Category: the freelance life

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 ...

What Remains…

Defining Our Legacy A quote from the movie P.S. I Love You reminds, “None of us come out of [this world] alive.” I’ve thought of it often, in particular this year, a time, in my own life, marked by loss and impending loss…. But since we can’t leave this world alive, what do we leave ...

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 ...