Category: the freelance life

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 ...

Helicopter in the Sky. Photo by Alina Oswald.

New Gear: Nikon 28-300mm all-in-one lens

New Gear – Nikon 28-300mm Lens Lately I’ve been taking a second, and third look through my gear–photo and lighting gear–trying to decide what and if to sell and/or replace old lenses and whatnot. I’ve looked at what I thought I’d like to photograph years ago and what I used to photograph more, and the ...

Fog Silhouettes. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Seize the Moment

Carpe Diem The full version of the Latin phrase is, actually, “Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero,” meaning “Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.” Recent events in my life have reminded me of the importance of seizing the moment, the day, of living each moment to the fullest, because, before ...

On the Importance of Connecting with the Story

Choosing and Connecting with the Stories We Cover “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” the saying goes, and that’s pretty much what my dad told me, when I was very young. At the time, I didn’t quite understand what he was trying to say to me. That happened ...

Watermarks

On Designing Watermarks to Further Define Our Artist Voice To watermark or not to watermark? That is the question. My personal rule of thumb is: – usually, if I post the image on social media or blogs, I do add a watermark – if the image is for a client or publication, of course, I ...

Performing artist and LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS advocate, Cody Bondra, and actor and LGBTQ advocate Ron B, performing on Ron B's show, No Boundaries Up Close and Personal, at MNN, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing Performing Artists

Over the years I’ve interviewed and photographed many performing artists in studio and on the set. They are actors, musicians, advocates, and inspiring people. Here are a few examples: Ron B’s show, No Boundaries-Up Close and Personal: Music Performances Performing artists Lovari at JC Pride: Others: Other performances include photographing actor and comedian Steve Hayes ...

On Setting Your Photography Rates

Things to consider when setting your photography rates   “How much is that doggy in the window?” I know only the beginning of that song, but what stands out, thinking of it as a creative, is that in the song someone does ask and actually is willing to pay for the dog. When it comes ...