5 Habits Every Photographer Should Develop

India street photo for an article on habits every photographer should develop

Let me start by saying that this was originally going to be a travel blog…of Stony Brook, New York. I visited Stony Brook yesterday, but thanks to the horrible weather, I didn’t take my cameras out of my bag once. Instead, my trip left me with a lot of time to think deep thoughts about […]

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The Mystery of the Backwards Flash

Harsh flash pHarsh flash photo for an article on camera flash tipshoto for an article on camera flash lessons

If you have ever watched me at work, you might have noticed that the flash on my camera points backwards.  Why?  Simple answer: I am using the wall and ceiling behind me to bounce off light for maximum depth and softness.

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How to Find the ‘Good’ Side of Your Face

Portrait for an article on how to find your best side by NYC headshot photographer, Kelly Williams

Science will tell you that it is more than likely the left side of your face that looks most pleasing to the camera.  Why?  Here’s what the scientists say, per Time Magazine: “Our results suggest that posers’ left cheeks tend to exhibit a greater intensity of emotion, which observers find more aesthetically pleasing. Our findings […]

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What is ‘Golden Hour’?

Online dating headshot photographed during golden hour by NYC portrait photographer, Kelly Williams

If you have ever done a shoot with me, you know that I am always advocating to shoot during ‘golden hour’ – but what is it exactly and why is this time of day so important? Simply put, golden hour (a.k.a. ‘magic hour’) is the time just after sunrise and just before sunset when the […]

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For the Best Portrait Lens, (Focal Length) Size Matters

An engagement shoot photographed with a 70-200mm lens, by engagement photojournalist, Kelly Williams

One question I always get when taking someone’s portrait is, ‘what’s with the big lens?’ The lens I use most often for portraits is my huge 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. The lens is 7.8 inches long, and weighs a little over three pounds. It’s an arm workout for sure. That said, this lens is great […]

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