Volume 4 of CLARITY is Available Now!

Volume 4 of CLARITY is available now. This edition is packed with inspirational material for every photographer who enjoys kicking back to a relaxing and informative read. My piece is called "Don't Fear the Histogram", and helps to demystify an otherwise challenging topic. 

CLARITY is a bi-monthly eMagazine published in PDF format for maximum compatibility with a wide range of devices.

CLARITY is a bi-monthly eMagazine published in PDF format for maximum compatibility with a wide range of devices.

Inside This Edition:

  • Lighting Essentials: An all-flash indoor lighting setup.
  • Using elements of composition to make stronger photographs.
  • How experience crafts and molds your future creativity.
  • “Don’t Fear the Histogram”. How to achieve perfect exposures in-camera.
  • The Cloud: Professional services vs. DIY Solutions.
  • The compression effect of varying your focal length.
  • Environmental portraits: Five tips for better travel portraits.
  • Smartphone Cameras: high technology in a high-stakes game.
  • Making the shot: Getting professional results with “amateur” gear.
  • Indoor clouds: making beautiful photographs of ink clouds.
  • An in-depth look at Lightroom’s Develop module with examples.
  • Spot coloring in Lightroom, and other quick processing corrections.
  • Spot coloring and adjustment layers in Photoshop CC
  • 4 simple household-item tricks for awesome food photography.

New Tutorial: How to Use Poor Weather to Build Your Portfolio

No matter where you live, bad weather can make for a great story. Watch the local news and you'll often see examples of this. From the polar vortex to the summer heat wave, there are endless possibilities to photograph. On a slow news cycle, the weather can even be the lead story. For budding photojournalists, these present a great opportunity to build a portfolio. Read the whole piece here.

Macro Opportunities On the Farm

While visiting a farm in Morris, NY, I came across a number of excellent macro opportunities. Here are a couple of my favorites, all shot with this lens by Canon. If you're looking for a terrific closeup lens, this is a real bargain at half the price of the newer model. 

While I was taking photos, the dogs were also exploring the landscape, mostly with their noses. Here's a shot of Miles and Opal crossing a downed log over the stream. 

New Tutorial: How to Make Your Vacation Photos Stand Out

Whether you're packing up the car or heading to an airport, summer is an ideal time to explore new places with your camera. Of course, travel photography is not without its fair share of challenges. Crowded parks and traffic jams can spoil even the best efforts. These tips were designed to help you optimize your time on the road and come home with memorable images. Read the entire piece on the PicsArt blog

Hands in Black and White

It's been said that a person's eyes are the window to their soul. Their character however, can often be revealed in their hands. The soldier pictured here is bandaged, dirty, and tattered. Yet, he dutifully holds his rifle, ready to take on whatever challenges lie ahead. Effective portraits can be made without showing a person's face.

Taking it One Step Further

Although I've photographed the Brooklyn Bridge many times, it's hard to tire of a scene so spectacular. The skyline is always evolving, and the newly completed World Trade building was certainly a welcome addition. In order to create something different, I laid the camera directly on the wet rocks and placed the cap beneath the lens. No tripod needed. Using manual focus and live view, I made sure the bridge and buildings would be sharp. With almost no light left to work with, a 20 second exposure was necessary. After pressing the shutter, I guarded the camera to protect it from foot traffic. Thankfully, no boats passed, as they create large enough waves to ruin photography gear in a hurry. The shot is unique from my past captures. It symbolizes the spirit in which I like to photograph. I want to be free from the constraints of rules and boundaries. Always pushing things a little bit further, searching for the unseen angle. 

Long Island Sound in Black and White

The potential for black and white imagery is all around us. It can be used to evoke various moods. When I found these three boulders on the North Shore of Long Island, I placed them in the lower third, emphasizing the sky, and introducing a feeling of solitude. 


Thoughts on Mirrorless Cameras

Who wouldn't love a smaller camera? They are light, will fit in a pocket, and most sport a cool retro look. And so begins the mirrorless camera debate...

Of course it's not all so clear cut. Photographers are on both sides of the fence, and I'm somewhere in the middle.

To gauge the reaction industry wide, Alien Skin asked a bunch of their photographer friends to share their thoughts about adopting a mirrorless rig as their main camera. Here's the full piece including my comments.


The Colors of Summer

The perennial Daylily is blooming in yards and gardens everywhere, making for great flower photography opportunities. I found this one in Central Park, and used a 100mm macro lens with a wide aperture of f2.8. The super shallow depth of field works to emphasize the warm colors of the Lily

BELOW: Brilliant carnations form a colorful canopy at the Planting Fields Arboretum. This was also photographed with the 100mm lens, but I opted to show more environment.