Archive for May 2016

True Confessions, Photography Edition

Posted by on Friday May 20, 2016 | Fun

Photographers, especially pros, are expected to conform to a set of, if not standards, then expectations. Keep the mode dial firmly on manual. Don’t say you’re a “natural light” photographer. And so on. But in our unguarded moments, we’ve all slipped. The folks at Digital Rev TV are clearing the air with a series of raw, heartfelt... More

The “New Rules” of Composition

Posted by on Wednesday May 18, 2016 | Fine Art, Video

Photography, like many other disciplines, has a loose set of rules that are very often strategically broken by artists and practitioners–to prove a point or to simply experiment. Thumbing one’s nose at the rules of composition, in particular, is a time-honored tradition. Photographer James Allen Stewart has his own spin on compositional rule-breaking and has put together... More

Google’s Gigapixel Robot Camera Is Taking Pictures of Museum Work

Posted by on Tuesday May 17, 2016 | Camera, Fine Art

Medium format cameras are widely used in commercial photography but they also have a thriving (if less well-publicized) life in museums, where they’re used to create high quality digital files of precious artwork. Those cameras, and the photographers who operate them, have some new competition from Google’s Art Camera. This custom built, robotic camera creates... More

The Curator Final Deadline

Posted by on Tuesday May 17, 2016 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Submissions for The Curator Fine-Art Awards will close in one week. Enter your work by May 24 to be considered for our annual group exhibition, returning this summer to Foley Gallery in New York City. Other prizes include $3,500 cash, $200 to B&H Photo, print exposure in the August “Fine-Art Photography” issue of PDN and... More

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Posted by on Friday May 13, 2016 | Photojournalism

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ― John Locke **** Renting a Darkroom in Tokyo – Japan Camera Hunter How I Became the Subject of My Own Boston Bombing Photos – Bill Hoenk The International Center of Photography’s Brave New World – Christies... More

How to Get Work As a Social Media Influencer? Hope the CEO’s Kid Likes You

Posted by on Friday May 13, 2016 | Celebrity, Media, Social Media/Web

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on May 7, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT Digiday’s Shareen Pathak has published a revealing–though anonymous–interview with a social media executive about the business of finding and cultivating social media influencers to promote brands. (A subject we’ve tackled quite a bit — here and here.) Reading it, you’ll learn... More

Portrait of a Wet Plate Photographer

Posted by on Thursday May 12, 2016 | Video

Ask photographers why they shoot film and you’ll invariably be told that they love how it forces them to slow down. While film photography may feel slow in the digital era, it’s positively breakneck compared to wet plate photography. Few people are better acquainted with the original “slow photography” than David Rambow. A history buff,... More

Meet the New Instagram

Posted by on Wednesday May 11, 2016 | Social Media/Web

Change is the only constant at Instagram. The social network revealed today a brand new design that aims to put the focus more squarely on its users’ content. Oh, and there’s a new logo too. “We stripped the color and noise from surfaces where people’s content should take center stage, and boosted color on other surfaces... More