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  • Category Archives Guest Blogger

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    Portrait of Eddie Tapp / Image © Phillip Charis

    Half the Image

    There are primarily three ingredients that make a photograph become a part of you. Looking at images from the likes of Joe McNally, you would make a quick assumption that the subject matter is high on the list, and naturally the subject matter itself is what we see. But that is aesthetical rather than technical, and aesthetics I’ll leave for later. Technically, there are three ingredients that bring us into a photograph. I’ll get to that later too.

    Without thinking about it, look through a magazine that you’re not so familiar with (and maybe ones that you are). As you flip through the pages, something will stop you and you will give this page your undivided attention. When this happens, chances are something visual grabbed your attention first.

    Hi Everybody: I'm back in the saddle after a wild week out West last week (I missed my "Embarrassing Photo Thursday" so here ya go: It's from the mid-80s during my short stint with the band "Sneek." (photo by NAPP member Jay Handler. Who'd a thunkit?). I think we played just one or two gigs before we broke up (dig my Eddie Van Halen knock-off red and white taped guitar). Now, onto the update, report, and stuffage that's been stacking up: Down in Downtown The day before the shoot, I got to do an impromptu photo walk in Downtown Denver with Jason from the Canonblogger.com (really great guy---we had a lot of fun, laughed a lot, and had a great dinner with the seminar team). I think I even got a few decent shots, but I'll never know, because the next morning I accidentally…

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    (Photo by Jeff Schewe)

    Before I begin my post I would very much like to thank Scott Kelby for allowing me both the honor and privilege to write this blog entry on the one-year anniversary of “Guest Blog Wednesday.” All I can say is it was a lot easier writing the first guest blog entry a year ago. With all of the amazing words and thoughts that have been written here by some of the greatest creative voices of our time, to do this again is a wee bit intimidating.

    ....the man who came up with the whole Guest Blog idea himself, the one and only Vincent Versace. That's right---it was one year ago this week that Vinny convinced me to switch from "No Blog Wednesday" to "Special Guest Blog Wednesday" and I still haven't stopped thanking him. It was a brilliant idea which has brought so many wonderful ideas, images, inspiration, and techniques to my readers, and I am truly indebted to them, and to Vincent for seeing the potential of what it could be. It's such an honor to have Vinny back here tomorrow as we celebrate the 1 year guest blog anniversary and there's truly no more fitting person to feature on this day (by the way; I read Vinny's post last night---you MUST come back tomorrow and give it a read. Amazing!).

    The Coming Revolution


    I believe we’re at a turning point in the way we, as an industry, approach our craft. Thanks to the internet, information moves faster and faster, filling our brains to bustin’ with everything any of us could ever hope to know about off-camera flash, HDR techniques, hyperfocal distances, and the effect of aperture shape on bokeh. We have learned more and more, and if we have not it’s not for lack of information. And at the end of day we’re still hungry; full up on HOW and still wondering WHY.

    My first book came out on Monday. After writing it and spinning much of it around the idea that WHY always drives HOW, I am more convinced than ever that we are about to reach critical mass with the the HOW, and that we’re slowly turning, collectively, to see the vaccum that has formed while we weren’t paying attention. That vaccum is passion, vision, and the reason we picked up cameras to begin with – the need to express ourselves. To use a metaphor; it’s as though we’re reaching the pinnacle of typewriter technology and have awoken to find that what we’re really passionate about is the stories, the poems, and the words themselves rather than the keys and ribbons.

    ....an amazing photographer, teacher, and now published author....David duChemin. You've heard me talk about David's captivating work a dozen times here on the blog, and it's such an honor to have him here as my guest blogger tomorrow (it's particularly cool because I'm in the middle of reading his brand new book, "Within the Frame" right now, and as expected---it's awesome!). In the meantime, I encourage you to go and spend a couple of minutes looking at David's amazing portfolio (here's the link) and check out his personal blog: Pixelated Image. You'll love it! (Don't forget to check back here tomorrow for his guest blog).

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