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Award-Winning Photographer Kurt Weston

Light, Vision and Story – A Post about Award-Winning Photographer Kurt Weston I mentioned photographer Kurt Weston , one of my first mentors, in a previous post. Here, I’d like to talk more about his amazing photography work. Kurt Weston is a photographer based in Orange County, California. I became aware of his work back ...

Helicopter in the Sky. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Why Freelancers Should Not Work for Free

Ten reasons why freelancers/creatives/content creators should not give away their work for free As freelancers, as content creators we’re often asked to work for “credit,” “exposure” or just plainly asked to work for free. This could be considered a “reasonable” request for a very limited time, when freelancers are just starting out and in need ...

On Working for Free and Other Expectations

On the expectation of working for free as a creative Here, in the U.S., because of the recent government shutdown, many government employees ended up having to work for free or for the promise that they would get paid, eventually. This outraged many people, and for good reason. I believe that many in the creative ...

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, ...

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

2019 Resolutions

My New Year’s Resolutions First of all, I wish you all a wonderful New Year and hope that 2019 will be a good year for all of us. Also, many thank you for reading this blog. I truly appreciate it! New Year’s resolutions are like “droplets of hope” at the start of a new chapter ...

Remember: One More Look at Kurt Weston’s AIDS Retrospective Photographs

Remember: An AIDS Memorial Retrospective – 12/1/18 – 12/29/18 One More Look at Some of Kurt Weston’s AIDS Retrospective Photographs This weekend, on December 29, Kurt Weston’s photography show, Remember: An AIDS Memorial Retrospective comes to an end. That means, there is still time to stop by the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and ...

Kurt Weston: The Making of the Blind Vision Photography Series

A look back at the Blind Vision series of black-and-white self-portraits by award-winning photographer Kurt Weston I wrote about award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston and his Blind Vision series of black-and-white self-portraits, as well as about other images by the same artist in the November 2005 issue of A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Here are ...