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  • Monthly Archives November 2008

    First, thanks to everybody who posted such kind comments yesterday. It absolutely made my day! :) The photo above is one I took of my wife in a Mosque in Istanbul (women have to cover their heads to enter the Mosque). Here are some quick things I learned during the trip: I was curious how we'd be treated (as Americans), but everywhere we went, without exception, the people were incredibly warm, friendly, and very genuine. Barack Obama is an absolute rock star over there. People would see us, figure out that we were American's (we kinda stuck out), and they'd start yelling "Obama" and high-fiving us when we walked by. I even saw locals in Turkey and Egypt wearing Obama pins, and I saw Obama stickers in store windows. Our local English-speaking guides all were huge Obama fans (and let us know in no…

    I put together a iPhoto book of some of my favorite shots from my trip, and I've included some of the pages from the photo book below (click on them for a larger version). I went in a bit of a different direction with photos I shot on this trip than I did on my trip to Italy this past summer. These images have more of a focus on texture, color, and mood than my Italy images (I just wanted to try shooting in less of a commercial style than I usually do). Besides this photo book, I did take loads of regular vacation photos (with us posed in front of pyramids, the Sphinx, etc.), and those are going into a separate photo book that's more for us to look at to remember the trip, the places we ate, photos of our tour guides,…

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    Greetings from Atlanta‐Barbara.

    Splitting my time between our Atlanta commercial photography studio, my wife Helene Glassman’s portrait/fine art studio in Santa Barbara, and teaching digital photography programs means I spend a lot of time in the air. Today as I start to write the beginning of my guest Blog entry, I am flying to do a program in Chicago.

    As I was shooting snapshots of clouds out of the window and thinking of what I would like to write about, I took notice of the date. I realized that in two weeks it will be exactly 30 years since graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta and official start of my professional career in photography. In those thirty years I then realized that exactly 15 of those years have been in a film‐based work environment and the other 15 years have been in a totally digital capture environment. A very interesting moment in time to reflect on….

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    A lot has changed in those 30 years. Although the tools we work with have changed and the final product is somewhat different, we are still doing the same job that we have always done. What was important then is even more important now. Where quality counts, doing just an OK job is not going to be good enough. For me as a photo-illustrator, I now have the tools to make things as perfect as possible which makes the clients very happy.

    As I have been giving programs at photography schools around the country, I am meeting some incredibly talented art students educated in the latest digital imaging workflow techniques and software. It’s exciting to think about their futures ahead of them as they get ready to start their new careers. For those of us who are not currently in school, staying a head of the learning curve by being active members in your specific trade associations (like NAPP) and attending seminars isn’t even a choice any more. It’s a necessary part of your continuing education you must put yourself through to be competitive.

    We must all constantly be working hard to improve our portfolios. That’s where the self‐assignment comes in. I have several different types of self‐assignments going on at once. One on-going assignment I have been doing for a long time is creating a multi‐image montage or digital panting that represents my feelings of each of the places I visit as I travel. These images are not for clients. Even though they are just for me, working on them makes me better prepared for the illustrative assignments that I do get from clients.
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    Over the last few years, I have had the honor of hosting the “Art Of Photography” panel at Photoshop World. Several of the PSW photography instructors each get 15 minutes to show off their latest imaging with most of the entire conference in attendance. I am always amazed of what each artist has been doing it the 6 months between each show and I get even more inspired to create new portfolio images. For me, the trick is to now pick subjects for these self‐assignments that I have little or no experience photographing.

    I decided I wanted to photograph whales…. That’s a lot different that photographing golf

    Back in early July, as my birthday present, my wife surprised me with a dream vacation, which we're just coming back from today (In fact, I'm writing this on the plane flight home right now). We started our vacation in Istanbul and spent a couple of days there (even got a few tips on where to shoot from David Honl, who used to live there). Then we boarded a cruise ship for a week visiting Athens (where the photo above was taken by our waiter) and the Greek Islands, and we ended our cruise in Alexendria, Egypt where we transferred to Cairo, to spend a few days seeing Pyramids and Sphinx's before heading back home. Here's the kicker----the even bigger surprise was---it was just us two---the kids stayed home with Grandma. We haven't done anything like that in years (the kids go everywhere with…

    .....commercial photographer, Photoshop User magazine columnist, Photoshop World Instructor, and master of the montage, my friend Jim DiVitale (I always just call him, "Jimmy D" for short). I'm particularly honored to have Jim as a guest blogger because he's had such an impact on my career. Jim was an attendee at the first Photoshop World Conference ever, and a few months after that, I ran into him at an Atlanta tradeshow (I had never met Jim, but I saw someone walking by with a Photoshop World t-shirt on, and I went up and introduced myself). An incredibly lucky break for me, for as it turned out Jim had been teaching courses for PPA for a while, and he told me (in as kind a way as possible), what we needed to do to offer real photography training at Photoshop World, and he even offered…

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