This Saturday, October 13, is the day of the International Photo Walk. People interested in photography from around the world get together at various locations for a 2-hour session of talking pictures. There are no costs involved but there is a chance to win prizes and an opportunity to connect with others interested in taking pictures. Any type of camera is OK, including the phones on your cell phone. Go to http://worldwidephotowalk.com/ and click on “Find a Walk” to locate a walk near you. I am hosting one in Michigan City but there are many others. Have fun!
Photoshop CS5 being released April 12 at 10AM (CST).
Register here for a live webcast to learn about the new features: http://cs5launch.adobe.com/
If you are trying to depict action on a 2D, non-moving media, here are some things to keep in mind.
Option #1: Use a stop-action, “decisive moment” image in which an object or person is depicted in mid-motion. The success of this technique is heavily dependent on the drama of the gesture or posture of the moving object.
Option #2: Use motion blur; in this case, either the background or the moving object is shown with a directional blur which communicates implied motion.
Failure to effectively implement one of the two options listed above will cause your image to loose impact.
Although it is widely accepted in graphic design; in most cases, the obvious use of Photoshop to edit photographic images will will reduce their value in the fine art market. In fact, many gallery owners refuse to accept these type of images for display. In conventional photography, it is common to use darkroom techniques such as re-sizing, cropping, contrast adjustment, color correction, dodging & burning, and exposure to print an image. Photoshop techniques, however, can go way beyond these common adjustments and create a whole new look to the image.
The art market is uncertain how to value these images and gallery owners often are reluctant to market them. A good way to assure acceptance is to keep Photoshop adjustments subtle and to sign and number your prints. The more prints that are made of an image, the less value each individual print is worth. If the print is un-numbered, the value cannot be determined.
An example of a digital artist who has been very successful in using Photoshop with fine art photography is John Paul Caponigro; http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/. His technique is seamless, subtle and very powerful.
People interested in photography often spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing about cameras. The camera itself is important, but the more important aspect of photography is deciding on subject matter, lighting, timing, perspective and composition. On average, about 80% of the success of a given photograph is due to the skill of the photographer, not the features of the camera.
It’s true that the camera must be functioning correctly and have adequate features to do what you want it to do (close-up, telephoto, speed, underwater, etc.) but beyond that, it does not really matter that much. There are great shots made with a pin-hole camera fashioned with a shoe box, aluminum foil and duct tape; and awful shots made with camera systems costing many thousands of dollars.
Most cell phones, these days, have a built in camera and most everyone has a cell phone. Cameras like this have limited features, yet they are always with us and easy to use.
So, start using those cell phone cameras! Start looking at everything in terms of lighting and composition and record what you see … you may just create a great image.
There is a photography contest currently underway for photos taken with the camera built into an iPhone camera. Information is available at http://contest.adorama.com/ ; you could win up to $1000.