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,...

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...

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...

Is Your Mirrorless Came...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace Most of the sensors used in digital camera are sensitive to more than just visible light, which can cause color balance problems. That’s why some manufacturers often place a filter in front of the imaging chip blocking excessive infrared light. This...

May the Fourth Be With ...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace So the Emperor turns to me and asks, “So what kind of digital camera should I get Darth Vader for his Birthday?” And so I says, “Mirrorless, of course.”   Happy Star Wars Day If you don’t know a Wookie from an Ewok: Star Wars Day is an unofficial ...