Category: the freelance life

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 ...

On Using the Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control

Take time to learn and explore and test out ideas in photography...or any other art form Using the wireless shutter release remote, namely the Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared) These days I find myself more an more surviving, not living, one moment at a time, focusing on one thing at a time. Therefore, in ...

Getting Ready for the Opening Night

Getting Ready for the Opening Night How do artists prepare for the opening night? The opening night of your show is always a magical time. It is the moment you've been waiting for all along, and it triggers a variety of reactions and feelings--from happiness to anxiety, and everything in between. A million of questions ...