Helping Photographers Understand the HOWS & WHYS behind Great Photography

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  • If you want to find success as a photographer STOP ASKING FOR OPINIONS!

    If you want to find success as a photographer – STOP asking people what they think about your photographs or what they think you should do to improve – just stop. It’s not helping you – in fact it’s making it harder to progress and improve as a photographer because frequently the opinions that you…

  • Fashion Portraits with Cellophane – A Great DIY Tool for Your Studio

    I’m always on the lookout for things that I can drape around a model, or turn into an outfit, or place over a light source to change the color of the light, or even turn into a background. As a result, I make frequent trips to local fabric stores and arts and craft stores like…

  • WPPI 2018 – Fashion Portraiture with Simple Lighting Presented for Olympus

    Since switching to Olympus cameras in November of 2017, I really have been having a ton of fun shooting without sacrificing features or image quality. The Olympus gear has met and exceeded every one of my expectations and even saved me time in post production. I have also been very fortunate- Olympus has asked me…

  • Your Best Shot is a Mistake!?!

    Sometimes your best shot presents itself as a mistake, and if you are not paying attention you will fix the mistake and wind up with a less creative, less exciting, less interesting photograph. I want to show you an example from a recent shoot where this happened to me and I used a MagMod MagBounce…

  • My TOP 11 Most Viewed Photography Videos for 2017 and My 5 Most Popular Of All-Time

    As 2017 comes to a close I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on this past year and my top 11 videos. Plus, I will share with you my top 5 videos of all time – they may surprise you! 2017 has been an amazing year and honestly I owe it all to…

  • What is Dynamic Range and Why is everybody so worried about it? Here is what you should really worry about…

    Over the last month or so I have been asked more and more questions about dynamic range, and I am seeing more and more articles and YouTube videos with headlines about this topic. Indeed, it is becoming the big buzz phrase in GEARtographer discussions all over the internet. I’m seeing people debating which cameras are…

  • Can we PLEASE STOP WATERMARKING images

    My Facebook group recently blew up in a heated debate: Why is watermaking an issue? Painters add their signature right into their painting as an assurance that people will be able to identify them as the artist but they do it in a way that you frequently need to hunt to find it. Photographers really don’t…

  • Success as a photographer – it’s in the details.  It pays to be finicky!

    Last week, fStoppers.com published an article by a very talented Canadian shooter named Ryan Cooper. The article was titled “Why being pickier will make you a better photographer.” The article reminded me of a presentation that I’ve been doing variations of for almost ten years. It’s titled The Art of Seeing: Success in Photography is…

  • A picture doesn’t have to be perfect – to be perfect!

    A few weeks back, Darryl Currey from Australia, who is a member of my Facebook Group posted an image with a question. He asked, “Does a photo have to be perfect to be perfect?”  and “Have we become more obsessed with the technicalities of photography than the art of it?” My answers: NO and YES!…

  • Will that new camera make you a better photographer?

    More megapixels, faster shooting speeds, greater dynamic range… it all costs more money – lots more money- but will it make you a better photographer? 2017 has been an exciting year in the world of photography, especially when it comes to the cameras that we use. Sony released the A9 with its full frame 24.2…

  • When should you start getting paid for your photography?

    When should you start getting paid for your photography?  I can actually answer that in four simple words….  When you are ready. But what does that mean?  When you are ready? Let’s face it – we have all met the photographer who has owned their prosumer DSLR camera for three months and because they get…

  • WHY Most PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS SUCK! – TogChat™ #75

      So why do MOST PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS SUCK? Let’s be sure we are on the same page about three really important points….. I am talking about all kinds of photography workshops – that means the ones that are taught by some of the most famous and talented photographers in the world all the way down…

  • How you can use Smartphone Photography to Improve ALL of your photography

    In part one of this Smartphone photography set, I promised to share my favorite apps for shooting and processing my smartphone images, and I told you that I would share a list of apps that can help you improve ALL of your photography – even with your expensive pro cameras.  So let’s do this! If you…

  • Where is the cheapest and best place to buy camera gear?

    Recently a fellow photographer told me, “I would never buy camera gear from Amazon.com. I will only buy from a reputable retailer like B&H Photo.” That got me to thinking about how the process of buying camera gear has changed in the 40+ years I have been involved in photography — some for the good…

  • Your smartphone is the BEST camera you own to dramatically improve your photography. Part 1

    I want to challenge your way of thinking about camera gear and prove to you that your smartphone is the best and possibly most important camera that you own. Now, I bet you are thinking I’ve lost my mind; that I’ve finally crossed over to the dark side, sold my Nikon gear, skipped Sony completely,…

  • 80% of Portrait Photography is Psychology – Techniques for Photographing People

    I have mentioned often that 80% of portrait photography is psychology and 20% of it is photography. I go into the psychology in a lot of other pieces, so I wanted to take a moment to address that 20%. 20% of portrait photography …. Understand that the 20% that is photography is the foundation that…

  • Three light PORTRAIT, HEADSHOT and BEAUTY LIGHTING with NO LIGHTING MODIFIERS

    I want to show you some beauty lighting and a series of headshots done with three lights and a reflector – and NO modifiers on the lights. The modifier was the room that I shot in. In this series of headshots and beauty shots, I was working in my home studio which is only 23…

  • Work The Shot to Dramatically Improve Your Photography

    Before I go any further, let’s make sure that you know not to be that cliché guy with a camera telling your model “work it baby – that’s hot!” If you really want to improve your photography, work the shot. I’ll also share with you at the end what your subject or model really wants…

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