Posts Tagged: video

How-To Create Digital Backgrounds Using Photoshop


Even through plain backgrounds are great for classic portraiture, they can get old pretty fast. Seamless paper backgrounds, canvas, and vinyl printed backgrounds can add some variety to your background choices, but the costs can add up quickly. Physical backgrounds can also take up a lot of space and take time to setup and break… Read more »

Video Interview: Boudoir Photographer, Brooke Ismach


  When you inspire confidence in your subjects, the results can be outstanding. New York City-based photographer, Brooke Ismach, talks about how she keeps her boudoir clients confident throughout the process. Of course, the client has to be confident in her photographer. That goes without saying. But, as Brooke explains, it’s also crucial for the… 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.

How To Set up a Softbox


  The first time I tried to figure out how to set up a softbox, I was lost.  I made this for people who find themselves in that position. Featured: Photoflex LiteDome Q3-9 Lastolite Ezbox Hotshoe Softbox Alien Bees B800 Canon 580EX II

Interview with a Model: Cat RoPo


Cat RoPo is a freelance model working in the New York City area. Having worked with Cat a few times, I thought she’d be able to offer some great advice and insight from a model’s perspective.  In this interview, among other topics, we talk about what some models look for when deciding on who to… Read more »

One-Light and V-Flat Reflector

An artist friend of mine, Allyson Lipkin, dropped by the studio the other day and we did a very quick shoot that resulted in several shots I’m very happy with. The entire shoot was done with a single Alien Bees B800 and a shoot-through umbrella. So, the one-light magic strikes again. But is it really… Read more »

How I Shot It: 1979 Theme Shoot


In this video, I explore the photography of the late 1970s by attempting to recreate some of the looks from back then.  Influences and references were Studio 54, Guy Bourdin, various music videos, and advertising. One of the things that struck me when looking at the fashion and promo photos from back in the day,… Read more »

Underexposed Film Grain for Effect


Episode #3 of Flirting with Film: “Underexposed Film Grain for Effect.”  I shoot a roll of Kodak Portra 800 in low-light conditions in order to maximize on grain.  Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you can be updated when new videos come out. Above:  Notice the thin area of this negative (shadow). Although… Read more »

Flirting With Film: Episode 2


Episode #2 of my video series, Flirting with Film is now available on my YouTube channel.  Hang out with me as I burn through a roll of medium format in Central Park. Watch me shoot the snowy landscapes and scenery as I slowly lose feeling in my hands and feet.  Make sure to subscribe to… Read more »

Video: White Balance


Here’s a video clip that might help further illustrate some of the points on the previous post, Working with White Balance.