How to Take Silhouette Photos You’ll Love

Buddhist Temple in silhouette at sunset.Old Bagan, Myanmar,

Photos composed using silhouettes are shrouded in drama, mystery, and more than a drop or two of romance. I love silhouette pictures for what you don’t see as much as for what you do; It’s the lack of light that ignites the imagination. It isn’t hard to take silhouette photos; it just takes an understanding of […]

Great Gifts for Photography Lovers

Susan Portnoy photographing in Peru on a boat

Updated November 2020 Do you have a photography lover on your gift list? I’ve compiled some of my favorite products and services any photographer will love. Promise. (This post contains affiliate links. If you buy products using the links below, I receive a small percentage of the sale with no cost to you.) The Best […]

Central Park in Fall – Best Places to See and Photograph Autumn Foliage

Central Park’s Gapstow bridge in autumn

If I could only visit New York’s famous urban respite once a year to make photos, I’d choose Central Park in Fall. In winter, New York is a snow-capped wonderland. In spring and summer, a flower lover’s delight. But Central Park in Fall is utterly magical. There’s nothing like wandering the park’s winding paths and […]

Photography Workshop or Tour: Which is Right for You?

Learn the difference between workshops and tours; what to expect, and how to find a photography workshop or tour that's right for you.

One of the best ways to improve your photography is to take a workshop with a pro. But workshops cost money, require commitment, and only provide value if you’re serious about learning. Is a Photography Workshop Right For You? Let’s start with a little Q & A to provide some context. What is a photography […]

What Photojournalist Peter Turnley Taught Me About Street Photography

Two kinds on Coney Island - Peter Turnley New York Street Photography Workshop

My photography has felt a little uninspired lately. When I travel it’s easier. A new place, new people, I burst with motivation. But at home in New York City, a place I’ve lived and gotten used to for over 15 years, I go blank. In hopes of igniting a spark of creativity, I took a […]

8 Reasons You’re Taking Bad Photos and How to Make Them Better

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What makes a bad photo? That’s in the eye of the beholder. Right? Usually, it goes something like this: You see something that inspires you, you take the photo, and you’re completely underwhelmed because what you had in your mind’s eye is not what you imagined. I feel you. I’ve been there. I  knew what I wanted creatively, […]

A Lesson in Light with Famed Photographer Timothy Allen

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I love solo travel but that doesn’t always mean that I am necessarily alone. The more interested I become in photography, the more I enjoy taking small photo tours/workshops to explore my wish list destinations. The Benefits are Threefold 1. I discover a new place. 2. I improve my photographic skills by learning from professionals […]

Pro Photographer Shares 9 Tips for Taking Great Street Portraits when You Travel

Photographing travel portrait of Man playing trumpet in Havana, Cuba

Creating a great travel portrait isn’t always easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding and lead to memories that will last a lifetime. I sat down with Jennifer Spelman, known for her engaging and poignant street photography, and who led my Santa Fé Photographic Workshops tour of Havana, Cuba about her tips for making compelling […]

DIY Camera Rain Cover – It’s Super Easy and Ridiculously Cheap

How to Make My Super Easy, Ridiculously Cheap, DSLR Rain Cover

Do you need to buy an expensive camera rain cover? I don’t think so. Make you’re own. I posted a photo-essay about shooting portraits in the rain in Bejucal, Cuba. I mentioned a DIY DSLR rain cover I made with a plastic bag, which led to some inquiries from readers asking how they could make […]

Where to Photograph Stunning Views of the New York City Skyline at Night

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Updated January 2021 There are few cities with the grandeur and magical quality of the New York City skyline at night. Its skyscrapers and bridges light the dark like a fairytale. Along the east and Hudson rivers are a couple of easy to get to parks close to public transportation, as well as great spots […]