Drama Belongs in the Theatre – and Your Photographs

Your community has community theater, and community theater needs photographs. I’m very grateful that several theaters in Ventura County allowed me to practice on their stages when I was learning my craft. When creating publicity images for theater, don’t scrimp on the drama. Use exaggerated angles and lighting, because the job of these photos is to…

Three Quick Tips for Dance Concert Photography

Tone down saturation and contrast in your camera. The dancers often wear colorful costumes and perform under bright, gelled lights. In post-processing, it’s a lot easier to add vibrancy and contrast than to remove them. Attend rehearsal if you can, to identify key moments in the dance and to experiment with different angles. Pay attention to the…

The No-Filter Cult

Yes, we can now instantly publish our photographs for the entire world to see, but it’s a world of critics and dogmatists. I see the smug #nofilter hashtag on social media and snicker at the arrogance of it. In the 1970s I carried a red filter, a yellow filter, a polarizing filter, and a diffusion…