Gloomy Days are Great for Animal Portraits

When people come into my studio for portraits, most of them will be lit by the biggest soft boxes I have. It’s a little challenging to get birds into the studio, however. Fortunately, overcast days turn the sky into the ultimate soft box, providing smooth shadow transitions and lower overall contrast. Action shots can be…

Fast Lenses Still Matter

Despite camera ISO rangeĀ improvements and electronic flash diffusion innovations, a fast lens is still a joy to employ in a dimly lit room. Shooting a reception for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble after its concert at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater was mostly a “run-and-gun” scenario, grabbing flash shots as quickly as possible during a meet-and-greet.…

Make Every Hour Magic Hour

I concede that the beautiful light in the minutes around sunrise and sunset makes the kind of photos that generate oohs and ahhs from viewers, but what about the other 23.5 hours of the day? I believe that when you canā€™t be with the light you love, you must learn how to love the light…

3 Ways to Deal with Backlight

I see a lot of accidental silhouettes on Facebook. In another post, I write about the importance of taking 5-10 seconds to really SEE your background before you take a picture. Whether shooting with your phone or a fancy dslr, a brightly lit background is going to confuse your camera sensor, the best of which…