With Child

It's that time of year when I start to think about holiday gifts. I love to give books, and I especially love photo books. So over the coming weeks I'll point out some of my favorite new books to put on your list this year. The first comes from a photographer who I've had the good fortune of interviewing a few times. It's Howard Schatz, and I'm consistently struck by not only the quality of his work, but the huge quantity and variety. He regularly publishes books as his preferred creative outlet: one may focus on athletes in action, while the next concentrates on underwater portraiture, followed by a collection of abstract body art. That's just how Mr. Schatz expresses himself: he has an idea and he goes for it. His most recent book is the product of another great idea and more than 20 years of work photographing pregnant women as a celebration of their bodies and their babies. "With Child" is Schatz's 18th book and will be released this month. It's the perfect gift for new moms and grandmothers, for those who may be expecting and for those who simply appreciate fine black & white photography of the human form.

http://www.howardschatz.com/books.php?galleryID=50
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It's that time of year when I start to think about holiday gifts. I love to give books, and I especially love photo books. So over the coming weeks I'll point out some of my favorite new books to put on your list this year. The first comes from a…

Large Scale Light Painting

I'm infatuated with light painting. It's a technique that I don't often attempt myself, but I sure am drawn to the results. That's probably why this collection of images by Eric Curry—a photographer who uses light to paint on a grand scale, with subjects like classic military aircraft, Airstream trailers and other huge and iconic American machines—and his behind the scenes "making of" videos, really caught my eye. The DIY Photography blog brought his work to my attention, and that's where I recommend you go to watch him work. It's amazing. From there, visit Eric's web site for a more in depth look at the images in his American Pride and Passion project.

http://www.diyphotography.net/light-painting-a-b-25-bomber
http://americanprideandpassion.com/photographs.php

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I'm infatuated with light painting. It's a technique that I don't often attempt myself, but I sure am drawn to the results. That's probably why this collection of images by Eric Curry—a photographer who uses light to paint on a grand scale, with subjects like classic military aircraft, Airstream trailers…

Traveling With An 8x10 View Camera

I know not many of us are shooting with a 70-year-old wooden view cameras, but I thought this story was too good not to share. While the rest of us are toting around our little D-SLRs and even littler compact cameras, master photographer Douglas Kirkland still uses his Deardorff 8x10 on a fairly regular basis. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Kirkland about his camera (he mentioned that he started as a product photographer in Buffalo, NY and even used a Deardorff 8x10 when he assisted Irving Penn) and I thought his story about traveling with the camera was interesting. About to board a flight to Australia, Mr. Kirkland told me about the peculiarities of the camera and its film. "We usually carry it with us," Mr. Kirkland said when I asked him if he checked the camera with luggage. "It's very light because it's made of wood. It's like a very old person; you've got to treat them delicately. The trick these days is the film. We'll FedEx our film because they don't zap it, and then I'm going to have some sheets processed over there just to verify it hasn't been hit by x-rays, and in this case I'll process the film there in Sydney. We have worked in Australia on other occasions with that camera, and believe it or not they have enough sophistication at the airport that if you call them in advance and go there with a changing bag, they will put their hands in the changing bag and feel that it's film and not put it through the x-ray. These are new considerations when using a view camera when you're traveling." If you don't mind the bit of extra effort, maybe you should consider purchasing your own Deardorff 8x10. Then study the work of Mr. Kirkland; he's an ideal photographer to emulate, especially when it comes to that camera.

http://deardorffcameras.com

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I know not many of us are shooting with a 70-year-old wooden view cameras, but I thought this story was too good not to share. While the rest of us are toting around our little D-SLRs and even littler compact cameras, master photographer Douglas Kirkland still uses his Deardorff 8x10…

Best Environmental Photos Of The Year

There are still a couple of months left before we put 2011 to bed, but the London-based Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management has gone ahead and named its best environmental photos of the year. This collection of stunning, heart-wrenching, beautiful images was shot by photographers from around the world—including professionals and hobbyists alike—with more than 10,000 submissions from 105 countries. The National Geographic web site features a gallery of the winners, and it's well worth a look. While you're there, click over to another great gallery of "best of" photos: the winners of the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/pictures/111027-best-nature-pictures-2011-environment-animals-science#
Photograph by Bence Máté
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There are still a couple of months left before we put 2011 to bed, but the London-based Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management has gone ahead and named its best environmental photos of the year. This collection of stunning, heart-wrenching, beautiful images was shot by photographers from around the…

Simple Fashion Lighting Primer

I've been seeing this great lighting style in fashion ads and editorials for a while now, and I think it's a great way to create natural-looking, inviting light in people photographs—whether you're shooting portraits or fashion or kids. It's a sun flare look, where the warmth of the sun peeks into the frame, creates great backlit shape and dimension on the subject, and casts an overall warm glow across the scene. And now, no matter the weather or the location, you can create great summer warm light with this simple technique from Digital Photography Review. Fashion photographer Thomas Park created the tutorial and great images that accompany it, and best of all he doesn't rely on the sun to create the effect—it's achieved rather simply with a handheld flash.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/7670130459/editorial-lighting-the-minimalist-way-
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I've been seeing this great lighting style in fashion ads and editorials for a while now, and I think it's a great way to create natural-looking, inviting light in people photographs—whether you're shooting portraits or fashion or kids. It's a sun flare look, where the warmth of the sun peeks…

A Photographic Scholarship

Photographers can now apply for a unique scholarship from the American Photographic Artists association and the Lucie Foundation. This award is a little different than most because it's more like a grant, and instead of being geared to young, "emerging" photographers its target audience includes working professionals too. A scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to an established photographer to be used for a specific photographic project. The APA is a commercial photographers' organization, and the Lucie Foundation's mission is three tiered: to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate new talent and promote the appreciation of photography throughout the world. They're working together to benefit each of their constituencies, which in turn could benefit you. So if you've been looking for a way to fund a personal project you're passionate about, this may be the ideal opportunity. For more information and an application, visit the Lucie Foundation's web site. 

http://www.luciefoundation.org/education/scholarship-APA_2011_2012.php
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Photographers can now apply for a unique scholarship from the American Photographic Artists association and the Lucie Foundation. This award is a little different than most because it's more like a grant, and instead of being geared to young, "emerging" photographers its target audience includes working professionals too. A scholarship…
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