Episode 233: The Perfect Picture

Episode 233: The Perfect Picture

About This Episide

Thank you to Clay for a response to my Replacements show on his Through My Lens podcast.
Just wanted to clarify that making these types of alterations is not good for starting photographers because it creates this precedent of shooting and fixing later in photoshop. This just creates a lazy photographer, who doesn’t pay any attention to camera or composition, because “everything can be fixed in photoshop”.  
This quote by Manuel Alvarez Bravo a Mexican photographer from the bygone era sums it up nicely:
“A photographer’s main instrument is his eyes. Strange as it may seem, many photographers choose to use the eyes of another photographer, past or present, instead of their own. Those photographers are blind.” 
– Manuel Alvarez Bravo
b. February 4, 1902
In this episode me and Dave discuss the idea of actually embracing the physical flaws in your cameras and lenses to create great images.  Be it flares, noise, or weird bokeh.  Each lens has it’s own characteristic which is good to learn and apply during your photographic process.  Some with flare when pointed at the sun, some will have more control by implementing a better lens design.  Some lenses have great bokeh, and some don’t.  The idea is to know what your lens characteristic is, and either avoid it if you can, or embrace it, making the images more interesting in the process.  

Some companies like Lensbaby create special imperfections in their lenses, to open your creativity.  They are a perfect example of embracing flaws and pushing you to be more creative.

So go ahead, embrace the flaws and be creative! Follow your own vision.

Talk to you next week!

 

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Chatting photographically with Antonio M. Rosario

Salgado, light painting, and photography what better way to spend an hour!

Chatting Photographically with Antonio M. Rosario

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In this episode I’m joined with Antonio M. Rosario, and we chat about photobooks, especially Salgado “Genesis”.  I was able to borrow it from a local library, and the experience was beyond spectacular. You can get it for yourself here: https://www.amazon.com/Sebasti%C3%A3o-Salgado-GENESIS-Lelia-Wanick/dp/3836538725/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548473100&sr=8-1&keywords=salgado 

Another thing I found is the 16 frameable prints which are images from the book: https://www.amazon.com/Salgado-Poster-Set-Sebasti%C3%A3o/dp/3836552701/ref=pd_rhf_cr_s_pd_crcd_0_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=3836552701&pd_rd_r=e956c2ed-0764-47c6-81c5-1022e864d11a&pd_rd_w=mtJOG&pd_rd_wg=XTPh3&pf_rd_p=c6269878-d677-4a89-a68c-ff0df2b6ce6c&pf_rd_r=ZX16NP13GYWSW7K70DR7&psc=1&refRID=ZX16NP13GYWSW7K70DR7

Light Paitin and a photographer that was kicked out of 500px, because his images weren’t photographic enough.  https://petapixel.com/2019/01/22/500px-nukes-photographer-for-photos-not-being-photographic-enough/

 Tim Gamble is a Manchester, UK-based photographer who uses light-painting techniques to create surreal and abstract artworks. His photos are almost entirely created in-camera, so imagine Gamble’s surprise when 500px unexpectedly deleted his account for “posting non-photographic content.”

This sparked out discussion about light painting and how much fun it is to try different techniques in photography.

Harold Ross: https://www.instagram.com/haroldross_sculptingwithlight/

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A bit of a recap of 2018
  • started a business
  • lost a cohost
  • this show went weekly, which can get a little challenging
  • decreased my photography out of necessity and thinking that I need more focus.
  • looking at my 2018 catalog in lightroom i took only 2000 photos which is about 5 a day, and I’m fine with that
  • finding that sharing my images is not the end all be all, and i haven’t shared a lot last year
  • I haven’t found that work/life balance and it’s not easy to do
  • find myself working at odd hours and odd times which impacts everything
  • because of things happening in my life I’m more grounded, meaning I can’t travel as much as I want to
  • life got a lot busier.  
Which brings us to 2019 and new adventures
  • what new cameras are coming? i don’t care
  • there are new advances in computational photography, I don’t care
  • there are new software titles poping up to rival lightroom and adobe raign on photography… i don’t care
  • so what do I care about? A new concept, idea that I found last year.
  • I don’t like resolutions, because I never keep them
  • it makes you feel like a failure, and just sets a negative tone for the rest of the year
  • next year you do it all over again
I heard about this interesting take on resolutions.  
  • coined by Rachel Olsen co-author of “My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word.”  https://www.amazon.com/My-One-Word-Change-Your-ebook/dp/B008EGUFF2
  • so instead of using I’m going to the gym, or I’m skipping donuts with my coffee
  • use a word
  • setting goals for ourselves in our career and at home, the idea of it all coming down to a single word, even if that word becomes a theme rather than just a touchstone, is irresistible.
  • A word can’t be broken. It serves as a reminder; a filter. It’s who you want to be instead of what you regret.
  • and chose a word : growth
Hope you enjoyed this episode, and hopefully things will get better and better in the new year.  I wish you all the best, better pictures, and more time to reflect on your photography!
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Episode 227: Catching up with David Szweduik

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Episode 220: Catching up with Olaf Sztaba

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We haven’t talked to Olaf Sztaba in 9 months.  Last episode was 182 about taking visual risks.  Since then Olaf was very busy, starting a few very important projects.

The first is the Renatus Project. It tells remarkable stories of organ transplantees.  The stories are quite amazing, and with beautiful photography, well worth reading.  

The next big project is the MediumFormat.com, which was inspired by the fact that there is nothing like it on the internet.  There is no central place that medium format photographers can find important and engaging information about their photographic format of choice.  The site, besides having news, interviews and inspirational pieces, is coupled with a beautifully designed magazine, with articles from great photographers like Patrick La Roque, Ming Thein, Lloyd Chambers, Jonas Rask, Take Kayo and Ibarionex Perello and many others.  The first edition was about 140 pages, and no advertisements of any kind.  It’s well worth the price for the magazine alone, and there are other goodies added like webinars, readers galleries, exclusive pdf guides (which are like smaller versions of the magazine).  All has a professional, premium feel and look, as you would expect from a premium item.  Check it out!

Another a little surprising thing Olaf tells us, that he is almost exclusively shooting with digital medium format camera, namely Fuji GFX 50S.  He still uses the Fuji X100F from time to time, but with the Renatus Project and MediumFormat.com he will be most likely be seen with a big fuji at his side.

It was a great catching up with Olaf.  If you have any questions, or want to chat with me, hit me up on the twitters, or leave a comment here.

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