Archive for October, 2011
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Self-proclaimed non-specialist Rick Sammon displays an infectious enthusiasm for photography of any kind, which makes him a pleasure to work with and one of the most exceptional educators in the industry. I had the opportunity to see both of these this week on TWiT Photo, when he “pulled a Kelby” – that is, he gave us a live in-studio demo. (The term has become famous with the TWiT Photo crew ever since Scott Kelby took the initiative to pull us off of the set for our first live demo.) With one little piece of cardboard and an eager hand from Leo, this Canon Explorer of Light showed us how to make magic simply by taking the flash off of the camera – I was stunned by the difference it could make! I expected no less, though; we’ve had the honor of seeing Rick on TWiT in the past, and last Monday, he displayed a similar genius when I modeled for his demo to Google’s photography club. Check back soon for a video from that talk!
Don’t forget to check out Rick’s CreativeLIVE Workshop, Exploring the Light, this weekend, where I’ll join him to talk about creating your own opportunities when crafting inspiring portraits. Here are his top tips on TWiT Photo:
“Take the darn flash off the camera!”
“Lighting illuminates, shadow defines.”
“The closer you are to a subject, the more intimate the portrait becomes.”
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Ever since I got on Google+, which is a great platform for photographers and a great way to admire a plethora of crisp and large images, I’ve caught on to the Photowalk bug. A few weekends ago, my team and I organized our first Photowalk at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco – part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk initiative – and we had a great time exchanging pointers on photography as well as getting to know all our participants. We ended the day feeling really good about the event, but imagine our surprise when we logged into Google+ and saw all the exceptional photographs that resulted from our walk. As promised, we selected two winners for our Photowalk contest – Father-Photographer-Realtor-Golfer-Geek-Author-Fly Fisherman Keith Cuddeback (image, top) and New Media Designer Karaminder Ghuman.
See 12 honorable mentions below and visit our Photowalk album to see other entries. In addition, Rohith Thumati , we will be sending you a Lowepro strap as a token of our appreciation for being such an awesome contributor. Don’t forget to scroll down to see a summary of the events of the day ☺
When we pulled into the winding roads of Golden Gate Park, my lighting director, Ryan, studio manager Trish, her boyfriend Mark and I were all pleasantly surprised at the ease with which we were able to find a parking spot. Right then, I knew the day was going to be fabulous! For days leading up to my first Photo Walk ever, we were concerned about all the possible odds that were stacked against us that coming weekend. There was the Strictly Hardly Bluegrass Festival, which reportedly expected 700,000 people blocks down the same park. There was the possible fog so famously celebrated yet dreaded at the same time in San Francisco. And, yes, there’s the parking situation – or perhaps more appropriately, the lack of parking in the city, especially at the weekends.
Against all these odds, we enjoyed a few hours of gorgeous, sunny weather, starting at the Japanese Tea Garden, where we had a fun group shot taken by contest winner Keith Cuddeback and everywhere you turned, there was someone with a camera! At the De Young Museum, I gave an unconventional portraiture lesson using Trish as my model and Ryan also gave a lighting lesson nearby at the Music Concourse Bandshell, where we shared our tips on our favorite California Sunbounce reflector. It wasn’t just all lessons on photography of course; everyone had a blast getting to know each other over drinks at The Little Shamrock just outside of the Golden Gate Park – see more images by superb photographer Carl Costas here. Thanks to everyone for coming out this year and to my team for putting this awesome event together – until next year!
Following their first video on tips on Google+ Basics, Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski and RC Concepcion rounded up a few of us in an awesome Google+ Hangout to talk about our current most favorite thing in the world: Google+! I joined Alex Koloskov, HDR pioneer Trey Ratcliff, Mike Wiacek, Brian Matiash and Scott Jarvie to delve into the benefits and uses of Google+ for photographers. This still-new social network platform seems like a dream platform for photographers with a cool and clean way to display crisp and large photographs, and it has changed the way that I interact online more than any other social network has. Watch the insightful conversation and learn how to optimize the platform to connect with followers and to share your images in a fresh, new way.
I remember the way she looked up at me – her large almond-shaped eyes were filled with a conflicting fear of the unknown shrouded by a sense of wonder. My travels in India took me to a secluded village somewhere along the Ganges River – if I thought being in India was a culture shock, I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the villagers who have never seen a Caucasian person in their lives. They were so honored at having a visitor that they prepared a huge feast to warmly welcome my arrival. Unfortunately, in trying to be a respectful guest, I indulged – albeit with much hesitation – and got terribly sick in less than an hour after the welcome party and stayed ill for six months after my trip.
In retrospect, I definitely saw the warning signs – the Ganges River isn’t exactly well-known for its clean waters. Still, what should you do when you’re faced with such a situation? Honestly, my advice is to do what you can to protect yourself. You don’t want to be disrespectful – however, experiencing a moment of awkwardness and guilt is significantly much better than risking your health.
I was excited to return to one of my favorite podcasts, This Week in Photo (TWiP), joined by digital image guru Ron Brinkmann, and my sometime TWiT Photo co-host Alex Lindsay. Ron, Alex, and I pondered the growing question over post-production – when should we outsource the work, and where is the industry going? I also got to learn about Autodesk’s cool Project Photofly feature.
Tune in to TWiP #214 – Fix it in Post.