5 Photos That Were Saved by the Gel


One of my favorite on-location strategies is using a gelled strobe to illuminate a texture that creates a background totally different from what a person would see in that same spot under normal conditions. It’s one surefire way to help yourself out of a tough jam when inspiration and ideas seem just out of reach. Here are a few examples of what gelling a background can do for your images.MIDDAY SUN SOLUTION (below) : I pulled into a university parking lot that had a nice little row of... Continue Reading >

Lens Review: Lensbaby Velvet 28

September 2020 issue Tech

Lenses designed for specific uses have become increasingly common. Defying this trend is Lensbaby, which for years has produced innovative products that open creative avenues for photographers.The latest from Lensbaby is the Velvet 28 f/2.5. This lens marks the third in the Velvet line, joining the Velvet 85 f/1.6 and Velvet 56 f/1.6, and adding wide-angle coverage for landscape, travel, and street photographers.What distinguishes the Lensbaby Velvet lenses from other modern glass is their... Continue Reading >

Ball of Fun: Quarantine Inspires Humorous Series

September 2020 issue News

News outlets kept advising the public to “stay in their own bubbles,” says advertising photographer George Kamper of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Which reminded Kamper: He owned a bubble … literally. He’d purchased it long before the pandemic, thinking he might one day use it for a commercial shoot. Turns out it’s the perfect prop for a whimsical photo series, “Bubble Boy,” that’s been a hit on Kamper’s Instagram feed.The work: Kamper is both photographer and... Continue Reading >

How it Was Made: Kylli Sparre’s Wonder Wheels

August 2020 issue News

Waterway Becomes ScooterwayThe impossible seems possible in a dark Estonian river, thanks to Kylli Sparre’s composition, photographed as she lay face down on a rustic, railing-free bridge. The subject was able to sustain her pose thanks to a few large, flat rocks just under the surface of the water that supported her.© Kylli Sparre“The river wasn’t very deep this time of year and luckily quite warm as well,” Sparre says, “so it wasn’t as terrible as it might sound.”... Continue Reading >

A Shift to Macro Photography While Social Distancing

July 2020 issue Business

© Emmalee Schaumburgfollow your path of most resistance  Being a portrait photographer during a time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders has been challenging, to say the least. In 2012, I opened my first brick-and-mortar studio and concentrated on portraiture. I never would have thought I’d be forced to stay at home and temporarily stop doing what I love.While portrait photography is my primary focus and source of income, I also enjoy macro photography—specifically... Continue Reading >

President’s Message: Wake Up the Child Within

6.25.2020 Business

© Tim Kelly and Kyla Renee PaintingsHow to Reignite your Creativity Many of you sought out this wonderful profession after picking up a camera and falling in love with the images—that incredible feeling of seeing a scene from a different perspective or of capturing a spontaneous moment of someone you love. No matter what led you to the profession, I think we can safely say it ultimately comes down to a passion for the creative process. Waking up that small child within us to create... Continue Reading >

William Castellana’s Personal Project Evolved into a Children’s Book

July 2020 issue Profiles

William Castellana’s latest photographic collection could be considered something of a self-portrait. “Inquisitive Creatures” was born out of his longtime partner’s flight of fancy and propelled Castellana into yet another facet of photography: still-life images of incredibly detailed miniature sets. What resulted is a children’s book about four science-minded critters on a quest to build a time machine—a whimsical tale that, in the aggregate of its characters and the details of the... Continue Reading >

Whiz Kid Photographer Wows With Images of Model Cars

June 2020 issue News

© Courtesy Anthony Schmidt Anthony Schmidt hasn't let his youth hinder his artistry.It’s hard to believe the automobiles in Anthony Schmidt’s images are scale models, much less that the photos were created by a 12-year-old.Schmidt, who is on the autism spectrum, began making photographs of toy cars when he was six, says mother Ramona Schmidt. “He’s always loved cars from a very early age. The first words he spoke were makes and models of cars.” One day he began making photos of... Continue Reading >