Flower Photography with Diffusers and Reflectors

 

Reflectors and diffusers are invaluable tools when photographing all sorts of subjects, but especially flowers. Diffusers (white translucent fabric) are used to reduce contrast by softening the light. I like to call a diffuser a “cloudy day in a bag” because when you hold a diffuser over your subject it’s like the clouds rolled in. Continue Reading

Photo Critique – Harpswell Town Landing by Steve Beckwith

Harpswell Maine by Steve Beckwith

Harpswell Maine by Steve Beckwith

Today I am critiquing Steve Beckwith’s photo of the Harpswell, Maine town landing. What immediately struck me in this image is how the gloomy, violent look to the sky is in stark contrast to the calm, placid waters of the harbor. Continue Reading

Some New Gear Comments (and a wicked cool look at the Tough Mudder)

Last weekend I took a little diversion from my usual nature and conservation-themed work to work on a video of an event called the Tough Mudder in Mount Snow, Vermont. Continue Reading

Editing DSLR Video in Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4 now lets you trim and edit DSLR video.

Lightroom 4 now lets you trim and edit DSLR video.

If you have yet to push that video button on your DSLR because you’re daunted by the task of editing all those video clips, you might want to give Lightroom 4 a go. Lightroom now lets you trim and make develop edits to video clips. While you can’t actually edit video in the Develop module, there is a way to make tonal and other changes, which I’ll outline below. Continue Reading

Quick Tips for Video with dSLR

Grizzly bear photo by Bill Campbell.

Grizzly bear photo by Bill Campbell.

I will be using the Nikon D4 as an example (the d800 is set up the same way) for shooting video with a dSLR. Continue Reading

The Making of “Clear Water, Hudson River” Panorama

Clear Water, Hudson River

Clear Water, Hudson River

I received a few emails with questions about January’s wallpaper photo “Clear Water, Hudson River”, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to write a “Making Of” article for the benefit of all readers. Continue Reading

Large Format Printing and Paper Selection

Choosing the right paper for your prints can be overwhelming these days given all of the choices available, and especially critical with large print sizes. Recently I had to make 17 large prints for two corporate customers, NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC, and Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, a suburb of NYC. I strive to provide the best possible product and experience for all of my customers, (which for me means going way beyond what is expected, and choosing the best materials and tools available) so I thought I would share some info on my paper choices and printing workflow. Continue Reading