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Family Portrait Lighting Example

Balancing Mood With Lighting Portraits are about people, their faces and expressions.  The people should be the main subject and stand out from their background — your eyes going directly to their expressions without distractions. Sometimes we have to think backwards, meaning controlling the lighting for the background and surroundings first, then balancing the lighting on the subjects.  In this example, the color balance in

Family Portrait Lighting Example2017-11-01T17:30:31-04:00

Head Shot Parties

Standing out in a crowd is how you get noticed and with Pro Head Shots, you can count on it! HOME HEAD SHOT PARTIES:  Stand out in the crowd and get noticed. This home service is great for Glam Beauty Shots, Facebook and On-Live Dating Pix. Host this home party with a minimum of 8 people, and your headshot is free! I set up at

Head Shot Parties2017-09-14T14:51:26-04:00

New Photo Workshops

"Old Tricks For New Dogs" brings you the wisdom of the film days into the digital age. Learning to be more than a point and shoot photographer is the goal of all the workshops.  Understanding concepts will help you to improve your visual messages. Some topics that will be covered are Basic Camera, Speedlight Boot Camp, Posing and Lighting People, Starting a Small Photo Studio, The Photographer

New Photo Workshops2017-07-21T10:35:59-04:00

Lighting / Rigging Solution On Location

-- From the "Old Tricks For New Dogs" series --  As I look back at some of the lighting/rigging solutions from the past, this example required lighting from below as well as from above. Shooting an Annual Report for Rutgers' Waksman Institute,  a topic on the shot list centered around growing cultures in petri dishes.  I used a Lightbank and a lighting grid from the

Lighting / Rigging Solution On Location2017-03-14T16:14:54-04:00

Lighting For A Motorcycle Display Image

Display Images For a Motorcycle Dealer - an "Old Tricks For New Dogs" series. This red Yamaha sport bike has an interesting look when viewed from an elevated high frontal position. It reminded me of a space alien with big eyes.  This motorcycle was mounted on a rolling platform.  The base of the platform was covered with diamond plate steel which has a great texture

Lighting For A Motorcycle Display Image2017-01-31T18:19:14-05:00

Extreme Coverage

From 4″ to 40 feet — An extended range of experience, as in two recent imaging projects. Technique and lighting is crucial for macro imaging, as shown in the product shot of the blue tub. Depth of Field is critical and products must be accurate in color and density to portray them to our clients accurately. For a hearing aid, tube color process web site,

Extreme Coverage2016-11-16T21:38:41-05:00

Teaching At Santa Fe Photo Workshops

Education goes hand in hand for advancing in one's  career.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to teach an Intensive Lighting Workshop at the Santa Fe Photo Workshop.   Both Santa Fe and the workshop facilities and staff are the best.  It was a very pleasant experience.  I enjoy teaching and would like to expand into doing more workshops.  This workshop covered how

Teaching At Santa Fe Photo Workshops2016-11-16T21:44:23-05:00

Test Drive Pentax 645D

I had the opportunity to shoot with the Pentax 645D medium format digital camera last week. So I captured a variety of subjects — hand held shots around town plus still lifes, products and this abstract in the studio. The shot shown here was taken with an old favorite technique — dual polarization of light to show stress in plastic and produce surreal colors. The

Test Drive Pentax 645D2016-11-16T21:51:24-05:00