Month: December 2017

Boxing Day – The Day after Christmas

Boxing Day – The Day After Christmas I first heard about Boxing Day quite a few years ago, while spending the holidays in Portugal, with my family. As we were walking around in a very quiet, almost deserted Lagos, Portugal, I noticed a “Closed on Boxing Day” sign in the window of an Internet cafe. ...

The Longest Night

Photographing the Longest Night December 21 is only a few days away. On this side of the equator, December 21 marks the longest night (and shortest day) of the year. I have a question for you: what does winter solstice mean to you? Does it symbolize the absence of natural light or rather the dawn ...

On Image Retouching

My Two Cents on Image Retouching – Portraits To retouch or not to retouch? That is the question. Or better ask ourselves, how much should we retouch a portrait? We often encounter extremely retouched portraits where people don’t look like human beings anymore, but rather porcelain dolls. But there seems to be a new trend ...

Gifts from Photographers

Gifts from Photographers With the holiday season upon us, we’re seriously thinking of the best gifts we can offer our loved ones–gift ideas for photographers, as well as from photographers. What gifts can we, as photographers, offer our families and friends? Let’s start with the obvious: – pictures: Family Portraits – in studio, as well ...

World AIDS Day

Capturing a Pandemic Today is December 1, World AIDS Day, WAD 2017. On this World AIDS Day, I just want to share a few HIV and AIDS stories I’ve covered over the years. Here’s a picture of one of my favorite angels, the Bethesda Angel in Central Park. This particular image is a #tbt taken ...