Have you ever heard the stories of Photographer Dennis Manarchy?  He goes down in my book as one of the great living American photographers.  Not only does Dennis Manarchy have the magnetic powers of a P.T. Barnum, as a photographer Dennis Manarchy possesses an excellent set of photographic craft skills, an eye for classic portraiture, and excellent […]

For regular all around shooting, I find the Contax Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar to be a bit too long for my video tastes. I have not spent nearly the time shooting this tight of a lens as I have with wider angle lenses.  On my other hybrid storyteller hand, for still portrait work the Contax Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar […]

“Let’s think about it, let’s consider what were doing here, let’s have an idea” suggests Chicago commercial photographer Sandro Miller, when asked his opinion on posting photographs for our Instagram society.  Miller talked to the BBC’s Anna Bressanin about why the ability to post photos online threatens his artistic medium and about how he and Malkovich […]

Creating a “Talking Senior Portrait” with Stills and Video from Sekonic on Vimeo. To a school portrait photographer, the very idea of video has to be a scary proposition.  But there is a middle ground.  What I call hybrid storytelling Joe Brady calls a “Talking Senior Portrait.”  What’s the difference?  Very little.  Joe shoots primarily talking senior portraits […]

  Squinching.  To Squinch, or not to Squinch, is never the question.  Not in photography anyway.  Squinching is a technique long used by professional portrait photographers, professional models, actors, and most every vacuum cleaner salesman on the plane.  But like one of those magician tricks, it was  kept so secret we never even used a […]