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 »

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.

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 »

Shooting to a Personal Theme


Le Carrousel at Bryant Park Do you find yourself frequently taking photos, even simple snapshots, of a certain type of subject?  Maybe you’re doing it and not even aware of a pattern.  For whatever reason, I started creating my own collection of vending machine and arcade ride images some time ago.  Here in New York,… Read more »

Window Silhouettes and Exposure Adjustments

A quick example of how a simple exposure adjustment can bring out (or blow out) the detail in a window shot. The image on the left is a longer exposure than the image on the right, allowing more light to build up on the sensor, in this case blowing out the detail in the windows…. Read more »

Light Dropoff for Darker Backgrounds


A reader wrote to me to ask about light drop-off when using umbrellas as described in my ebook, 100% Reliable Flash Photography. Although the topic of drop-off isn’t really covered in the book, it’s a good one to discuss. The question had to do with how I was able to avoid lighting up much of… Read more »

Video: Creating Background Color with Gels and Flash

Here’s a new video tutorial from the Photography in 3 Minutes series.  In this episode, I demonstrate how to quickly create a colored background and avoid contaminating it with the main light used on your subject.  Model:  Danielle