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  • Category Archives Guest Blogger

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    WHAT IS LIFE LIKE AS AN ASSISTANT?
    There is no perfect existence, but being blessed with a beautiful wife and working for Jay Maisel is pretty close – for starters my cubicle is more than TEN times the size of our entire NYC apartment.  At home we “share” the closet, at work I share space with a basketball hoop.  I got engaged at the bank building and we were married there.  (Yes, I’m currently in negotiations about a cemetery plot in the courtyard.)

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    THEY ASKED ME TO DESCRIBE WORKING FOR JAY?
    There is no job description. 

    Just wanted to a add my quick "Thanks" to Bill Simone for his wonderful, in-depth Guest Blog post yesterday. For those of you who didn't go through the whole thing; he revealed some closely-guarded Photoshop techniques that are in wide use today by some of the biggest names out there, so this weekend; take some time and really sit down and look at what Bill unveiled here yesterday, because it's some really meaty stuff! Thanks Bill, for being so willing to share the techniques you've learned the hard way, and keep up the great work!!! :)

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    When Brad asked me if I would be interested in being a guest blogger on Scott’s site, I immediately said yes. It is one of my frequented sites and It seems I always learn something when I visit.  However, being a visual person, writing does not come easy for me, and a long period of procrastination ensued. So thanks to Scott and Brad for their patience with me! I am thrilled to be here.

    I have chosen a piece of work that is a selection from a small series we recently produced. We were asked by a design firm working for a specialty clothing manufacturer to produce a series of photographs for ads and collateral material. As is normal for the process, we had several meetings to discuss the strategy of the campaign, and the proposed look of the photographs. From these meetings were born a number of very rough sketches. The creative director and I have worked together for a long time, and only need a certain level of refinement in the comps before moving to the actual shoot. I wish I had kept some of the sketches to share with the readers, but…no dice, I could not find them. Just imagine your worst sketch on a paper napkin!

    I’ve been immersed in compositing for a number of years now, and often go to it for solutions to visuals I am asked to make. This series seemed perfect.

    A number of scenarios were proposed to fit the products chosen to be featured.

    • A rough and tumble outdoorsman pulling the winch cable from the front of his old Land Rover pickup truck, hopelessly stuck. (The only one not executed as a composite, shot outdoors as you see it.)
    • A young, pretty, athletic rock climber girl.
    • Another young pretty girl in a snowball fight.
    • A really fun one for a line of SWAT team clothing.
    • Clothing for undercover cops.
    • And finally the subject of my blog…a snowboarder doing something cool.

    Here is the final composited shot:

    Photography for the Joy of It! I’m coming up on my 40th anniversary as a photographer! What does that mean? Well you could say I was close, personal friends with George Eastman, but that was little further back! What it means is that for the past 40 years I’ve supported my family, made lots of friends and acquaintances, and seen many great things... And I’m even more excited to be a photographer than I was at the beginning! Let me share with you how to have a childlike enthusiasm about being a shooter, even at my advanced age! How old am I? Well let’s just say my social security number is 1! No I’m 63, but my doctor said, “With a body like your’s you should donate it to science fiction!” Photography has brought me three great things, people, places and, well photography itself!…

    Hi gang: here's what's up: Scott Bourne Rocks! A big thanks to Scott Bourne over at PhotoFocus.com for including my blog in his post called "My Favorite Online Places to Get More Info About Photography." Here's the link to check out all this picks (Thanks Scott---it's a honor to be included in such great company). Just Four Days Left..... Don't forget about Rob Jone's wonderful offer of a matching donation on the official Photo Walk t-shirts. The deadline is July 31st (at this point with Rob's matching donation, every shirt you buy creates at $10 donation to the Spring of Hope Kenya Orphanage). Here's the link. Matt's Workflow Video We're getting a lot of love from Matt's Lightroom workflow video that he did for the photo walk participants. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, it's right here. A totally kick-butt…

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    Before anything else, I’d like to extend a big “thank you!” to Scott for having me back. I really enjoyed my last visit here and was very appreciative of all of your comments. Fresh from leading the Adobe Headquarters Photo Walk in San Jose, I’d also like to call out what Scott and everyone at the NAPP do; not just for education on a wide array of Adobe products, but their celebration for the passion of photography. My favorite part of my job is seeing what people do with our software and the excitement and creativity it brings to them; Saturday’s Photo Walk offered a really nice perspective on what that looks like early on, from behind-the-person-behind-the-lens. Here in San Jose, we enjoyed a full house; had a special guest participant, and I finished with Lightroom 2.0 and Photoshop CS4 demos from our own Park conference room – a great way to spend a Saturday. Thanks to Scott & friends for putting me in touch with some great people and talented shooters!

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    Although I’ve collaborated with Scott and the staff of the NAPP for many years, last year was my first trip out to NAPP headquarters. My experience there prompted what I’m going to share today.

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