I recently started a series from the point of view of an insect. In this series I imagine what it is like to leave home andlook back to see a former residence or place of birth before leaving for good. I climb to the very top of Mount Anthropomorphism. But if people do it for cats, I figure I can do it for a gnat.Read More
How to make your own solar filter in 15 minutes to safely make photos of the upcoming total solar eclipse. If you put Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on repeat, you should be done before fully plays three times. #diy #photography #eclipse #solar #totaleclipseRead More
I recently had the pleasure of teaching a photography workshop hosted by the Windsor Vermont Public Library. We had a great chat about exposure triangle, depth of field, and rule of thirds before heading out to the amazing Paradise Park for a nature walk to experiment with techniques. Thanks to everyone who came out and especially to the Windsor Public Library! Some of the workshop attendees shared their photos and I have included them below.
There is so much clutter in the photogrpahy app category and so many bad filter apps out there (how many apps that add heart borders does the world need?) that it is truly refreshing when you find something that provides fast information to things you want. Occasionally I stumble across a super simple iOS app for my iPhone that actually makes me happy. For that reason and more, the Canon Lenses app is a bit of fresh air.
The app is super simple, tidy, informative, and free. The basic version offers a full list of the current Canon lens range which can be sorted by a number of filters including lens type, focal length, or estimated street price. That last one is always pretty depressing. When you select a lens, a new window appears offering build information and all the basics from filter size to number of blades, to aperture details. Even more helpful is a very handy list of links to lens reviews from most major photography websites as well as some I have never heard of before, but found helpful. This saves you the time of searching the web for reviews and in-the-field feedback on all of this pricey glass.
A .99 upgrade will add a wish list feature, remove advertisements, and allow you to compare lens features. I have been using the app for sometime now and have seen a number of updates and never experienced any technical difficulties. I think current rebate and comparative pricing info as seen on sites like Canon Rumors would be an excellent addition to this app. It would be another time saver when you actually want to see the current pricing on lenses.
The same developer also makes apps for Nikon Lenses and Tokina Lenses with identical functionality. Let your lens research commence!
Last year, the town where I reside was celebrating its 250th anniversary. At the same time I was kicking around a number of creative projects and looking to push myself more into portrait photography (I gravitate towards nature). Out of some brainstorming and discussions came the 250 People Project. I initially sketched out an idea of how to take 250 portraits of 250 people living in the town at the time of the anniversary. I quickly realized it was an idea that required funding and more creative talent. In short, it was way larger than me.
The project developed into a group effort as a small set of photographers and designers gathered together to take portraits and scenic photos of the area. I had a few rules to guide the project, one being that it was important for the photos to be shot as closely together as possible. I think a sense of time is as important as a sense of place.
To pay for the website, software for the digital book, prints, banners, poster prints for an outdoor gallery show, and publication of a hardcover book, we turned to Kickstarter for crowd source funding. This project would have never happened without the contributions of over 100 people.
We found most subjects to be very willing to participate and while we were meeting with so many people, we also collected stories, quotes, and thoughts from residents on what living in a small town meant to them.
The results of the project can be seen in the form of a digital book that is already out and can be viewed online at www.250people.com. Even more exciting is the arrival of the hardcover edition of the final project which arrived from the printer this week and is now for sale.
This project proved to be major learning experience in how to organize, edit, design, and produce a project of this size. I would do many things the same way while other decisions seem to have been made while my brain was entirely off. Luckily I will be involved in another similar effort as the 250 People Project. This little project has given birth to an even larger effort to continue to document small towns through photography and basic ethnography tools. Stay tuned for announcements on the Why We Stay project. Exciting stuff to follow!
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