Wednesday, April 29, 2009
His photography aside, Colberg gave some very serious advice to the students that sat in to listen to him speak. I sat dilligently, lingering on his words, as he spoke softly with his german accent. It was within the first few minutes that I realized Joerg is a very brilliant individual. I jotted down roughly two (small note book sized) pages of words that he spoke to the students. What I came up with was a few great quotes that some people could find inspiring.
" At the end of the day what really matters is the photograph. It doesn't matter how you made the photograph or what camera you used."
Colberg went on to express that he is not completely partial to digital photography. He explained that it is to easy to make to many photographs, where as shooting with film gives you a more controled perspective on making a photograph. A way of being more centered and more thorough in your photography. Do not just shoot as much as you can, is the point being conveyed. Be more conscious of your image making.
"You can stifle your own work if you are to conceptual."
I found this quote to be rather intersting. His explanation was merely simple, your own ideas can get in the way of how people see your photographs. It maybe clear to you as to why your photographs exist, but how people read them, see them, and interpret them maybe entirely different.
"Whatever you want to do, do it, but be prepared to defend it."
This is a real no brainer. Basically, be able to explain your work, your thoughts, and interpretations of what the photographs mean and why they exist.
I had very high expectations previous to meeting Colberg. Expectations which had been shattered by his brillance and the way he addressed the students. Colberg was very interested in hearing why the students pursued photography and what compelled them to make photographs. Joerg took a look at some of the students photographs and gave them a professional critique. I was impressed that such a professional in the industry was able to take a few moments of his time and give his opinions and share his thoughts with a room full of students. Defined as being insightful, I find Colberg to be both infulential and inspiring.
I would like to thank Frank Ward for having invited me to meet Joerg Colberg.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
When I come across online publications such as the list of Online Photography Magazines that Smashing Magazine has put together, I get very inspired. I see a lot more publications starting to form online vs. print. Print media has taken a huge change over the past few years, as some publications fold up, some new ones are starting up online. I am always excited when I come across a new photography publication. There is a mulititude of information streaming across the internet. Every day is a chance to learn something new. Check out the list of online photography magazines, you will discover something new in their pages.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I made this photograph over the course of this weekend. It is the first photo composite that I have made in a few months. This weekend was about including an international friend of mine into my life and the things I do, places I go, and what I do when I am not behind a computer or looking through the lens of a camera. That is the reason why I have not made a few posts since the beginning of the week. I have also been very busy the past 3 weeks setting up a new business. There will be a post about that to come very soon. Being that I have devoted so much time to the new business, I have been unable to make photographs like these for some time. But hopefully the new work I have been doing will also allow me a few creative breaks to make a few more surrealist photographs.
Here is my surrealist photograph. I made this photograph on the Historic Warf in Salem Massachusetts.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Holyoke, MA is a post industrialist city. Once a thriving, economically building city of factories and mills, Holyoke is seeing a lot of change as the creativity and talent flourish. Holyoke is beautiful. There are endless possibilities and prospects in Holyoke. Holyoke is a period of rebirth. Someday very soon we are going to see Holyoke be as strong and viable as it once was.
Northampton, Ma: This next photograph is of a Street philosopher in Northampton. Steve, AKA Philo has but one mission in life, and that is to “make things make sense”.
Shellburn Falls, MA
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So here is the problem. I opened photoshop and walked away to grab something. In the 30 seconds I was gone, a dialog box popped up. Never seeing the box before, "could not perform this action" is what the first part said. I hit ok and watched as photoshop open. Once and a while photoshop resets itself and opens all the boxes on the right side of the screen. Today, it did that very exact thing. Great! Now I have to go and restore this. So I go to the top, Window>Workspace>and looked for the very last time I saved my workspace. Now, if you are unfamiliar with what this means let me explain. Say you install a bunch of actions and set your tools to the specifications you want. Now in order to prevent from loosing all this you can go over to Window>Save Workspace>Title it the date (this is the best possible way remember when you saved it last) click the apporprate boxes, and hit save. This saves your information and your actions. So if photoshop ever resets itself, all you have to do is go to Window>Workspace>find the date saved and click on it. This would restore your last saved workspace.
Now back to my problem. I installed over 100 actions back in the fall. So very hard to find actions. I saved the workspace after loosing them once before. Tonight, as photoshop was opening, something happened. Some how, some where, all my actions and presets had vanished. I went to restore to the last time I saved the workspace, only to realized that the workspace I had saved no longer exsisted. So now I am sitting here wondering, where o' where are these actions saved on my laptop so I can reinstall them, if, if, if, that is I still have them on here. Wish me luck as I try and restore photoshop to the way it was...
It houses the same sensor as the D90 as well as these key features.
- 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
- D-Movie Mode with sound Record 720p HD movie clips
- Vari-angle color 2.7-inch LCD monitor
- 19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes
- One-button Live View
- Continuous shooting as fast as 4 frames-per-second
- Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200
- Built-in image sensor cleaning
- 11-point auto-focus system with 3D Focus Tracking
- Auto Active D-Lighting
- In-camera Retouch image editing
- Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II
- Durable, high precision shutter
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
As mentioned below I spend a great deal of time searching for new things related to photography. I came across this site last night called FreePhotoResources. One of their newest, top articles is on street photography (which I think is a well constructed article discussing Street Photography). Street photography is a fun way of shooting. When I am not working on a project or shooting a job for a client, I often turn to the streets to make photographs. I love photographing people and doing so in ways that engage the viewer. Its a way of using people to interest people in my photographs. Shooting street photography requires a great deal of intuitiveness. You have to be able to connect with people and know what they are going to do. You have to be able to anticipate their next move. Some times you only have 1/125th of a second to be able to capture what they are doing and what it is that you see interesting.
Here are a few examples of some street photography that I did when I was in New York City.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Here are a few photos from a shoot I did this past week. The photos were needed for the G Force section of the Boston Globe. This was one of the fastest shoots I’ve ever done. After shooting I literally had less than an hour to edit and turn over the images to my client. I love working on short deadlines like this. They always have some sort of challenge that when it presents it’s self makes the job that much more thrilling and worth while in the end.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Say you have a shoot lined up that has to be shot outside. You have a nice set up, strobe, umbrella, light stand, wireless receiver, but you get a nice small breeze or a gust of wind. Before you know it and can move fast enough, your equipment is hitting the ground. Damages to your equipment can ruin your shoot and even put a complete end to it. Not only will your equipment be damaged, so could your reputation. Not being able to complete your clients shoot could hurt your chances of working with them again or potentially loosing business via word of mouth.
The solution to this is a sand bag or a weight that would prevent your stand from toppling over.
Here is one product that I have found. Bogen - Manfrotto G100 Sand Bag Weight
Lately there has been a growing trend of Do It Yourselfers hitting the market with their ideas to producing products for a lot less than the cost of buying them. Some of the products that people are making are worth the try. Here is a site that I found that offers a Do It Yourself way of making light stand sand bags/weights.
If you are running a bigger studio or plan to in the near future an FTP Client might be something you will want to look into. There are a number of FTP Client programs available. You can do a google search to find the one that is right for you.
Getting your photographs to your clients quickly can make a world of difference when it comes to doing business with them again. Having a fast turn around time shows your clients that you're reliable and dependable as well as fast. This will allow them to entrust you to work on quick deadlines and produce images fast. More then ever clients are looking for a fast turn around time. Having an email service that can allow you to send large files helps satisfy your clients needs. I recommend using Yousendit.com You will not be let down.