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May 8, 2018

Until recently, I never understood the buzz about that ubiquitous award thing. A group of people subjectively decide that one particular photo is slightly better than thousands of others. It seems so unfair, selfish, and cruel to the rest of photographers.

I have a numb...

February 4, 2018

It is probably the longest kiss in human history. And not just the kiss. If you are a delicate, sensitive flower, immediately close this post. Even if it begins with love, the rest of it is about shocking art and cold-blooded science.

Skinned and plastinated, two human...

September 14, 2017

First of all, please sleep. It’s a Photoshoot; it’s not an exam! There is no need to study all night. The best thing you can do is look fresh and rested. If you don’t sleep enough, we might face dehydrated flabby skin, tired eyes with big dark circles and burst blood v...

September 1, 2017

What does it mean to be a great professional?

Is solid knowledge of the subject enough for success?  

Here is the story about my fellow photographer. For the sake of our friendship let’s call him Max. Max is a self-employed skilled picture taker with a nice vibrant port...

September 1, 2017

It took 3 years to transform the Avenue of Death into the Alley of Life. Well, okay, 3 years and $50 million. Regardless, the creators of the High Line Park deserve a round of applause.

In New York City we are tiny creatures surrounded by a mountainous jungle of glass a...

September 1, 2017

It was there, in showbiz, that he perceived the endless possibilities of photo editing software. “I don’t need any grooming. You can draw it all later in Photoshop,” he proclaimed. Theoretically, he was right.

August 25, 2017

Emily just got an alluring offer. A man approached her on the street, introduced himself as a photographer and offered a free photo shoot in his studio. Emily has never been a model before.​

This situation has the potential to be dangerous. Here are some basic safety ti...

August 2, 2017

This place is so weird. I would not be surprised to meet a pink rabbit with a hat, piloting a magic rug. Books are everywhere. They fly out from shelves to greet guests. They lay on tables, rest on couches, twist whimsically up to a ceiling. An endless labyrinth of she...

July 1, 2017

“No, Irina, it is a very bad idea to become a photographer,” the editor-in-chief at a federal car magazine told me disapprovingly. “I know one photographer. He’s a grown man but his income is so unstable. Today he might have a few contracts lined up, but tomorrow he mi...

June 5, 2017

Frankly speaking, photography is way more advantageous than fitness. First of all, photographers can eat whatever they want. Second, many beautiful people are dying to become acquainted with them. Most importantly, all acquired benefits won’t turn into fat if you don’t...

June 5, 2017

No more blurry abstractions; no more black rectangles! It’s simple: amazing nighttime cityscape photographs are attainable for anyone whose camera has a Manual Mode.

Check out the simple rules listed below and start taking sharp, compelling photos:

1. Use a tripod. The s...

August 2, 2016


She walked out of a grocery store with a big bag of yummies anticipating a lazy Friday evening. Suddenly a man topped with a stylish cadet hat anxiously appeared in front of her.

“Hi,” said the man. “I am sorry. I have seen you in the store before.”

This uplifting intr...

November 10, 2015

Sad to admit, sometimes it looks like I am slow... after all, the computer was manufactured in the ‘80s when there were no Pentiums, no SSD hard drives, and no

June 19, 2015

I often hear from other photographers that there is no need to have a personal website. They insist a Facebook profile or a page on is the perfect portfolio for sharing with their clients. Some believe that an artist focused on marketing is in bad form.

“Let m...

June 5, 2015

The worst part of being a photographer is having to choose among piles of photos, several that could be considered the best. Therefore, many camera people delegate this privilege to their clients.

Because it would be cruel to puzzle them with such a hard task without an...

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