Butterflies are Free – So Here’s How I Capture Them

A little while ago, I wrote a piece on macro photography and some of the specialized gear and techniques that contribute to success in that field of photography. Unfortunately, a lot of that goes out the window when you’re trying to photograph skittish subjects like butterflies in the field. By “in the field” I mean…


No RAW Deal for Me – Confessions of a JPEG Shooter

I picture it like this. I step up to the podium, clear my throat and, in a subdued voice mutter “Hello, my name is Claudio and I’m a JPEG shooter”. From the room comes the response “Hello Claudio”. I’m a JPEG shooter in a room full of RAW shooters sporting looks of pity and incredulity…


Go With the Flow – Optimize Your Workflow for Shooting Stock

A significant proportion of my photography is devoted to shooting and selling images for stock so I thought I’d share some of the setup and workflow I use to get from camera to final agency or client submission. First Things First   Before I even start shooting, there are some basic things I do with…


Reflecting Back on 2012

Each year, around this time, I like to take a look back at where photography has taken me (literally and creatively), which images stand out in my mind the most, which ones have been most successful commercially and what I might want to put on my 2013 bucket list. On the business side, and despite…


You say Macro, I say Micro – Either way, It’s a Small World

As a photographer, sooner or later, you’re going to either want or need to dive into the world of close-up photography. I say want, if you want to grow photographically and develop the technical skills necessary for close-up work and need, if a commercial client wants to show details of their product whether it be…


To Post or Not to Post

I’m referring, of course to post processing and the heated discussions going on between photographers on how much, if any, post processing is acceptable if we are to remain true to our craft. At one extreme, we have the purists who, like in the days of Kodachrome 64, believe that, since the image captured represents…


I Love this Lens!

If you’ve been into photography for any length of time, you probably have an assortment of lenses to do various things and, if you’re a working pro, these are part of your standard toolkit that you don’t give a second thought to – each best for specific tasks. Likewise, I don’t really think about any…


Successful Location Portraits – Keep it Simple

I recently had occasion to shoot a couple of location portraits for very different clients and thought I’d share my approach in terms of preparation, gear and execution. First things first. By location portrait, I mean away from the studio – usually at the client’s home, office or at a venue. Most of the time,…


My First Post

Thanks so much for visiting the new site and my inaugural blog entry. I’m excited to finally have a forum to share some of my experiences shooting around the world as well as right here at home with family and friends. I’ll also be using this space to share tips and techniques that work for…