Monthly Archives: June 2011

Even My Dog Will Be Able to Shoot Like Henri Cartier-Bresson

Convergence, Lytro and Thoughts About New Technology and Capturing the “Decisive Moment”

 

red epic

Red Epic from Red Digital Cinema

If my dog could hold a camera and press the shutter-release, she would still have a hard time shooting as well as Henri, but when you take a close look at some of the photography innovations headed our way, you have to wonder…

I was reading in the New York Times on Tuesday about the Lytro camera that is under development by a small Silicon Valley start-up created by 31 year old Ren Ng. If you haven’t heard about the Lytro yet, it is a camera that captures enough light data from different angles to let the user adjust the focus in software to any point in the captured image after it is taken. Put more simply, it means that the photographer doesn’t have to worry about focus, since the focus can be adjusted later. Not only does this alleviate the stress of capturing sharp images, it opens up a world of creative possibilities that the photographer can control in post production. Consider matching this technology with a video camera like the Red Epic.

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The Value of Experience – Defending Pro Shooters

There are few fields where the perceived value of experience is so low. I’m talking about photography. There has been an explosion of interest in photography brought on by the boom in digital technology, and too many new DSLR owners think that they can instantly get professional results. Anyone can take a picture, but great photographs don’t just happen and are not automatically the product of sophisticated cameras. They are the product of either innate talent or years of hard work and practice.

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he points out that innate talent can only take an individual so far and that to gain true expertise requires many, many hours of dedicated practice. “The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researches have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” Continue reading »

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X-Rite Introduces i1 Display Pro and ColorMunki Display

New, Advanced Display Calibration and Profiling Solutions from X-Rite

As a follow on to my post about how important it is to regularly calibrate and profile your display, here are two new great solutions from X-Rite. Check it out.

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Photographic Exhibit of The Hispanic Markets of Stamford

The Historic Neighborhood Preservation Program, Inc. presents

Bodegas, Marquetas, y Tiendas

A Photographic Exhibit of The Hispanic Markets of Stamford

June 30th to September 2nd, 2011, Mayor’s Gallery, Stamford Government Center

poster of the bodega photographic exhibit

Renee Kahn, Executive Director of the Historic Neighborhood Preservation Program, Inc., has assembled the photographic work of fourteen local photographers for this show of the bodegas of Stamford. I am contributing three images to the exhibit. My approach for each photo is a complete departure from my usual way of shooting and printing.

Check out the show. It will be up until Sep 2nd. And if you get the chance, let me know what you think.

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Ever Wonder Why Your Prints Don’t Match What You See On Screen?

computer and printer

This is the age-old question for all photographers, graphic designers, or anyone who hasn’t taken the time to do a little research on color management.

“But I set up my computer and printer and they worked fine. I didn’t have this problem until just now.” I hear this all the time. When a photographer tells me that he/she hasn’t had a problem with color, and I know they are not color managing their computer system, my response is usually, “just wait”.

Here are three easy things that you can do that will help prevent this problem…

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