Cay Faima March 2013
Some people think that the more expensive and fancier the camera you own the better photographer you are. Although technolgy can help with focus, speed and lighting issues, ulitmately it comes down to the eye of the photographer and how they see their subjects and compose the shot. Sometimes old shcool is the new school, but thanks to programs like Photoshop your technique can be greatly improved.
In the JAM portfolio, I challenged my student Bernard James to use only available light and not flash while shooting jazz saophonist Najee at the Beacon Theater in New York City. What happens when you use flash is you wash out all the stage lighting effects. What I came home with was rich saturated color of the stage lights and Bernard got flat washed out over filled pictures. This is called on the job training and calulated technique. This was before digital cameras. I developed a formula for shootng live performance stage photography that kept the full lighting effects. Lighting designers do a wonderful job at their craft and I always when possible, want to keep their creativity in my photographs. Live music performance photography is an art. You only get one shot.
Victor Marahall November 2012
Master percussionist Victor Marshall needed some new promotional photographs for his new website. The idea came to me to use his cell phone. Amazingly these were some great shots in available indoor light. They captued the rustic natural feel I was looking for. The lens was sharp, clear and crisp.
New Photo Assignments
Bernard and Everret Neiamiah James June 2013
The James Brothers have been shooting for me on location for over 15 years. I consider Bernard my protege in jazz photography. I am constantly pushing his brother Everett so that Entertainment MediaNews Services will always maintain a very high standard. Here is American Express CEO Kenneth Chernault talking with youth at the Erase Racism Annual Benefit at the Garden City Hotel. Both brothers covered the Capital Jazz Festival this year and sometimes fun over takes work.