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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 ...

On Travel Photography

Tips on travel photography and traveling light.

Boxing Day – The Day after Christmas

Boxing Day – The Day After Christmas I first heard about Boxing Day quite a few years ago, while spending the holidays in Portugal, with my family. As we were walking around in a very quiet, almost deserted Lagos, Portugal, I noticed a “Closed on Boxing Day” sign in the window of an Internet cafe. ...

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Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving week, and so I want to start by thanking a few people who have helped shape my life throughout the years, inspiring me, being there for me, and keeping me on the right track. First, I want to thank my family and my friends. I’m lucky to have the family that I have, ...

Lighting Patterns and the Artist Voice: Back Lighting

Lighting Patterns and the Artist Voice: Back Lighting Using a specific lighting pattern can help define our photographic voice. In my previous post I mentioned split lighting and how it can be used to evoke a certain mood and look, in particular in black-and-white portraits. Today let’s look at back lighting. Back lighting creates silhouettes, ...

Photographing (Almost) Nudes

Thoughts on Photographing (Almost) Nudes and Bodyscapes 101 There are landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and skyscapes, and then there are bodyscapes. There is boudoir, as well as dudeoir, and then there is nude photography. When it comes to art, nudes often make an intriguing and interesting subject, oftentimes complicated to paint in words, with light or ...

Photographing Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals

How to photograph blind and visually-impaired individuals.

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 ...

Slow motion live lava backlights a tree branch. Volcano National Park. Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing Lava

A Few Notes on Lava Photography Lately, Pele, the goddess of fire, has been showing itself to us in all its fiery glory. Hence, those usually photographing and/or reporting on lava flow on a regular basis have been quite busy, and (I guess) excited. But what about the rest of us, those of us interested ...

Manhattan Skyline. Pinhole photography by Alina Oswald

Pinhole Photography

On Pinhole Photography   In April many photographers celebrate World Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) by taking, you guessed, pinhole photographs. WPPD falls on the last Sunday of April. This year, WPPD falls on April 30, 2017, only a few days away. I first learned about pinhole photography and WPPD a few years ago, at B&H. ...