On Investing in New Photo Gear…

On Investing in New Photo Gear…

In a COVID-vaccine (but not quite post-COVID) time Now that the coronavirus vaccines are here and people are actually getting vaccinated, there are signs that hope might not be all lost and that there might be life after COVID. But does that mean that, as photographers, we should go ahead and invest in new gear [...]

Ask an Author

Ask an Author

Over the years I've had the chance to interview and photograph amazing individuals, including writers and authors, award-winning authors, too. As photographers, as visual storytellers ourselves, we can learn a lot from them about painting with words and the art of storytelling itself. Here are a few examples of author interviews as well as book [...]

Positive and Negative Space in Photography

Positive and Negative Space in Photography

A look at the meaning and role of "Positive Space," "Negative Space" and "Copy Space" in photography Those photographing for publications, ad campaigns, or doing stock or any kind of promotional photography might be familiar with the term (or keyword) #copyspace or #spaceforcopy. It simply refers to the negative space in an image. Here's an [...]

Ask an Activist

Ask an Activist

Photographing and interviewing ACT-UP activists March is not only Women's History Month, but it also marks the anniversary (the 34th this year) of ACT UP--the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Over the past twenty years, I've had the opportunity to meet, interview and photograph many LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activists, many of them ACT UP activists. [...]

Quarantine Photography

Quarantine Photography

Photography ideas to help (some of) us get through the COVID-19 quarantine and ready for a post-pandemic world Now that vaccinations are happening, some of us dare to begin feeling hopeful, yet again. As life goes on, we soon discover a new and better kind of "normal," and maybe a better quality of life, overall. [...]

Photographing Men

Photographing Men

Every time I'd take a hands-on photography workshop where attendees can photograph live models, more often than not those models are young women. Nothing wrong with that, but I've always photographed men and, really, mostly individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, including activists, artists, and friends. I've covered the community for almost twenty years now and [...]

Ask a Photographer

Ask a Photographer

Interviewing photographers

Warrior Within

Warrior Within

A #tbt interview with award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston, originally published in A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine Some fifteen years ago, I came across a contest looking for works by visual artists and writers. The contest was called Unfinished Works and featured a black-and-white photograph--The Last Light, by Kurt Weston. Although I didn't know it [...]

…And Other “Action” Imagery

…And Other “Action” Imagery

Photographing people "in action" In a previous post, a few weeks ago, I mentioned "calm imagery." Today, let's look at "action imagery" and not just any kind of action imagery. Let me explain.... When we think of "action shots" or "action photography" usually the images that come to mind might show bikers jumping off cliffs, [...]

Happy Mardi Gras 2021

Happy Mardi Gras 2021

Photographing Mardi Gras while at home during Covid-19 quarantine Happy Mardi Gras! I have to confess, I love New Orleans. It's a phenomenal city that also goes by names like The Big Easy, Crescent City, or the City of the Dead. I've visited several times, but never during Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday). Yet, this [...]