• Portraits

    ‘Being Simple’- A photo essay about Andres Bong

    I first met Andres aka Andres Bong randomly as I took street photographs in front of Velvet Lounge on U Street in 2014. He was striking with his friendly demeanor, Bob Marley-like dreadlocks, his multiracial appearance and the fact that he spoke English in a refined American accent but could easily switch to street slang. I assumed he was no more than 25 years old. He mentioned his connection to Congo but I did not make much of it at that time. I took pictures of him and his then band mate from Banish the Culprit and we parted ways. Over the year, I bumped into him on 14th street…

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  • Portraits

    Kaitlin K. Walsh’s portrait of activist Rose Hamid is our challenge winner

    Our Environmental Portrait Challenge asked the DC Focused community to enter two photos that told us a story about a particular subject. One should be a headshot and the other a portrait that puts the subject in a setting that tells us little about that person’s “story.” It’s the type of “challenge” that photojournalists do on a daily basis when they are asked to produce images to go with profiles that will run in magazines, newspapers or websites. Our guest judge, Lynford Morton of Shutterbug Life, selected these images that Kaitlin K. Walsh submitted of Rose Hamid, a Muslim activist working to forge personal connections and open up dialog between diverse…

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  • Contests,  Portraits

    Storytelling Challenge: Environmental portrait and headshot

    For our July Challenge, we want you tell a story through at least two images of the same subject — one should be an environmental portrait and the other a headshot. Your subject can be a friend, family member, local business owner or random stranger. However, you must create new images — nothing from the archives allowed. The storytelling objective is to  put the subject in a setting that tells us a little bit about that person i.e. where they live, work or recreate. Post your photos to our Facebook group by July 31 and we’ll pick up to five sets to feature on the blog and we’ll award the photographer of…

  • Gear,  Portraits

    Capturing the Human Spirit with the New Trioplan f2.9/50

      [Editor’s note: Geoff Livingston and Gil Marder originally wrote this article for Meyer Optik Görlitz.] [nectar_dropcap color=””]W [/nectar_dropcap]e all know a great and powerful photograph that captures the human spirit when we see it. Whether in a museum or on Instagram, the photo “pops”. The face warms our spirit or shocks us with its state of being. Capturing the human spirit with a camera requires an interpretation real or imagined about someone’s individuality. The expression of the soul varies from person to person based on a number of factors. On the emotional, dress, demeanor, candor, expression, setting, and much more. From the technical perspective, interpretation comes from the camera and…

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  • Celebrations,  Events,  Festivals,  Portraits

    Picturing Japanese Culture at Sakura Matsuri

      Each year, at the end of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washingtonians get a chance to celebrate Japanese Culture at Sakura Matsuri. Now in its 56th year, the Sakura Matsuri Festival offers up a mix of martial arts demonstrations, dance and musical performances, saki and sushi stands, and, of course, hundreds of cosplayers taking on the personas of their favorite characters. A gathering like this is a “target-rich” environment for a photographer. Everyone is dressed in fabulous fashion and is eager to pose for you. “I’ll let you in on a little secret,” one reveler told me. “Cosplayers actually want to have their photos taken. They just like to be…

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  • Instagram,  Portraits

    #DCFocused Pic 5: Taking your portraits to the next level

    What makes a good portrait? An interesting face is always a good start but there are techniques and compositional considerations that can take your portraits to the next level — the way today’s contributors have done. Follow today’s contributors on Instagram at @kaitlinjanephoto, @nanagyesie, @lukasnorth, @sturniolo and @frenchieyankee. To be featured in our Pic 5 selection, tag your photos #DCFocused. 1. It starts with the eyes — Kaitlin Moreno | @kaitlinjanephoto #portrait #portraiture #headshot #winstonsalem #fall #light #portraitpage #uncsa #northcarolina #model #dcphotographer #dmv #kaitlinjane A photo posted by kaitlin moreno (@kaitlinjanephoto) on Dec 6, 2015 at 5:42pm PST There are a lot of great things happening in this portrait. The late-afternoon backlight creates a wonderful…

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