How to Deal with High-Maintenance Subjects

Dealing with difficult, high-maintenance (human) subjects, as a photographer It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a blue moon, I end up having to deal with a difficult, high-maintenance client or (human) subject with a prima-donna attitude. There’s no way to avoid that, especially when photographing these subjects for a client; hence, there’s no ...

Backbone

Backbone – On the ten-year anniversary of my solo photography show and related photography book, and on photographing the 2008 NYC Pride March in the rain Did you know…that my first solo photography show, Backbone, opened ten years ago today, on August 8, 2008, at 32 Jones Gallery in Jersey City? Yes it did. How ...

What Remains…

Defining Our Legacy A quote from the movie P.S. I Love You reminds, “None of us come out of [this world] alive.” I’ve thought of it often, in particular this year, a time, in my own life, marked by loss and impending loss…. But since we can’t leave this world alive, what do we leave ...

How I Got That Shot?

How I Got That Shot – An Uphill Battle The story behind the image Every once in a while people ask me how I got one shot or another. So here I’m going to share the story behind a particular image—the technical and not-so-technical side of it. For starters, let’s look at an image I ...

Blue Hour Photography

Capturing the Blue Hour(s) of the Day There are only twenty-four hours in a day, but some of those hours are quite special, in particular when it comes to photography. Last week I talked about photographing during the golden hour(s) of the day, capturing the sunrise and sunset. Now, let’s look at blue hour photography. ...

Sailing boat silhouetted by sunset light. Somewhere between the islands of Lanai and Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Golden Hour Photography

Sunrise, Sunset – Photographing During the Golden Hour There’s a reason why we call the hours around sunrise and sunset the golden hours of our day. After all, they offer “a kind of magic” as Freddie Mercury would croon (indulge me, I’m a big fan), a kind of magical light that lasts only for a ...

Pano view of NYC silhouetted by sunrise light. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Why and How We Crop

How to crop (or not) to tell a particular story, emphasize the subject, and much more

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