[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 02:33:54 10/18/12
I often preach on this show that gear isn't all that important. I do believe that in the context of becoming a better photographer. However there are times where you need speciality equipment that is expensive. A good alternative to spending all your money is actually renting equipment. For a fraction of the cost, you can get cameras or lenses only for the time you need it and pay a lot less than the cost of owning equipment. I particularly like BorrowLenses - they are online based so it makes it really easy to rent no matter where you are located. Show links: The Art of Photography viewer survey BorrowLenses
[LESS INFO] 6 VIEWS | ADDED 02:33:54 10/11/12
In this video I'm going to bring back the metaphor again of 42. This number, ask explained in Douglass Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Calculated by a super computer that took 7.5 million years to arrive with the answer, 42 is indeed correct, but the problem is we don't know what the question is. I think if we look at photography in this same way we can start to see a new way of approaching our own work. Quite frankly - the answers are easy, we shoot a picture of a dog, we have a picture of a dog. But what are the questions that go into the photo? What are the questions you're asking yourself? What are you asking the viewer? This is the hard part, but its also where our work can take a turn from just being a snapshot. To back this up and illustrate my point I'm showing you the work of 4 well known, living photographers - Abelardo Morell, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tom Baril and Sabasti%atildeo Salgado. We'll look at some examples of how they've found some unique questions to the answers.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 04:33:54 10/04/12
Focusing a camera is one of the first things we learn how to do, but its surprising how tricky this continues to be - even for advanced users and professionals. Modern focusing techniques rely on electronic assistance from the camera (in the case of a DSLR) - but the modes are often confusing. I often see photographers trusting the camera in full auto mode without learning how to actually use the modes it provides. In today's show we'll address these. Remember you'll need to practice these as well.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 13:42:35 09/11/12
A few episodes ago I talked about starting a gallery and documenting that process here. This is the first check in with you guys and mostly to this point its been brainstorming and gathering ideas around branding, marketing, promotion, product and sales/shipping processes. I still have a long way to go but I think its important to keep chronicling this on the show for anyone out there interested or working on starting their own business.
[LESS INFO] 6 VIEWS | ADDED 20:23:09 09/10/12
In the last show, we took a look at Amazon's new Glacier service. While it looks promising, its not ready for public use mainly to the lack of a client to actually get your files to and managed inside the glacier. Hopefully in the next few months we'll see some tools being developed to make this happen. Until then there is Amazon's wonderful S3 storage service. Its affordable, though not as cheap as Glacier. In this show we'll compare the two services. Chances are S3 might be as good if not a better alternative. http://aws.amazon.com Panic Software's Transmit is an excellent client for working with S3. http://panic.com/transmit
[LESS INFO] 8 VIEWS | ADDED 16:13:43 09/07/12
This is a subject we haven't discussed in a while, but very important to any photographer. How do we manage all the images and files we create? Where do we store all of this. This is a bit of a primer episode, but I want to talk about a few options. I'm currently redoing my own system so I figured this is a good time to share this with you all. The DAM Book by Peter Krogh http://theartofphotography.tv/dambook Also discussed is Amazons AWS Glacier for file archiving. http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/
[LESS INFO] 10 VIEWS | ADDED 13:36:12 09/05/12
First off, holy cow! Episode 100!!! Thank you guys for supporting me this far. I never thought I'd have 100 episodes. Amazing - thank you for watching! Today we're going to continue in our minimalist darkroom series. In part 1 we covered processing film. Today we'll talk about printing. I'll show you how much you can do with a very portable and mobile setup.
[LESS INFO] 9 VIEWS | ADDED 15:28:05 08/29/12
I have covered film developing on the show before, but I've never done an in-dpeth overview with a complete step by step guide to developing at home and all the tools that you need listed out. I'll be adding to this in the coming weeks, but this will be an excellent source for starting out. http://theartofphotography.tv/develop
[LESS INFO] 9 VIEWS | ADDED 16:17:15 08/28/12
Today we'll cover part 2 in our series on the decisive moment. Last time we talked about Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and the 50's generation of photojournalists. Today I want to talk about the work of my photography mentor and share a work with you. This is a different take on the Decisive Moment.
[LESS INFO] 8 VIEWS | ADDED 03:15:59 08/27/12
Starting a gallery is something I’ve been thinking about for probably the last year. I’d like to start a photography business from scratch and document as I go along in the show. I really think this would be beneficial to photographers who watch these videos from a business perspective, but also in terms of preparing definitive work to be released. This is the primary reason I want to do this – to get my own work to flow in a new direction. A lesser goal is to make this something financially lucrative, but it is a goal as well. It might be fun if anyone out there wants to work along with this with your own time and effort. I certainly thing we can all benefit from common knowledge.
[LESS INFO] 7 VIEWS | ADDED 13:42:08 08/23/12
A few episodes back we talked about pushing and pulling film. This week I decided to put my talk into action and push a roll of Kodak Tri-X. This is an extreme example, but I wanted to see if it would work. I pushed it 4 stops from 400 up to 6400. Development was done as a stand in Rodinal 1:100 for 2 hours. I'm very pleased with the results. If you'd like to see bigger versions of the images in the video - I have a set on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedforbes/sets/72157631192796406/