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Approaching New Yorkers

Published April 19th, 2013

During the Lightenupandshoot Workshop we approached at least 50 different people over the course of two days. Here are some of my quick grabs with a Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF lens (older lens with slight chromatic aberration)


Near the Highline

Girl walking with her dog. I actually had her walk towards me.

Natural light

  • April 11th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 105mm / f/2 / 1/400 sec

Bloody Angle

Shot on Doyers St in Chinatown at the infamous "Bloody Angle"

Natural light

  • April 12th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/6.3 / 1/80 sec

Natural Light

Using a scrim and reflector I demonstrated how to do dramatic lighting in full sun.

Scrim and reflector

  • April 13th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/3200 sec

Jersey St.

One of the few streets in Manhattan without any car traffic. We took over this alley near the fashion district and pulled people off the street for pics.

Me demonstrating how to use a Grid spot

  • April 13th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/13 / 1/30 sec

Jason Photo Bombs

Thumbs up!

  • April 13th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/3.2 / 1/60 sec


I demonstrate how to build energy with a subject.

Natural light

  • April 13th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/200 sec


He was just finishing a shoot and denied being photographed.

  • April 13th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.6 / 1/320 sec

Elena on Jersey St.

Elena from Greece actually approached me for a video interview and I agreed if she let me photograph her.

Natural light (reflector)

  • April 13th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 85mm / f/1.8 / 1/320 sec

Attorney on Jersey St.

She was the first person a pulled off the street before the chaos began.

Natural light.

Post production = a secret



My first portrait in NYC on the subway. This is where I decided to shoot every person with my 50mm 1.4 AF during the two day workshop.

Natural light

  • April 12th, 2013
  • NIKON D700
  • 50mm / f/1.4 / 1/125 sec

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