9.10.2012

How do you know when you've gone far enough with your post processing?


You don't. So you keep experimenting until you don't like it anymore and then back off.

Book Defies Amazonian Gravity and sells at near cover price!


Earlier today my first book (above) Minimalist Lighting, was selling at $33.95.  About a dollar off the cover price and way above the historic price model at Amazon.  Was it the Hunt Brothers trying to corner the market in books about small flashes or just some sort of algorithmic glitch in the clouds? Who can know. As I've chosen not to go through the process of revising the book it may become a collectible oddity.  If you haven't already snapped up a copy now might be the time to pounce.....




Do you ever go back and re-work images that you've taken a few years ago?


I've spent a few fun hours reworking some of my images of Jana in a program called SnapSeed. This one started life as a color image from a Canon 5Dmk2 but now it's taken on a life of its own as a black and white image.

I like the idea of letting images "rest" for a couple of years. Like aging cocktails in an oak cask. Then you get to like them all over again and you start to get a feeling for the threads of continuity in your work and it makes you understand that the art you do is a building process and that time is a critical element...

Sometimes, when you are photographing a model, it helps to create a small story to share...


Not always, but sometimes, when I work with a model to create images for our mutual portfolios it is helpful to both of us if we come up with a narrative or a short story that helps us imagine what the images are about. In this case the story was about a young woman who'd come to town to meet her old boyfriend only to be stood up. These images are from the originally intended rendezvous. We made other images outside, downtown, as she searched for her boyfriend in all the usual places. Needless to say, this was self assigned.




The venue for these images was Little City Coffee House on Congress Ave. A very early, independent coffee house in Austin which closed at the end of last year. The model is Jana and the camera was a Canon 5D mk2 fitted with an 85mm 1.8 lens.

Creating little stories seems to be more effective than lumbering around hoping something interesting will happen....