long island photographer

I miss warm weather for photographing local landmarks!
February 7, 2007, 7:53 pm
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography

I cant wait for it to get warmer so I can go out and photograph some of my favorite landmarks on Long Island, such as the Fire Island Light House.

It is just too cold here to go out photographing today!



To Airbrush or Not To Airbrush?… That is the Portrait Photographer’s Question
February 4, 2007, 9:25 am
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography, portrait

I actually started out as a graphic artist before I became a photographer, so I spent a majority of my time airbrushing and touching up other people’s photography works. For me, I really enjoy taking a great portrait and opening it up in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet and really making a person look as best they can. However I know many photographers believe that what comes out of the camera should be the finalized product.

 In the world of magazine photography, there is always a certain level of airbrushing and touch ups applied to any photograph of even the most beautiful subject, so I think it is important to contribute the same to everyday portraits. Unfortunately the non photographer mentality believes that they came straight out of the camera looking as beautiful as any touchups I may apply, so I think people tend to undervalue the importance of good touch ups.

 I once had someone want to hire me who wanted “no enlargements and no touch ups”, she just wanted the RAW original digital files. I don’t care how beautiful someone is, I would NEVER release RAW digital files without some basic touch ups… even simple skin smoothening… Why? Because if that person gets my RAW straight out of the camera photographs… they will not be happy with the results when they see bags under their eyes, skin blemishes or other things that should be touched up, and then when they show their friends… they will most likley say my work sucks, as opposed to looking at their friend and saying “wow, you have bags under your eyes and bad skin, you should have paid the extra $$$$$ to have that touched up”. So for me, I dont want any of my work floating around out there unless I know it is 100% up to my own standards.

 I hope other photographers or even graphic artists can chime in on this subject, as I would love to know what other people think about photography touchups…

black and white photography to color conversions
February 3, 2007, 5:29 pm
Filed under: equipment, General, Long Island, Photographer, photography, portrait, Uncategorized

one of the things i love about photography even more so than taking photographs as a long island photographer is taking a black and white portrait of someone and editing it and touching it up so it looks like it could be a on a magazine cover, and then colorizing it so it looks like a realistic color photo. the power of the digital realm has greatly improved the abilities of a 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.

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?