If you don’t feel anything when taking a picture — why the viewer should?

© Tim Gallo.

My Master used to say — if the image is already made in your mind before you hit that shutter button — what’s the use in taking a picture?

What he meant is — don’t take pictures with just your mind. The mind is always in a state of analyzing, judging, comparing one with another. It’s a great tool that does not fit for feeling and expressing feelings. But, most of the time, feelings/emotions is what we want to invoke from a picture. That is where the heart comes into play. If you don’t feel anything when taking a picture…


Don't get caught in consumer mentality…

I don’t have befitting image for this article. So here is this one. ©Tim Gallo.

So many videos and articles are being made about what is considered best in photography and video gear. Scrolling youtube on the topic of photography, I contemplate how many photographers, amateurs, and professionals (me included) are getting caught in the idea that you need to own the best gear. Is this the best lens? Is this the best camera? What are your top 5?

What you really want to own is an inspiration…

People shoot street walls and their cats and then pixel peep to determine if this or that is good… and most…


Let’s continue talking about portrait… refer to part 1 if needed, but this piece can be read as stand-alone. It is mostly my attempt to make sense of my own processes.

Also, you have to forgive my english, I can convey only so much in a second language…

© Tim Gallo

How does one improve in portrait photography? Where do we start? Let’s start from the beginning…

Imagine that you have to take a portrait of a stranger. You have your lights and camera set. A stranger sits in front of you. What do you do?

You start with an introduction.

Introduction into Portrait Session

No matter…


baby steps…

© Tim Gallo. It’s a wet, dark, and long tunnel into darkness.,,

I wonder if there is no way of cutting through a circle of violence…
my grandmother used to beat me and close me in a dark cupboard. (though it was in my memory vault till like early 30-s when I finally made myself face my past and made myself remember it).
In kindergarten, teachers used to beat me cause I was different; post-soviet education was a mess at those times. My mixed blood look added to confusion.

All this made me a violent kid, I beat the shit out of my kindergarten and school classmates up until 12–13 y.o. Never…

Tim Gallo

Based in Tokyo Japan, I work as celebrity portrait photographer. Sometimes Movie Director. Occasionally poet. I apologise for not perfect english. timgallo.com

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