Contemporary Images Photography: Blog en-us (C) 2021 Contemporary Images Photography (Contemporary Images Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT Contemporary Images Photography: Blog 120 80 Cover Story for Good Light! Magazine Here is the second article I got published in Good Light Magazine. I was surprised to find out that I got the cover! Most of the classes I currently teach are lighting classes so it is nice to have articles published on lighting techniques. I like to create my images prior to exposure so I don't have much to do later.

My photography is still based on my roots in film. I still treat my digital camera like a manual film camera. I turn off most of the auto settings when I purchase a digital body and do as much as possible in manual mode. I find this works very well for me and I maintain control over all aspects of the process. I do use auto focus most of the time with single point focus so I still make the decisions on focus placement.

I have another article on milk baths that should come out soon and I have two more article ideas that I think will be accepted as well. Forty years ago I did a weekly column on photography in a local paper. It was fun and I'm glad I am getting back into writing photo articles.


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Location & Natural Light

Finding the right location for creating a image is always fun when it all comes together.  This shot was taken in New Mexico at Bandelier National Monument on a photo workshop I was leading.  This is up 3 tall ladders, I would guess 60' total.  The opening is man made and forms the perfect spot to place the model.

Indirect light is coming in from our left creating a soft box effect and the dark space behind the model creates great contrast.  I love using a sepia filter for this one.  No additional lighting was needed.  I moved her out to the edge of the opening until the light was just what I wanted.

Just the right amount of highlight and shadow for this image.

(Contemporary Images Photography) Bandelier National Monument Contemporary Images Photography Michael Henley natural light New Mexico portraiture Wed, 31 Oct 2018 01:31:50 GMT
Good Light! Magazine I was asked to write an article for Good Light! Magazine after they saw an image I posted in one of my Facebook groups  Tips and Tricks for Photographers.  They sent me all stuff I needed to do and I created this article.  It is really a great feeling when people want to know how I created an image. 

The teacher in me was really excited to share.   I do love to teach and pass on my 50 years of experience and insights .  So read it if you want and I  hope you enjoy the content. I will be creating more articles to submit and I hope to have some of them included in future editions of the magazine.


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My First Blog Post

Me in the early 70's


Here is my first blog post for my new website. I decided to give you an overview of my career in photography which has spanned 50 years as a working professional . It has been an interesting journey and one I really had not foreseen as a life long career.


In 1968 I got my first job in a portrait studio Photographs by Ilse. It was a well established studio with hundreds of clients each year. I did darkroom work, ran errands and took images at many high schools where we had contracts doing lifestyle, sports, etc. for their yearbook. I worked myself into a permanent position by gradually taking over everything we did with the high schools. I scheduled the jobs, photographed them and printed the images for the yearbooks.


I worked 30-40 hours a week while taking a full schedule of classes at Portland State University majoring in history. I was very busy. I realized that good jobs in teaching were hard to find as I neared my graduation. The market was flooded with teachers due to so many baby boomers going into education at the time.


I decided to stay in photography and eventually became a junior partner in the studio. A friend of mine was the major partner as his parents had put up the funds to buy the business. I eventually left the studio and freelanced for a year or so and in 1977 purchased a small studio/camera shop in downtown Milwaukie, OR.


I have owned this business since that time eventually changing the name to Contemporary Images Photography when my loan to the original owner was paid off. I moved the business out of downtown to its current spot in 1981 when I purchased a house. I converted it into a full service studio and 41 years later I am still operating the studio at a much lower volume of clients.


At the peak of my business I had 3 employees and we shot over 600 high school seniors a year, plus boudoir and regular portrait sessions and commercial projects. I was also teaching three evenings a week and shooting sports photography for a local paper. I was very busy!


I managed to start teaching at PSU and the MHCC on a fairly regular basis along with the studio operation. I was honored to be a part of the creation of the Professional Photography program at MHCC where I taught a variety of classes for several years until the program was eliminated. I still teach traditional film classes there.


I'm 70 years old now and still excited about photography and teaching and enjoy sharing my experience with others. I have my own group now and I conduct workshops along with non credit classes at Portland Community College and credit classes at MHCC. This new website is a showcase of my current style of photography .


I promise not to talk so much about myself in the future except how it relates to the topics I will be discussing. I have seen two major shifts in professional photography from black and white portraits to color in the 70's and from film to digital most recently. These shifts in technology have really impacted the business in a variety of ways.


I hope this gives you some insight into who I am and why I do what I do. I'm into my 3rd generation of families who I have created images for. Where did the time go? I joke about the time when I realized I had 3 college students in one of my classes who were each 20 or so and I realized I was older then all of them combined! I still have more energy then them so I guess I am doing fine.

Me today

(Contemporary Images Photography) michael henley my career Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:28:40 GMT