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9/11 Tribute Lights. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Tribute in Light: September 11, 2017

Tribute in Light Photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights   Each year, on September 11, I go out to photograph the ceremonies and Tribute Lights. Every chance I get, throughout the entire year, I try to photograph stories and events related to 9/11. In my previous blog post, shared a few images and ideas of how ...

Chairs and camera on the set of No Boundaries at MNN, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Stage Fright

Stage Fright: Life at the other end of the lens Many of us, I assume, have some degree of stage fright, some more than others. Those of us, working behind the scenes, are more reluctant to switch roles and appear in front of (rather than behind) the lens or mic. As photographers, we feel comfortable ...

On Photographing the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Photographing the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse in NYC area Yesterday, those of us living in NYC area got to watch the solar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse that is, mostly through layers of thin, and at times thick clouds. While I did not appreciate the thick clouds, the thin ones added a certain dramatic ...

On Photographing the Sun and the Moon

Thoughts on photographing the sun, the moon, and everything in between   "I think of space not as the final frontier but as the next frontier. Not as something to be conquered but to be explored," says a quote by Neil deGrasse Tyson. "Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other ...

Incoming Storm. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing the Environment

Photographing the Environment - Portraits of Mother Nature Capturing Mother Nature at its worst and at its best   The other night I watched the CNN town hall meeting with former Vice President Al Gore. I had watched Al Gore's first documentary An Inconvenient Truth  (and read the book), and so I couldn't wait to ...

Photographer at Work. Photo by Alina Oswald.

On Choosing the Best Subjects

On the importance of choosing the best possible subject/model for a visual story or photography project Subjects might or might not make or break a story, but they can definitely help us tell the strongest story possible. Choosing the right subject for a particular story--be that a story told in word or a visual story ...

Color vs Black-and-White

Considering converting a color image to black-and-white: the what, when, why, and also how Color or black-and-white? That is the question. So, what is it gonna be? When and why should we consider converting an image, a color image, to black-and-white? Certain visual stories are best told in color, while others in black-and-white. To learn ...