Wednesday, March 30, 2011
* Why is the F-stop scale so weird?
* Invisable Paintings That Can Only Be Seen by Cameras
* Dark and bright field lighting tips (lighting glass)
* Tips for photographing before, after, and during a storm
* Apply to the 2011 Eddie Adams workshop now (due May 27)
* Foundry Photojournalism Workshop- Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 17-23
* Photographer Jailed for Baiting Wildlife
* What Reps Want
* Lady Gaga takes photographers' copyrights (and yet she works for Polaroid? hhmmm.)
* The War Against Photography
* A Flickr group for shots from the start and end of film rolls
* Photography + clever advertising
* How to Know When Not to Shoot
* Sygma Stock Archive Update: Kiss Those Images Goodbye
* Giving a Good Photo Critique
* NY Times Photojournalists recount their time in Libya while being held captive
* Emphas.is- Crowdfund Visual Journalism (think Kickstarter just for Photojournalists)
* Speaking of Kickstarter, here are a few photo projects worth checking out:
- The Creatives Project, 2011
- The Oracle @ WiFi: The Book
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
- Katie Conner
Monday, March 28, 2011
Another part of editing is photo choices. Some photographers will ask the Bride and Groom to choose "all the photos they want included" which can be overwhelming. They love all of their wedding pictures, and have no clue that 547 pictures can't be squished into a 10-spread book! A designer can take care of this, by pre-designing a book with their expert skills in selecting images. When I design wedding albums, I try to create a book that tells the story through events and emotion, as opposed to showcasing too many portrait images. There is also a matter of balance--include a little bit from each part of the day: Preparations, the ceremony, portrait sessions, the reception with all of the toasts, tosses, and dances. The goal is to artfully place a few pictures per spread (usually more than 5 starts to look too "busy"), suggest when certain images may be better served as framed 5x7's (posed pics with mom and dad) and assure them that they are making a great investment to showcase their memories, especially if they have to purchase more pages than they originally intended (to fit all 547 pictures in).
Portrait books can be a little more difficult, because there isn't a storyline to thread throughout the book. Your goal is to minimize repetition. For instance, a senior album should have a good range of different poses and outfits-- choose a few of each, rather than an unbalanced collection of 32 "red shirt" pictures and only 4 of the blue. Additionally, you should take style into consideration- ie. what Photoshop actions you are running, what graphics (if any) you are incorporating, the depth of your layers, and the framing of smaller images. Consider your style, as you want your studio's albums to match the vibe of the images they are presenting. Consider your client's style, because they are the ones paying the big bucks for the book. And then consider the classic style, because let's face it, they're going to have this book forever, and they don't want it to appear dated (I'm looking at you, bride and groom in a brandy snifter).
About: Shauna is a graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design, lives by the beach in Los Angeles, and has been working on albums nationwide for a few years now. She is currently deciding whether or not to take on the grueling task of designing an album for her own upcoming wedding. To contact Shauna, email her at: email@example.com
above album layouts © Shauna O'Brien
Friday, March 25, 2011
Another thing to note about this type of function, is that sometimes the function is missed because the collar, when in MF, covers up the notations on the lens. So for example, in the photos above, when the lens is in AF mode, you see little notations for AF and MF. When it's in MF, you only see an M for MF and if you don't know to push the collar up to put it into AF, it can be quite confusing. On the Pentax and Mamiya medium format auto-focus lenses specifically, the notations don't even exist. (We get a lot of returns from customers that think these lenses aren't working or auto focusing simply because without a reference manual, it's tricky to know that this function is there and how it needs to be switched.)
1- It's not compatible with your camera. (Read about digital lens compatibility here and here)
2- The contacts are dirty. (Read about cleaning contacts here)
3- Something is truly broken within the lens (electronics, loose wire, etc.)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Photos submitted to the KEH Flickr group pool.
Here Comes the Sun, by: John, HamWithCam
kemasik stones, by: xazzz
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
* Actor Jeff Bridges shares his behind the scenes (on movies) photography
* How Do I Figure Out How Many MegaPixels Are Necessary for Printing a Photo at a Specific Size?
* How to Distribute Your Self-Published Book
* TurningArt: It's like Netflix, but for art
* Have you ever thought about death and your online accounts? I haven't... until now.
Do You Have a Blogging Will?
Don't take passwords to the grave.
What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?
* The Evolution of the Digital Camera
* New Panasonic digital camera whitens teeth and and applies makeup
* The Freelancer's Cheat Sheet for Collections ($)
* Privacy Watch: Cell Phones, Metadata, and Geotagging
* Interactive Map Shows "War on Cameras"
* 18 Imaginative Thinkers Break Your Creative Block
* Guerrilla-Style Photography: Capturing Images of the Secret Menu at In-N-Out Burger
* Tax Rule Changes and Tips That Will Save You Money on Your 2010 Returns
* Satellite Photos- Japan before and After
* Ansel Adams Trust and Rick Norsigian settle suits over disputed 'lost negatives'
* Way to go Blogger- dubbed the "most reliable blogging service on the web". The service was the only one tested that had NO downtime!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Dennis Rouse- My background started in the repair field in 1983. I had three years ('83-'86) of Tech School in Electronic/Video/Audio Repair. While in school, I got a job working for a TV Repair shop. With 3 years of experience, Minolta hired me to repair their photography equipment in 1987. I worked for Minolta for 5 years and various other camera repair shops for an additional 6 years (for a total of 14 years in repair).
Michael Reese- I have a Bachelor Of Fine Arts in photography and have been shooting professionally for over 15 years. After school, I immediately began teaching youth classes and continuing education in photography and art. I am well adept in the traditional realm of photography, but my passion lies within the fine arts of the craft. My interest is in doing work outside of the normal confines of conventional photography. My multi-media and installation works are concept-based and explore social and humanistic concerns. The photographic image many times becomes a means to an end and only a part of a larger idea. I am a loyal Nikon user but am open to many types/brands of equipment including my cell phone camera as a way to express myself photographically. My other passions include music and writing, which are all interconnected into my overall creative process.
Patrick Douglas- I've been in the photography industry for over 20 years. My interest in photography started in high school in the late 80's, which is where I built my first pinhole camera. After that I was hooked! During college, I began entering local photography competitions and photographed my first wedding. At that point, I decided to pursue art school specifically. During this time I worked for Wolf Camera & Video while photographing weddings and portraits part-time. I graduated (in Commercial Photography) from The Art Institute of Atlanta in 1995 and received the award for "Best Portfolio" of my graduating class.
Today, I am still photographing and have expanded my areas of expertise to include: nature, families, high school seniors, corporate events, weddings, architecture, and have recently started dabbling in time-lapse. I have always used Canon equipment (with an occasional "flirt" with Pentax 645AF, Bronica ETRSi and a Yashica Mat 124G). I currently shoot with Canon DSLR's and a variety of flashes and lighting equipment.
I have been at KEH since last June, where I work in the Technical Support Department, which still allows me to dabble with my favorite toys—Cameras! I also enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, fishing, kayaking, and camping and hiking throughout the southeastern United States.
Arthur Z.- Like many of you, I started taking pictures as a child. At that time, it didn't matter what I took pictures of, I just liked getting them back 10 days later to see if any came out. I got my first SLR camera when I was 14. At that time, my goal was to be a photojournalist. I worked for the school paper in high school, as well as freelancing for the local newspaper in my hometown. When it came time for college, I decided that I wanted to become a "real" photographer. I had equipment, limited experience, but needed knowledge, so I went to the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale for a year, and then transferred to The Art Institute of Atlanta to complete my photography degree.
After graduating, I started working for a portrait studio in Atlanta. Several years later, I moved up north and opened a camera shop. It was great- I sold cameras during the day, taught photography classes in the evening, and shot weddings on the weekends. After several years however, I moved back down to Atlanta where I came to work for Wolf Camera, first as a salesperson, then managing stores for them.
I'm here Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm, working in the sales department and will gladly enter your orders and answer any and all of your questions during that time. It's because of your continued loyalty to me over all these years that has helped me bring success to KEH.
Jenn Fletcher- I became really interested in photography while attending an arts magnet high school where I took as many photography classes as possible. I dove head first into the medium and interned at a local daily newspaper where I won numerous national press awards, which only fueled my passion more and aided me in the decision to pursue photography in college.
Monday, March 21, 2011
People tend to look at me funny when I tell them I collect cameras, and I can't really blame them. After all, I've been living on this earth for well over 40 years and never gave a thought to vintage cameras until just a few years ago. Now I wonder how I could have missed them! Then again, I guess I never really had any exposure to most of them. My knowledge was limited to the common cameras that were available in my time - the Kodak Instamatics, the Polaroid SX-70s. Of course, I had seen TV shows with old-time photographers hidden under a cloth, exploding flash powder in hand, and black & white movies with press photographers popping out spent bulbs, but still never gave it any thought. Eventually, of course, I did begin to discover all of the amazing variations out there, and have become captivated by them. Similarly, the people who give me looks when I tell them I collect cameras usually go from being perplexed to being fascinated once they've actually seen some of them.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tell me a little about how you got into photography and where you're currently at in all of it?
I got into photography when I was twelve years old. From that point until now I read everything I could get my hands on that was photography related. I’m truly addicted to the photographic process, and will sell the farm to ensure that I can continue it. I was introduced to a commercial photographer when I was in the 11th grade and did some training with him. In college, I was the photo editor of the newspaper during my freshman year. During my second year in college is when epiphany struck and I met another commercial photographer that changed my entire scope of photography, and I’ve never been the same since. I trained under him and a few others. And although I have an art degree, that’s really what took my abilities, or at least my confidence, to a higher level. I have a deep understanding of the photographic process in its commercial form and its fine art form. I have shot for commercial clients as well as exhibitions throughout the years. I started out as a film photographer and made the transition to digital. Now, I seem to be moving backwards, only shooting digital when it’s necessary to meet a photographic goal quickly. Call me crazy, but if it’s personal or fine art, I prefer the process of film photography and a traditional wet darkroom.
As far as style, I’m still in self-discovery.I’ve tried my best to figure out what my style is, and I’m struggling. I’ve had others tell me what they think it is, but I’m still not quite sure.
I understand you work for Turner Broadcasting / CNN. What are your responsibilities there?
Yes, I’m a digital photography technician for Turner, which embodies many roles. Some of my responsibilities include on-site client servicing with finalized imagery. This includes the use of Capture One, Photoshop, Photomechanic and countless other post production software programs in the industry. Much of what I do is related to the digital photography workflow and trafficking. I deal with a minimum of 10,000 images being sent through our internal and external systems. Explaining all of this may sound a bit abstract but it’s difficult to describe in words without actually being on site. My job presents many challenges and offers me the ability to problem solve in a variety of creative approaches.
Why is Photography important to you?
To me, every photograph is like a mini time machine. It whizzes you to that exact moment in time and ignites a cosmic connection that your senses have to some deeper emotional place. Whether this is voluntary or involuntary, it still happens. We are all connected to some deeper source, and photography is a vessel to that connection. I’ve dedicated my life to this level of communication and tapping into that source. I have moments in the photography process where I feel like God has uncloaked him/herself.
How would you liken photography to poetry or music?
In poetry, you’re using language to cleverly decipher. In music, you’re using notes to strike a chord in the emotional fabric of us all. In photography, you’re using light to make one moment last for a lifetime. I would say that all of these forms of communication are languages of the Gods (referencing Greek mythology).
What motivates you to do what you do?
I’m motivated because I can’t, and will never master photography, or myself, and the drive that I have to try to master both keeps me interested. Also, the more that I learn about photography, the more I understand about the world. Honestly though, it seems like the more that I discover, the more questions I have. I will never win this thing, and that’s what I like the most. I’m up for the challenge.
Does the price of a camera matter in ways that it affects the artistic quality of the picture?
Absolutely not. You can make art with a disposable camera. In fact you make better pictures when you release yourself from the pitfalls of economic marketing. A camera can’t give you imagination. A person with imagination will run circles around a person with a fancy and expensive camera. They are just owners. Tools are important and great, but shouldn’t be a hindrance. Once you have a camera, you can make a picture. But that’s not art. The art is taking your thoughts and imagination and translating that into an image that communicates your message. Once you’ve mastered the technical aspects of how your camera works, then you can remove yourself from that and start to use the camera as an extension of your eye and heart to make images that inspire.
Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in an image?
Lets make a quick comparison, because I could write a book about this question as I have very strong feelings about this that goes into a metaphysical context; but I wont go there. I will say this however... Everybody who studies Martial Arts wont be Bruce Lee. It’s about your dedication, practice, imagination, technical understanding, creativity, and aptitude.
Do you think that society would be different if photography was never invented?
Human beings are very adaptive. If photography didn't exist, it would be something else that fulfilled this need. Since I’m partial to photography, I would love to believe that the world would come to an end if there was no such thing as photography.
How do feel digital memory and the “endless roll” phenomenon has changed the industry?
On one hand, it’s given the true artist an unlimited and incredible palette. On the other hand, it has given the tech junkie more things to get distracted by. Maybe it’s not a bad thing because the true artist will always rise to the top, and the person that really wants to be a photographer but is so consumed by megapixels will just stay distracted. Those distractions are actually good for the true artist, because they can just blow past those stuck in the pit.
Photographers also aren’t just still guys anymore, but they aren’t just video guys either. The platform now is multi-layered and complex. You have to be able to take a still image, however you create it, and then publish it however you choose. So for me, that means shoot film and/or digital, make a video of my process, put a website and blog together, get some followers, develop some discussions, write about my thoughts, learn and teach others, and also develop a financial source and income for all of these things combined.
For more on Marlo Herring, watch an interview video with him here.
PS- At the time of posting, Marlo's website was unfortunately taken down to be worked on and is currently not available. If you'd like to view it at another time, you can bookmark the site at: www.marloherringphoto.com
all photos © Marlo Herring
- Michael Reese
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Patrick Williams is a photographer who is truly making a name for himself- not only with the impressive work that he does, his established client list, or his passion for life, but also by encouraging other photographers to implement green-friendly practices into what they do.
Over the past couple of years, Patrick has developed an initiative in his work to be an eco-friendly photographer. He has incorporated green and eco-friendly standards into everything he does. He reuses and recycles whenever possible, has replaced paper address and logo stickers with reusable polymer stamps, and has implemented the use of carbon neutral transportation to provide deliverable items to his clients.
Today, we're going to talk specifically about labor and delivery (couriers, FedEx, or brown) services...
One of the things we have dealt with in our studio is the way we deliver our products. Not the packing, the materials, or any of the tangibles (that is whole different post!), but the actual service we use to send our products to our clients.
We are located in a metropolitan area, and business moves at the speed of light here. "How soon can I get the images?", "I need it yesterday", and "immediate turnaround" are phrases I literally hear every single day from our corporate clients.
Not so very long ago we were using couriers multiple times a week to satisfy the needs of our clients. One car making a special trip to pick up one package (often just a single DVD), to make another special trip to one destination the same day. When we started thinking about impact, we realized carbon output is at it's highest with a courier... costs were pretty ridiculous, too.
We started thinking about using UPS or FedEx ground for next day delivery - the drivers are out roaming around in the area, so less fuel is wasted for the pickup and delivery.
Then a low emission fluorescent light bulb went off - USPS drives by my mailbox every day, rain or shine! I can make labels online in my studio and stick my packages in the mailman's hand; no extra fuel at all! Mail it Priority Mail and it will usually go anywhere local in a day, for about $10-20 less than a courier.
Need more tracking and definite timely delivery? UPS also offers a carbon neutral delivery add-on now also. For just a few cents extra, your package delivery will be trackable AND carbon neutral.
So, it goes like this: when a shoot is booked, we briefly explain our impact initiative to clients when the topic of delivery comes up. We will courteously ask our clients if they actually have a deadline for the disc of images, or if they have a deadline for just the images (the impact is tied to the physical DVD).
Surprisingly, only 50% of the time will clients need the images immediately. In these cases, we handle requests for 'a couple' of images by email. When the client wants more than a couple, we post them on our server, send the client the log in information, and let them pull as many off as they want (which is faster than a courier, by the way). In both cases, we mail the high res DVD USPS Priority Mail or UPS carbon neutral.
40% of the time our clients don't have a deadline at all - they just have a conditioned response of 'immediately' when the topic of delivery is discussed. We mail the DVD USPS or UPS and sometimes (one out of five shoots?) have to send an image for a pop-up deadline before the disc is delivered.
For that 10% of time when a client simply has to have the *disc* of images immediately after the shoot - we will get a courier... Ok fine, I lied. I haven't ordered a courier in months! I am still waiting for that 10% that **really** needs the disc immediately.
When armed with the knowledge of 'why', and provided with a way to access the files, everyone is perfectly happy to pull what they need off the server and wait for the disc. They also love INSTANT access on the server.
For our studio, we had our IT guy build the PC server (sorry Mac) which gives us the ability to create web folders for clients and securely share files over the web. It is a Windows Server and cost us about $800 in materials and software to build the current 4TB version from scratch (expandable to 10TB with standard SATA drives). It is also the server that enables our employees to telework. If you don't have an IT guy, funds to build a server, or interest in anything PC, you can also look for a comparable Apple version, or try online sharing services like MegaShares, youSENDit, or SendThisFile.
Bio: Patrick Williams is located in Atlanta, GA, and has a true passion for what he does at his photography studio, PWP Studio. He and his team capture special events for PWP Studio’s established client list, which includes the Georgia Aquarium, Wolfgang Puck Catering, KIA, Porsche, and many of the local Atlanta 'heavy-hitters'.
In 2005, Patrick helped to launch the first satellite chapter of Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization of award-winning photographers who photograph children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The organization works to capture the beauty of these children, make them smile, and provides the children’s parents with a portrait that captures the bravery and dignity of their child. (We previously posted about Flashes of Hope and other photography charities, along with some words on the topic by Patrick here.)
PWP Studio website: http://www.pwpstudio.com/
photos © PWP Studio
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Arabia Mountain Sunrise (shooter), from the KEH Flickr group pool, by: HamWithCam
* 4 Scams That Target Photographers
* Canon and Nikon shut down major camera and lens plants in Japan, and donate to the Red Cross.
* Legal Lesson Leanred: Copywriter Pays $4,000 for $10 Photo
* The Art of the Mugshot
* 30 Inherently Useful Tools for Freelancers
* Irina Werning photos- Back to the Future
* Photo flip book animated music video
* Amateur Wedding Photography... aka things not to do in wedding photos
* 5 Reasons Why You Should Post Pricing on Your Photography Website
* How to Scout Locations for Photo and Video (part 1- Virtual scouting, 2- Predicting the weather, 3- Gear and planning)
* What are we losing when we move away from this?
* I love photos because...
* JPG online new feature: Versus (similar to kitten war where you vote on your favorite shot from 2 images just for fun. I think JPG should show results though).
* Exploring Different Perspectives of Poverty Through Photography (an older article but well worth reading)
* Layered photos on acrylic in landscape installations
* Looking at Partners Photo 'Reduces Pain by 44%'
* Photographer uses a fruit roll-up as a flash gel
And because tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, a few topics related to luck and the color green...
* 5 Ways to Stop Being a 'Luck' Photographer (and start taking pictures on purpose)
* Tips for Shooting Green Screen Photography
* Amazing Effects From Popular TV shows (using a green screen)
* Create an Instant "Green Screen" with Your Computer's Display for Quick and Dirty Background Removal
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The "C" Shelf- Cameras and Cats, by: BlondeShot Creative
Vintage Polaroid Land Camera Lamp, by: CE Cork Lighting Co.