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The end of a lighting era: Dynalite closes
Creating Effect and Mood with Light
Coloring a Rockstar
What is a Softbox?
A Better Way to Fly
Bridesmaids and The Bride
Dusk, Spotlight, Fog & Music
Planning a Musician’s Photoshoot

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What is a softbox

What is a Softbox?

A softbox is a term that describes an enclosure that surrounds a light source on all sides and diffuses the light that escapes from it. Watch this video to learn more about light modifiers.

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A Better Way to Fly

Why it can be less expensive to fly First Class I recently returned back home to Boston from a three-week trip to the Bahamas and Florida. It was great to get out of the Boston winter! I was teaching workshops

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These six photographs of model Danielle Hamm are the beginning of the tale of a bride and her five bridesmaids. Photography by Kevin Ames.

Bridesmaids and The Bride

Let’s be clear on one important fact. I. Don’t. Shoot. Weddings. Period. Back when film was photography’s medium, I did my share of weddings. For the most part, it was fun. I took great satisfaction in recording a happy time

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Dusk, Spotlight, Fog & Music

Recently, a post of mine shared the planning process and the initial set build for a portrait session for Atlanta musician Jeff Paige. This one deep dives into the rest of the details. Lighting Without question every photograph is all

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Planning a Musician’s Photoshoot

Atlanta musician, Jeff Paige came to me with his challenge of rebranding his look for his online presence as well as for upcoming releases of his work. The process always begins with planning. I met with his team to discuss

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Fun with a fisheye: The Sigma 15mm f/2.8

“Fisheye lenses are gimmicks.” Lots of photographers think so. Most have never used one, but I don’t travel without one. The 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens from Sigma is less than three inches in diameter and length. It weighs in at

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Free photoshoots: Why do I do them?

This image that you see right here — the cover one — is a photo I took with a triathlon athlete for her blog. Did I get money for that? No. Am I happy with that? Yes. Will I do

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Why are passion projects so important?

Why are passion projects so important? I really don’t think it matters what genre you photograph, or even what sort of creative you actually are. Photographer, videographer, musician, painter, sculpture, writer … if you are of the creative type, I am

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Birds and bridge cameras

A friend asked if it’s possible to make nice pictures of birds with her Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 bridge camera. I already knew the answer to that question but I wanted to illustrate my point. Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.

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