Category: how-to photography

Bokeh 105

Bokeh and the Bokeh Master Attend any workshop or photography class with Nikon Ambassador Vincent Versace and you’ll learn not only about photography in general, black-and-white photography in particular and even printing your own images, but also about bokeh and the correct way to pronounce the word, bokeh. What is bokeh? As many might already ...

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

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 – First Impressions

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for Nikon – First Impressions My very first prime lens was a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, but, as a portrait photographer I’ve always wanted a prime f/1.4 lens. And so this past year, I spent months researching, considering and reconsidering my options. While there’re several prime f/1.4 lenses ideal for portrait photography, ...

On Upgrading Your Gear

On Upgrading Your Photography and Lighting Gear The annual PDN Photo Plus Expo is a great way to keep up with the latest and greatest photo and lighting gear, and not only. It’s also a welcoming excuse to look through old gear and recheck, re-evaluate, and consider upgrading, if necessary. But deciding on what new ...

On Using the Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control

Take time to learn and explore and test out ideas in photography…or any other art form Using the wireless shutter release remote, namely the Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared) These days I find myself more an more surviving, not living, one moment at a time, focusing on one thing at a time. Therefore, in ...

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 ...

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

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 ...