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Some thoughts on beach photo's

August 02, 2021 - Some Thoughts on Beach Photo's Quite a few people flock to the beaches during the summer and apart from the water there...
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Was I drunk or what?

July 12, 2021 - Was I Drunk or What? Sometimes it happens, and one may not really be sure why, but the camera is not quite level during...
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Hotels- An Option?

June 28, 2021 - Are Hotels a Viable Studio Alternative? Studio rentals can be expensive by the hour and can subject to availability by...
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Airbnb - an opportunity?

June 21, 2021 - AirBnb- An Opportunity? Airbnb is a world wide agency that operates a travel and lodging service as an alternative to t...
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Can the Healing Brush Help?

April 26, 2021 - Can The Healing Brush Help? You may own a collapsible background, which is typically about 5 ft x 7 ft. They can be ver...
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Bad picture-really?

April 05, 2021 - Bad Picture - Really? Did you ever have an image that once you looked at it, you asked yourself "did I really take this...
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Dress Creation

March 22, 2021 - Parachute Magic I have recently photographed several models in a Parachute Dress in a variety of colors. I wanted to sh...
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Shooting for sales to the public

January 18, 2021 - Shooting for Sa les? How you pose your subject (or not pose them) really depends on what your actual goal for the image...
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Contrast in portraits?

January 04, 2021 - Contrast in Portraits In many cases, a photographer wants a very sharp image. In fact, some want images tack-sharp. But...
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Hiring, or want to be hired?

December 28, 2020 - Hiring.. or Do You Want to be Hired? The world of photography and modeling is a strange one indeed, with few standard p...
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Can lighting affect the perception of sharpness?

December 14, 2020 - Can Lighting Affect Sharpness? In many traditional discussions of photography, sharpness is often thought of in terms o...
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Wrap Around

November 16, 2020 - Wrap Around Lighting (Rim light) There are many forms of classic lighting to generate a specific results, and of course...
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White Balance in the Studio- Creative Effects

November 09, 2020 - White Balance in the Studio- Creative Photographers will often white balance their images either through the camera or...
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I understand, or do I? (Get it in writing)

November 02, 2020 - I Understand.. or Do I? Photography is basically an interactive process in most cases, unless you are taking images on...
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Surreal or Real?

October 26, 2020 - Surreal or Real? This year has certainly offered some real challenges to just about everyone. It almost seams like some...
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Do you captivate your audience?

September 28, 2020 - Do you Captivate with your images? In a recent post I spoke about 'Dwell Time' (How long a viewer looks at your image(s...
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Human Tapestry?

September 01, 2020 - Human Tapestry- Painting with light on People There are certainly many ways to display images or paint textures with li...
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An experiment in editing

August 03, 2020 - An Experiment With COVID and other circumstances affecting the photography world, I have been experimenting with some e...
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An original Location

July 27, 2020 - White Cliffs It can be difficult to find location shoots these days that offer a variety of opportunities for both your...
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Customer Presentations

July 20, 2020 - Presentation Choices? If you photograph people, it is quite easy to come up with hundreds or even up to a thousand imag...
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Rethinking Shooting in todays world

July 06, 2020 - Rethinking Shooting Environment Without doubt COVID-19 has great impact on our society. It has touched almost everyone...
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Discard bad images???

June 22, 2020 - Do you discard bad images? Most photographers take many more images that the public or clients will ever see. In some c...
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Trade.. Is it dead?

June 08, 2020 - Trade for... Is it Dead? The photography industry is one of the very few remaining industries that has worked on a bart...
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Are your Dynamic props ready?

June 01, 2020 - Dynamic and Passive Props- Ready? Most photographers perform at least a quick check of their equipment prior to a Photo...
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Set.a.light

May 18, 2020 - Set.A.Light 3D I wanted to share information on a new program that I have trialed and like called Set. a. light 3D by E...
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The Model Release..Facts and Fiction

April 27, 2020 - Facts and Some Fiction about Model Releases If one stays in the photography field even for a short time, he/she will li...
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Hi Rez Virtual Photoshoots?

April 13, 2020 - Hi Rez Virtual Photoshoots- A New Niche? With COVID-19 restrictions in place, many forms of people photography are at a...
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Studio withdrawl?

April 06, 2020 - Are you Itching to get Back Out in the Field? It is hard now with stay at home orders in many states for photographers.
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Stylized Portraits

January 20, 2020 - Stylized Portraits This week I thought I would like to talk a little about what I try to achieve in a portrait. I have...
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Are Your images being seen?

January 06, 2020 - Are Your Images Being Seen? While some people take photo's for their own personal enjoyment and safely store them on th...
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Promissory Estoppel?

December 16, 2019 - What is Promissory Estoppel and can you use it? Let me start off by stating the I am NOT an attorney, and although this...
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Shooting for fit

October 28, 2019 - Hiring for Fit As a Photographer, I network with a wide variety of people, and recently have seen quite a bit of nega...
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Rock and Roll

August 12, 2019 - Creating the Stage Rock & Roll Lighting Recently I found myself in an assignment where I needed to create a rock-roll s...
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Misty

August 05, 2019 - Are You All Misty? There are certainly many ways to create fog or smoke but the question is how do you control it? Ther...
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Photographing Aquariums and Learning

July 29, 2019 - Aquarium Adventures Aquariums can be found today in many larger cities and can be a great day adventure. The photograph...
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Lessons from insects

July 22, 2019 - Lessons from shooting Insects Although I typically photograph people, I will occasionally shoot other subjects such as...
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Do you have a shoot-out strategy?

July 15, 2019 - Do you have a shoot out strategy? Photography shoot-outs are events where models, photographers, make-arts, performers,...
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Cold shower

July 01, 2019 - Have you Taken a Cold Shower Recently? When is the last time that you have turned on your shower, cold water only, and...
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Have you tried Composites?

June 24, 2019 - Composites (Using Blend Modes) Sometimes you may want to add a little digital artistry to some of your images. One can...
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Dancers

June 17, 2019 - Photographing Dancers One of the most rewarding yet challenging subjects to photograph can be a dancer. A skilled dance...
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Education

June 09, 2019 - Educational Resources One of the most important things that we can do in our personal or professional lives is never st...
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Featured studio-HM Photography, Baltimore Maryland.

June 02, 2019 - Featured Studio - HM Photography, Baltimore Maryland HM photography is hosted by David Moser and is a residential type...
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Featured Studio- Undecided Studio, Harrisburg Pennsylvania

May 27, 2019 - Featured Studio - Undecided Studios, Harrisburg, PA Undecided Studios is a large, two story warehouse type studio locat...
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Featured Studio- Graffiti Warehouse (Baltimore, Maryland)

May 20, 2019 - Featured Studio- Graffiti Warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland Throughout the years, I have been fortunate enough to visit...
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How fast do you return images?

August 13, 2018 - How fast do you process your images? Many of us live in a world where we want almost instant gratification. Indeed, the...
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Studio Lighting Choices.. Confused?

August 06, 2018 - Studio Lighting choices??? Shooting indoors can be a challenge, particularly when you do not have a ready source of nat...
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Dramatic RainFall

July 30, 2018 - Have you ever want to shoot a dramatic rainfall scene? Scenes such as pictured to the left (courtesy of Pinterest throug...
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Shooting from above?

July 16, 2018 - Do you shoot from above? Shooting from above your subject has definite advantages. Poses that you can achieve with th...
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Maternity in Nature

July 02, 2018 - Maternity Fashion in Nature Recently I was found myself lucky enough to shoot a very active model and fellow photograph...
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Anatomy of Parachute Fashion Dress

June 25, 2018 - Anatomy of a Parachute Dress A parachute fashion dress shoot can be a little complex to put together, however once you h...
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Landscapes with a little twist

June 11, 2018 - Although typically I photograph people, I started my photographic career my photographing landscapes. The image to the l...
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Try something new..Neon?

June 04, 2018 - Something New? Regardless of what genre of photographer (or model) you may be, sometimes it can be fun or inspirational...
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Balancing act with Equipment

May 14, 2018 - Balancing act with your Equipment There seems to be no shortage of vendors trying to sell you different ways of carryin...
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Makeup Artist... yes or no?

May 07, 2018 - Should you hire a Makeup Artist (MUA)? Most, if not all women are able to do basic makeup. Certainly if you are working...
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Couples

April 09, 2018 - Recently I was Shutterfest (Highly recommended), which is a trade show for photography held annually in Missouri. Within...
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Skin Tones

March 05, 2018 - Have you every taken a set of images where the skin tone just does not look right to you? Your white balance could be of...
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Matching colors to a near monotone scene

February 26, 2018 - There are certainly many ways in Photoshop to edit and match colors within a scene, but here is a quick tip that will wo...
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Do you capture the character of your character?

February 19, 2018 - Many photographers go to conventions, comic-cons, or similar events and make images of the participants. Some outfits ar...
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Window light magic

February 05, 2018 - Natural light can create dramatic images that can challenge even the most proficient studio based speedlight or monoligh...
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Taking control of Vingettes

January 29, 2018 - Some people love Vignettes for drawing attention into their subject, while others don't use them at all. Certainly, like...
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Model Releases- Confused??

January 22, 2018 - Model releases can be confusing at times with questions like: What exactly is a model release- does it help me? I took...
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Are Overlays worth it?

January 08, 2018 - There seems to be endless supplies of commercial editing products for photographers as well as just the average cell pho...
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Do you have fun?

December 25, 2017 - Often photographers, models, and others involved in the production process get VERY wrapped up in the process of making...
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Shooting animals through glass

November 06, 2017 - More often these days zoos and animals preserves are placing their animals in glass enclosures. There are several reason...
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The Witch!

October 02, 2017 - With Halloween approaching, the possibilities are endless for costumes, photo's, and events that many people attend. The...
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Do you experiment?

September 18, 2017 - Recently, I was at a shoot where I was only able to bring a very limited amount of equipment. Professional strobes were...
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Just for Fun.. Food images

September 11, 2017 - Although I am primarily a portrait and glamour photographer, I do occasionally photograph other subjects sometimes to sh...
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Car & Boat show modeling and photography

September 04, 2017 - Some people are car, boat, or even motorcycle enthusiast and enjoy going to outdoor shows. You may even want pictures of...
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Underwater?

August 28, 2017 - Underwater photography is a style of photography that can be fun and rewarding as well as unworldly. There are certainly...
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Are you a creature of habit?

August 21, 2017 - Regardless of whether you may be a seasoned pro or a casual photographer, many of us get into the habit of doing a task...
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Turning the camera around

August 14, 2017 - Sooner or later, a photographer whether a Pro or someone just taking casual snapshots will have the camera turned around...
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Orphan Images- what are your rights?

July 31, 2017 - In March of this year I published a blog post The Corner Store that looked at practices of some local retail stores that...
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Creating a Timeless Portrait

July 24, 2017 - What would you consider a timeless portrait? Is it one that evokes strong memories of your past? Is it a photo that evok...
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Do Textures add Interest?

July 17, 2017 - Almost anyone taking a photo that they wish to share want the image to grab the attention of the viewer and keep it ther...
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Can you shoot nudes without being suspected as a creeper?

July 03, 2017 - I was at a portfolio session several years ago and the speaker went around the room asking what genres that the particip...
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Fine Art Nude... Men?

June 26, 2017 - When we think of nude models- specifically fine art nudes most thoughts will drift to the female form. This is certainly...
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Swimsuits and more

June 19, 2017 - As the summer approaches, swimsuit glamour is often a favorite of many photographers and models. There are some things t...
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Some thoughts about Portfolio's

June 12, 2017 - Whether we are talking about a photographer, Model, Makeup Artist, or any other professional in the industry, one of the...
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Posing with Larger Animals and Creating the Connection

June 05, 2017 - It can be common to see owners of dogs, cats, and other lap sized animals with their pets. These images often depict a c...
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Do you use a mood board?

May 29, 2017 - Have you ever set up a shoot with a model or even a friend, send the person an email generally describing what you wante...
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Do background colors matter?

May 22, 2017 - Many studio portrait photographers stick with a staple of grey, white, or black backgrounds for many subjects. Many expe...
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Photographing Curvy Clients or Models

May 15, 2017 - As photographers, we want to flatter any subject that happens to be in in front of our camera. This is true regardless o...
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Finding models in your community

May 08, 2017 - A photographer who needs to build a portfolio for a particular style of people photography often needs models. It may be...
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Your choice of colors

April 17, 2017 - Do you have a burning need to know what "Xanadu", "Raw Umber" or "Inchworm" may be? Yes, they are really color names tha...
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Are you at Risk?

April 03, 2017 - Are you at risk? Many industry professionals, and even those who regularly engage in the photography and modeling indus...
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Fabrics, Fabrics, and more Fabrics

March 20, 2017 - Some photographers have cases worth of fabrics that can be used for any number of reasons ranging from backdrops to prop...
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The Corner Store?

March 06, 2017 - When it comes to printing photos there are of course many choices. Professional labs such as(Mpix. Bayphoto, WHCC, H & H...
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Do you REALLY need expensive studio equipment for quality images?

February 27, 2017 - When photographers are looking into studio work, or models want to get a highly creative image, some believe that expens...
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Is it really time to switch to a mirrorless camera?

February 20, 2017 - There are some very strong opinions on the topic of whether to choose a mirrorless camera or a DSLR. Which one is right...
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Can I kiss the bride?

January 30, 2017 - Photographers are often in search of the perfectly composed, exposed, image as sharp as possible. Some spend hours in po...
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Snow

January 16, 2017 - Shooting in snow can be beautiful either when shooting landscapes or portraits (image courtesy of Pinterest). It does pr...
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Event to street Photography?

May 11, 2016 - Not too long ago I posted about candid street photography. Some people really enjoy the idea of catching people in their...
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Got Milk?

May 09, 2016 - Milk bath photography has been popular for some time. This style usually involves a female model immersed in a white mil...
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Leaning Portraits

May 05, 2016 - Portraits with female subjects learning against something are fairly common, and can be done quite well (or not well) de...
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What makes sports shots interesting?

April 11, 2016 - Recently I was asked to photograph a local race, and stopped to think what could I do to make these images interesting....
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Animal pics

April 06, 2016 - When I am not shooting people of working in photoshop, I enjoy photographing animals. Although they do not quite follow...
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Is it really in focus?

April 04, 2016 - Many times a photographer will focus on an object and when using autofocus, will accept the green indicator that the obj...
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Approaching a stranger for a photo

March 30, 2016 - For some photographers, it can be pretty intimidating to approach a stranger and 'take' an image. In this case, the pers...
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Fibers?

March 28, 2016 - Some say there is a use for everything, and yes, we can use 'Fibers' effectively in photoshop. The above image shows a m...
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How did I do that?

March 21, 2016 - When working in Photoshop (elements) most of us know to save the image in a PSD format if we ever want to continue editi...
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Alternative style Photography

March 07, 2016 - One specific alternative style of photography may involves bondage. This style of photography can be just as artistic as...
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Viewing the whole picture?

February 24, 2016 - How do you view your subject that you are photographing? Whether it be a friend that you are working with or a professio...
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High Speed Synch

February 22, 2016 - Many speedlights are capable of what is known as high speed synch. This effectively means that instead of the speedlight...
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Camera Bags

February 15, 2016 - So.. you have outgrown your camera bag. It might because the seams are starting to tear, its too small, or just not styl...
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Channels

February 01, 2016 - Studio work can be challenging at times, focusing on where the model needs to stand, light(s), modifiers, camera positio...
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Using Gmail

January 20, 2016 - There are quite a few people who use Gmail in their professional lives, and for good reason. It has a great number of in...
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themes

January 18, 2016 - When we are hiring a professional model, we all know the importance of careful planning and communication. Some of the m...
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Impressions?

January 11, 2016 - When a portrait (or for that matter editorial) photographer approaches a subject the image that he/she creates it then b...
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Photoshop makeup??

December 28, 2015 - There are few things that will ignite a spark in a female client (or some models) than having her makeup done. Makeup ar...
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Right to photograph?

December 21, 2015 - These days photography, especially with cell phones, is becoming increasingly common. In some cases a news reporter may...
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Trade or Paid??

December 14, 2015 - It seems like the ever present question in photography and for that matter in modeling is Paid or Trade for... There are...
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Posing Curvy Women

December 07, 2015 - In portrait and glamour photography, our job is typically to flatter our subject. In the course of practice we may encou...
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Shapes and Sizes

November 30, 2015 - Some times photographers and artists can overthink things, particularly since photoshop is a complex program. In a creat...
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Do you need a droplet?

November 18, 2015 - Some photographers use a certain effect in photoshop on a regular basis, it may even be a process that defines their bra...
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A sharp image

October 29, 2015 - Unless we are specifically striving for an artistic effect, most photographers try to get the sharpest image possible wh...
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The Creative process

September 30, 2015 - Being creative for some of us comes very naturally. Almost everything in the world inspires us and we come up with ideas...
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What to Wear??

September 28, 2015 - What to wear.. is an eternal questions for many women, but what about a model? Here are a couple tips to think about whe...
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Shooting thru sheers

September 09, 2015 - In most cases, the photographer wants an image well exposed, well composed, and it tack sharp focus. But what if you wan...
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Posing Ideas

August 27, 2015 - When working with professional models, they often have quite a collection of poses that they can work through once you g...
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Lightpainting

August 24, 2015 - As an offshoot of the fire photography post of last week, I thought I would share some lightpainting examples. Lightpain...
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Fire Photography

August 24, 2015 - Fire photography can be very artistic and dramatic. Depending upon whether you are photographing the fire itself, or oth...
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The eyes have it

August 05, 2015 - When photographing people, most photographers realize that it is important to keep the eyes in focus. The reason is simp...
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Do you shoot with deliberation?

July 29, 2015 - Most photographers and models when they are hire or are hired for a photoshoot have a reasonably good idea of the detail...
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Smiling photo's?

July 27, 2015 - To smile or not during a photo session.. that is the question?! A smile can make or break an image depending upon the n...
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Shooting artistic nudes?

July 15, 2015 - Following up on my post earlier post, shooting in this genre often requires confidence and trust on both the subject and...
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Photographing Nudes?

July 13, 2015 - Photographing nudes can be a specialty for both the photographer and the model. Knowing some basic terms can help when y...
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Boudoir photography

July 06, 2015 - Boudoir Photography can be traced back to the 1920's and is an art form unto itself. This form of photography focuses al...
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Outdoor phototography

July 01, 2015 - If a photographer using a speedlight outdoors, he/she can have actually control the background, not just the light on th...
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Shooting on location during the day

June 29, 2015 - Some photographers are shoot entirely in ambient light, some shoot almost exclusively in a studio, but most photographer...
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Working with models on the set

June 26, 2015 - There are a vast range of skill levels in models and the same can be said for photographers. But, if you follow steps si...
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Studio lighting and Grids

June 05, 2015 - You may have made the jump and purchased your studio strobes. There are many accessories for strobes, one such accessory...
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Studio lighting and Watt-seconds

June 03, 2015 - OK, you have deciding that you want to purchase studio strobe(s), and you are facing a great deal of marketing tech-talk...
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Studio Equipment

June 01, 2015 - Most photographers who photograph people eventually will probably look at some form of studio equipment. Studio lighting...
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Summer Fun_Fireworks

May 29, 2015 - July 4th as well as some other holidays are marked by Firework displays. Firework images are difficult to capture if you...
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Summer Fun- Pool shots

May 27, 2015 - Taking images around a pool surrounded by concrete may be a little trickier than you may imagine. This is particularly t...
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Summer Fun- Group images

May 25, 2015 - With the weather getting warmer, you may find that you are taking more images outdoors. Shooting groups of people can be...
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Journalistic images and defamation

May 22, 2015 - Many photographers will take images not only for their personal use, but will also post them on social media in various...
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Journalistic images... How much is too much?

May 20, 2015 - For those who shoot Journalistic images that focus of social events, that is images that tell a story, the question aris...
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Journalistic approach to photography

May 18, 2015 - A journalistic approach to photography is telling a story often associated with a specific event. Often strong emotions...
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Seated posting -some important steps

May 15, 2015 - One of the most common things that can be missed when a model, or client poses, is to allow part of the body to merge in...
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Lighting a client with a beauty disk

May 13, 2015 - The beauty disk can be a asset to any photographer and model. The light is essentially a "dish" with a internal reflecto...
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Getting the right color

May 11, 2015 - One of the most challenging skills at times is obtaining the correct exposure and color balance for an image. Most camer...
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Education

May 09, 2015 - If you are like most people, sooner or later you will want to how to better your photography or learn a new skill relate...
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Strobe Flash

May 08, 2015 - Here is a creative trick that not everyone uses... Did you know that you can use your speedlight as a multi-flash strobe...
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Rear Curtain Synch

May 06, 2015 - In most cases when using speedlights, the photographer will use front curtain synch to light the image. When shooting wi...
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Black and white Photography

May 04, 2015 - Black and White photography can add drama to a photo unlike most other styles of photography. I began photography photog...
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Shooting Cityscapes through windows

May 02, 2015 - Shooting through windows can be a challenge at times. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid reflections and get a...
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Silky smooth water dreamscape

April 29, 2015 - Shooting silky smooth water can create a dreamscape, particularly if you have a skilled model who can hold a pose for a...
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Creative photography with Blacklight (UV)

April 27, 2015 - This week I wanted to spend a little time on some creative forms of photography which may not be mainstream for everyone...
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Lighting effects

April 18, 2015 - It is almost always better to get your lighting correct when on set. You will want a properly exposed and composed photo...
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Levitation

April 17, 2015 - Levitation can be a fun and creative form of photography. You can make people fly, float, or objects around them float....
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Silhouttes

April 15, 2015 - Silhouttes can be very creative and can also be elusive at times. The basic premise is that the subject is backlit with...
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People...People... People

April 13, 2015 - This week I want to examine forms of photography that are pushing creative limits from a variety of artists, but are rel...
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Textures Compositing

April 09, 2015 - During my last blog I provided references to different blend modes in photoshop. To continue this discussion, the link b...
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Compositing and photoshop blend modes

April 07, 2015 - A photographer or designer can get very creative in photoshop and similar image editing program by using composited imag...
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Posing Men

April 03, 2015 - Many photographer are quite good at posing women but when it comes to posing men.. OR when some men are the subject of a...
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Posing Energy

March 30, 2015 - Sometimes photographers and models want to avoid a static or stiff shot, and desire to show some energy or motion within...
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How much should I charge?

March 28, 2015 - Rounding out this business week, I am including the all important "How much should I charge". This topic can apply to al...
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Usage rights and Licensing

March 24, 2015 - Few things in photography cause as much anxiety as misunderstanding of how an image is to be used. This is particularly...
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