Breaking the Rules of Cinematic Composition

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein Filmmaking and photography have a lot of rules. Once we learn these rules, we then have the ability to choose to apply or break them. Let’s discuss three traditional cinematic composition “rules” and how to […]

Best Gear for Hybrid Assignments

Let’s start with the definition of “Hybrid.” What I mean by this term are productions or assignments where one or two people are required to be the photographer, filmmaker, sound recordist, producer, and even editor. These gigs are becoming increasingly popular. It sounds crazy and these sorts of shoots can be. One of the keys […]

ARCommunity: The Artist Named, Gildo

Born and raised in Astoria, Queens, the artist named Gildo has recently taken his photography full circle when he decided to embark on a new project, re-taking images he took in the ’70s in locations all over the world and comparing the “then” with the “now”. Not surprisingly, his photographs not only evoke feelings of […]

Image Capture with the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR & the Nikon D810

I came home with my bright blue Adorama Rentals case, excited to test out the AS-F Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens and the very recent Nikon D810. As a novice to the DSLR realm (I still shoot film. I know… old school) I was curious to see how user friendly the D810 really was. Though […]

When Auto ISO is Not a Bad Word

Many current cameras allow for Auto ISO to be used in all shooting modes, including Manual mode. Most pros would immediately think “Why would I EVER use Auto ISO? I always want full control!” And yes, I confess I used to think the same way, but I have found more than a few situations where […]

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Reviews

One of the most anticipated lenses in the past year, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is already being referred to as “the unicorn” of lenses by photographers everywhere. To find out why, check out these reviews: Bryan Carnathan: Many were referring to 2014 as the “Year of the Lens” and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II […]

Food Photography Tips: Lighting, Composition & Mood

As in any still-life or product photography, there are essential elements and techniques that will make your food and beverage photography stand out. The first essential element in food photography is Lighting. I believe that lighting is everything when it comes to food photography. The proper lighting set up is key in setting yourself apart […]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Photography Business

With the decline in cost for quality camera bodies and equipment, we’ve seen an increase in emerging talent. Unfortunately, there has also been an equal amount of increase in photography related businesses. From portrait and wedding photography to street and documentary photography, it seems there is a new photographer born every day. However, if you really […]

On Meeting Joe McNally

It would not be an understatement to say that I taught myself how to shoot by poring over the work of Joe McNally, James Stanfield, Sam Abell, and David Alan Harvey. I was exposed to their work through my grandparents’ collection of National Geographic magazines. (This was in the late 1980s, when Joe had just […]