Tag: photography

Cropping for Print

Cropping Your Images for Print Recently a friend of mine reminded me of print images and cropping images to fit in the frames available for purchase. And that kind of made me think about photographing and cropping for print–that is, with a printed image in mind as a final product. I’m the first to admit ...

Photographing Men in Shirts and T-Shirts

Photographing Men   Men photographed on location:

Watermarks

On Designing Watermarks to Further Define Our Artist Voice To watermark or not to watermark? That is the question. My personal rule of thumb is: – usually, if I post the image on social media or blogs, I do add a watermark – if the image is for a client or publication, of course, I ...

Photographing Women

Photographing Women While I photograph mostly men, every once in a while I get to photograph women portraits, editorials, and fashion. Here are a few examples: As always, thanks for stopping by! Alina Oswald

On Choosing Your Photo Gear

On Choosing Your Photo and Lighting Gear, and More   When it comes to photo gear, there are plenty of choices out there. Sky is the limit, as they say…or maybe the limit is how much you can afford or is reasonable for you to spend based on your immediate and near-future photographic needs. I ...

Fresh Start – Organizing Your Image Files

Organizing Your Image Files Have you organized your image files lately? Or your gear? Some might accomplish such tasks at year’s end, when things tend to be not so busy, or at the very beginning of the year, before it gets busy. Hence, my using the weekends, at least in part, to go through gear ...

On Image Retouching

My Two Cents on Image Retouching – Portraits To retouch or not to retouch? That is the question. Or better ask ourselves, how much should we retouch a portrait? We often encounter extremely retouched portraits where people don’t look like human beings anymore, but rather porcelain dolls. But there seems to be a new trend ...

Chairs and camera on the set of No Boundaries at MNN, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Bts Photography

Behind-the-Scenes Photography Photographers are visual storytellers. Like any other storytellers, we try to carefully craft our stories. That is, carefully choose what we show (tell) and what we leave out, in order to make the story more interesting and engaging. But each story has its backstory, the one the audience doesn’t often get to see ...

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, ...

Lighting Patterns and Artist Voice: Split Lighting

On choosing the best lighting pattern for your subject, as well as for your photographic voice   Do you have a favorite lighting pattern? Have you wonder why that particular lighting pattern is your favorite? Have you ever wondered how (or if) it helps define your photographic voice? Choosing one lighting pattern over another is ...