Posts tagged “Photographer

This consumed my life for nearly 72 hours straight

My new portfolio.

Only 31 photos to keep it short, sweet and expresses a full range of event, portraiture and fashion photography.

I’m New York City based. If anyone needs an event photographed in a unique and bold style, please feel free to review the new portfolio to see if I’m the right fit for you. If I am, contact me! I’m still booking for the summer.

Click this LINK to go there.

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Musee Magazine Publishes “Anxious Heart of a New Orleans Icon” and “The Stranger”

Needless to say, I feel pretty special being included in this 2 part issue dedicated to Richard Avedon. This has been one of my favorite publishings because it is a magazine of such quality that I kinda feel like the awkward guy in a room full of people who are ridiculously talented.

Anyway, a big thanks to the uber talented photographer Kyria Lydia Abrahams , writing guru Michael Stahl and the editors of Musee Magazine .

(My photos are on pg. 143)

Click on the picture to go straight to the issue. When you’re done with this one, go to the other four. The articles and photos are addictive. Trust me.

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DIGITATA Photographers Speak Out On The Digital Takeover


Here’s an article written by Michael Stahl for Musee Magazine. In it he interviews Tony Vaccaro, Brandon Stanton (of Humans of New York), Jesse Winter and myself. I was honored to be included in this article featuring such heavy weights.

According to, over two million photos are uploaded to Facebook every twenty minutes.  Tumblr boasts nearly 67 million blogs that are predominantly photo-based.  ITunes says, “50 million users love Instagram!”  Yahoo! advertises that Flickrprovides a forum for 51 million people to post photos, while, the most ironic figure comes from Hipstamatic CEO Lucas Buick, who told Fast Company that there are 27 million users of his product, which is designed to give a hand-developed, classic tonality to a mega-pixeled pic.  Says Winter of Hipstamatic: “Just add water and it’s beautiful.”

While talking across his all-time favorite photo, a shot from an airplane of German-dug trenches ensconced in a World War I battlefield, which is likely the only print of it in the world, Detres says that he would definitely agree with the notion that digital photography is diluting the art.  More SLR camera sales and smartphone apps surely stir more competition for paid work and website hits, but Detres isn’t terribly worried, saying that, regardless of the number of participants in the photography community, there’s still a weeding out process and that “the great ones have that fine art, film mentality, even if they weren’t trained in film.”

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Doing the Tony Kelly Photography Technique

Photo by Tony Kelly (check out the link in this post to see more of his work)

I ran into some of photographer Tony Kelly’s little while ago. This photojournalist-turned-fashion photography impresario employs a very bold lighting technique that impressed me. It’s as if you took the old flash bulbs of 1950s news photographers and gave it to a man who had an eye for fashion and naked women. Simple and brilliant.

I wanted to figure out how I could get this look without a brighter than the sun lighting rig. While studying his work, I figured that it couldn’t be that complicated to do. Just a single flash at full power from a distance of 5 feet should do the trick. I don’t think lighting an entire scene would be sufficient with an off camera flash due to light falloff but you can definitely light your subject a la Tony Kelly at close range.

There were two methods I tested: 1) Bare flash, pointing directly at the subject, which in this case was me (I would never test this out on an unsuspecting victim) and 2) Using an Orbis Ring Attachment.

Bare Flash On Shoe Mount

For this photo, I used a bare SB-900 Speedlight zoomed at 24mm (ISO 100), pointed straight at me attached to the shoe mount of my camera. It wasn’t terrible but it didn’t resemble the plastic look of a Tony Kelly photograph. I also felt that there was too much contrast and saturation. Close but not close enough. The lighting wasn’t flat enough although the shadow behind me (subject) was about right.

Orbis Ring Attachment

Okay, this was the one. The Orbis Ring attachment is more like a light modifier than a ring flash but it does the trick of getting that ring flash (halo) look. I’m a big fan of it and have written about this modifier several times in the past. I simply attached the modifier to the SB-900 Speedlight (zoomed at 200mm and at full 1/1 power), slipped it beneath the barrel of my lens and fired off a shot. Flat lighting, correct light falloff, plastic, desaturated look. The shadow that forms behind me could have been sharper but I was pretty happy with this test. And yes, I nearly went blind.

What do you think? If you have anything else to add, please let me know in the comments.

New Museum, New York: Festival of Ideas

Here are some of my favorite shots from a project I did for New Museum for their first annual Festival of Ideas, which took place in early May in the Bowery.

The Disapearing Art of a Hood — Long Island City

On assignment for a magazine, I had the chance to hang out in my neighborhood’s backyard for the weekend in Long Island City. It was a pre-spring kind of vibe, which resulted in drinking, eating, and walking in places I had never before visited. I was reminded of the great spots in this neighborhood and of the many remnants of its history, abandoned but still visible.

Here are some shots of a neighborhood that will look completely different in five years. With the potential loss of 5 Pointz and some of these old buildings, the essence of its past will look like a tombstone whose name bearer has become worn with age.

* If you’re checking out my site and looking for pictures I may have taken of you over the weekend, please email me cdetres[AT]