March 13, 2019

Photographers often have preconceived concepts prior to getting to the shoots. It is often a requirement, particularly if material or props have to be bought, and sets to be built. 

Models also have preconceived concepts, and they often discuss it with their photographe...

December 19, 2017

Underwater photography has it specific set of constraints. For example, you will be sharing a pool with your subject, be it a pregnant mom or an aspiring model. Communication is challenge: language barriers are augmented, you can only direct the subject in few bursts o...

December 19, 2017

Traditional wedding photography is repetitive. I did it once, in 2004, for a friend in Colorado. The setup was idyllic: Durango is a small mining town near the four-corners, the mountains surrounding the area and the weather makes for great backdrops. 

A couple of decad...

November 6, 2017

This article is mostly geared toward the gearheads that most photographers are! When photographers meet, guess what, 90% of the discussions revolve around shooting gear: cameras, lenses, strobes, ... You cannot imagine the heated debates we have had over the years over...

October 30, 2017

Photography is sometimes about taking a concept, and trying to model it in one picture. Difficult endeavor if the concept is intangible. Consider the example of picturing a thought. An idea. 

The underwater world is dark. Sun rays can barely make it to 600 feet deep. Be...

October 16, 2017

Models often tell me how they hope for a good weather day for their photoshoot. And I acquiesce, of course. Except that ... 

A good weather day for underwater photography is NOT a blue sky and shining sun.

A good weather day is overcast, varying luminosity, diffused...

October 12, 2017

CosPlay (contraction of Costume Play) started gaining ground in Japan and moved to the US in the 1990’s. Serious CosPlayers often sew their own costumes, based on manga characters, kantai or comics. Conventions are great places to meet other cosplayers and to show one’...

October 11, 2017

A successful underwater photoshoot requires some preparation, some are common sense, but many are specific to shooting underwater.

Weeks and days before the photoshoot: 

  • Practice breath holding while keeping regular face expressions. 

  • Practice opening eyes under...

October 11, 2017

Late afternoon, as the skies turned warm, Ryann and I were still in the pool, trying different set-ups. The cool colors of the pool contrasted nicely with the orange hues. 

Few months later, a digital animation brought the picture to life. Vectors placed on the image di...

October 9, 2017

On a Sunday late afternoon, MacKenzie and I were discussing the challenges of finding the right gift to the loved one. The conversation was difficult: we were shooting underwater. It was in bursts of 5 to 10 seconds while taking a breath for the next set of moves....

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