Category: writing

blogs about writing

Activism through the Lens

Photographing for a Cause: Photographing HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ Activists In photography, TTL (or Through The Lens) metering determines the flash exposure by measuring the amount of light coming, you guessed, through the lens. Through The Lens is also the name of an article I wrote for A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine , America’s first HIV magazine, about ...

Writer-Photographer Collaborations

Things to Consider When Working with Other Creatives As many of you might know, I am a writer and photographer. Hence, I often work with other writers and photographers. Sometimes I do get to photograph and interview someone for a magazine article. Other times, I team up with another photographer or writer, each doing his ...

Lensbaby Velvet Photography

Photographing with a Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro Lens   In a previous Lensbaby Photography I talked about my experience photographing with a Lensbaby Composer. I’ve had the Lensbaby Composer for several years. Recently, I had the chance to test out a newer Lensbaby model. That is, the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6. First impressions: This ...

What’s in a Name

What’s in a Name: How and why you should title your artwork There are few, if any, books or articles called Untitled. On the other hand, though, there are plenty of untitled visual art pieces. This reminds me of the words a seasoned photographer once said. To paraphrase: sometimes, leaving your images untitled is as ...

Boat reaching the shore.

On Finding Your Audience

Thoughts on finding your audience as an artist Last week I wrote about finding your artist’s voice. This week, I’d like to touch on the importance of finding your audience, as an artist, and why I think it’s important to find and have an audience. I believe that finding your voice, as an artist, helps ...

Haze. Sunrise over Manhattan. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Finding Your Artist Voice

How and Why to Find Your Artist’s Voice   “You take all your emotions! All your anger, all your love, all your hate! And push it way down here into the pit of your stomach! And then let it explode, like a reactor! Pow!” says Subway Ghost character, played by Vincent Schiavelli (1948 – 2005) ...

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When Clients “Forget” to Pay

As creatives, we might be the only professionals who are asked, expected even, to work for free. Nobody would ever dare ask a doctor or a lawyer or a technician to work for free, no matter their seniority. And so, why is that people (most people anyway) consider that it’s OK to ask creatives–photographers, writers, ...