The Vivian Maier Movie

If you've read this blog with any regularity, chances are good that you've picked up on my affinity for the story of Vivian Maier. Well now I'm rejoicing again because Ms. Maier's silver screen debut is almost here! The Chicago nanny who spent decades creating some of the most amazing street photography ever seen—even though it was never seen outside of her own files prior to her 2009 death—has become one of the most prominent names in 20th century street photography. It turns out that her photographs are only part of the story; the lady herself was quite a mystery too. She's a mystery that is explored in greater depth via this upcoming documentary about her life and work. I, for one, can't wait. 

http://www.findingvivianmaier.com/Finding_Vivian_Maier/Trailer.html
DPMag
If you've read this blog with any regularity, chances are good that you've picked up on my affinity for the story of Vivian Maier. Well now I'm rejoicing again because Ms. Maier's silver screen debut is almost here! The Chicago nanny who spent decades creating some of the most amazing…

Winners Of The World Press Photo Contest

Last week the winners of the largest news photography contest in the world were announced. The 2013 installment of the World Press Photo Contest saw Paul Hansen, a Swedish photographer, taking home the top prize for his heartbreaking photograph of the aftermath of a bombing strike in Gaza City. That photograph has caused a little bit of backlash and discussion elsewhere in the photoblogosphere, because of its polished post-production refinement that some deem to be excessively manipulative. Wherever you may stand on the issue, I recommend the article at Michael Shaw's Bag News blog for more discussion and links related to the controversy. Regardless, the gallery of World Press winners is amazing and well worth a visit. As with any gallery of world-class photojournalism, you must be prepared for some intense, challenging imagery, but if you can stomach the occasional graphic content, the work as a whole is sublime. View the gallery at the Baltimore Sun's darkroom blog.

http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2013/02/from-gaza-to-kansas-city-yes-photos-but-so-much-more
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2013/02/56th-world-press-photo-contest-winners/#1
DPMag
Last week the winners of the largest news photography contest in the world were announced. The 2013 installment of the World Press Photo Contest saw Paul Hansen, a Swedish photographer, taking home the top prize for his heartbreaking photograph of the aftermath of a bombing strike in Gaza City. That…

A Look Inside A Lighting Kit

You can learn a lot about still photography by studying filmmaking. (The reverse is probably true too, right?) With the ever-increasing convergence between photography and video production, I find that I'm paying increasingly more attention to what's happening in the video world. Case in point: The Frugal Film Maker, Scott Eggleston, is a DIY video guy, and in a recent episode (highlighted on the DIY Photography blog) he breaks down all the great gear he carries in his lighting kit. It's great stuff, very helpful if you're trying to outfit your own location lighting kit—whether that's for stills or video, and it's especially perfect if you're doing a little of both.

http://www.diyphotography.net/do-you-carry-a-lighting-kit-in-your-trunk
DPMag
You can learn a lot about still photography by studying filmmaking. (The reverse is probably true too, right?) With the ever-increasing convergence between photography and video production, I find that I'm paying increasingly more attention to what's happening in the video world. Case in point: The Frugal Film Maker, Scott…

Get Valuable Feedback On Your Photographs

I find that it can be awfully easy to crawl into a whole from which I never emerge, forgetting that in order to improve as a photographer it's important to continue showing other people my photographs in order to get useful feedback. Without valuable feedback from other photographers, you're missing a fundamental part of the foundation of photographic skill. It's not only good to learn what the consensus believes to be "wrong" with your photographs, but it's also useful to develop a thick skin to withstand tough criticism. Here's a list, courtesy of Lightstalking, of five valuable places online where genuine photographic feedback is not only appreciated but encouraged.

http://www.lightstalking.com/5-incredible-online-communities-to-get-genuine-feedback-on-your-photography
DPMag
I find that it can be awfully easy to crawl into a whole from which I never emerge, forgetting that in order to improve as a photographer it's important to continue showing other people my photographs in order to get useful feedback. Without valuable feedback from other photographers, you're missing…

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
DPMag
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…
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