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Scott Wyden Kivowitz
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Attended Thomas Edison State College
Lives in Manalapan, NJ
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Filters vs Brackets

An ongoing discussion in the photo industry is whether to use filters like a polarizer or neutral density, or to bracket for #HDR.  Here is a little on that subject
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My friend +Chris Nitz is building a brand and I'm happy to be beta testing the #NitzStraps
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Did well. Still on the hard side so it hurt a bit with the heavy gear. But it's not often Iug around the 70-200 without it on a tripod. 
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The Cape May Lighthouse is small, too far from the water and the light wasn't on during sunset. But I think I still got some great frames to work with.
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LOL, I don't think I ever heard the Cape May lighthouse described as "small."  Nice shot.  (Not so small when you climb it with 30 pounds of photo equipment.)
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Jetpack released version 2.9.3 today. This is a critical security update that fixes a potentially serious threat that has been present in Jetpack since version 1.9, released in October 2012. George...
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When I saw this on Twitter and checked my sites one was already auto-updated (nice!), the other wasn't. It would be good to know what the criteria for the auto-update are...
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Celebrating #EarthDay with Google's #mybeautifulearth

This combines #land   &    #sea  from my recent trip to Cape May, New Jersey.
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I wrote a tutorial on how I replicate a softbox when shooting on-location and need to pack light.   I call it the Faux Softbox.  The team at +Belovely You was kind enough to publish it on their blog, and you can read it at

Today’s tutorial is from Scott Wyden Kivowitz. Scott says: “If you’re like me then you enjoy soft light on the couples you are photographing. However, if you are also like me then you are not keen on carrying a softbox with you for an engagement session. That is why I am here to share a tip for replicating softbox light, without that light modifier. In fact, this tip is extremely light, portable, and convenient. It does, though, need a second per...
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Please share this with all the humanitarian photographers you know.  The $5,000 grant deadline has been extended.
The deadline for the 2014 Photocrati Fund has been extended until Monday April 28th.  Read more about this update at

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Let’s Talk About Tripods

Not long ago I shared an article published at +Digital Photography School - dPS which I wrote around tripods.  

I received some emails asking about my workhorse tripod, so I made a video about it on my blog.  See the video and read more at

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I find myself needing it a lot, especially on odd angles when the tripod is far below me. 
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I recently spent a day wandering around New York City with my friend Gevon.  We met up with Quentin of Fotoclasses at Brooklyn Bean Roastery, talked for a bit and then kept walking and shooting.

Exploring new territories can be inspirational, unlocking new creative waves.  Sometimes it can also lead to an unexpected story.

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Graffiti in the streets of Brooklyn

I recently spent a day wandering around New York City with my friend +Gevon Servo.  We met up with +Quentin Delory of +fotoclasses at +Brooklyn Beans, talked for a bit and then kept walking and shooting.

One of the beautiful things about walking around places you spend little time at, is that feeling of seeing and experiencing something for the firs time.  It's like growing up all over again.

For example, tasting an amazing maple coffee or getting down low on cobblestones and then come across what you see in this photo.

Graffiti in the streets of Brooklyn.  the Brooklyn Bridge, beautiful light and so much more.

While Brooklyn may not be the same without my friend +Brian Matiash around, shooting around the area makes for an awesome time.

After spending some time in the area, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan and then continued towards +Animoto for a meetup that night.  It was during our Manhattan part of our day that we happened upon this story:

Explore new territories.  Even if you think you've been somewhere, you may not have really been there.  Things change, people move, stores come and go.

So keep exploring.

Thanks for reading,

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Photographer at Scott Wyden Imagery, Community & Blog Wrangler at Photocrati
Photography, WordPress, SEO, Social Media, Marketing
  • Scott Wyden Imagery
    Photographer, 2000 - present
  • Photocrati
    Community & Blog Wrangler, 2012 - present
  • Pivot Point Security
    Marketing, 2011 - 2012
  • Mack Camera & Video Service, Inc
    Photographer, Camera Repair, 2004 - 2011
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Manalapan, NJ
Old Bridge, NJ - Woodbridge, NJ - Spingfield, NJ
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Community & Blog Wrangler at Photocrati, photographer, blogger and educator.

My name is Scott Wyden Kivowitz and I am the Community & Blog Wrangler at Photocrati and a New Jersey Photographer. My focus is on landscape, portrait and commercial photography. My goal as a photographer is to produce creative and professional results every time.

I love chatting with other photographers about photography, WordPress, SEO and marketing.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions you might have.

I am all about giving back when I can. That is why you will find me contributing and educating outside of my blog. So please join me on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook to talk more photography.

I can also be found hanging out at Photocrati, the Photographers SEO Community and NextGEN Gallery.

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NJ Photographer, Member of NAPP & Nikon Professional Services
  • Thomas Edison State College
    Humanities, 2010
  • County College of Morris
    Photography Technology, 2002 - 2004
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