The Cubist Collages Of Maurizio Galimberti
Friday, December 6, 2013
I love collage artists who turn disparate elements into a unified whole—particularly when those images are made up of photographs. Maurizio Galimberti creates collages that are fun and captivating; they simply make me want to keep exploring more and more. What else could you want from a successful photograph? Visit the artist's web site to check out his gallery of Polaroid portrait collages—in which he turns a few dozen closeups of a subject into a Cubist portrait—and then take a look at the video embedded in the article at Open Culture. Even though the few words spoken in the video are Italian, the artist's process is crystal clear in any language. It's especially fitting that the very patient subject having his cubist portrait made in the video is the painter Chuck Close, whose own works share a genetic connection with Galimberti's.
The Right Way To Put Dates In Photo Files
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Do you date your files? By that I mean, do you put the date a photograph was made right there in the filename? Dates can come in fairly handy when you're tracking down images years after they were made. It's not enough to simply date a file or folder; you've got to employ the eight-digit date correctly. The DIY Photography blog points out that there is in fact an commonly accepted standard for dates in file names. It's the ISO 8601 method, and it goes like this: YYYY-MM-DD. For instance, today would be written as 2013-12-05. Of course, that's not enough information for a useful filename—you'll also want some client, location or other information in that filename—but ultimately the date is one of the most useful things to append to your files to keep them readily accessible in the long term. If you're going to date your files, you might as well do it right. Read all about it at http://www.diyphotography.net/how-properly-put-dates-photo-files-names.
Replichrome For Lightroom Recreates The Elusive “Film Look”
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I recently downloaded a Lightroom plugin called Replichrome to test out its capabilities for replicating the look of many popular films. I wasn't especially optimistic, because every time I've gotten my hopes up about a set of plugins that offered some processing recipe that promised to mimic the look of film… Well, I'm pretty much guaranteed a letdown. But I'm happy to report that this time I've been pleasantly surprised. Replichrome, a product of Totally Rad! Software, really does perform as advertised, reproducing the look of many popular films in color and black and white. Most impressive is the fact that the software manages to recreate some of the most subtle distinctions between particular film and chemistry combinations. That's always been my biggest complaint: most plugins are heavy handed and don't live up to my expectations primarily because they lack subtle control and instead are simply heavy-handed special effects that I find particularly tricky to employ in my photographs. Replichrome, though, provides the fine control I need. I've been turning to it with increasing regularity, not so much because it mimics a particular film, but rather because it creates attractive combinations of color and contrast that really work for me. Learn more at http://www.gettotallyrad.com/replichrome/
Best Photo Books Of The Year
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I hate to be the poster boy for consumerism, but what can I say: when it comes to holiday shopping, I'm decidedly pro gift giving. But hey, at least my purchases are usually for other people. Usually. Photo books hold a special place in my heart, and this time of year they occupy many spots on my own holiday wish list. I occasionally even splurge on a few photo books as gifts for myself. So I was excited to see this list, courtesy of TIME magazine, of the best photo books of the year. The magazine recruited its own Photo Editor, along with prominent gallerists and curators, to offer their recommendations. The list is heavy on the "high art" side of things, but that's actually what makes it special, in my opinion, as many of these books won't get covered in other outlets. Best of all, the list includes explanations of what makes each book so special, and a look at the work inside of each. A few personal favorites include new works from Todd Hido and Taryn Simon. Read all about them, and the remainder of the list, at Time's Lightbox blog.