Photography By
Gregory Coraggio
"An Aesthetic Eye For Awesome People"


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March 2013 to July 2013

• Serving the following locations in New Jersey •
Aberdeen • Allenhurst • Allentown • Asbury Park • Atlantic City • Atlantic Highlands • Avon-by-the-Sea • Barnegat • Bay Head • Beach Haven • Beachwood • Belmar • Berkeley • Bradley Beach • Brick • Brielle • Colts Neck • Deal • Dover • Eagleswood • Eatontown • Englishtown • Fair Haven • Farmingdale • Freehold • Harvey Cedars • Highlands • Holmdel • Howell • Interlaken • Island Heights • Jackson • Keansburg • Keyport • Lacey • Lakehurst • Lakewood • Lavallette • Little Egg Harbor • Little Silver • Loch Arbour • Long Beach • Long Branch • Manalapan • Manasquan • Manchester • Mantoloking • Marlboro • Matawan • Middletown • Millstone • Monmouth Beach • Neptune • Neptune City • Ocean • Ocean Gate • Oceanport • Pine Beach • Plumsted • Point Pleasant • Point Pleasant Beach • Red Bank • Roosevelt • Rumson • Sea Bright • Sea Girt • Seaside Heights • Seaside Park • Ship Bottom • Shrewsbury • South Belmar • South Toms River • Spring Lake • Stafford • Surf City • Tinton Falls • Toms River • Tuckerton • Union Beach • Upper Freehold • Wall • West Long Branch


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Free Portraits of Trick or Treaters

Posted 9/23/13

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On Thursday, October 31st (Halloween) from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm I will be taking free portraits of all trick or treaters in my studio in Brick. Candy treats will be given to all trick or treaters and (4x6) portraits will be given to all (for children under 10 - portraits will be given to parents or older siblings). Show off your costume and receive a keepsake to remember for years to come.

There is no charge for anything as I try to offer this service every Halloween. So please come by on Halloween between 3 pm and 9 pm and enjoy, I hope to see you then.

Some portraits of Trick or Treaters from past Halloweens
Trick or Treater 1 Trick or Treater 1 Trick or Treater 2 Trick or Treater 2 Trick or Treater 3 Trick or Treater 3 Trick or Treater 4 Trick or Treater 4 Trick or Treater 5 Trick or Treater 5






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High Praise For The Veterans Health Administration

Posted 7/25/13

Veterans Administration

Being a United States Navy veteran with six years of active duty service, I've been using the V.A. Health Administration for over 30 years. Although the services have improved over the years and are very good, there were times I thought maybe private medical services would be better. That is until I saw the private healthcare system through my siblings (coming from a very large family I have many siblings) and realized I get better service and probably better healthcare at the VA. Wait times seem better at the VA but there is a problem at most VA Medical Centers and clinics, parking. If you use or plan to use the VA get there early so you can find a parking spot.

Again the care is second to none and the pharmacy is great even with co-pays for non service connected prescriptions. If you are a veteran of the United States armed forces I fully recommend applying to the VA for healthcare.

I know this post has nothing to do with photography but as a veteran I just wanted to share my thoughts with other veterans and thank all Americans for supporting Americas veterans.


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How To Take Photos Of Fireworks

Posted 7/3/13

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Get there early and scout out a location that has a good foreground, background and view of the area the fireworks will be.

Use a Tripod, if you don't have one brace your camera on a car roof, tree trunk or any stable surface and set camera to manual. Use an aperture (size of opening in the lens) of between f/5.6 and f/11 (midrange). Try shutter speeds from 1/2 second to a couple of seconds (on most cameras to get the longer shutter speeds set camera to bulb and hold shutter down to expose and release to stop exposure). The longer speeds capture the movement of the fireworks (and any movement of the camera so keep it steady). If you have a cable release for the shutter use it to minimize shake when you press the shutter if not try to minimize shake as best you can.

Try different apertures (f-stops) and shutter speeds. Have fun.


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Ride For Fun And Deserving Children

Posted 6/16/13

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Ocean's Harbor House is looking for "A Few Good Riders".

Plans are well under way for this year's 17th Annual Harbor House 400! As it has been the last few years, the ride offers 3 levels of participation: a 5-day, 3-day and 1-day ride. All of the rides will be taking place from July 10th to the 14th. The 5-day ride begins in Jackson, New Jersey and will be about 400 miles and start on July 10th, the 3-day ride will be approximately 225 miles and these riders will join the 5-day riders on July 12th, and the 1-day 25 mile ride is held on July 14th at Windward Beach Park in Brick, New Jersey.

The 5-day and 3-day ride this year is bringing riders and support personnel from Jackson, NJ to Easton, PA to Matamoras, PA to Easton, PA to Lawrenceville, NJ and finally to Brick, NJ. As one might expect with a route like this, the terrain is likely to have some "ups and downs" throughout the route as is typical of most longer rides.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about the ride or the agency (732) 929-0096.

COME RIDE FOR A WEEK, A WEEKEND, OR JUST THE DAY, AND YOU CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD.

I will be there at the Welcome Home Celebration at Windward Beach Park in Brick on July 14th taking photos and video.


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Should You Buy A Digital Camera?

Posted 6/13/13

Most people now have smart phones with decent cameras built in. They are good but have benefits and drawbacks, the biggest benefit is the fact that most people have their smart phones with them at all times so they won't miss an opportunity if something happens all of a sudden. Another benefit is that it is really easy to post a photo on the web. On the drawbacks side is focus, by that I mean trying to get a good focus on a smart phone can sometimes be very difficult. Another drawback is uploading photos to your home computer, not too difficult but I have found that most people I know never do it because they don't know how.

Small point and shoot digital cameras have better focus and a 15mp camera can cost under $100. Uploading to your home computer is as simple as connecting via the usb port or removing the flash card and inserting it into the computers flash card reader. But you have to remember to take the camera with you.

So the choice is yours, I like having a separate camera for important shots but I do use my smart phone at times.


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Proper Clothing For Portraits

Posted 5/23/13

The simple rule is there is no proper clothing for having a portrait taken. The best rule is wear whatever makes you feel best because if you are comfortable in what you wear it will show in the portrait. Some people like to dress the same or color coordinated for a family portrait, this is fine but keep it simple and keep in mind very bright colors may effect the color balance of the final print. An example would be if there is an abundance of bright red the printer would see it and try to correct the print by adding cyan (sky blue) making the skin tone cold (blue).

So wear whatever makes you feel best and you will look your best.


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Understanding Basic Photography

Posted 5/16/13

Photography actuality means drawing with light, so knowing that you should understand that when you take a photo of someone or something you are really capturing the light reflecting off that object. White or light color objects reflect light while black or dark color objects absorb light.

An example is snow or beach photos can be over exposed and photos in a wooded area or an asphalt parking lot can be under exposed. Another example is when photographing a bridal couple, to capture the correct exposure of their faces, the detail in the white gown could become washed out and the detail of the black tuxedo could be under exposed.

By keeping this in mind and knowing you are not really taking photos of objects only the light reflecting from the objects your photos quality should improve.


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Weegee

Posted 5/2/13

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I have no inhibitions and neither has my camera... Arthur Fellig was born in Austria in 1899. Coming to the USA in 1909, he ended up in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Leaving school in 1914 to help support the family, he worked for a time as a street photographer. In 1923 he joined Acme News Services as a darkroom operator. In 1935, he left to work as a freelance photographer. He acquired the name Weegee early on, a reference to the Ouija board and his uncanny ability to arrive quickly at crime scenes - sometimes, even before the police (from 1937, he was the only civilian allowed to install a police radio in his car).

From 1940 to 1944, Weegee worked on a retainer to PM newspaper, free to choose his own stories and making many of his best pictures in this period. 1945 saw an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art and the publication of his best seller Naked City. The following year Weegee’s People was published. Opening up on the stories of New York: its streets, its bars and tenements, its crimes, tragedies and entertainments, he helped to shape urban America’s consciousness of itself, his images defining both the myth and reality of the city. Emerging as a national celebrity, he traveled to Hollywood, lecturing and photographing for Naked Hollywood (1953). He traveled widely and continued to work up until his death in 1968.

Weegee died of a brain tumor on December 26, 1968. Today Weegee is credited with ushering in the age of tabloid culture, while at the same time being revered for elevating the sordid side of human life to that of high art.

HE STAMPED HIS PHOTOGRAPHS ''Credit Weegee the Famous,'' and he earned his fame on images of murder and fire and car accidents, with some lovers and low-life thrown into the bargain. In 1946, after the huge success of his book ''Naked City,'' he announced that he was through with news photography and no longer interested in the seamy side of New York.

Text drawn from Side Gallery archive sources:Amber Online







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A Great Day Of Fun And Giving

Posted 4/25/13

Shore Walk

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, The Family Resource Network will be hosting The Walk for a Brighter Tomorrow, Shore Walk, at The Great Lawn, Long Branch, NJ. Registration is 10:30 to 12:00, a casual walk along the boardwalk at 12:00, fun and games at 1:00. Join The Family Resource Network and its affiliates as they raise awareness and dollars to support existing programs and expansion projects. This will be a fun filled day for families, friends and community partners to walk in support of their loved ones.

The Family Resource Network is comprised of four affiliate organizations including: Autism Family Services of New Jersey, Caregivers of New Jersey, the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey, and the Family Support Center of New Jersey.
Contact The Family Resource Network at www.familyresourcenetwork.org or via phone at 800-376-2345.
I will be there taking photographs and video.


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Soft Natural Light

Posted 4/11/13

Portraits taken at the beach or in a park can be beautiful. The best time to take these photos is 1 to 2 hours after sunrise and 1 to 2 hours before sunset. The natural light at these times is soft and warm, almost magical. Another great time is on an overcast day, the entire sky becomes a giant studio soft-box. So keep this in mind when you schedule an environmental portrait shoot.


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Annoying Video Lights

Posted 4/4/13

A special event like a Wedding, Bar Mitzvahs, Anniversary party or any event that brings family and friends together usually needs to be recorded with photos and video. In most cases as the party goes on the catering halls bring the lights dimmer and dimmer. As good as video equipment has gotten it is still just recording light reflecting off objects (people). To this end an annoying video light (or lights) must be used or the resulting video would be unusable. So the next time you get annoyed by the video lights keep in mind the person or people you are celebrating may want to have a quality recording of the event.


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Film or Digital?

Posted 3/28/13

Twelve years ago I refused to even consider switching from my medium format film cameras to digital but oh how times have changed. Film had a great run (about 170 years). About nine years ago I made the change, gradually at first and now all my work is digital. No more worrying about film being lost in transit to and from the lab. No more scratched negatives. The quality and afford-ability of digital cameras has really impressed me. With tools like Photoshop I no longer need to outsource retouching and I have much better control over the final look of the photographs. I still have all of my film cameras, 4x5 and medium format, in the event I want to shoot transparencies.


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Hiring a Photographer

Posted 3/21/13

Hiring a photographer is a very personal choice. Although the quality of the work is important, the personality and attitude of the photographer is equally so. Before booking a photographer set some time to meet with the photographer, not just the studio as some studios hire freelance photographers. Freelance photographers are fine but be sure you get a chance to meet with the actual person that will be taking your photographs. If you are not comfortable with the person the art may suffer.


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