Portrait Photography: 7 tips to creating Compelling Portraits

First of all, let’s be clear about this.  There are many different types of portraits. In this post, I am only going to refer to two kinds: Controlled- Setting portraits and Candid or “Found” Portraits. However, these categories could be subdivided into many other categories. So for the sake of simplicity, in this blog, I […]

On the Similarities Between Photography and Cinematography

Unbeknownst to my friend and fellow photographer David Marshak, who’s taken classes from me and has heard me talk in several occasions, he gave me the answer to this question. He recently sent me a link to a Vanity Fair video in which director Rian Johnson breaks down a  scene of his movie “The Glass […]

The Best Camera in the World?

By Essdras M Suarez, a two-time Pulitzer prizewinner and a Kennedy award winner for photojournalism. Captured with iPhone 6 at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), Havana, Cuba I feel one cannot tackle this question without first establishing a photography quintessence. As Ansel Adams so eloquently stated: “The single most important component of a camera is […]

Panama, Visiting Home

Ever since I left my native country of Panama when I was 18 years old, I’ve always tried to visit at least once a year. Sometimes my travel schedule has gotten to be so crazy that I’ve had to skip a visit here and there. The result of those missing visits becomes painfully obvious to […]

Cuba – A Photographer’s Delight – 2021

Highlights Leader: Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Essdras M Suarez Assistant – Cuban Photography Instructor Joel Hernández Marín Access to artisans and free enterprise Meet with photographers and artists in Havana to discuss their work and the important role art plays in the lives of Cubans Learn to improve the artistic and technical aspects of your photography Experience […]


A great technique to depict motion is panning because of its ability to combines camera movement and slow shutter it can produce extraordinary results. It is a tool best used to depict motion around a moving subject, which usually is moving horizontally and preferably parallel to the camera. However, this technique requires practice and a […]


Dubrovnik, Croatia LESSON: ON SILHOUETTES One of the key points when it comes to silhouettes is the separation between compositional elements. In other words, you want your silhouettes to be immediately recognized for what they are I.e. a person walking, a couple on a bench, people on the phone, all by a moored boat, etc. Quick […]

How to create a great “sunburst”

This optical effect refers to the creation of a very defined sunburst with clearly discernible spikes or rays originating from the source of light i.e. the sun. As opposed to a blob of light without define borders or edges. This applies to all different sources of light such as the sun or artificial lights. This […]

On Paying Attention to Details

                      LESSON: When it comes to Street Photography looking for repeating patterns and paying attention to details while assessing the chaos of daily life can yield satisfying results… TECH STUFF: #nikonD5/  70-200mm 2.8  / ISO 250/  F 4.0  /  1/ 1,000th Herzeg Novi, Montenegro 10/07 2019 […]