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 >

Photographer Fuses Old and New Cityscapes

June 2020 issue News

Much has changed over the past century, including automobile design, fashion, and photographic technology. And yet, much hasn’t, suggests Mark Hersch’s “Time After Time” series. For his artworks, Hersch sources a vintage photo, makes a replica image of the same scene, and then fuses the two, drawing out the similarities and differences between each capture.© Mark HerschHow it began: A few years ago Hersch came across a 1905 image in Chicago. It was labeled “Shore Drive, Lincoln... Continue Reading >

Use Free Transform to Enhance Creative Work

5.22.2020 Tech

I use Adobe Photoshop’s Free Transform tool on almost all of my creative photography projects. There is rarely a cloud that doesn’t appear more graceful or delicate after adding a little curvature, or a tree that doesn’t get more interesting with some bending or stretching. Old shacks gain character with more sag in the roof. Foregrounds benefit from being less flat, backgrounds contribute more drama with taller mountains, and dirt roads come alive with an exaggerated S-curve.In most... Continue Reading >

Photographer Stitches Phantom Wall into Photos

May 2020 issue News

The Berlin Wall fell decades ago but its ghost remains—stitched, if you will—into the fabric of the city’s psyche. Such is the theme of fine art photographer Diane Meyer’s series “Berlin,” where a pixilated representation of the former wall is embroidered into print photographs of locations where it once stood.Inspiration: Meyer has a clear memory of watching the fall of the wall on television when she was 13 years old, she says. But she didn’t become captivated by its... Continue Reading >

5 Ways to Stay Productive and Inspired During Lockdown

4.14.2020 Business

Photographer Shane Anderson shares tips for maintaining focus and creativity© Shane Anderson Shane Anderson is a fashion and editorial photographer in New York.We’re all looking for ways to be productive during the coronavirus lockdown. Photographers in particular face a challenge working from home with little to no face-to-face contact with clients. How do you stay inspired? How do you stay on task?New York-based fashion and editorial photographer Shane Anderson has been taking on... Continue Reading >