My latest book can be purchased directly from me for a limited time only. It goes on sale June 15th 2020 on Amazon.

Being a multi-billion dollar international business doesn’t mean I am immune to supply chain problems. Now that I got that out of the way, I am happy to say a new shipment of my book ” Photographic Lighting for Everybody ” will be arriving soon and the limited supply will be for sale. Amazon still has a June 15th pub date, so this is your chance to own a personalized book from moi…at a special price. To clarify, I am only a multi-billion of dollars short of being a multi-billionaire.

Photographic Lightng for Everybody

“This book is both comprehensive and inspiring. I wish I had read it 20 years ago so I didn’t have to learn all these lessons the hard way.” —Bob Sacha, director, cinematographer, and photographer a signed book and small print will be sent directly to you ...for a limited time only.


Staying Home and Staying Sane

I have been a freelancer for over 35 years and have had my share of despair trying to ” keep the ball rolling” As a freelancer who is dependent on a day to day challenge to find work I have learned a few tricks to stay positive and be productive. I remember a time when rent was due , I had just lost a major client and prospects for work were non existant.

I couldn’t sleep and it was about 2 in the morning. I decided rather than stressing about my situation I would put on my headphones and listen to Beethoven Sixth Symphony, the “Pastoral Symphony” which is about man’s feelings and connections towards nature. Living on a second floor of brownstone in Brooklyn was about as far away from nature as one could find. The first notes carried me away to a safe and beautiful place and washed away my anxiety of my current situation. My point, music is a great elixar for all that ails you. Beethoven was a master and for me a savior. After listening to the complete symphony , I fell peacefully asleep. The following week I got a got a call from what would become a long term client. Excited about the news I put on Aaron Copeland’s ” Hoe-Down” to celebrate. My point, music is powerful relief from today’s stress brought on by this pandemic. Most importantly music, like photography creates ” mindfullness and awareness of the present moment.”

The act of looking for ” that” photograph is a meditation on what is in front of you.

Being in the moment disipates any negative thoughts of past or future as you go on that treasure hunt to find that image. You may not find that image but the act of looking has created new opportunities of self-awareness; continuety and a feeling of hope. So if you are feeling down, hopeless or dread, first accept those feelings they are real but rather than obsess go on a photographic journey in your home or out ( wear a mask; keep your social distance and wash your hands). The pandemic will pass, our world will look a little different , but embrace each moment, each breath and your loved ones humans or animals. Even better listen to Dinah Washing sing “ What a Difference a Day Makes.”

Want to win a Free signed book sign up and share my blog and every 500 new readers I will radomly pick one and send them my new book ” Photographic Lighting for Everybody ”

Photographic Lighitng for Everybody

“Steven is a wealth of information when it comes to lighting for photography. This book is well worth reading for the pro photographer as well as the beginner.” —Bill Bernstein, Bill Bernstein Photography


I am excited to share the first review of my recent book ” Photography Lighting for Everybody” by Nicki Fitz-Gerald of iPhonography Central.

Anyone who starts their photographic career with legendary photographers Annie Leibovitz and Mary Ellen Mark has to be off to a good start – right? Photographer and photo educator Steve Begleiter did just that and he’s just released his sixth book… Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

A great book for iphone photographers who want to learn the foundations of photography. Order now and receive a signed book with a special print inside..while supplies last.


Stop Motion on an iPhone or DSLR..what’s the diff?

No difference at all if you have a shutter speed control on your phone…One of the unique qualities of the Camera is the ability to Freeze motion, that the human eye could not detect. The famous photographer, Eadweard Muybridge knew this and was able to settle a bet between two titans of industry in 1872. The bet: Does a horse’s all four legs leave the ground at the same time when it is running ? ”

Here is how you can achieve this miraculous technique on your smartphone or DSLR

Hello Friends,

I will be brief, I just got the word from my publisher that my book will not be for sale until June on Amazon and around the world. I do have 4 books left and will get more toward the end of May if you are interested in an advance copy ( before it really goes public) . If interested please let me know who to sign it for:) Enjoy yoru weekend, I am out with a mask walking the dog…and staying my distance…

Photographic Lighting for Everbody

Tired of not photographing what you see or envison? Here is a book that will simply lay out the foundations of good photography on a Camera or Smart Phone...


I am excited to announce that my book will be available for sale on Amazon this Friday, April 24th.

You will still be able to order directly from me but please share this with photo enthusiast friends around the world. This will be my fifth book on the art of photography and I believe it to be my best. It was the most difficult to write since I forced myself to keep it simple. Meaning that I used my knowledge of 20 plus years of teaching photography to guide the content. I broke it down to what I feel are the essential tools to help everybody improve their photography regardless of what camera/phone you use. Take your photography to next level, impress your friends and win awards, buy this book.

Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Unlock your creative photography and unblock your potential as a visual artist. This book breaks down the essential knowledge you need to know to create not just better photo but breathtaking award winning images.


Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.


For those who ordered early exciting news: Your books will be shipping this Wednesday, April 22nd.

Thank you for your patience. I got a notice that the shipping envelops will be arriving Tuesday and I plan to ship out the books the following day. For your support and patience I am including  a special thank you:

There are only 6 books left in stock, so be sure to place your order soon before they are gone. I will be ordering more but with the supply chain hiccups  I am not sure when they will arrive. On that note I am waiting to hear from my publicist whenAmazon will be carrying the book. All books will be signed to you/or who ever you would like for me to sign the book to and will include a Thank You Note while supplies last.

I am including another excerpt of the book for your viewing pleasure.

This section is toward the end of the book and is about post production. I am a big fan of Adobe Lightroom for archiving and “global post-production” digital retouching. It is not as powerful as Adobe PhotoShop but a lot easier to learn with a lot of extras like: Archiving with metadata, color coding and stars; a powerful search for your archived images; color controls; perspective controls; clarity; transition tools, spotting tools and lot more and did I say it was easy to learn.

The following is an image I had taken of the ancient city of Bhaktapur in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was a very sunny day and all the ” good stuff was in the shadows” . No problem with Adobe Lightroom. I went into the Basic Module went to the Shadow controls and ” lighten the shadows”. One caveat is the image was shot in the RAW mode, which allowed me more control in the processing. Something I get into detail in my book.

A final note: how to stay sane during Pandemic and self-isolation??? Learn something new each day. I am learning how to cook Moroccan food with my new Tagine. Just reading about the origins of the food allows to travel to another part of the world and in another time. The payoff is a great dinner. Tell me what new things you are learning about.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and please share with your friends. I will be writing something new every Monday for you to enjoy.


Take care and be safe:

Steven H. Begleiter



Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.




Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.


My mailing envelops are delayed till April 20th so I will be sending out the books that were ordered last week, next week. Thank you to everyone who has purchased books thus far and for your patience.  A Thank You note with the award winning Phew Lake Photo will be included. .I too am experiencing supply chain issues. I am assured by both suppliers they will arrive next week.

If you do go to Amazon and want to purchase my book, it says it due June 15th. I am looking into that since I know the books have been printed, at least the ones that were sent to me..I currently only have 6 left..hoping to get some more soon..waiting to hear from my publicist …

Which brings me to Godot. If you are not familiar with this amazing play “Waiting for Godot” by Samual Becket it is work a read or watch..We all are experiencing Becket’s seminal play today. Lots of questions and no answers. I actually read it in high school and taught a course in the The Theater of the Absurd, something we are all experiencing today. In someways reading Becket; Ionesco; Pinter even Albee today is sort of soothing , humorous, and  revealing. Pealing away the perceived certainty of todays life and realizing chaos, chance and luck are the real drivers in our modern times. So my advice is to enjoy every moment ( something photography teaches us) , be kind ( karma) and learn something new..Plato had it right when he said ” an unexamined life is not worth living”

In the meantime here is another sample from the book:

I cover the importance of adjusting the Depth of Field to suit your creative intention. It is one the 3 foundations of creative photography and film making.


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The Annapurna Mountains

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Push Pins


Contact me if you have any questions and please share with everyone and be safe..



Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.


Thank you Card with the Award Wining Image of Phewa Lake when you order a signed book.

I hope all of you are being safe and productive. It is a strange time indeed, walking around with a mask, keeping a distance from friends and neighbors and a lot of hand washing.

I wanted to let you know that for a limited time when you purchase my book, Photographic Lighting for Everybody you will receive a thank you note with the Award winning image Phewa Lake, ( Communication Arts 2020 Photo Competition; top three images of 2019 ASMP Photo Competition and a nominee in the 13th  International Color Awards )


Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.


Photographic Lighting for Everybody

Please sure to tell me who to sign the book to. Once payment is made you will receive your signed book within 2 weeks. A limited Thank you for your support card is included.




An Excerpt from my soon to be released book ” Photographic Lighting for Everybody”

Hello, I hope all of you are healthy and staying positive by creating. Personally, I am fortunate to be stuck at home with my family, Zooming with my students at RMCAD at least once a week, walking my dog, cooking, social media’ing ( is that a word?) scanning my photographic archive of 40 years, , and learning new skills to broaden my creative world…Advice..we can’t change what is going on in the world but (be vigilante about the CDC recommendations for prevent the spread of this terrible virus) we can make the most on self improvement.
Simply cleaning out a sock drawer can improve your attitude…

Award winning Phewa Lake, Pokhara Nepal

I just found out my photo ” Phewa Lake, Pokhara Nepal ” has been short listed to the Prestigious Communication Arts Photographic Annual 2020…This will be the third award this photograph has garnered this year. It is for sale so if you interested message me….

That said here is another excerpt for my book ” Photographic Lighting for Everybody” coming out this May ( makes a great Mother’s Day present) Enjoy and please share and become a fan of this blog..much more to come and hey, what else you got going?

Stay healthy and if there is no one around to give a hug to…give yourself a big deserve it..

This excerpt is one of the corner stones of creative photography, the color of light. I break down the myths, misconceptions, misunderstandings and other m words to help you learn to control the final color in your photography. I love black and white photography but I also realize understanding color and be able to control the final color of the images opens up a whole new world of image making. If you are looking to inspired take a look at the work of Ernst Haas or Pete Turner…masters of color photography..

I was hoping that my book “ Photographic Lighting for Everybody” would be out in print by April but as everything in our lives it will be delayed till the first weeks in May. In the meantime I will continue to show excerpts from the book. If these’s teases are too much there will be an opportunity in mid April to see the whole book as a PDF..under the condition that you pm me and write a hopefully glowing review of the book on Amazon..something to contemplate over the long days ahead…

Above are two pages from my book. It address the importance of “: the direction of light.” Depending on where the light is coming from can transform you subject for cheerful to terrifying.

Photo Exercise 1:27:2020

Since all of us are temporily quarentined take advantage of this time to create and learn. Take a simple desk lamp/flash light and an object, like a vase of flowers or a can of soda and place the object on a table. Take your iPhone or camera and take a photo of the object with the primary light directed at the object. Now move the light around to the side of the object, above the object and below the object take a photo of each scenario. Notice how the form of the object changes depending on the direction of light…which one do you like best? which one expresses a certain feeling? Take different object or a person and try the same thing..You can learn a lot by observation, experimenting and making mistakes…

Enjoy this exercise and please share and join this blog. I will continue to share excerpts and there will be a cool give a way next month…stay healthy, love the ones that surround you and be productive…


Steven H. Begleiter..

PS I may start a Vlog on YouTube with more lessons and fun things to do on improving your photography… Anyone interested? Let me know …

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