Zen And The Art Of Coiling Cables

Can you imagine that there's a blog post about coiling cables? Yes, but more importantly, it's a blog post that I'm going out of my way to direct you to. It must be tremendous. Fear not, because it is. Not only because it gives me an opportunity to get on my high horse about never ever coiling cables around your elbow (yes, I know it's the way our dads taught us way back when, but it's so wrong!) and also to indulge an aspect of photography that I like—the meditative aspect. Chris Chrisman's studio manager Robert Luessen uses cable coiling as a chance to reflect on the completed shoot, as well as a way to gauge the progress of new assistants.

http://www.crismanphoto.com/blog/?p=5875
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Can you imagine that there's a blog post about coiling cables? Yes, but more importantly, it's a blog post that I'm going out of my way to direct you to. It must be tremendous. Fear not, because it is. Not only because it gives me an opportunity to get on…

Workshop Season Has Sprung

It's that time of year again, when spring starts to feel like it's ready to be right around the corner. You know it's February when you start receiving notifications of all the great photographic workshops coming up in the spring and summer months. One of the most unique workshop opportunities comes from the fine folks at The Photographers' Formulary, purveyors of fine darkroom chemistry utilized most heavily by photographers interested in alternative non-silver photographic processes. These workshops include topics such as the Experimental B&W darkroom, photo transfers, Wet Plate Collodions, and many more unique darkroom techniques that—were it not for the fine folks at The Photographers' Formulary and their ilk—would be all too close to disappearing. Better still, the workshops in Montana include a stay at the Standing Stones Inn Bed and Breakfast—a perfect place to spend time in the darkroom, or the ideal jumping off point for countless outdoor activities. If I were planning to attend a summer workshop, this place would surely top my list. See their offerings at http://www.workshopsinmt.com .
DPMag
It's that time of year again, when spring starts to feel like it's ready to be right around the corner. You know it's February when you start receiving notifications of all the great photographic workshops coming up in the spring and summer months. One of the most unique workshop opportunities…

Backyard Solar Photographs

Is that a super-enlarged photograph of an itty bitty egg? Or perhaps it's some tiny ball of energy made visible thanks to a scanning electron microscope? Turns out the sentiment is right on that second guess, but the scale is all wrong. It's actually a high-definition photograph of the sun. Our sun. As in THE SUN. Alan Friedman made these telescope photographs directly from his own backyard in Buffalo New York. He then hand colored the photographs in order to deliver the finest detail of the surface of the sun. If your interest is piqued, check out his Tumblr, then follow the link to watch his Tedx Talk.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/02/alan-friedmans-astonishing-hd-photographs-of-the-sun
http://alanfriedman.tumblr.com
DPMag
Is that a super-enlarged photograph of an itty bitty egg? Or perhaps it's some tiny ball of energy made visible thanks to a scanning electron microscope? Turns out the sentiment is right on that second guess, but the scale is all wrong. It's actually a high-definition photograph of the sun.…

Food Photography And Lighting Techniques

I teach a product photography class, and in one lesson we discuss food photography. To that end I recently checked out a new book about food photography, called (appropriately) Food Photography & Lighting by Teri Campbell. Mr. Campbell has 25 years of professional food photography experience, and it shows in this tremendous book. It seems to me that if you're looking to learn about food photography, this just might be your best bet. Not only does it cover business and practical aspects of professional commercial food photography, a good half of the book is dedicated to nuts and bolts hands-on lighting tips and techniques. And they're detailed: this light was here, with this modifier, for this particular purpose, and so on. I'm fairly convinced that if a beginning photographer spent enough time with this book they'd become a pretty polished food photographer. I don't often offer such effusive praise to technical books, but this one's something special. Best of all, like the best photography tutorials, the principles translate across styles ad apply to many different photographic disciplines.

http://www.amazon.com/Food-Photography-Lighting-Photographers-Irresistible/dp/0321840739
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I teach a product photography class, and in one lesson we discuss food photography. To that end I recently checked out a new book about food photography, called (appropriately) Food Photography & Lighting by Teri Campbell. Mr. Campbell has 25 years of professional food photography experience, and it shows in…

Photography Grants Available

Just about the only thing better than taking pictures is getting paid to take pictures. And just about the only thing better than someone licensing your work or assigning you to a shoot is receiving a grant for your work; it serves as a rousing endorsement of your own personal work. Jacob Maentz at the Lightstalking blog has compiled a very useful list of 10 places to apply for photography grants and scholarships, and there's something for everyone—for young photographers and seasoned professionals alike.

http://www.lightstalking.com/10-photography-grants-and-schlorships-for-amateurs-and-professionals
DPMag
Just about the only thing better than taking pictures is getting paid to take pictures. And just about the only thing better than someone licensing your work or assigning you to a shoot is receiving a grant for your work; it serves as a rousing endorsement of your own personal…

Robert Knight's Rock And Roll Photography

If I could go back and do it all over again, I think rather than becoming a photographer I might become a rock star instead. I think I may have missed my calling. I'm a huge music fan, and so when I see something about the early days of rock 'n roll—especially when it's crossed with photography—I'm smitten. Such is the case with the story of rock photographer Robert Knight. He photographed all the big acts back in the day, from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin—the latter of which he shares a great story in this, the first in a series of interviews posted on Marc Silber's internet TV show. After that taste of Mr. Knight's work and his gallery, you can head over to rockprophecies.com to watch the trailer for the 2009 movie of the same name, depicting the story of Mr. Knight's career in rock and photography.

http://www.silberstudios.tv/videos/robert-knight-rock-photography-led-zeppelin/
DPMag
If I could go back and do it all over again, I think rather than becoming a photographer I might become a rock star instead. I think I may have missed my calling. I'm a huge music fan, and so when I see something about the early days of rock…
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