Monday, May 20, 2013

My NYC Photography Workshop

Hey everybody, I will be having an all-day photography workshop on June 22. In this workshop, I will help you improve your lighting, photography, and retouching. We will do a lot of shooting in a studio and on location in downtown New York City. For more details, send me an email:

Have a great day and keep shooting!

Friday, February 8, 2013

3 Elements For A Dramatic Fashion Photo Shoot

Video streaming by Ustream A lot of people think you need a ton of expensive equipment, props, and wardrobe to create beautiful images. This is often not true, even in a place like Pier 59 Studios in New York City. Using a simple setup can produce dramatic and beautiful images. In this behind-the-scenes video, fashion photographer Russell James explains how he uses three elements to do just this:

1) One tree with lots of cool branches.
2) One powerful light.
3) One hot model (in this case, Adriana Lima).

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Gem Tower

I walked for a few hours today around midtown and lower Manhattan. I wanted to see how Hurricane Sandy had affected the city landscape. Overall, little damage was observable from the sidewalks. I'm sure inside the buildings first floors and basements it was a different story. New Yorkers are an industrious bunch; working hard seems built into the DNA of the people who settle down here.
I always enjoy looking at the beautifully designed buildings around Broadway and Fifth Avenue, many of which are a hundred or more years old. I was walking on 46th Street when I stopped and looked up at a fluffy white cloud and blue sky reflecting off an all-glass sky scrapper. It wasn't finished, but enough had been built to see that it was a great modern design. It reminded me of the buildings close to the river in downtown Chicago. This building is appropriately named the Gem Tower, located at 55 W. 46th Street. Why don't they design more buildings like this?