Run from the Sun – Inclement weather photography primer.


Another rainy day today.  Rain and cloudy skies have been the norm of late.  Many of us will pack away the camera and wait for the sunshine.  This is a bad mistake  since overcast skies and light rain makes for the best images one can ask for.  The sky turns into a huge soft box creating soft shadows and lovely mid tones.  The photos above were taken as a light rain fell from overcast skies during the last few days.

Take advantage of inclement weather to provide interesting and unusual photographic opportunities.  Go outside and get a little wet. There are multiple rain covers available to protect your gear or you can simply make your own using a plastic bag and rubber band.

Shown below are examples of the commercial items as well as a homemade solution.  They all work the same, allowing you to capture amazing photos during less than ideal weather conditions.  These covers also provide excellent dust protection when shooting in blowing sand.

So – When the sun goes in and the clouds come out – go outside and make amazing photographs.


L-R, OpTech Rainsleeve, AquaTech Cover and Home made rain hood                                   




I’m Back

I’m reinventing myself once again and will be attempting to add to my blog regularly to keep everyone informed about what it is that I’m up to.  The above photos were made this weekend during a photo tutorial I was doing for a photo student.  I found a local Renaissance Fair a perfect classroom to discuss street photography and the use of Aperture Priority.  More to come


Sometimes I get distracted.  Should have been preparing 2013 taxes and organizing my archive photos during a slow time in January but instead, I was staring out the window.  Have a couple of bird feeders outside and watching the various wild birds flock to them has been an unexpected joy.  Placed a 400mm lens on a gorilla pod on my desk and just shoot when I see a picture.  IMG_0323

Click Here to see video of what I have been seeing.

Thankful Every Day


ThanksWebToday is the American holiday Thanksgiving and I wish you all a day of peace and friendship surrounded by friends and family. I would like to think that every day is a day in which we can be thankful and not just today. The photo is one take by me some thirty or more years ago for a cover for a story on traditional Thanksgiving Day celebrations.

Selling the Fake / Right of Wrong ?


Example of substituting one background for another

Example of substituting one background for another


Selling the fake is a term coined by a fantastic photographer named Joel Grimes.  Google that name and see some of his work.  He is a commercial photographer working in the advertising field and is known for his multi layered sports photos. He very often will separate the subject from its background and then place it on another background to complete the image.  Selling the fake is what he calls making the photo look real to the viewer.

This technique brings up the age old discussion of ethics.  Already critics say it is impossible to believe a published photograph is real and that you can no longer be sure that what you are looking at has not be altered in some way.  Photoshop has been blamed for much of this manipulation but there are new techniques and other software and hardware available  which make altering a photo quite simple and available to even the most novice of photographers.

Well, this is what this Moorestown New Jersey Portrait Photographer thinks about all this.  Photos have been manipulated from the beginning of wet plates.  The very act of taking a photo is subjective.  Darkroom techniques were used to crop, and chemically alter images forever.  Digital photography makes all those alterations and many more a very easy reality. It is my feeling that the photographic image must remain true to the subject being photographed.  The end product photo has to depict an honest interpretation of what was seen at the time of exposure.  This is quite subjective and the responsibility remains with the photographer.  When the photographer makes the image he or she must have a pre visualized  concept in mind that will truly represent what is being photographed.  A news photo must tell an accurate story of the event.  Does it matter that the sky was darkened or dodging make the eye more easily see the essence of the photo.  Probably not.  In advertising is it wrong to enhance a product to bring out its best characteristic.  Probably not.  In portraiture is it wrong to now be able to place a subject on a different background.  I think it is probably ok.

What do you think?







“Younger Next Year”

It’s Sunday evening and I’m just finishing up a retouch of six portraits for a new client.  My desk is clear for a change and all my paperwork is completed.  I’m ready for another new week.  I’ve not allowed myself the time lately to be active on my blog or website but hopefully I can spend a little more time on this aspect of my business.  There are a bunch of photo projects on my plate but tonight I’ll be talking about keeping healthy.

If there is one thing I’ve learned during this past few months is that without good health nothing else matters.  As I age, I have come to realize that the loss of a healthy body can be devastating.  Its hard to make great pictures when you are tied to an IV drip.  That is why I wanted to talk a little about the secret of staying young and active long into old age.

I know…You are all too young to worry about learning about this.  But – I have the secret and I will share it with you.  It all boils down to this.

“Stop Eating Crap”  You all know what I’m talking about.  Eat natural foods, stay away from refined sugar and watch the carbs.  Good lean meat, chicken and fish and lots of green veggies. Don’t eat for fun…eat to stay alive.  And eat a little less and a little more often.Younger-Next-Year

“Vigorous Exercise Six Days a Week”  I’m talking about breaking a sweat.  You don’t have to give yourself a heart attack but you have got to move it every day.  Rest one day a week if you must.

And, it goes without saying that you must stop the smoking and excess drinking.  Does anyone really have to tell you that these things are bad for you?

Read:  Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge.

OK – Enough lecturing for the night.  Get your butt to the gym and throw the twinkies in the trash can before it is too late.

MTC – Bob L



Day into night

Years ago when film makers needed to shoot a night scene for a movie they used a technique which has long ago been forgotten by most.  Film was slow back then night scenes were quite difficult due to the lack of technology that we have today.  Back then if you wanted to create a night scene you would simply place a blue filter over the lens and under expose by about two f-stops of light.  Viola – instant night scene.  The sunlight became moonlight as if by magic. 

A short time ago I was asked to photograph a campus scene at night to illustrate a story about evening students.  The problem was that the students to be photographed could not stick around until night time.  I had to shoot this in the late afternoon under bright sunlight.  Here is what I did.  I changed my white balance to tungsten which gave a early evening timbre to the existing light.  I then under exposed by about two f stops and places a CTO filter on a speed light flash to give the correct white balance to the subjects and create the illusion of a street lamp illumination.  I have mixed emotions about the outcome so will leave it up to the viewer to tell me if the fake works.  Hopefully I’ll get to do this over at a later date as dusk or later when the light will be a little more realistic. Image

Restarting Your Engine

From time to time I think it is good to venture outside of my comfort zone and push the envelope a little from that which I am accustomed.  So, each year I like to take a photo trip and engage in a different type of photography from my day to day corporate work.

This year I traveled to Page Arizona and produced what some might call fine art travel photos.  A sampling is shown hear with more available at my newly created Fine Art Gallery on my website.  Just go to and click on my gallery menu.  You will see my fine art gallery listed there.  I hope you will enjoy this work.  I’ll post more from this trip from time to time.FineArtWeb

Cost over quality: Chicago Sun-Times fires its photo staff, and journalism’s death spiral continues

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

That crashing sound you just heard from the Upper Midwest was the Chicago Sun-Times throwing its photography staff out the window. All 28 of them. Pulitzers and everything. The paper explained thusly:

The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.

This seems a clear and official acquiescence to the idea that the Sun-Times presence has now crossed the tipping point, that it is more about online than it is the traditional daily paper channel. And the logic about the value of video content in the online…

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