The Beauty of the Beaut...

From the Best of Mark Toal Did you ever buy a piece of photo gear that you read about or somebody mentioned and then wonder why the heck you bought it? I’ve had a Lumodi Beauty Dish that I bought a while ago but was still in the box and sitting in my office. A beauty dish is a metal...

Get a Fresh Start with ...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace I once received an e-mail from a reader asking “why do you do infrared photography, when regular photography is already so hard?” The sort answer is because it’s fun. And yes, because it captures light that is invisible it can be challenging but if...

Portrait of a Cowboy

From the Best of Mark Toal I recently visited Old Tucson Studios in sunny Arizona for a photo shoot. Where I live in the Pacific northwest I’m more used to working under cloudy light that acts more like a giant softbox. I’d forgotten what it was like to shoot in bright sun,...

Mixing In at The Mall

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern Although I am not a happy shopper, a mall affords an occasion to watch the world go by as my companions scout the stores.  At an open food court of a Korean mall in Flushing, NY, I sit obscurely off to the side with my camera primed to observe the flow of...

What Kind of Photograph...

From the Best of Mark Toal Somebody recently asked me this question and initially I didn’t know how to answer. I described the type of photos that I shoot and they replied “you’re an opportunist photographer.” At first I was taken aback by the label but I realized...

It’s Not the Gear, It’s...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace I think it’s pretty obvious but equipment doesn’t make portraits, people do. It’s obvious that you’ll need a camera and some kind of light source to shoot portraits but you don’t need a $9,000 Hasselblad X1D-50c to make...