Standing in an orderly row like the Royal Palace Guard are twelve four drawer file cabinets filled with over 25 years of photography. From proof sheets to black and white prints to 4×5 original film, these file cabinets hold the archive of my professional life until 2006 when I switched from film to digital. Buried […]
There is an old joke among photographers about getting the phone call for a dream assignment in Tahiti. The usual response is, “I am still waiting.” In my thirty-year plus career, I have been luckier than most photographers in getting overseas assignments, usually for U.S. cruise ship and hotel companies. But photography has changed a […]
Since its invention in France in 1848, verisimilitude has been one of the key values of photography. Photographs are compelling because they convey a sense of reality, no matter how ephemeral. It is the magical first light of dawn or the “blue hour” that always captures our imagination. We are keenly aware of this when […]
For the last six or seven years, most pro level digital cameras have also doubled as video cameras. Professional videographers have taken to using cameras like the Canon 5D, to shoot high end video productions. Many commercials you see on TV and even some TV dramas are now being shot with DSLRs. The cameras are […]
The publishing world has changed radically in the last ten years. The advent of the internet and the widespread growth of specialty websites has put information everywhere there is a connection and a device to display it. The cost of producing and distributing a traditional ink on paper journal has proved too burdensome for many […]
There is more that goes into creating great photographs of buildings than most people realize. Some of it happens before the shoot and much after the shutter is snapped. Recently we were asked by the internationally recognized lighting designer, Paul Helms of Atlanta, to capture the work he did in conjunction with HOK on a […]
Having the camera at about 5’3” off the ground is just about the perfect height for shooting architectural exteriors. That is because that height replicates our perception, the height from where the average eye sees the world. Sometimes, however, there is a need to put the camera at a higher angle. Often the requirement is […]
Now don’t get me wrong, I like a pretty face as much as any man, but actually photographing a woman and making her look beautiful takes more than owning a nice camera or knowing something about lighting. Photography, like law or medicine, is a profession that is divided into specialties. You don’t go to an […]
It could be that the sun just shines a little too brightly here in California and casts an undeserving shadow on good architecture in other parts of the U.S.
The photo albums documenting my wife’s family from the early twentieth century on were copious and illuminating.
With digital cameras, the object seems to be to collect as much raw data as you can so that you can reassemble the image in post production.
the bar for digital imaging just got raised…
Digital 101: Sensor Wars I believe everyone reading this is old enough to remember when a 2 Mega Pixel Digital camera was really big. I remember being awestruck by the clarity of sports shots taken by one of the dad’s of my son’s high school water polo team with a 2 MP Nikon. That was […]