Category: the freelance life

Smoking Lava Fields. Aerial photography by Alina Oswald.

What Do You Photograph? And Why?

What do you photograph, and why?

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 ...

Cloud patterns from above. B&W aerial photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

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 ...

2018 – Highlights

Looking Back at My 2018 As the year draws to an end, I’d like to share with you a few of what I consider my highlights of this year. Interviewing and photographing the amazing artist, author and activist Avram Finkelstein for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Photographing the blood supermoon lunar eclipse: Reconnecting with the Orange ...

LGBTQ+ History Month

October is LGBTQ+ History Month. Just before the beginning of the LGBTQ+ History Month, I got to photograph the LGBTQ+ Community and Today’s Political Landscape Symposium in Harlem, New York City, while invited by actor and activist Ron B, and Patricia A. Martin and Paulette Thomas of Harlem YES. Since today is October 11, Coming ...