Photography

Impact 5’x7′ Collapsible Background Review

One of the hallmarks of upscale portraiture is simplicity. Look at a dozen magazine covers, and at least 10 of them will feature a photograph of a single person on a plain, solid-colored background. Normally, I use seamless paper backgrounds…

Chicago Sun-Times Replaces Photographers with iPhones

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke, although it certainly sounds like one. The venerable Chicago Sun-Times (which has been in print, under one name or another, since 1844), has fired its entire staff of photographers, and plans to train…

Canon 85mm Lens Faceoff

Canon manufactures two different 85mm EOS lenses. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM sells for about $2,000. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is still wicked fast, and sells for about $400. Can one prime lens REALLY be five…

Steal The Shot: GQ & Esquire Covers

If you happened to peruse the magazine rack at your local bookstore this month, you may have done a double-take … GQ’s cover photo featuring Robert Downey, Jr., and Esquire’s photo of Robert Redford are virtually identical. Although these photos…

Flash Photography Essentials

Yesterday, a friend of mine who does a lot of video work asked me a big question. “I’d like to start learning some photography. Portraits to begin with. What type of strobes would you recommend? I know I would need…

BTS of “Fight for Hope” Photography

I recently had the pleasure of shooting some photos for a new non-profit foundation called “Fight for Hope,” which uses self-defense training (in addition to counseling) as a method to help women who have experienced violence to regain a sense…

eBooks and Apps

  I am pleased to announce that my two eBooks – “Make Movies Without Money: Microbudget Filmmaking for Students, Photographers and Other Starving Artists,” and “Easy Lighting Setups for Glamour and Portrait Photography” are now available at Amazon.com for direct…

Bolt “Cyclone” Battery Pack Review

  I’ll be honest: I never got into the whole “Strobist” photographic lighting approach of using speedlights as off-camera lamps. In theory, I liked the idea of using ultra-compact, inexpensive, battery-powered flashes like the sub-$90 Vivitar 285HV instead of my…

Exposure “Cheat Sheet”

It occurred to me recently that I am part of the last generation of photographers who grew up shooting film. The first SLR I ever owned, back in the early ’90s, was an old Pentax K1000. It was rugged, reliable,…