You all are in for a big treat. Today’s TWiT Photo episode features a panel of eight industry experts and insiders engaged in pointed, and often heated, discussion addressing: Is Technology a Menace to Photography? Convened at a private WPPI studio in MGM’s Grand Arena; the luminary-studded group included Pulitzer Prize winner Greg Gibson, celebrity photographer and Help-Portrait creator Jeremy Cowart, reDefine host Tamara Lackey, Fast Track Photographer educator Dane Sanders, legendary wedding photographers Cliff Mautner and Jerry Ghionis, hot emerging fashion photographer Lindsay Adler, and glamour queen Sue Bryce.
We discussed topics, such as the too-easy lure of technological gimmickry to smooth over lack of artistic know-how; self-education and cultivation of a unique creative vision with responsible and mindful use of technology; the future of point-and-shoots and DSLRs in an age of camera phones; and the relevance of professional photographers over the coming decade. If your ears aren’t already burning, they will be. TWiT Photo is streamed live on Tuesdays at 1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET on http://live.twit.tv, part of the TWiT Netcast Network. Viewers can also find episodes of TWiT Photo on http://twit.tv/photo or on iTunes.
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Jerry Ghionis is recognized as one of top wedding and portrait photographers worldwide. He spills the light on how he creates and captures emotional scenes at a wedding. Not only has Jerry won the WPPI wedding album of the year seven times, he was also named the 2011 Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). Jerry then shows us how to use available light in a photo shoot with Catherine!
Here are Jerry’s top tips and a few images from his inspiring portfolio:
1 Shoot for the wedding album.
2 Photography is more about communication than it is about technique.
3 Never forgo the fine art of lighting and posing.
It’s hard not to want to hate Robby Cavanaugh – fresh out of school, the SoCal boy has already been published in Vogue Italia, won a bunch of awards, and now has another notch in his belt as our first TWiT Photo Guest Quest winner. Yet, Robby’s incredibly down-to-earth and just has a natural artistic talent. Joining us live in the studio, the fine art photographer comes clean about Photoshop in his “phantasmagorical” images and achieving artistic excellence with very, very little gear, and lots and lots of perseverance and perspiration. Judges Zack Arias and Tamara Lackey crack the whip on the portfolios of Guest Quest winners, and give invaluable advice to contest aspirants.
Here are Robby’s top tips and a few images from his inspiring portfolio:
1 If you can think it, it can be done.
The question on everyone’s mind must be: what hasn’t David Bergman done? With 11 covers for Sports Illustrated, including the coveted 2010 Super Bowl, and his distinction as official tour photographer for Bon Jovi, David gets a lot of game. He joins us live in the TWiT studio to discuss his now-famous GigaPan shot of Obama’s inauguration and shows viewers how he processes 600 frames of a GigaPan shot in a live software demo. Also, the music geek shares inside secrets on being a successful music tour photographer, and you won’t want to miss the moment he shocks Leo and me with his gigantic, $10G+ bazooka 600mm F4 Nikon lens.
All of us, in our own small way, carry out heroic acts in our daily lives – sometimes, even just waking up in the morning and venturing forth into the world takes courage. Photojournalist Ron Haviv, this week’s TWiT Photo guest, however operates on a completely different playing field than most of us. From his exclusive coverage of the civil war in Yugoslavia to the genocide in Darfur, Ron has made it his life’s work to document conflict zones — often in areas of the world that are despicably brutal and violent — in order to educate others about social inequity and abuses of human rights. Watch the video to hear Ron discuss gaining access into conflict zones, being taken prisoner 3 times in the line of duty, and decompressing after an intense assignment.
Here are Ron’s top tips:
1. Research your stories.
2. Prepare for a multi-platform end result.
3. Use your aesthetics to create a bond with the viewer and the image.
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