A restaurant shoot for a newspaper review: Part 2, The Gear

Given the low light I so often find myself in, I sometimes think what I do is more “skotography” than “photography.” (“Photography” comes from the Greek “phos”, or light, and “graphi”, or drawing, so “drawing with light.” “Skotography” comes from the Greek “skotos,” or darkness. And, yes, I just made up “skotography.”) In my previous […]

A restaurant shoot for a newspaper review: Part 1, Planning

I was asked to shoot a new restaurant for the local paper, and thought the experience would offer some insight both for photographers new to the restaurant photography scene and photo editors as well. (OK, the first sentence was a bit disingenuous, because my local paper is the NY Times, and the restaurant was the […]

Sound blimps: Keeping quiet, part 2

When I did the shoot I wrote about in my last post, I had access to the Jacobson sound blimp, and had heard of, but hadn’t seen, the Aquatech sound blimp. After that shoot came the PhotoPlus Expo, at which I checked out the Aquatech. It looked to me like a vast improvement, so when […]

Sound blimps: keeping quiet, part 1

I’ve photographed a lot of performances and performers over the years, ranging from musicians from folk to rock to classical; theater including experimental, off, off-off and even a radio play; and an issue that keeps coming up is camera noise. Camera noise isn’t much of a problem at a rock concert, but for a chamber […]

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