TAG: Technique


Visual Alchemy – The Landscape


Constantly changing with the hour, the weather and the season, the visual and emotional potential of landscape is endless. From serene vistas to raging seascapes, barren wastelands to lush and living rainforest, breathless mountain passes to intimate country lanes, our world is dramatic, inspiring and beautiful. It is only relatively recently, however, that landscape has…

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Right Brain Photography


My approach to photography stems from having majored in art for three years. During those three foundation-building years, I studied composition, color theory, and design. I had a chance to take a close look at the works of masters like Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Salvadar Dalí and others. I learned about the ways form,…

Lensbaby Composer Pro, Edge 80 Optic. The horizontal slice of focus cuts through the light at the top of the lighthouse.

Slice Vs. Sweet Spot


Let’s review a key difference between using a sweet spot and using a slice of focus. With a sweet spot optic you tilt the lens toward where you want the sharp focus. In contrast, with the Edge 80 the direction in which you tilt the lens is not influenced by where you want the slice…

7.3 This shot of rapper Lil B was taken at the Fader Fort by Fiat during SXSW 2011 in Austin, TX. The photo pit was overcrowded, and it was nearly impossible to get a shot with all of the shoving and pushing and camera lifting. Since I had backstage access, I squirmed my way out and headed backstage to try for some unique angles that other photographers couldn’t get. I slinked my way behind the stage, and in between songs I managed to see this incredible lighting and pose and I nabbed this shot. Taken with a Nikon D700 using a Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D at 28mm; ISO 200 for 1/400 at f/2.8, spot metering.

Concert and Live Music Photography: Candid Camera


Candid photos are almost difficult to describe. Think of candid photographs as a carefully composed snapshot that offers a glimpse into the life of a performer that most people never see. Being a musician myself, and having toured and worked with many different people in the business including bands, roadies, tour managers, and PR reps,…

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