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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

4th of July Fireworks. A Closer Look. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Photographing Fireworks

How to Photograph Fireworks Tomorrow on the Fourth of July many will go out to enjoy the fireworks display. Many others will try to take a few shots of the fireworks. So, here are a few thoughts on photographing fireworks: First things first, the day (or a couple of days) before you go out to ...

Expressing Personalities

Expressing Personalities in Photography Capturing facets of someone’s personality in images As photographers we try to capture the personalities of our subjects, regardless of what or who we photograph. People and animals have personalities, but so do buildings, statues and flowers for that matter. Sometimes, portrait photographers get to capture facets of our subject or ...

Inner Demons as Sources of Inspiration

Our Inner Demons as Sources of Inspiration In the wake of the recent conversations about depression and suicide, celebrity suicides in particular, I’d like to take a closer look at a source of inspiration not often mentioned in our daily conversations—our inner demons. They are a constant, real, presence in our lives for many of ...

Photographing Pride Through the Years

June is Pride Month. I usually go to NYC Pride to photograph and meet with friends. I’ve photographed NYC Pride for years. Love the colors, the energy, the mood. Here are a few of the images of Pride I’ve taken over the years. And I’ll add a few more, I guess, after this Pride Sunday. ...

Photographic Drafts

Drafts in Photography We know what a draft is in writing, but how would we define a draft in photography? Is there such a thing as a draft or first draft in photography? I guess it is. In general, a draft is a work in progress, something that is not yet ready to be shown ...