Black and White Thought...

Today’s Post by Mark Toal Lately whenever I pick up my camera I change it to black and white and often the 1:1 square format. Over the winter, I was scanning old black and white negatives from my first years as a photographer and I was struck by how b&w captures the feeling in an...

Clearing Your Mind with...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace As I’ve written about on our sister blog, I like to take walks during the day to get a bit of exercise, clear my head and sometime try out  new equipment, which was the case on this particular day. I had just purchased a used but new-to-me white...

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...

Spring Means Shooting M...

Today’s Post by Mark Toal Now that it’s spring (at least here in the Portland area) and the flowers are blooming and the sky is turning blue again it makes me want to set my camera to black and white modes. I once read something about always trying to do the opposite of what you...

Infrared in the Desert

Today’s Post by Mark Toal It’s been a long, rainy winter in the Northwest this year so I haven’t been able to use my Infrared camera as much as I would have liked. Infrared photography is easiest when there are white puffy clouds against a blue sky and fairly bright light. The middle of...

Sharp or Just Acceptabl...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace For my digital image processing, I use a 5K iMac and it’s changed the way I view and work with older images. Images made with older, lower resolution digital cameras and viewed on older, softer CRT monitors don’t compare with how they looked on...