First I want to start by thanking everyone for the amazing support over the past several months. I obviously have not been posting much because I’ve been dealing with some severe back issues that just led to a hopefully successful lower back (L-4/L-5) decompression and fusion surgery. I am not “out of the woods” yet… Continue reading Reflectors—or, More Correctly, Reflected Light
Lisa Marie Scott–former Playboy Playmate and always friendly and supportive even years later. I lost touch with her over 10 years ago. Tripods: Modern lenses have incorporated an absolutely amazing technology that somehow compensates for some of your hand motions/camera shake! Look for something like Image Stabilization (IS), Vibration Reduction (VR) or similar term. The… Continue reading TRIPODS–Do NOT “Cheap Out” on This Critical Piece if Equipment!
Chinatown, Manila. The sheer variety and amount of traffic is staggering! Chinatown: Travel Photography–There are many beautiful beaches in the Philippines—and we will see several in the coming months. However, the City of Manila has some unique characteristics of its own. Chinatown is, or was, one of those areas that need to be seen to… Continue reading Street Life Philippines
Overpower the Sun: Fashion and Swimwear Photography—We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about creating great images when the light is not the best, namely, when the sun is in front of you. The trick was to underexpose the image to create dramatic images. We have also seen that this works to create amazing sunset… Continue reading Overpower the Sun!
Waikiki Hawai’i Sunsets: Travel Photography—Last week we talked about creating great images in bad light. We will continue this theme this week and discuss how to capture those beautiful sunsets. Sunsets are perennial favorite subjects for many photographers and travelers. Unfortunately they are not the easiest or most cooperative things to capture the way… Continue reading Creating Amazing Sunsets!
It is not the camera, it is the photographer that matters! Travel Photography—Conventional wisdom tells us that the best lighting is when the sun is low and behind the photographer, and you won’t get an argument from me on this point. In fact, we devoted a blog post last week to the topic of the… Continue reading Creating GREAT images when shooting in BAD light!
“Magic Hour:” Fashion/Swimwear Photography—Last week I posted some images of a surprise fashion shoot in Fiji. Athena in Fiji from last week’s post The lighting for most of the images was natural “Magic Hour” sunlight. It is called “Magic Hour” light because, when the sun is setting behind the photographer, then everything in front of… Continue reading “Magic Hour” or “Golden Hour” Explored
Athena on boat: Travel/Fashion Photography—This was a rare opportunity to say the least. It was at the end of an island-hopping tour when this young lady agreed to an impromptu photo shoot on the way back to the main island. Athena was lying alone on a bench closer to the water so I went over… Continue reading Fiji Part Three–An Impromptu Fashion Shoot!
Street in Nadi Travel Photography—I mentioned last time that I enjoy getting “off the beaten track” when I travel to foreign countries. The tourist spots are stunningly beautiful in this “Island Oasis.” In fact, tourism is the number one industry in Fiji with sugar cane following in second place. I hired a private driver to… Continue reading Fiji Part Two—Beyond the Tourist Spots: Travel Photography
Some of the spectacular scenery in Fiji Fiji Part One—The Tourist: Travel Photography—It is very easy to, uh, “focus” exclusively on the “made for tourist” spots when traveling to different countries—or even different parts of your own country. I certainly do enjoy the touristy spots, but I also make a point to see and learn… Continue reading Fiji Part One–The Tourist Spots