The Luckiest Place on Earth: Photographs from the Bakken

February 4, 2013  |  Photography  |  No Comments

One of my favorite places to view great photography is the New York Times’ “Lens” blog.  It shows photographers’ personal projects and enables photographers to “go deep” on assignments they’re shooting for both the paper and the New York Times Magazine. There is only so much space to run photos in the paper or online version, so Lens is an incredible outlet for images that there may not have been room for.  On January 31, the magazine ran a story called The Luckiest Place on Earth about the Bakken Oil Boom.  Magnum photographer Alec Soth shot the images and shows extra photos on Lens–as well as narrates a short audio piece about the experience shooting there. Incredible!

New App Helps Verify A Photo’s Authenticity

January 28, 2013  |  Photography  |  No Comments

This new App created by Neiman Lab is fascinating. To read about it, click here.


Adorama TV: Excellent Portrait Tip From Joe McNally

January 26, 2013  |  Photography  |  No Comments

I’m going to try this! I always find it extremely frustrating to shoot a portrait in bright sunlight. Everything looks perfect…the sky, the backdrop…and your subject has harsh shadow lines and is squinting with a pained expression on his or her face. Not good! Watch this short video and learn one of the best tricks I’ve never tried–have never even heard of a reflector with a grip. I have a scrim that cuts like like Joe’s, but I often don’t have an assistant with me…nor have I tried setting up a flash behind a scrim. Beautiful! One can manage McNally’s setup solo.

Incidentally, I love Adorama and always stop in when I’m in New York City. It’s on 18th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues.  It’s crazy bustling and the staff is very pushy, but it’s a NYC experience in and of itself.