• Shoot BreakdownsA woman in a red cloche hat with colorful beauty.

    Use an Accessory as the Creative Spark for a Creative Beauty Portrait

    Sometimes, the concept for a shot starts with an accessory, which was the case for this shot featuring an old-school cloche-style hat. loved this hat and the dark red color she brought to one of our practice sessions, but it is based on a style from the early 1900s.  I…

  • Shoot BreakdownsA woman with a colorful afro, radiating beauty in a captivating portrait - shoot breakdown

    How To Create a Colorful Beauty Portrait With a Truly Unique Hairstyle

    My goal was to create a colorful beauty portrait that showed off the unique hairstyle and ensured the subject was prominently featured. It is easy to get carried away with these images and wind up with an image about the style or the fu-fu, and the subject takes a backseat.

  • Shoot BreakdownsA woman wearing sunglasses poses amidst vibrant streams of red smoke, created by a smoke machine - shoot breakdown

    Create Colorful Beauty Portraits With a Handheld Smoke Machine

    The concept for this series of shots was to create fashion and beauty portraits using smoke and LOTS of bold colors. Smoke is a great way to generate interesting chaos, which can then be lit and colored in any number of ways to create mood and depth in the image.

  • Photography AdviceUdi Tirosh of Spiffy Gear

    Udi Tirosh — The Creative Mind Behind Spiffy Gear Lighting

    Episode #236 of the TOGCHAT Photography Podcast - Recorded January 27th, 2021

  • Photography GearOlympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Camera

    Olympus has just announced its latest entry level camera in the OM-D lineup – or should I say entry level interchangeable lens camera with Intermediate level features and even some pro camera capabilities – the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. As promised, the Olympus imaging division is moving full steam…

  • Photography GearOlympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

    Click here for the specs on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Olympus has just announced a very exciting upgrade to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.  Allow me to introduce you to the latest pro camera in the flagship group the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III.  Read on to learn…

  • Photo Shoot TipsCowboy at the Tanque Verde Ranch

    Shooting Cowboys and Cacti in the Arizona Desert

    What goes on inside my head during a shoot? A few people have asked me that question, so I thought I would share my experience while trying out the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III for the very first time. Recently, I posted a few shots on Facebook from a trip…

  • Photography GearGodox MS200 & MS300 Compact Studio Strobes

    Compact Studio Strobes – Godox MS200 & Godox MS300

    These are two extremely affordable studio strobes from Godox that a lot of photographers don’t know about. Certainly when we think of Godox flashes and strobe lighting we think of the AD200 Pocket flashes and the AD400 and AD600 studio strobes that run on lithium batteries. We know that Godox…

  • Photography GearOlympus OM-d E-m1x - My First Impressions

    Olympus OM-D E-M1X – My First Impressions

    The wait is over – here it is – the new addition to the Olympus E-M1 series. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X! So let’s get this out of the way, right up front… in case you don’t know, I am an Olympus Visionary. So yes – I am sponsored by Olympus.…

  • Photography Gear15 Air Travel Tips for Photographers

    15 Air Travel Tips for Photographers

    Table of ContentsThe CasesThe GearMy Top 15 Travel Tips For PhotographersBook your flight with an Airline Credit CardSign up for TSA Pre-checkHandling the TSA Bag Inspection: Don’t be a jerk Avoid stacking things in the bagTake the lenses off your cameras The expensive stuff goes in carry-on Don’t bring more…

  • Photography GearWHY I shot an assignment as JPEGS

    WHY I shot an assignment as JPEGS

    I was hired for a marketing assignment for Olympus to shoot on location with two young Instagrammers and the Olympus Pen E-PL9 Camera. And just to make it fun, I shot the entire assignment as jpegs – NO RAW. Read on and I will tell you why. The marketing team…

  • Photo Shoot TipsThe Best Ways To Blow Hair For Glamour Portraits

    The Best Ways To Blow Hair For Glamour Portraits

    If you like working with models or photographing beautiful women, at some point you’re going to want to try a blowing hair shot. The problem as we all know is that hair often has a mind of its own, so adding wind is definitely a recipe for disaster – UNLESS…

  • Photography GearMonitor Viewing Angle Gauge

    Monitor Viewing Angle Gauge

    As laptop computers become more powerful, I see more and more photographers processing their images and videos on their small laptop screens. Now I will admit, us old guys prefer bigger screens to work on, but even if you are working on an iMac like I do – the screens…

  • Photography GearMy Olympus Camera Gear - The 6 Month Report Card

    My Olympus Camera Gear – The 6 Month Report Card

    It’s been 6 months since I shared this article about switching to Olympus cameras and a lot of people have been asking for my thoughts about micro four thirds and if I am happy with the switch or if I regret it in any way. Now that I’ve had more…

  • Photography GearGoodbye Nikon! Why I switched to Olympus

    Goodbye Nikon! Hello Olympus!

    I did it. I said goodbye to Nikon. I switched to Olympus. That’s right — micro four-thirds and I couldn’t be happier. My only disappointment is that I didn’t do it much sooner. My Camera History I purchased my first Nikon camera — used in 1975 and I’ve shot with…

  • Photography GearInterfit Honey Badgers

    The Honey Badger by Interfit Photographic

    I was wrong. A few months back I wrote this article and told you that I thought the Paul C. Buff DigiBee was potentially the most underrated flash unit on the market. I was simply wrong — for a bunch of reasons that all involve the Interfit Honey Badger from…

  • Photography GearAcratech Ball Heads on Benro Tripods

    Acratech Ball Heads on Benro Tripods

    In this Part 2 of my How to Choose a Tripod Series, I’m going to show you which tripods I use and tell you why. Plus, I’ll show you what I think is the best tripod ball head ever made! Hopefully you read Part 1 of this set and you…

  • Photography GearHow To Choose the Right Tripod for Your Photography

    10 Tripod Tips and Tricks

    A tripod is one of the most important pieces of gear that you should own and use as a photographer. Yet I see so many photographers struggle to choose the right tripod, or– even worse–not use them properly or– the absolute worst of all–not use them when they should be…

  • Photography GearLED Lighting for Photographers – LED Lighting Series Wrap-Up

    LED Lighting for Photographers

    I have been having a ton of fun shooting with these LED lights and even learned some cool stuff along the way. I wanted to close by sharing my thoughts on LED lighting for photography, and, of course, I’ll take you behind the scenes for another shoot using ALL of…

  • Photography GearLED Portrait Lighting with Savage Edge Lit Pro LED Lights

    LED Portrait Lighting With Savage Edge Lit Pro Led Lights

    How do you make an LED lighting panel that is much bigger than a strobe, yet super thin and has really even light across the front panel?… You light it from the edge. That’s want Savage Universal did with these awesome Savage Edge Lit Pro LED Lights, which I’ll be…

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