long island photographer

why portrait photography is the most enjoyable!
January 30, 2007, 10:16 am
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography, portrait

For me, I absolutely love portrait photography above all other types… I love being able to capture a subject up close and intimately. A good depth of field really makes a portrait a work of art as it pushes the subject into the main focus of the image.

Use a lens with a wide open aperture, preferably anything wider than 4.0 and a good focal distance of 70mm or closer, and even a novice can get a beautiful portrait provided they focus correctly. 🙂

For me portrait photography is capturing a piece of momentary art and i love it!


The trouble with being a photographer in the digital word.
January 29, 2007, 12:14 pm
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography

Is it just me, or does it seem like with today’s advances in digital photography, everyone and their Uncle Bob seem to consider themselves a photographer, and in turn taking money out of the professional photographer’s pocket? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten calls from people who want some type of portrait photography who actually say things like “Well why would I pay you that much $, when my husband can take portraits with our Fuji Smart Pix and get 10 cent prints at Costco”.

In this day and age it is frustrating as a photographer trying to make a living to compete with uneducated people who don’t realize, or even dont care about the professional quality that comes along with hiring a professional, if it can save them $20.

 The ones who say they want Portraits, but will just go to JC Penney or any other mass produced studio, are the best… Great, so your kids can look like everyone else’s kids in a very forced atmosphere, instead of a naturally relaxed environment. Don’t get me wrong… places like JC Penney and what not, for what you get it is a fair price, but if you want the type of photograph which is pre-set up where a college kid just pushes a button on a computer, than you probably shouldnt be calling around to professional photographers in the area…

 I compare it to going to a Porsche dealership and saying “Why should I pay you so much $$$, when this Hyundai dealership will sell me a car for 4x less $$”.

 It is all in the quality.

So much equipment, so little time to photograph all of Long Island
January 28, 2007, 11:23 pm
Filed under: equipment, Long Island, Photographer, photography

Here is some of my equipment… I really love it all, but am having a hard time finding new places in Long Island to photograph.

If anyone can suggest some neat places on Long Island to photograph, please leave a comment.

Here is my most recent list of equipment:

Canon Digital EOS (2 bodies)
Canon 18-55mm Lens
Canon 17-85 IS USM Lens
Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens
Canon 85mm 1.8 Lens
Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L Glass Lens
Sigma 70-300mm APO Macro Super Lens
Hakuba Carbon Fiber Tripod
Manfrotto Monopod
Sigma 500 Super DG External Flash
Full Studio Strobe Lighting
Full Studio Backdrop Stands and Backdrops
Umbrellas, Soft boxes and Reflectors
Canon Body Battery Grip
Wired and Wireless Remote Triggers
Viewfinder Angle Extender
Epson P-2000 Media Storage Device
JustRite Professional Flash Mount Bracket

I love my 85 1.8 lens the best, especially for portraits.
January 28, 2007, 11:17 pm
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography, portrait

I love taking alot of portraits of people on long island and I have found the best lens for nice close up portraits. The Canon fixed focal distance 85mm 1.8 lens is the best lens to really capture the upclose detail in a portrait and offer a great depth of field for your subjects. I definitely love my Canon 17-85 IS USM lens also, but I am really into this 1.8 85mm lens.

The worst photography nightmare?
January 28, 2007, 1:30 pm
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography

Having photographed many weddings and events in the long island area, I have certainly encountered my share of bridezillas and nightmare stories.

For me, it was probably during the cake cutting ceremony when the bride lost her footing and fell right into the cake, knocking the entire cake to the floor, getting cake icing all over her dress, she was just embarassed, upset, angry and she wanted blood. Since bring the photographer, aside from the groom, I was the closest to her, she just started yelling at me…. It was a nightmare!

Oh well, I got some great photos of a bride face down in Canolli filling out of it… LOL

What is your worst photography nightmare story?

top 10 long island photographers
January 28, 2007, 12:50 pm
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography, portrait

I have met alot of photographers from the long island area. Each Photographer is unique in their approach, so it is really hard to compare.

Here is a list of what I consider to be the top 10 long island photographers.

10. Robert Kim – headshots
9. Laurie Studio – weddings and events
8. Daniel Rooney – portraits
7. Twelfth Night Studios – weddings
6. Mick Gilbert – sports
5. Brian D. Oakes – portraits and events
4. Duet Weddings – weddings and casual
3. Foto Verdi – weddings
2. Alan Jenkings – portrait and wedding
1. Suzanne Allen – portrait

If you know of any other long island photographers I might have overlooked, please comment with their name or studio and a link to their work as I would love to see it!

welcome to my long island photography blog
January 28, 2007, 12:24 pm
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography

this blog will feature articles and columns as they related to photography and photographers in the long island area.