Emily and Peter-We had a blast shooting this wedding.

Emily and Peter met in London and got married in beautiful Charleston, SC. It was an honor and a joy to photograph their wedding and to be a part of their great day. I also had the privilege to shoot with Darrel Johnson of Viewfinders Photography and Dustin Ledo of Bella Loren Photography. We had a blast working together. We will surely be doing it again.

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Photoshop and the past.

I recently worked on a photo restoration project that had a unique impact on me. You will see both the before and after pictures for reference.

The original was a tightly curled up and yellowing,  black & white darkroom print.  In order to get it in the computer, it had to be unrolled and gently crushed on the scanner to get it as flat as possible.  I am still surprised that the print did not break.

On a side note, I think we could have dipped the print in water for a while and it would have taken the curl out with minimal damage to the print. I wasn’t about to take that responsibility with their memories.

I have been using a 12×12 Wacom Tablet, with its pen tool, for a couple of years now . It’s completely replaced the regular mouse. I would buy one for each computer in my office if I could. When I get a new MacBook Pro., it’s getting it’s own tablet.  It was really instrumental in getting the job done fast and clean.

Here is now the reason for this post.

I got know a lot of the faces in the picture because so many of them had to be reconstructed. There were noses missing, ears missing, arms missing, etc. It’s ironic that these men had to give of themselves to each other in this project. I had to borrow arms and cheeks and noses to repair the damaged. I was fortunate that I did not have to borrow any eyes. There was usually one good eye that I could duplicate and fill the gap.  Eyes are too unique.

Apart from the Photoshop, the photograph was fascinating. Shot cleanly, everyone was in focus. But like every group photo, not everyone was happy to be there.

Time for me to get overly analytical.

Even the guys who seemed uninterested were interesting. One can get a idea of their sense of direction for that day.  Maybe there was a outing to get to, later that day ,or  someother thing that was distracting on the minds of some of them.  The human face evolves through the generations and I saw faces that I would have once seen in an old western. The smirks, the bravado and  even the stern looks were captivating.

The group shot becomes so important because it can tell a story of one sees him or herself in that group.  We play our perceived roles in the world even when posing for a group shot. This isn’t science, just  my thoughts.

Next time you see a group shot.  After you have looked at yourself and determined if it is a good photo or not,  look at the other people.  What do you see?


Assistants, mules and rockstars.

I enjoy shooting with help. Sometimes all the help I need is someone who enjoys photography and is basically happy to be there.

I also enjoy assisting other photographers on jobs. I have done a few this past year and its fun. The pay isn’t stellar but I learn stuff and its a great change of pace.

When I need help, I get picky.

I had a great assistant for a while. She would say that she was part pack-mule. We carried a ton of stuff on jobs. We tried new things and we grew together. Mostly we had fun. She moved to another state. You can find her at www.kimullrich.com

I have worked with ‘rockstar’ assistants. I say that because on job day they get distracted and go off shooting for themselves, socializing and having a good time. I am left carrying the bag.

But ‘rockstars’ can energize crowds that helps with fun photos.

I think a good assistant, for me,  is someone who is calm under pressure.  A lot of people can shoot good photos and a LOT of people THINK they shoot good photos. I say this only to emphasize that the good assistants are a real small group. They are calm during inevitable equipment breakdowns, take initiative when situations change, are good with people, and mostly great at brainstorming ideas.

 

 


The 4×5 is awake again.

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For those of you who don’t know…

This is a  4×5 Large Format Camera. It’s over 50 years old. It takes awesome pictures.

It shoots film. One frame at a time. The negative is actual 4 inches x 5 inches.

The resolution is awesome.

I was recently blessed with some of the last remaining 4×5 Polaroid film left in the universe.

Here are some samples of what the images look like

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So my friends, my POLAROID PROJECT Begins.

Look for new images every so often. I’ll assign a separate gallery for them soon.

Also…

The FOURXFIVE event is coming.

It is something I’ve been chewing on for a while.

Here is what it will look like.(I think)

There will be one or more 4×5 cameras available.

This will your chance to use a 4×5.

Shoot with it or have a portrait made of yourself or whatever you wish.

Each camera will have a photographer attached to it to help you use it.

(Any one out there know how to use one? Call me)

I will donate the 4×5 film. You will pay for processing.

When we figure out prices and dates. I will post them.

After the film and prints come back we have a party to show them off.

Here is what I want everyone to understand.

This will be a chance to celebrate the art of photography, the beauty of film.

Remembering that it is okay to take ONE image every FIVE minutes

instead of 5 frames in 1 second.

In the mean time,

If you are photographer, student, lover of the art. Get your portrait made with a 4×5.

I am happy to do it. I’ll donate my time and film.  You pay for printing and processing. Maybe it will become part of an exhibit one day.


Focusing issues…

I have nothing to say. Zac does an awesome job

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