Monday Missive — September 30, 2019

Quotes

It’s pretty simple, really. Be decent, friendly, curious and respectful. Works most of the time.” — Joe McNally

Ultimately, the goal in my work is to elicit emotion, be it wonderment, joy, silliness, happiness, solitude. I think because I shoot for feeling rather than just for a scene, perhaps that makes my vision of the world and thus my photography, different.” — Marianne Drenthe

But sometimes, when all our energy goes into progress, acquisition, and productivity, it leaves a huge emptiness of the heart.” — John O’Donohue

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Photographs of childhood
– Rust
– Marcia Resnick’s “Re-visions”: Concerns and fantasies of an adolescent girl
– Photographers comments on their favorites from The Americans

Post-processing
– 4 ways to remove a color cast
– How to fix oversaturated images Pretty technical, but interesting approach. Also some implications for processing BW images.
– How to get 1000 free brushes from Adobe if you are subscribed Also shows how to use the Library effectively

Field/Studio
– Going back to re-photograph the same location can pay off
– Featuring Simon Baxter: Introverts and landscape photography

Miscellany
– Finding your camera’s shutter count

Images from a workshop in Cape May, NJ with Road Runner Photography Tours

Cape May Lighthouse at dawn from the end of Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ.

Sand fence on the beach.

Young woman with a casually elegant pose at Sunset Beach, Cape May.

Monday Missive — September 23, 2019

Quotes

Like a boxer trains for a fight, a photographer, by walking the streets, and watching, and taking pictures, and coming home, and going out the next day — same thing again, taking pictures,” Frank said in 2009. “It doesn’t matter how many he takes, or if he takes any at all. It gets you prepared to know what you should take pictures of.” — Robert Frank, who died on Monday 9/9/19 at age 94

Exposing your film or sensor is not the same as exposing your soul.” — David DuChemin

I’ve never been comfortable photographing people I know, myself included. I guess I prefer the mystery of strangers.” — Alec Soth

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Antarctica
– Community journalism and defining democracy
– Cowboy pix

Post-processing
– Easy way to add GPS data to your images in LR
– Using Blend-If like a luminosity mask
– Saturation
– 90 second video on using the Mixer Brush to create painings from your images.

Field/Studio
– Simon Baxter: Compose, capture, edit and print Simon is a British woodland photographer. This is a very thoughtful 30 minute video, with most editing in LR. Some really helpful approaches.
– 3 ways to improve your composition
– Learning to see photographically

Miscellany
– Image Inventory Management

Playing around with color and graphics.

Monday Missive — September 16b, 2019

Ooops. I published September 16 on September 9, but won’t change the dates because the URL uses the title and I am not sure what will happen to the posting. That’s why this is labeled “16b.” Sorry for the confusion.

Quotes

[There is] “a fundamental dichotomy in contemporary photography between those who think of photography as a means of self-expression and those who think of it as a method of exploration.” — John Szarkowski

“It would not be wrong to speak of people having a compulsion to photograph: to turn experience itself into a way of seeing. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it, and participating in a public event comes more and more to be equivalent to looking at it in photographed form.” — Susan Sontag

“In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, and the one he makes use of to exhibit his art.” — Roland Barthes

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– The ULTIMATE photo destination
– The photography of Margaret Bourke-White (Thank you Steve O.)

Post-processing
– How to create a long-exposure effect without a neutral density filter
– How to speed up LR
– Using Vanishing Point to add graphics to complex perspectives

Field/Studio
– Photographing when it is forbidden
– Stroboscopic portraits (Thank you Steve O.) Something to try when you are stuck indoors during winter.
– How to succeed at a photographic portfolio review

Miscellany
– Description of Leiter’s work– Biography of Saul Leiter, a seminal color photographer 1 hour 15 minute video
– How to get gallery representation

Renaissance wizard

Renaissance drummer

Renaissance archer

Monday Missive — September 16, 2019

Ooops. I published September 16 on September 9, but won’t change the dates, because the URL uses the title and I am not sure what will happen to the posting. Sorry for the confusion.

Quotes

For each of the artists, photography provides the jumping off point to create objects, prints, books, assemblages and poetry.” — Sal Taylor Kydd (LensScratch)

Well you can’t teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft.” – David Hockney

If the photographer is not a discoverer, then he is not an artist.” – Paul Strand

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Pretty good street photography from Turkey
– More street, this one is from the Netherlands
– Alan Schaller I think I have linked to his work before. He is worth following if you like great street photography. Thank you Steve O.

Post-Processing
– Separate your subject from the background for more flexible editing
– How to select the background This was particularly helpful for your best work. Also some tricks from Select and Mask that I wasn’t aware of.
– Playing with Bokeh
– Julianne Kost with crop tool tricks

Field/Studio
– Refraction photos: shooting through water drops and glass beads Thank you Steve O.

Miscellany
– Theory of Photography Perhaps a bit academic, but anyone serious about photography should be at least a little familiar with the people and ideas.
– Part II: Preparing for a portfolio review

Artists at the Madonnari Festival in Little Italy, Baltimore. 9/7/19

Monday Missive — September 2, 2019

Quotes

Three rules of work:
Out of clutter find simplicity.
From discord find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
” — Albert Einstein

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” — Leonardo da Vinci

What have I done wrong?” -he said later.” Nothing, I think. I am steadily surprised that there are so many photographers that reject manipulating reality, as if that was wrong. Change reality! If you don’t find it, invent it!” –- Pete Turner

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Simon LaChapelle: Some really cool architectural images

Post-processing
– 3 step process to add great color to landscapes This is a little like split toning, but much more flexible
– Removing a shadow in PS

Field/Studio
– David Yarrow: Incredible BW Wildlife photography Thank you George S.
– If you liked David Yarrow above also see his TedX talk
– Is consistency important in your work?
– Escape to landscape photography

Miscellany
– Photographing Woodstock
– The Death of Photoshop?
– How to clean a lens

Little Blue Heron, Black Marsh Trail, North Point State Park.

Life in the marsh: turtle, little blue heron, blue dasher dragonfly.