Shooting With The Sony a7R IV Full-frame Mirrorless Camera

A slideshow of photos I captured on Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless model
This week, Sony made big news by introducing its new 61-megapixel a7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera. To get a sense of what the camera can do, I was able to shoot with the camera for the past two days during several special events Sony hosted around New York City. During the sessions, I was able to capture subjects in various settings and lighting... Read more

Keeping It Simple

Don't fall into the common trap of overcomplicating your composition
Keeping It Simple
I’ll be the first to admit that I fall into the common trap of overcomplicating my composition when a simple one would be just as effective, if not more so. It’s an easy thing to do and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it. We’re so driven to create unique compositions that it can cloud the intent of conveying the beauty in front of you. Don’t... Read more

LUMIX S Series Updates And New Sigma Lenses

It’s been a busy week for LUMIX S Series, with firmware updates and new L-Mount lenses announced by Sigma. And learn how to adapt nearly ANY lens to an S1!
LUMIX S Series Updates & New Sigma Lenses
Lots of LUMIX S Series related news, starting with the firmware update that sets us up for the Filmmakers V-Log update coming later this month (be sure to stay tuned to my YouTube channel to learn exactly how to get and install your update for free before it becomes a paid update!).   I’ve done a whole video on how to do the update (it’s different... Read more

Tips For Writing A Grant Application, Part 1

In this first of a two-part blog-post series, learn five important tips on how best to write a grant application.
You’ve researched the grants that are available, and culled those that are best suited to your work. Now, you want to write as strong a grant application as possible. Here are five tips to help your application stand out from the rest:   Give funders a vivid, passionate description of your project. Your application is a summary of the current... Read more

Anatomy Of A Photo: Inspiration

Be mindful when you peruse magazines or websites, as you never know when inspiration will strike
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 1/400 sec. at f/9.0; ISO 200 February 04, 2011 New Hampshire, USA It’s important to be mindful when you peruse magazines or websites. You never know where inspiration will strike and it can be helpful to remember where that source of inspiration came from down the road. As an example, years ago,... Read more

Summer Reading: Photography Books To Bring To The Beach

Use this select list of photography books to enlighten and inspire you during the dog days of summer
One of my favorite ways of experiencing photography is to read about it, to intellectualize it as a way of countering all the feeling and intuition that’s required when I’m actually photographing. Here are some books I personally recommend, from my own book collection, that shed light on our favorite medium and art making in general: Ways of Seeing,... Read more

Where To Research Grants And Residencies

Use this list to help you fund your photography project or expand your skills as a photographer
Part of the challenge of obtaining funding for your work is becoming aware of the opportunities that are out there. It takes a lot of time and research to determine what opportunities are best suited for you and your work. The following websites offer lists or searchable databases of grants and residencies that are currently being offered: Alliance... Read more

Understanding The Tone Curve

Like many of you, I’ve been an Adobe Lightroom user since the wee early beta days, and I remember how wide-eyed I was when I saw all of the tools built specifically for photographers to use with their images. If you’re like me, you’ve also found which tools in the Develop module you gravitate to Read more…

Like many of you, I’ve been an Adobe Lightroom user since the wee early beta days, and I remember how wide-eyed I was when I saw all of the tools built specifically for photographers to use with their images. If you’re like me, you’ve also found which tools in the Develop module you gravitate to the most. I’m a big fan of the Split Toning module... Read more

Presenting Yourself And Your Photography

Remember these key details when you want to make a good first impression as a photographer
Whether you’re introducing yourself to a member of the photo industry at a portfolio review or having a casual conversation with a stranger, the impression you make hinges completely on the words you choose and the demeanor you embody as you present yourself and your photography. The formality and content of your elevator pitch will vary depending... Read more

On Fear, Part 2: Looking At “Subway” by Bruce Davidson

This influential photographer confronted his fears in a powerful series of photographs about the New York City subway system
In my previous post, we explored the three main causes of fear—insecurity, inspiration and danger—and how to act on them. In this post, we’ll look closely at Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson and how he handled his fears as he photographed people in the New York City subway in the 1980s. Davidson was initially inspired to photograph this urban... Read more

On Fear, Part 1: Using Fear In A Positive Way

How to constructively deal with fear in your photography and your life
As photographers, we are often encouraged to “swallow our fears.” But the phrase suggests we ignore our fears in order to simply move on with our lives. But when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he acknowledged not just how crippling fear can be, but also implied that it could... Read more

It’s OK To Shoot The Same Thing A Thousand Times

It’s not just about the photo. It’s about what you had to do to get it.
It's OK To Shoot The Same Thing A Thousand Times
Depending on how much mental fortitude you have, thinking about how to photograph something that has already been photographed a thousand times in a unique way could prove to be…daunting. And, to a degree, that’s rightfully an appropriate reaction. In these instances, I find that it helps to think about this endeavor the same way many adventurers... Read more