Night Photography that Lets Magic Ensue: The B&H Photography Podcast


On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we continue our coverage of the 2022 OPTIC Conference with two highly invigorating segments about exploring the world after dark.

Above photograph © Susan Magnano

Our first guest is Susan Magnano, who specializes in luminescent night painted portraits. Our chat is revealing on many levels, from the balance of careful orchestration and randomness inherent in her portraits to a mention of the OM SYSTEM OM1 as Magnano’s newest secret weapon. After delving into her playful yet powerful arsenal of lighting tools, we gain insight into her multifaceted career—from beginning at a local newspaper to her currently thriving wedding photography business, and her upcoming schedule of intensive photo workshops.

Burning Man 1
Catrina's Ghost
Andrea’s Fan
Star Crossed Lovers
Starlit Love
Dancer 2
Girl on Fire
Susan Magnano

After a break, we welcome Sigma Ambassador Jack Fusco to discuss his unique blend of astrophotography with idyllic nocturnal landscapes. During our conversation, Fusco distinguishes astro work from deep sky photography, weighs the differences between DSLRs, the latest in mirrorless cameras, and even mobile phones such as Google’s Pixel 6 Pro (check out Fusco's Pixel 6 Pro photos). In addition to elaborating on his favorite Sigma lenses for nocturnal imaging, Fusco provides insights about advanced accessories such as star trackers, all the while offering encouragement to anyone seeking to embark on a new adventure chasing the stars. Please join us for these otherworldly conversations about photography at night.

Half Under Water, Half Night Sky, Malibu
Kona and Comet NEOWISE, San Diego
Moonlit Horseshoe Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Leo Carillo Twilight, Malibu
Lake Edith and the Northern Lights, Jasper National Park
Milky Way and Bioluminescence, Malibu
Yellowknife Aurora, Canada
Bioluminescence and Moonset, San Diego
Milky Way Pano, Mt. Rainier, Washington
Jack Fusco

Guests: Susan Magnano and Jack Fusco

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Shawn C Steiner