long island photographer

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!

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.

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!