Using ai to build better galleries

Matthew Stein on Apr 24, 2023 5:03:27 PM

I create a lot of gallery pages here. Years ago I wrote some python scripts to help make them faster. After I process pictures for either proofs or for final edits, I need to get them into the file system behind this website and add some HTML to make the pages. My python scripts worked OK for generating that HTML, but they could be better. 

Flashing routes at Brooklyn Boulders for New Years Eve

Matthew Stein on Dec 16, 2016 11:55:17 AM

Sometimes the last minute shoots are the most fun. No time for prep, just grab your go bags and head out.

Baby bump progress pictures

Matthew Stein on Jul 31, 2016 1:27:11 PM


This year has seen a lot of changes in our family. While Cathy was working on Cora, I was renovating the 3rd floor of our house. We needed a nursery, and we were on a deadline.

Naturally, I had to shoot a baby-bump progression series. The soon-to-be nursery made a great backdrop.

Photography tips for Pokemon Go

Matthew Stein on Jul 18, 2016 6:18:30 PM

Love it or hate it, Pokemon Go is everywhere. If you hate it, then you're probably not reading this. You also don't care how to take better pictures within the game. But, if you're like over 65 million other people, then you're trying to catch 'em all.

Baby and newborn photography

Matthew Stein on Jul 12, 2016 10:11:57 PM

I'll be honest. I didn't think much of taking pictures of babies until my wife and I had one. Babies can be tricky subjects. Fortunately they're really cute. I think mine is the cutest, but I'm probably biased. 

Mistakes made while building a door

Matthew Stein on Jun 25, 2016 5:49:54 PM

Mistakes can be valuable, as long as we learn from them. Time and experience help prevent experts from making mistakes. When experts do make mistakes, they know how to catch them before it's too late. In photography, its possible for an un-caught mistake to ruin a whole photoshoot. That's a big problem for events you can't re-create like sports photography or wedding photography. That's why it's good to trust an expert.

Building a door

Matthew Stein on Jun 1, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Photo documenting a build process can be simple, if a good lighting set-up is already in place. My "wood shop" is in my basement. Basements aren't known for great lighting. That's why I buy daylight-balanced lights. They're designed to shine at 5,000k instead of 4,400k. I love these LED fluorescent-replacements. That color difference improves the feeling of working down there. I shot this whole post on my phone. Having a thoughtfully lit work area helps simplify photo-documenting the process. 

The importance of using Photoflo

Matthew Stein on May 24, 2013 6:13:00 PM

Clouds live outside.

Clouds don't belong in indoor pictures. This was taken on stage just before Newpoli played their Christmas concert in 2012. Unless someone painted clouds on the ceiling above the mezzanine, something else must be wrong. And it's probably my fault.

Painting with light

Matthew Stein on May 17, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Photographs evolve into out of darkness. Paintings begin with a white canvas. Our origins come from opposite ends of the spectrum and meet in the middle to create our images. This is all about how I like to use the origin of darkness to clarify my message in photography.