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6 tips for milk bath portrait sessions


December 2017 issue Business

It took a bathroom remodel to establish the niche, but Ute-Christin Cowan’s milk bath maternity and child portraits became the unique offering she wanted. © Ute-Christin CowanAfter seeing another photographer’s milk bath maternity portraits, Cowan took a workshop and began offering milk bath sessions. The only problem was she didn’t have a proper bathtub in her studio, so clients who booked the session had it in their own home, or Cowan would borrow bathtub time at a friend’s... Continue Reading >

Pete Rezac: Anatomy of an Image


December 2017 issue Tech

© Pete RezacPhotographer: Pete Rezac, M.Photog., Cr., CPP,Date: September 8, 2017Location: Pete Rezac Photography Studio, Reno, NevadaSubject: Pete Rezac’s son dressed as musician SlashCircumstances: Halloween costumeEquipment: Nikon D750 Camera, Nikon 85mm 1.4D Lens, Studio Titan camera stand, Sekonic 758dr light meter, Paul C. Buff lighting and modifiers, medium softbox key light, strip box for separation light, 20-degree grid with barn doors for background light, 60-inch... Continue Reading >

For this travel photographer, success is a soulful face


November 2017 issue Profiles

David Lazar's journey into countenanceThe girl with the green eyes is my favorite,” says travel photographer David Lazar.  He was in a rural village in Bangladesh when he noticed the girl—emerald eyes, emerald shirt, “a great face,” he says. By a stroke of luck, she and her friends approached him—this often happens to Lazar on his travels—asking what brought him to their tiny village. The sun was setting, so it was too late to capture a portrait. “I said, ‘You have really nice... Continue Reading >

Intersection: Chris Knight’s images fuse soul with technique


October 2017 issue Profiles

Chris Knight is a self-described techno nerd. The New York City-based photographer brings deft technical skills to his portraits—which have appeared in Vogue, People, GQ and other media outlets—and to his adjunct teaching gigs at the Pratt Institute and the New York Film Academy. His recently released book, “The Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Crafting Light and Shadow” (Rocky Nook), devotes three of its eight chapters to lighting—84 pages covering quality, size, number, position, and... Continue Reading >

In praise of great glass: AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E


October 2017 issue Tech

If you use Nikon cameras and want to step up your portrait and events game, the AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED is right up your alley. It’s a superb short telephoto lens on an FX-series Nikon and a slightly longer telephoto on DX-format Nikons. Images made with this lens have crisp definition, and the autofocus is swift, sure, and nearly silent. Nikon users will be hard pressed to find a better lens for portraits or low-light photography.Nikon has a history of making fine 105mm lenses, but the... Continue Reading >

Portrait series conveys the beauty of albinism


October 2017 issue News

The soft, all-white settings in Yulia Taits’ “Porcelain Beauty” series set her portraits apart from others that address albinism. The ethereal images were captured in her living room in front of a white backdrop near a large, bright window. She purchased white props—feathers, candles, flowers, whipped cream, and more—to lend each image a fairytale look.Finding models for her portraits proved easier than expected. Israel-based Taits reached out to a Facebook follower with albinism,... Continue Reading >

Chris Knight: Anatomy of an image


9.25.2017 Tech

© Chris KnightThe story behind "The Queen of the North" Photographer: Chris KnightDate: Sept. 21, 2016Location: Dream Shoot Studio, New York CityTitle: The Queen of the NorthCircumstances: Portrait of photographer Lindsay AdlerEquipment used: A Profoto Softlight reflector (beauty dish) with a diffuser was pointed at the face. An XL Profoto Deep White Umbrella with diffuser was positioned behind the camera to fill in the shadows and control the overall contrast. A Profoto Softbox... Continue Reading >

Tallahassee photographer corrals funds for refugee families


September 2017 issue News

Have an idea for a personal project? “Just do it,” advises Alex Workman.© Alex WorkmanA combination of personal and world events set Workman’s recent pro bono project into motion. Early this year, Workman’s wife took a job at a church in Tallahassee, Florida. The church has 70 members who are refugees, he explains, and he and his wife began developing friendships with the families. As the year wore on, issues of immigration and refugee rights continued to move to the forefront of... Continue Reading >

Photo series highlights human trafficking in Kenya


September 2017 issue News

One way to garner support for a cause is to put a face on it. But what to do when there’s no face to feature, such as the case with human trafficking victims, who need their identities concealed?© Matilde SimasWhen fine art and documentary photographer Matilde Simas volunteered with HAART Kenya, a nonprofit that supports victims of human trafficking, she had to devise ways to capture portraits without revealing victims’ faces. Adult victims chose to pose with their hands covering... Continue Reading >
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