Featured Interview on ForegroundBlog

paulkerins.com is featured and I am interviewed on ForegroundBlog Very recently my website was featured in this excellent article on the ForegroundBlog "Embracing minimalism in your photography website." Alex Vita the owner of ForegroundWeb wrote about the philosophy of minimalist website design, and in it he also includes many examples of some great photography websites that embrace the minimalist approach to website design. Alex had contacted me to let me know that my website paulkerins.com was one of the photography websites featured in his article. I wrote him back after reading the article and checking out…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 4 )

Testing and Portfolios for Models In this the final (most likely) part of "Model Advice ", I will discuss testing and portfolios for models. My thoughts on these two different modeling subjects are my own and are not written in stone. Every market is different, and has different needs. Just like every model is different and will have different experiences and needs. Some models are more commercial and some more editorial, some blur the lines and can do both with ease. The one common denominator is that all models need is to test,…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 3 )

Model Advice - Part Three I had wrote over 8000 words on this topic and broke it down into 5 or 6 posting and I tried to think of what information would be truly useful for newer models. I can only give advice based on my experience as a photographer who has worked extensively with models, both brand new models and seasoned pros. In researching this topic I realized that even though there is a lot of content out there on the internet much of it, is more or less completely useless. I…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 2 )

Model Advice - Part Two There is a lot to cover and I spread it out over at least five postings. I am of course not a model, just a photographer who has at best been described as "ruggedly cute" and that will have to do. So what do I know about modeling and models you may ask. Although I have never modeled ( well once, but I was forced to and had no choice in the matter ), I have photographed thousands of models, casted thousands more, and booked and worked with…Read more …

Model Advice

Model Advice Part 1 I honestly could not tell you how many new models I have photographed, I have done thousands of model tests ( photo shoots ) with the majority of those tests being with models that just started, and on those shoots many of the girls have asked me for advice on what they should expect from the fashion industry, plus I have received many emails over the years from aspiring models, many whom wanted to work with me and some that were looking for some advice from a photographer's point…Read more …

Learning to See in Black and White

Seeing Past the Colour and Visualizing Tonal Values. Learning to see tones instead of colour is something every photographer has to do in order to become good at black and white photography. For experienced photographers, looking at a scene in colour, or as a series of tones becomes as easy as pressing the shutter release on your camera. It can be difficult to see past the colour, while learning to see tones. Your whole life, as seen though your own eyes has been in glorious colour. It takes a lot of practice and…Read more …

Web Design for Photographers

Planning, Designing, and Building a Website for a Photographer I have always loved simple, clean, elegant design, and I really appreciate when web designers use the less is more approach to designing and building websites. This is the 5th version of my website in the 10 years that I have had a internet presence to showcase my photography. The first two versions being designed and built in Flash by my friend Alex when I lived in Italy, and the last three non-Flash versions of paulkerins.com designed and built by myself. I've taken inspiration…Read more …

Dealing with Creative Block

Understanding Creative Blocks and How to Overcome Them. You have heard of writer's block, when a writer struggles with getting his or her ideas down on paper. Every type of creative person goes though different cycles of creativity including times of great frustration where their creative juices do not flow at all or just barely trickles out. For visual creatives the term is more generic than it is for writers, it is called "creative block". The first time you experience a creative block can be quite unnerving. For most creative people, being creative…Read more …

Anticipating The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment Henri Cartier-Bresson will always be remembered for his iconic black and white street photographs, but he will also be remembered for a famous phrase that is known by almost every serious photographer, " The Decisive Moment " . The term comes from his 1952 book Images à la sauvette, the English edition was titled, The Decisive Moment. "Photography is not like painting," he told The Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression…Read more …

How to Convince Your Client to Choose the Best Photographs

Convincing the Client, How to Convince Your Client Which Photographs are the Best Choices. I personally have no idea how many images I have created to date, let alone how many photographs I have edited to find the best ones; several hundreds of thousands at least. In the past scouring over contact sheets fresh from the lab with a loupe, a red grease pencil and a cup of strong coffee. More recently editing choices on a computer screen using colour coding to select the best choices on my Capture One Pro  RAW conversion software,…Read more …