Award-Winning Landscape Photos Show the Beauty of the Environment

I just became aware of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest from an e-mail from My Modern Met, and it seems maybe others haven’t either so am sharing the links. There is a $10,000 prize. Regardless if you are possible candidate for next year or just a photo enthusiast, have a look! The winning photos are very inspiring! Source: Award-Winning Landscape Photos Show the Beauty of the EnvironmentRead more

Szarkowski 1966 – “The Thing Itself”

“the factuality of his pictures, no matter how convincing and unarguable, was a different thing than the reality itself. Much of the reality was filtered out in the static little black and white image, and some of it was exhibited with an unnatural clarity, and exaggerated importance. The subject and the picture were not the same thing, although they would afterwards seem so.  It was the photographer’s problem to see not simply the reality before him but the still invisibleRead more

Photography | George Eastman Museum

The photography collection at the George Eastman Museum, among the oldest and best in the world, comprises more than 400,000 photographic objects dating from the introduction of the medium in 1839 through to the present day. It encompasses works made in all major photographic processes, from daguerreotype to digital, for a wide range of purposes, from amateur pursuit to artistic enterprise, from scientific inquiry to documentary record. The collection includes work by more than eight thousand photographers, and it continuesRead more

EKTACHROME is back | Graphic Communications

Kodak bringing back Ektachrome film is really good news!  It’s a transparency/slide film with a distinctive look with vivid color, great tone and contrast.  I’m very excited to see this new film offering since I’ve been shooting a lot of transparency for color work because its much easier to “scan” and keep the color and tonality right (at least in my opinion). Source: EKTACHROME is back | Graphic CommunicationsRead more

Pixar in a box Tutorials on Kahn Academy

I spent part of the day reviewing color science and other really excellent tutorials put together by Pixar staff for the Khan Academy.  These were really well done and even though I know color science fairly well, I still felt that there were one or two things to pick up.  Perhaps this is because these tutorials are taught from the perspective of making movies which involve of course the science behind it, but also desired emotive effects as well asRead more

The Billboard Creative THE BILLBOARD CREATIVE

I learned about the Billboard Creative Show today – and it’s really cool!   The Billboard Creative is a non-profit that exhibits an annual open show on bill boards.  It’s brilliant!    Read more about it here: thebillboardcreative PUBLIC ART GALLERY Source: The Billboard Creative THE BILLBOARD CREATIVERead more

The battle between Pictorialism vs Straight Photography or rather Ansel Adams vs William Mortensen

William Mortensen could perhaps have been one of the most talented but little known photographers in the entire history of photography. Not only did he have incredible imagination and creativity, but he also had insane technical skills.   Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you would know who Ansel Adams was and be able to list off a few of his most famous photos. Both were some of Photography’s greats,   but why isn’t Mortensen as well known?Read more

New rules on small drones: What you need to know – LA Times

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-drone-rules-20160829-snap-htmlstory.html I don’t actually own a drone and I have mixed feelings about getting one.  Sometimes I think it would be really great to have the overhead perspective available.  But it seems nearly every week I read about some person doing something selfish and reckless with their drones and I don’t want to follow the siren’s call and get seduced by that tech and do something silly or dangerous with it.  But no doubt about it, they are very coolRead more

ACLU Releases List of Rights of Photographers

ACLU Releases List of Rights of Photographers You have broad rights to photograph in public.  Confrontation with citizens and authorities when you are photographing has become more frequent since 9/11. Police have been particularly sensitive to being filmed or photographed after Ferguson et al.  It’s a good idea to become familiar with laws and your rights so you can act professionally if confronted and hopefully defuse the situation.   The ACLU has put together a good list and review here:Read more