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From The Studio
Along with excellent Bay Area photographer and educator, Doug Kaye, I am thrilled to be leading my first Photowalk – yes, in my 5 years working as a pro photog!
Join us for a scenic walk through and around Golden Gate Park, one of the most visited city parks in the U.S. and home to gorgeous architecture and picturesque naturescapes. This will be an easy trail meandering around famous city landmarks, such as the De Young Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden.
You will get wonderful opportunities to capture a diverse range of images of fine architecture, buildings, flowers, trees, people and nature. Of course, Doug and I will be on hand to dole out tips on technique and style and share our real world experiences.
MEETING LOCATION & TIME
Sunday, October 2nd (03:45pm – 06:00pm)
Location: At the entrance of the Japanese Tea Garden
After the walk, meet at: Drinks at Little Shamrock on 807 Lincoln Way!
• Japanese Tea Garden. We will meet at the entrance at 3.45 p.m. There is an admission fee of $5 to enter the garden.
• De Young Museum complex
• Music Concourse Bandshell
• California Academy of Sciences
• Shakespeare Garden
We will select exceptional photographs taken during the Photowalk based on their technique, composition, impact, creativity and visual appeal. The winning images will be published on Catherine Hall Studios blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!
The weather in San Francisco can change at the drop of a hat, so be sure to dress in layers or to bring a jacket just in case. Wear comfortable shoes that you won’t mind getting dirty (there’s a chance we may go off the path in the park for a bit). You also may want to wear sunscreen, and bring a hat and/or a pair of sunglasses as we will be working with the evening light and sunset.
GETTING TO GOLDEN GATE PARK
Parking can be a challenge in the weekends in San Francisco. You may wish to consider carpooling with another participant of our Photowalk or commuting to the Park via public transportation.
For more information, visit my Worldwide Photowalk page.
When Nancy Masse of Kelby Media Group shot me an email to personally invite me to a press conference, she basically got me at “Hello Catherine.” Getting an invitation from Scott Kelby is akin to a musician getting an invitation from Mick Jagger – Scott is that cool.
The subject of the press conference? A new digital, iPad-only lighting magazine called Light It. I downloaded it last night, expecting to see a high-quality magazine full of star photogs’ contributions – and honestly, a slew of glorified digital PDFs (sorry, Scott!). But when I started playing with it, Light It literally blew my mind.
Flip, zoom, swipe, zoom, double tap, tap, hold – I couldn’t put it down. Holy sh*t, I thought, this thing is going to change the way photographers learn – and read.
Light It looks and feels like a print magazine – but with crisper and sharper photos. I’m totally geeking out right now; get this, you can double tap on individual photos to see them in full-screen mode and watch embedded videos within the article. It’s a treat for visual learners.
The Medium is the Message
Scott is one of the most inspiring and innovative educators in our industry and this venture proves that he is way ahead of the game – again. The magazine is revolutionary because the iPad’s mad graphics and interactive capabilities allow for learning via varied content that’s delivered in different ways. If the content were available via the web as a digital magazine on Zinio, it would be a glorified string of PDF pages restricting viewer engagement.
Why the iPad and not other devices, you say? Some have conjured up an Apple conspiracy to explain Scott’s choice of publishing on the iPad. As he mentioned in the press conference, it’s a purely business decision and any smart business person developing an app for a tablet would release it for the most popular platform. It is also not realistic to release an app on multiple platforms out of the gate – even if you are Scott Kelby. Anyone who has ever developed an app knows exactly what I am talking about.
Here’s Why I Love Light It:
1) Seamless navigation
Light It has an intuitive pagination screen that allows you to see all the pages of the magazine.
If you hate ploughing through piles of magazines and tearsheets, you will love the archive. Looking for that Joe McNally article in issue 12? Easy – just pull up this space and access all current and past issues.
I always fumble to get to an article from a magazine’s contents page (assuming I can find it). In this digital wonder of a magazine, tapping on a title on the Contents page takes you immediately to your desired read.
This might be silly, but you’ll find yourself besotted with this pagination scroll bar at the bottom of the screen. It allows you to navigate seamlessly between pages – and even shows a pop-up thumbnail image of each spread. How cool is that?
2) Enhanced Visual Learning Experience
Often wish you could enlarge an image in a magazine? Now, you can – just tap on the screen to zoom into the article or image.
Double tap on an image in the article to see it in full-screen mode. Since you can zoom and enlarge the image, it creates an enhanced learning experience. Here, for instance, you see the nuances of rim light in photographer Jason Groupp’s images. Nice work, Jason! ☺
Sharper and crisper graphics allow you to see more accurate comparisons of before and after images.
Embedded videos allow readers to engage with the photographer on a whole new level. You can now watch “articles” as photographers talk about their work – or even a live demonstration/video tutorial of technique.
Ever flag a link in a magazine – only to forget about it after? As a final touch to an already awesome interactive magazine, embedded hyperlinks take you directly to external webpages.
Without Risk, There is No Reward
Normally, when I get to the end of a magazine, I feel a sense of relief – with Light It, I found myself on the last page, scrolling through the pagination bar, wishing there were more articles to “experience.” What makes this magazine so revolutionary is that it is flawlessly designed for the iPad, allowing varied content to be presented in the best, most engaging way possible. To those of you naysayers, Scott Kelby could have released a magazine in print and digital versions and it would have been a mere success, not a revolution. It is far riskier for him to decide on a digital-only publication on just one platform. Having the foresight to capitalize on the expanded capabilities of the iPad technology shows that Scott is a passionate educator who pushes the confines of current mediums.
I’m super excited for the next issue, Scott. I’ve already played… I mean, read, this issue ad nauseum.
Read Ibarionex Perello’s review of Light It here. [Click on Photo Blog]
Human beings have an odd fascination with our selves, our features and it’s even more so for us artists and photographers. Perhaps it is a sort of rite of passage we each have to go through before we are able to extract and capture the essence of our subjects. Following my curiosity with the power of self-portraits, I partnered with Lowepro to find the most visually creative and beautifully executed shots. And the results, as you can see, are no short of amazing.
After a grueling and difficult process with my editors, I narrowed down 2 honorable mentions, who each get a Lowepro Slingshot 100 AW. Congratulations, Jeremiah and Sofia, both your self-portraits blew everyone at Catherine Hall Studios away. Of his portrait, Jeremiah (picture, top) from Austin, Texas, says, “I was thinking of magic when I went to take this picture. On how could I translate my thoughts into an actual factual image, and make it speak not only to me but everyone else who saw it.” Sofia (below), on the other hand, is from Naples, Italy.
See the other 11 finalists, including a notable mention for Laura, who created a mysterious portrait that reminds one of an bygone era. Of course, not to mention her courage for posing nude!
Vero Beach, Florida
“While enrolled in a photography class, we were assigned to do a self portrait. I wanted to do something totally different, and eye catching! We also had to use an old fashion manual camera. No digital. My props included an old swing, and antique mirror. I was going for a vintage nature look.”
I took this photo during a very hard and stressful time in my life. I was struggling with the things that every 24 year old deals with in addition to some family members have medical issues. I was simply “Down And Out”. It was shot with a strobe and a softbox.
Born in Romania, Living in Austria
I tried to make something memorable for those who are still reading the “paper” newspaper, not the online versions of them every morning.
New Braunfels, Texas
This photo represents who I am through an endless amount of aspects you might see in my picture. Not only does it reveal my physical features, it also helps to reveal my thoughts, aspirations, and creative outlook on life itself.
This day was a rainy winter sunday afternoon, not shaved, alone with my camera… Well, it’s me :)
Originally from Ohio but has lived in San Diego, CA, since 1997
I had a great time making that portrait. I was having some trouble finding creative inspiration so I decided to just work on some technical stuff to keep improving the craft side of my photography. Things started out sort of serious and technical, but then my imagination got going and I thought up the Bugs Bunny idea. By the end of the evening, I was laughing and inspired to do more self portraits and make up more characters.
Originally from Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, but currently residing in England.
It was late; I was editing a wedding when I decided to play with my new flashgun. Flashgun held to the right at 45 degrees and synced with a cable, flash overexposed to darken background. Face resembled my mood induced by long editing hours. Pleased with the light catching my eye!
Asheville, North Carolina
I was testing out some new speed lights and reflectors and the pics came out pretty good.
In this photo, I was at my grandparents (and wanted to go into the fields) and used the wind and the color of the wheat and my hair to create a play of colors.
I couldn’t believe I came across a road that was identified with the Number of the Beast! This sort of thing doesn’t happen in England. I was feeling particularly impish at the time (as you can tell)! This was taken on New Year’s Eve 1990, with a Canon 35mm. Yes, actual film! So I had no idea whether I had the shot or not until the roll was developed back in the UK! One shot, no crop!
Eyes will inevitably furrow and harbor a look of concern and curiosity when people hear that I’m not a huge vegetable eater. “Oh why?” “You have to start eating vegetables – they are essential for your well-being.” I couldn’t agree more theoretically, but to actually start changing your habitual diet is almost like asking a smoker to quit cigarettes. It’s hard. However, I’m happy to say that after countless tries, I’ve finally come up with a fruit+veg concoction that gives me the nutrients I’ve been lacking. Those of you non-veg eaters will love this mishmash of squash, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and more. Simply throw the chopped squash, sweet potatoes, dry cranberries, apple and maple syrup in a baking pan and bake at 375°F for 40 minutes.
In the mean time, news from my studio:
TWiT Photo Episode 15 with Bruce Dale
In his 30 years with National Geographic, Bruce Dale has had over 2,000 published images and won coveted awards such as Magazine Photographer of the Year and White House Photographer of the Year. It was an honor for me to witness Bruce’s artistic brilliance during a group trip to Tasmania. Leo Laporte, my co-host, has boldly proclaimed Bruce his favorite photographer. Watch TWiT Photo Ep. 15 to learn his photography insights and tips here or on iTunes.
Have questions, suggestions or praises? Please email email@example.com.
Recommended: Adorama Pro Imaging Dept
I had the chance to visit Adorama’s new Pro Imaging Department in NYC recently and I was blown away. Professional photogs have always been at the core of Adorama’s business. Shooters can now go to their dedicated area of Adorama’s retail store in New York and be treated like VIPs. The newly renovated store, which incorporates the VIP department, is an intimate space with pro gear, from tripods and ball heads to studio lighting and modifiers, and other essentials.
It’s been an exciting 3 weeks since I kicked off my Lowepro-Catherine Hall Studios Self-Portrait Contest. Partnering with Lowepro, I wanted to find the most inspired photographic interpretation of your likeness and character. Your response to the contest has far exceeded my expectations. I’ve had a ball tracking your entries in and like many of you, I can’t wait to see who wins next week.
There are so many phenomenal entries and it seems unfair to award only 1 prize. Therefore, two other entries will receive honorable mentions and a Lowepro Slingshot 100 AW each. I will personally select two exceptional self-portraits based on their creativity, visual appeal and effectiveness in conveying the theme. The contest closed for entries yesterday, on July 5, but voting is open until July 10. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites!
In the mean time, enjoy this inspiration board of some of my personal favorites!