A Poetic Catalogue

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern Flower catalogues are nice Images so precise But they surely miss the mark With clarity too stark Flower pictures in catalogues, while botanically accurate, lack emotional charge. I desire something more poetic in images of the bursting spring offerings. A ...

A Few Words About Portr...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Mark Toal once asked the question: “Is 4K Video the future of portrait photography?” and provided an interesting answer. In the meantime, I’d like to answer a question that I’m most often asked about my portrait and glamour...

The Spokane River in Bl...

Today’s Post from the Best of Mark Toal Whenever I visit Spokane ,WA the first thing I do is head over to photograph the amazing river that runs through the center of town. I had recently attended a photography exhibit of Carleton Watkins images of the Columbia River that were made...

Shooting with a Translu...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace I recently received a Savage Translum background to use in my 11×15-foot home studio. The Translum backdrop looks like frosted glass and is available in rolls of 54-inches wide by 18 feet long just like seamless paper as well as 60-inch x 18 foot sheets....

A Springtime Hike with ...

From the Best of Mark Toal Here in Portland, the weather is showing signs of an spring so Jasmine and I decided to take a hike.  I grabbed a Panasonic Lumix G5 and two kit lenses, the Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (28-84mm equivalent) and the Lumix 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 (90-300mm equivalent.)...

Signals of Spring

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern “Little faces looking up Holding wonder like a cup,” a variation on Sara Teasdale’s poem, Barter Signs of spring are popping up, and the best way to spot them in New York City is to casually walk the side streets of a local neighborhood where residents...

Scheduling Model Test S...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace My first step when working with a new model is to schedule a test shoot that usually takes two hours during which I’ll typically make two hundred photographs. I start the process with interview where I’ll look at her portfolio (if she has one) and go on...

What is a Cine lens?

From the Best of Mark Toal Everyday mirrorless camera are becoming more popular  for shooting video the Cine lens is getting more notice. Cine lenses have been around for as long as movies have been made but there are new, less expensive ones coming out almost monthly for mirrorless...