Monday, March 29, 2010

What kind of photography?

When people ask me what kind of photography I do, I explain that it's most often photos that are to be reproduced someplace - maybe a magazine or newspaper, maybe an ad or a newsletter or a poster or a web page or a book jacket.

Of course, there are other places my photos turn up from time to time. Like, for instance, a series of bus shelters in Baltimore.

And it's for a good cause -- see


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ten minutes

It was a typical Washington shoot - the subject is running late (more than an hour), the subject needs to get to his next appointment, we need to try to do this right here in these offices.

But that's fine. You pick several spots to work in, so the designer will have some choices, figure out the lighting for each, and then walk your subject through them. And when the subject is Justin Smith, president of Atlantic Media Company (publishers of The Atlantic, which overall is doing quite well despite being in the hard-hit media sector), you end up with multiple choices for a good-looking cover.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"There's Not So Many of You..."

Showing up in a Capitol Hill committee room to testify a few days ago, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner seemed surprised to find only two photographers waiting for him.

"There's not so many of you," he said. "The economy must be getting better."

A nice insight - but possibly not the real reason for the low press turnout. The secretary was testifying on dull budget matters, while in another hearing room a CEO named Toyoda was struggling to explain faulty accelerator pedals.

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