All posts by Alina Oswald

Alina Oswald is a writer and photographer documenting the AIDS pandemic and the LGBT community. Other subjects of interest include nature and the environment, human and animal rights. Alina Oswald is also the Arts Editor of A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine, educator and NYIP photography mentor, and the author of JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS: A BIOGRAPHY of AIDS. Contact her online at

Hands of Katyn Soldier statue. Photo by Alina Oswald.

On Photographing Hands

Posing and Photographing Hands   When photographing people, we often focus on facial expressions, eyes, and so on. We don’t have to worry about hands when we capture headshots (portraits showing only the head and the shoulders of a person), but if we show more than the head and shoulders, we have to include hands. ...

On Travel Photography

Tips on travel photography and traveling light.

Cropping for Print

Cropping Your Images for Print Recently a friend of mine reminded me of print images and cropping images to fit in the frames available for purchase. And that kind of made me think about photographing and cropping for print–that is, with a printed image in mind as a final product. I’m the first to admit ...

Photographing Men in Shirts and T-Shirts

Photographing Men   Men photographed on location:


On Designing Watermarks to Further Define Our Artist Voice To watermark or not to watermark? That is the question. My personal rule of thumb is: – usually, if I post the image on social media or blogs, I do add a watermark – if the image is for a client or publication, of course, I ...

Tulip. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing Spring

Photographing Spring Spring is finally here! So, what does spring mean to us and how do we capture it in our images? Some of us may associate spring with renewal, rebirth, longer days and warmer temps, a fresh start, nature coming back to life, buds and flowers, green making its way through the blanket of ...

Performing artist and LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS advocate, Cody Bondra, and actor and LGBTQ advocate Ron B, performing on Ron B's show, No Boundaries Up Close and Personal, at MNN, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing Performing Artists

Over the years I’ve interviewed and photographed many performing artists in studio and on the set. They are actors, musicians, advocates, and inspiring people. Here are a few examples: Ron B’s show, No Boundaries-Up Close and Personal: Music Performances Performing artists Lovari at JC Pride: Others: Other performances include photographing actor and comedian Steve Hayes ...

On Setting Your Photography Rates

Things to consider when setting your photography rates   “How much is that doggy in the window?” I know only the beginning of that song, but what stands out, thinking of it as a creative, is that in the song someone does ask and actually is willing to pay for the dog. When it comes ...

Photographing Women

Photographing Women While I photograph mostly men, every once in a while I get to photograph women portraits, editorials, and fashion. Here are a few examples: As always, thanks for stopping by! Alina Oswald

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! Today some of us celebrate women–our mothers, grandmothers, aunties, cousins, sisters, our role models, teachers, and so on. This year in particular, let’s celebrate those advocating for women’s rights, for human rights. Here are a few of the inspiring women I’ve met along the way. Many of them have been my ...