Month: September 2017

Lighting Patterns and the Artist Voice: Back Lighting

Lighting Patterns and the Artist Voice: Back Lighting Using a specific lighting pattern can help define our photographic voice. In my previous post I mentioned split lighting and how it can be used to evoke a certain mood and look, in particular in black-and-white portraits. Today let’s look at back lighting. Back lighting creates silhouettes, ...

Lighting Patterns and Artist Voice: Split Lighting

On choosing the best lighting pattern for your subject, as well as for your photographic voice   Do you have a favorite lighting pattern? Have you wonder why that particular lighting pattern is your favorite? Have you ever wondered how (or if) it helps define your photographic voice? Choosing one lighting pattern over another is ...

9/11 Tribute Lights

Tribute in Light: September 11, 2017

Tribute in Light Photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights   Each year, on September 11, I go out to photograph the ceremonies and Tribute Lights. Every chance I get, throughout the entire year, I try to photograph stories and events related to 9/11. In my previous blog post, shared a few images and ideas of how ...

Rain over 9/11/2009 Tribute Lights. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights

September 11 Tribute in Light and Related Photography (from someone who’s been photographing them for almost 15 years) Ever since I moved to New York City area, I’ve been photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights and September 11 memorials on September 11 of each year and around the year. I’ll post a few images on my ...

Chairs and camera on the set of No Boundaries at MNN, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Stage Fright

Stage Fright: Life at the other end of the lens Many of us, I assume, have some degree of stage fright, some more than others. Those of us, working behind the scenes, are more reluctant to switch roles and appear in front of (rather than behind) the lens or mic. As photographers, we feel comfortable ...