The Empty Apple: A New York City Time-lapse
Photography Unfiltered Update
Peter Krogh has been a photographer for nearly thirty years, working for publications, agencies, corporations and NGOs worldwide. He loves to tell stories with words, still photos and motion imagery. He served on ASMP’s board of directors for six years, and founded its Digital Standards and Practices Committee.
A widely-recognized industry leader, Peter is the Director of the dpBestflow.org project, and the author of “The DAM Book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers” (O’Reilly, 2009), the best-selling book on digital photo management. He has created instructional material for the Library of Congress, World Press Photo, Microsoft and Adobe, to name a few. He spends much of his time spreading the gospel of good image management and effective workflow worldwide.
1. When shooting kids, get wide and get down
2. Overdrive the Fill Light in Lightroom
3. 3. Back your @#$% up! (punchline to go with image – because data loss is not picnic.)
Artists hold-up a looking glass to society; it is both our function and duty to reflect culture’s variegated, multivalent parts. Quite often, it’s the gnarly stuff of life on which we focus our camera lens, train our paint brush, reflect upon in a ballad, or funnel through whatever creative medium we see fit. Our work as artists is an attempt to make sense of senselessness, to rummage through the imperfect parts of our human experience and forge greatness. Imperfection is a wild and vast fount of fascination and inspiration.
In contemporary American culture, undue and unreasonable emphasis is placed instead on perfection—from child beauty queens to the prevalence of plastic surgery. Our cultural narrative includes making straight A’s before moving on to earn a six-figure income; and, for most of us, this narrative is nothing but a myth. Completely unattainable by sheer dint of its unreasonableness.
As artists, even with our boundless passion for harnessing the psychological complexity of imperfection as the subject of our work, we can be a surprisingly self-critical lot when it comes to our own craft. Which leads us to my tip of the week, and a guiding-light that helps me on a daily basis: Prioritize authenticity over perfection.
In art, the hyper-emphasis on perfection of technique or obsessing over creating a perfect final product places barriers around your process; it’s ultimately delimiting. Don’t believe me? Not buying it? Below are four of my favorite artists and creative figures who defy our cultural prioritization of perfection and instead choose authenticity.
Bob Dylan’s strange, undeniably imperfect voice changed the world
Charlize Theron’s role in Monster required the actress to pack on pounds
Leo Laporte doesn’t act like a groomed, polished news anchor; & fans love him for it
Michael Grecco (this week’s TWiT guest) is brilliantly off-the-wall and out-of-the-box
Top Model Release is coming soon!! Are you ready for it? This cutting edge app incorporates iOS 5 technology – if you haven’t updated your device yet, get on it! I’ll even make it easy for you with the below simplified steps. It is free and easy to do, upgrade today and be waiting on the cloud for Top Model Release.
What? You haven’t heard of iOS5??? Please click on the image below to watch a short video from Apple explaining all of the benefits and changes.
Step 1 – Make sure you have a device capable of running iOS5 – iPhone 3S or later, iPad, iPad2, or iPod touch – third generation or later. If you don’t have one, I’m sure your local Apple store would love to help you out.
Step 2 – Make sure iTunes is up to date. The latest
Step 3 – Back up your device!! Nothing should go wrong during the update, but it is always better to be safe!
Step 4 – Update! While iOS 5 is downloading and installing, you can start on Step 5.
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1456 or go to iTunes and Check for Update
Step 5 – Setup iCloud – this will let you share information between devices – including PC’s. Contacts, photos, documents music, videos, apps everything is automatically shared.
For more detailed instructions please see the links below:
Don’t miss a chance to watch or listen to your favorite photographers – download the TWiT Photo podcast on iTunes for free :)
Is it photography or 3D animation? A common question for creative masterminds, Dave Cox and Wil Wells, of Elevendy. Disregarding the mantra “get it right in camera” this creative production house makes their own rules. Learn the importance of planning, how to hide discreet meaningful messages in your images (including star wars characters), and how to get a client buy-in for off the wall concepts. The dynamic duo will also reveal the process of their Addy winning Sacramento Kings “Defend Your Honor” campaign.
** Bonus – In-studio shoot with both “C-Sharp” and Leo. See the concept drawing and shoot in action. Final result to be revealed in future episode!
Guest: Wil Wells and Dave Cox of elevendy.com
Tip from Elevendy:
“Pre-visualize your composite, planning leads to success”
In the world of compositing images, like anything else, chance favors the prepared. We’ll use a variety of “pre-vis” techniques depending on the project, the general idea/setup we have in mind, the budget, and most importantly the timeline we’ve agreed to for completion.
Below you’ll see some examples of the different types of pre-vis we’ll typically do. They range from rudimentary sketches, to decently fleshed out 3D models.
The main things we accomplish by pre-visualizing a shot:
Concept buy-in from Client
The image featured here was taken at the 2008 Burning Man Festival, a 30,000+ arts and culture gathering that takes place every September in the barren desserts of Black Rock City in America. I rendered this portrait as a metal print, which recently won first place in the WPPI NYC @Photoplus 16×20 Print Competition in the Individual Portrait Category. Here, you can see me with the metal print and winner’s award :)
TIP OF THE WEEK: Shapes–both singular ones and patterned, repetitious ones–often govern the composition of good photographs. They create compelling images because a sense of intrinsic order and inherent design reigns. The background of a subject isn’t always just there as a secondary element. Here, the patterened “background” exemplifies and supports the circular and triangular shapes of this man’s hair, glasses, and necklace. The design elements come together to create not only a cohesive, but a visually arresting, whole.