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Are Portraits a Window into People’s Souls?

Recently, while listening to one of the podcasts I subscribe to, Philosophy Bites, the subject came up discussing portraits and some various thoughts on portraits being and insight to a person. It isn’t very long and I recommend it.

The podcast resonated with me since it, in some ways, echoed my thoughts of portraits and the people being photographed. I make no claim to have some sort of superpower which allows me to stare directly into the subject’s soul, but I do feel that there is something I learn about the subjects in the act of taking their portraits. Self image, imagination, self-reflection and willingness to take risks come across very clearly during a session.
This is no less true when taking portraits of groups. In general when shooting groups I first ask the people to arrange themselves in a way that feels right to them. Most of the time, aside from some adjusting on my part, they are very close to being spot on. It is very telling about the family on how people position and posture themselves in relation to others in the group. Who stands next to who? What spacing do individual impose? What are they doing with their hands and arms? That says a lot about the dynamics within a family. I am not saying it is a perfect window, but it is very telling.
So, next time you look at a portrait, even if it is a family snapshot by uncle Ray, look at the arrangement, see what things you can pull from that photo, you may be surprised. Likewise, when you are being photographed, what are you telling the world about yourself?

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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Musings

 

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How to Improve Your Photography – Pt 3 Podcasts

C. S. Lewis has this great quote which goes  “the next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a company of people who are.” Last post I wrote about libraries and the vast wealth that is found in books and magazines. While podcasts will not replace need of students of photography to pore through “printed’ works, they do perform an important role in education.

So, what is a podcast?

Generally they are audio only productions recorded in an electronic format distributed through the internet.

Why is that a big deal?

Well, since these are in electronic format you can listen to these on computers, either streaming or as downloadable files, and with mp3 players (not just Apple devices like IPhones, or IPods). This allows for easy storage and flexibility to listening.

Who put out these podcasts?

A number of professionals and high-level enthusiasts put out these shows in addition to their already hectic schedule.

What is their motivation?

While there is some self-interest with podcasting, they are all done in a spirit of giving and sharing. Some of the podcasters do put on seminars and even sell books, but their podcasts are not 50 minute infomercials. Generally their intent is to build their reputation and which may eventually, (for some it is happening now) pay off in $$ either directly or, more likely, indirectly.

What types of things do they talk about?

If you listen to one, is there any need to listen to another? To be a bit flippant, they are all like snowflakes, individuals putting out work that, even if the format is similar, it comes across quite different. Some podcasts are interviews with high-end professional photographers, some are philosophical insights while others take a question and answer format.

What is the easiest way to get them?

While going to each site on a weekly or monthly basis is one way to manage the files it is not a very efficient method. Personally I use the ITUNES store, which will require you to download their program, which is about 90 megabyte file. From here you simply search for your shows (under podcasts) and subscribe to the ones you like. Then every time you run the program, it will automatically download new files. There are other ways to subscribe to various podcasts, but I find this to work very well.

What are some of the photography podcasts that I listen to?

  • Camera Dojo – Kerry Garrison – Great all around podcast and wonderful blog.
  • F-Stop Beyond with Ron Dawson – While Ron seeks out famous photographers to interview he focuses the discussion in areas that most photography interviews do not go – people’s personal history, feelings and circumstances.
  • Frederick Van – Various interviews.
  • History of Photography – An honest to goodness lectures from an ongoing college photography class.
  • Lenswork – Great short morsels of insight, philosophy and speculation from the editor of Lenswork Magazine.
  • Lightsource Studio Photography – Interviews with high end commercial photographers.
  • Photofocus – Scott Bourne and a guest answer questions submitted by readers.
  • The Candid Frame – Ibarionix Perello – Great interviews with various people in the photography field. Not just “big names” but even promising students.
  • This Week in Photography – Discussion about news and events related to photography. This is in an Apple media file, which, to me, is very inconvenient as Windows Media player will not recognize the file and nor am I able to play t on my Sansa MP3 player.

    There are other photography podcasts to be found on the internet. The intent was list every single podcast, but to give you a “starter pack” to some that I feel are worthwhile and will have a broad range of appeal. Feel free to share your thoughts and favorites with me.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2010 in Photography Advice

 

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Different times calls for different measures

A photography business is no longer a business just about taking pictures, it is about marketing and using the internet to best leverage your business. Decades ago the options for advertising was few and the costs were high.  Even small Yellow Pages ads could cost hundreds of dollars a month. Yet with all of their costs, were they ever that effective? I don’t think so. And following the trends of current businesses, many others don’t think so as well.

The internet is a great leveling device. It allows the small guy (like me) to, with a little know how and maybe a little bit of money, compete with the bigger companies. But throwing up a website is not enough. Neither is starting a Facebook page. To drive the traffic, and to keep our businesses in front of people, we must learn the “rules” of the game and to say on top of current trends and technology.

This week I listened to one of the photography podcasts I subscribed to and was blown away with what the guest had to say. The focus of the show was Search Engine Optimization in relation to the photographer, but if you are not in the photography business, don’t let that stop you from listening because there are many, many nuggets of information you will gain. And, after you have listened to the podcast, let us know your thoughts.

Podcast on Search Engine Optimization

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Business Advice

 

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