Theft is Not a Compliment: Why Companies Steal Photos and How to Stop It

Image theft is rampant and the temptation to steal is high. I am on both sides of this fence. At my day job in marketing, I want a perfect image to go with my copy at the ready, all the time. It’s just a Google image search away! However, I am also a photographer who makes a quarter of her yearly income from art and the thought of some other impatient desk jockey eyeing my work for use with no intension of asking me first makes my skin crawl.

There are tricks companies play to get you to either give them what they want or to stop being mad at them for already taking it: Continue reading

Bouncing Off the Walls: Lighting, Glare, and Shadows When Photographing Interiors

Photographing the inside of a room is tricky because there are a lot of reflective surfaces and lots of little objects everywhere to create shadows. Rooms are usually too dark to depend on natural light alone so I am going to show you one major trick that will build your confidence while shooting flash indoors, whether you hope to shoot interiors exclusively or if you’re simply shooting your own home for a listing…Read the rest on SmugMug.


How To Mix Natural And Flash Lighting Using Shutter Speeds

Halloween300x600After setting up my scene in a small room (still life photographs are a great activity during the cold months when shooting outside is undesirable), I put 1 Nikon SB-700 on a stand and behind a scrim to mimic window light. I used the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens on a D810. Opposite my main light I had a silver reflector on a Justin ClampRead the rest on 500 ISO.

A Day In The Life Of Freelance Portrait Photographer Alexandria Huff

How many can say their day job matches their passion in life? You can count San Francisco-based freelance photographer Alexandria Huff—or Alex—as one of these lucky people. By day, she works at a cool e-commerce camera gear startup, Outside office hours, she’s also a freelance portrait photographer, lighting workshop educator, and a 500px ISO writer…Read the rest on 500 ISO.


9 Creative Photo Ideas to Try in July

Alexandria Huff’s Dreamy Gatsby tutorial makes it into Digital Camera World’s online and print selection for July 2014 tutorials…Read the rest on Digital Camera World.


How To Create Gritty And Dark Warrior Portraits With LED Lighting

My portraits aspire to be like tronies, or characters that are not identifiable but seem like they could be in a story. I created a small cast of warrior closeups in collaboration with other people, so that I could practice communicating my vision to other people who may have a different idea for my subject…Read the rest on 500 ISO.


The Art of Copy Work: Photographing Artwork Accurately Without Glare

Copy work, or a copy job, is when the photographer is reproducing a piece of artwork such as paintings, illustrations, and antique photographs. The conditions under which you have to shoot some of these things can be tough (stuck on walls in small rooms, leaning against something and under fluorescents, etc) but knowing the most basic copy work setup and remembering your family of angles will get you out of most glare binds….Read the rest on SmugMug.


I’m Not a Trained Poodle: Dodging the Role of Photographer without Confrontation

To describe the folk singing title character in Inside Llewyn Davis as downbeat is to put it kindly but for all of his sourness there is one scene where I could not help but smile wearily at in solidarity with one of his (many) tantrums.

It is not much of a spoiler to say that, in the scene, he is asked to play a song at dinner to which he says, “I’m not a trained poodle”, begrudgingly plays the song, and then is set off by the relative merriment of the occasion. “I do this for a living, you know?” And, to the professor next to him, “I don’t ask you over for dinner and then suggest you give us a lecture on the peoples of Mesa-America…”.

If you’re the “resident photographer” of your social circle, odds are you have been handed a camera, perhaps rather abruptly, and put to work capturing a party or family event. For a lot of photographers, especially hobbyists, this is a welcomed opportunity. For others, it’s an exhausting reminder that we’re often defined by what we “do” and that creative work isn’t viewed in quite the same way as other kinds of jobs. Continue reading

Glare Aware: Photographing Portraits of People in Glasses

Photographers who are new to lighting will sometimes panic when faced with photographing someone in glasses. Sometimes even seasoned photographers will make more adjustments than necessary to avoid a dreaded reflection. Here are a couple of lighting laws that are easy to remember and will increase your confidence when taking portraits of people wearing eyeglasses…Read the rest on SmugMug.


The Photograph I Wish I Had: Why Maternity Photography Matters

My studio is currently being remodeled and a few of us from our artist cooperative took a break from working and, over dinner, ended up on the subject of maternity photography. One of us wondered what kids will think when they are older about seeing their mothers’ old maternity portraits.

I realized that I don’t have a single portrait of my mother pregnant. The very few pictures that do exist are simply candids – nothing a professional shot. Even if stylistically dated, it would’ve been nice to have a professionally taken photograph of my mother pregnant with me. Continue reading