All posts by Alina Oswald

Alina Oswald is a writer, photographer and educator documenting the AIDS pandemic and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a member of the Undetectable flash collective, Arts Editor of A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine, and author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer and HIV/AIDS activist Kurt Weston, as we as a frequent guest on shows and panels discussing HIV and AIDS, photography, and women empowerment. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, as well as in New York City shows and galleries, including Fresh Fruit Festival at Leslie-Lohman Museum, Postcards from the Edge at Visual AIDS, La Vie Galerie and juried exhibitions at Soho Photo Gallery. Alina Oswald also teaches photography and covers portraits, editorials, events, and promotional photography, as well as nature and the environment. Contact her at alinaoswald.com.

eyes and eyeglasses. photo by Alina Oswald.

On Photographing People who Wear Eyeglasses

How to photograph people who're wearing glasses.

Photographing the 9/11 lights he night of September 11, 2013 and the moon, on a hazy night.

Tribute in Light…in Images

"Tribute in Light" Photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights and other related events and memorials, on September 11 and year 'round.

Handling photo and lighting gear. Photo by Alina Oswald.

New Gear: Wheeled Carrying Bag for Photo Studio Gear

first impressions: Godox CB-01 wheeled carrying bag for light stands

Photographing JC Pride

Photographing Jersey City Pride June might be Pride Month, but August is Jersey Pride Month. Usually, Jersey City Pride Fest(ival) falls on the last weekend of August. JC Pride celebrations start with raising the flag, and continue throughout the month of August, leading to JC Pride Fest. JC Pride: Rainbow flag and American flag at ...

Fog Silhouettes. Photo by Alina Oswald.

The Decisive Moment

How to Capture the Decisive Moment in Portrait Photography We've heard about Henri Cartier-Bresson and the decisive moment, right? But the question is, how do we capture that moment when photographing people? The key word is patience. As photographers, we need to have patience. Watch and wait and be ready to take (make) the shot. ...

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for Nikon on tripod. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing People with the Bokehmaster

Photographing people with the Sigma 105mm ART and not only at f/1.4 It's been a long while since I've posted updates on my photographing with the bokehmaster. So, in this post I'd like to share a few thoughts on photographing people with the Sigma 105mm ART, in- and outside the studio. A few things I've ...

On B&W Photography

Seeing in Black and White "Throughout the years, many photographers have embraced black-and-white to tell some of the most intense, intriguing, powerful and memorable stories," I wrote in an article about photographer's Bill Bytsura's new book, The AIDS Activist Project. "[...] Award-winning photographer and AIDS activist Kurt Weston [A&U, November, 2005] says black-and-white offers his ...