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Pano view of NYC silhouetted by sunrise light. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Why and How We Crop

How to crop (or not) to tell a particular story, emphasize the subject, and much more

Shadows in the Park. A Self-Portrait Pano.

Inner Demons as Sources of Inspiration

Our Inner Demons as Sources of Inspiration In the wake of the recent conversations about depression and suicide, celebrity suicides in particular, I'd like to take a closer look at a source of inspiration not often mentioned in our daily conversations—our inner demons. They are a constant, real, presence in our lives for many of ...

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 ...

Hands of Katyn Soldier statue. Photo by Alina Oswald.

On Photographing Hands

Posing and Photographing Hands   When photographing people, we often focus on facial expressions, eyes, and so on. We don't have to worry about hands when we capture headshots (portraits showing only the head and the shoulders of a person), but if we show more than the head and shoulders, we have to include hands. ...

On Travel Photography

Tips on travel photography and traveling light.

Fireworks. Photo by Alina Oswald.

New Year’s Resolutions

Designing a Family Album and Other New Year's Resolutions   Happy New Year! May 2018 be kind and more gentle, perhaps. Hope that it will inspire us to be "more good" (to borrow from the movie Angels in America) and to create powerful work. Now that New Year's Day is behind us, I have a ...

Gifts from Photographers

Gifts from Photographers With the holiday season upon us, we're seriously thinking of the best gifts we can offer our loved ones--gift ideas for photographers, as well as from photographers. What gifts can we, as photographers, offer our families and friends? Let's start with the obvious: - pictures: Family Portraits - in studio, as well ...