Dion Scoppettuolo partnered with Apple to create a dynamic, knowledgeable Pro Training Book for Aperture 3 Users. This is the same book that I offered as a reader-gift giveaway! Apple has featured me in the book’s “Cameo” section, which examined my use of Aperture 3 in post-production. An awesome book for anyone interested in becoming a pro in the digital darkroom. Read an excerpt from Aperture 3: Organize, Perfect, and Showcase Your Photos featuring me and my photography:
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Stephanie Anderson of Tahoe Unveiled recently appeared on the Today Show in promotion of her “A Day in the Mountains” vendor-client event. She not only invited me to speak at her gathering, but also featured on TV one of my recent Lake Tahoe wedding pictures from Angela’s & Jeremy’s lavish and fun-filled celebration. Big thanks to the event coordinator and darling couple!
I just got word over the holiday weekend: Digital Photo Magazine honored my photograph – Ted, Tasmanian Sheep Farmer – with a first-place award in their Art of Photography Contest, Environmental Portraits category. If you are looking to gain recognition and connections within the imaging arts community, submitting your work to contests is crucial—but be selective.
Study the images from a competition’s previous winners; determine what types of photographs win with this judging panel. Is this a conservative judging panel with a preference for classical imaging? Do the competition judges tend to celebrate innovative digital effects?
It might seem like obvious advice: “Know to whom you’re submitting before you submit.” But, as a competition judge myself, I’ve seen far too many worthy art works go to the wayside, only because the image didn’t match the criteria for the submission.
Use your time and energy strategically. Make sure your hard work has the most appropriate platform to arrest a judge’s attention and awaken others to your gift for the art of photography. Happy hunting!
How can you create wedding images that are so timeless they arrest the attention of even the couple’s grandchildren? It’s easier said than done. Perhaps the first most-important component is forging a meaningful bond with your clients. What are their values? What is their worldview? Closeness with a client brings you to a place where you can start capturing the stuff that’s going to matter 50 years hence.
Timelessness in wedding photojournalism means simplifying an image into a classic emotional moment that by its very nature transcends the passage of time. As a photographer you have to recognize those moments, little slices of life, where everything at once is happening for an incredible emotional impact.
A timeless image is when you’re truly capturing the moment in a traditional way, making sure that you’re getting what’s there in the first place. With all of the image manipulation tools today, people have become trigger-happy, in terms of overworking their images and overdoing things for special effects. I would hate to see a bride’s wedding rendered ‘fantastic’ with all of these new effects; but, when ten years down the road the novelty of the effects fades, there’s not much left there…
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