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The Camera as a creative tool

Photography is not just about recording images. It’s about creating them as well. It’s a concept that has been around since way before computers and photoshop came about. For example, the camera can be wielded in such a way as to become a paintbrush.  By intentionally leaving the shutter open while moving the camera, normally recognizable features become dynamically flowing swaths of color. These swaths of color can be further combined with imagery and painting to create something totally new and different. Want to use you camera more creatively?    Become a scientist.    You...

From that Moment

  From the moment I developed my first roll of InfraRed film, I knew I was hooked. It was back in the late 80’s. Very few photographers shot InfraRed because it was extremely difficult to work with. Camera meters were calibrated for visible light and not InfraRed. You had to guesstimate (Bracket) and shoot on average 3 to five different exposures in hopes of nailing the correct one. (You couldn’t just look at the back of the camera like today) The film was expensive and because of bracketing, you would only get 5 to 8 scenes per roll. It came in a canister but had to be...

That Fraction of a Second

It is said that we process less than a billionth of the stimuli that we are exposed to at any one given moment. The stimuli we do pay attention to, tend to be things that reinforce what we believe exists “out there”. The remaining stimuli pretty much get automatically ignored. One of the things I love about modern professional cameras is their ability to freeze a moment in time. When used properly, they can give us the actual ability to see things which would normally go unseen… Image Taken at 1/8000 of a second @ f/8  ...

One more thing on that “photoshopped” comment thing

One more thing on the “photoshopped” comment thing: ALL digital images, whether captured on a camera imager or scanned from film, need (at the least) sharpening. Even if you’re looking for that soft focus effect. So in essence, ALL images need some “photoshopping”. Most non-profesional shooters don’t realize that when they shoot that jpeg, the camera’s software is doing the work for them.  For this reason I choose to always shoot raw so that the choice of how sharp, or how much color correction, is my choice(not to mention the major benefit of...

What an Image does to you

Last week a couple walked up to a print of an infra red image I had on display.The girl really liked the shot but I overheard the guy say in a derogatory tone, “its photoshopped”. I had to interrupt and say “actually its not”. I then tried to describe how I captured the image trying to be friendly and non-defensive. It became clear to me that the guy didn’t believe me. His mind was made up. And even if it had been “photoshopped”, so what??! Still I kinda felt like I was being called a liar and it left me wanting to go grab my computer and find the...

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