Aug 31 2009

Quote a Day – Richard Avedon

Daniel Linnet

Richard Avedon - Beekeeper

Richard Avedon - Beekeeper

“A portrait photographer depends upon another person to complete his picture. The subject imagined, which in a sense is me, must be discovered in someone else willing to take part in a fiction he cannot possibly know about” – Richard Avedon

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Aug 31 2009

‘Shots’ special guest – photographer Scott McGale

Daniel Linnet

Naomi - Scott McGale

Naomi - Scott McGale

‘Editorially in the UK, Scott has shot for Vogue, Arena, Marie Claire, Elle, GQ, the Sunday Times Magazine among others. While in Australia he has shot for for Marie Claire, Instyle and Noise. His beauty and fashion work has been published in over 20 countries around the globe, including over a dozen Sunday Times Magazine covers.’

Scott will be our guest speaker at the forthcoming Shots @ The Arthouse – flash session on Sep 8, 2009 , where he will discuss some of his location lighting techniques as well as being available to answer any questions.

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Aug 31 2009

Nudity for Art, or Publicity?

Daniel Linnet

WARNING – THIS POST CONTAINS NUDITY

We all know that the photography market is extremely competitive and, in the name of art, open to pretty much anything. Well, one US photographer has found a fool proof way to get his name in the papers. Nudity in public!

It was photographer Zach Hyman‘s 22nd public nude shoot and probably the most ambitious in his “Decent Exposures” series, which concentrates on shooting nude models in public places, without any prior concent from the relevant authorities. His latest stunt at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York ended with his 26yr old model Kathleen Neill being charged with public lewdness.

Is this art or just sensationalism? I guess only Zach knows the answer to that. All we can do is make assumptions as to his real intentions. One thing for certain though, it’s getting him plenty of publicity.

Read the full story as reported by the New York Post

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Aug 30 2009

Quote a Day – Robert Doisneau

Daniel Linnet

Robert Doisneau - Le Basier de L'Hotel de Vilne, 1950

Robert Doisneau - Le Basier de L'Hotel de Vilne, 1950

“The photographer must be absorbent, like a blotter, allow himself to be permeated by the poetic moment. His technique should be like and animal function, he should act automatically.” – Robert Doisneau

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Aug 30 2009

‘Marquee’ Shortlisted – London International Creative Award

Daniel Linnet

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Yesterday I received notification that my series Marquee was shortlisted in the London International Creative Award. Almost 12 months after it’s first inception, it is the series that keeps on giving. A huge thank you to the amazing creative team that made it happen.

Set / Costume Design – James Browne

Hair Design – Christophe Cornard

Make-up – Renee De Bono & Sophia Lee

Retouching – Box Studios & Emmanuel Giraud

Over the next few weeks I will be posting various bits and pieces about the making of Marquee, including video footage of the shoot, so keep an eye out to learn more about the process.

“Marquee” – the Series

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Aug 30 2009

Leica Promise – ‘A new chapter in the history of Photography’

Daniel Linnet

Street Journal

Street Journal

If you’ve never played with a Leica than you probably won’t know what all the fuss is about but I remember the day I brought home my first Leica M6. For me it was the beginning of a new chapter.

The endless hours of pounding the pavement clutching my new toy in anticipation of a Cartier-Bresson like scene presenting itself, did pay off in the long run. Although that scene never quiet presented itself, I did manage to build an extensive ‘Street Journal’ of my photographic travels, along with priceless photographic experience and knowledge of my craft. For this I thank the manual simplicity of the M6 which forced me to think about the images I was creating.

Just the other day I received my press pass for the ‘Leica Premiere Event – New landmarks in photography’, and I have to say I’m almost ready for another new chapter. Stand by for the 10th of October, 2009 when all shall be revealed. Meanwhile, here are a few links to get familiar with the Leica and it’s heritage.

Leica Cameras

Leica History

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Aug 30 2009

Selling your photos online – RedBubble

Jose Fernandez

redbubble

RedBubble is a web site dedicated to providing independent and individiual artists a place to collect, show off their artwork, photography, and writing, and interact with one another. Artists can easily sign up for an account to sell t-shirts and other clothing items with their designs on them, or wall art and postcards featuring their original work. They can also connect with an entire community of other artists who are looking to show their pieces or sell their merchandise. Those who want to support those artists and encourage their work can buy their wall art and photography and purchase clothing that you won’t see anyone else wearing.

Launched in early 2007, the site aims to deliver for aspiring artists what blogging has done for aspiring writers and what YouTube has done for aspiring directors… with one exception: it wants the artists to get paid too.

The site is free to join and anyone can upload images, making them available for sale as prints, posters, calendars and cards, and on t-shirts too. RedBubble sets a fee to print each item and artists are then free to set their own mark-ups above the cost price.

RedBubble’s offices are mainly in Australia, although they have branches in San Francisco and the UK. While part of the site’s focus is selling original art to buyers, the site’s other mission is to provide an online art gallery and social network for artists to collaborate, communicate, and share feedback and information.

So if you’re not already on redbubble, then sign up and who knows, you could be making money selling your favorite images as a framed print, on canvas or as a poster.

Check out RedBubble for inspiration and learning and earning!

Jose

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Aug 28 2009

Quote a Day – Bruce Davidson

Daniel Linnet

The Dwarf

The Dwarf - Bruce Davidson

“Taking photographs, taking candid photographs, means that the photographer is an invisible man. Whereas there is still a feeling that in having a photograph taken there is a loss of face: something of the soul is gone” – Bruce Davidson

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Aug 28 2009

Chris Belyea explains Project 366-1

Jose Fernandez

This months Student focus (no pun intended) is on Chris Belyea. Chris is working on an interesting project that we had to share with you all, it’s no doubt inspiring to all up and coming photographers and enthusiasts a like, and a great way to keep those creative juices flowing. Have you got the commitment?

Read below where Chris explains Project 366-1

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“… How hard can it be ? You take a photo every day for a year. Simple ! …”

In case you’re wondering, Project 366-1 is a Flickr group, and there’s quite a few of them, where you take a photo each day for an entire year, and after 239 days (as of today) I can still hear myself saying those exact same words.

Is it as easy as it sounds … far from it !

Is it rewarding, and will you develop as a photographer … without a doubt !

OK, maybe a little background will help

I’d dabbled with various cameras over the years, but certainly nothing more serious than holiday and birthday happy snaps, and in July 2007 my wife presented me with my first DSLR, and after the initial burst of enthusiasm that everyone has, motivation and inspiration began to fall right away, and the DSLR began to gather dust.

That is, until I came across a Blog in December 2008 that made mention of Project 365, so I had a look, signed up and hence the basis for

“… How hard can it be ? You take a photo every day for a year. Simple ! …”

The simple part was taking the first image on Day 1.

After about Day 10, reality bites and you very quickly realise that there’s a huge difference between taking birthday snapshots and actually making an image that you’d feel proud (well, most of the time) to post on Flickr for the world to see.

Like most people, I strive to be reasonably good at what I do, and Project 366-1, from a photography viewpoint, has inspired me to learn more about the craft, to experiment and generally be a lot more creative, and as with most things in life, the more you practice, the more skilled you become.

Every now and again it all comes together … I’ve thought about what I wanted to achieve, given it a try and managed to produce a few images that I’m actually proud to call my own.

Now, to put things into perspective, I’ll give you the Pro’s and Con’s of a doing a Project such as this, and then you can decide if it’s the right thing for you

Pro’s

-You’ll be exposed to a lot of good work on Flickr that will just possibly inspire you.
-You will be part of a larger photographic community that will inspire, support and provide feedback on a daily basis.
-You’ll challenge yourself to explore different areas of photography that will challenge and inspire you.
-You’ll actively seek new avenues to learn about photography, and Sydney Photographic Workshops is a good place to start.
-You will DEFINITELY improve your photography !

Con’s

-Time consuming and addictive
-Frustrating beyond belief at times
-You’ll immediately realise that you’re not as good as you thought you are … that could also be a Pro ;-)
-You’ll quickly understand that you can’t, and won’t, produce a masterpiece each day (see the Con above)

Would I do another Project 366-1 after I finish this one ? … quite possibly … so that I can go back and re-shoot most of what I’ve already done, armed with what I’ve learnt and experienced so far 

There’s a quote by Kent Reno that I came across a while ago

“I discovered that even if I didn’t always take a picture, the simple act of carrying a camera and searching for something to photograph greatly sharpened my powers of observation and allowed me to experience much more life”

That quote is printed out on a card that is fixed firmly to the bottom of my PC monitor !

For anyone that wants to have a look at what the current Flickr group is up to, point your browser to The Project 366-1 flickr group.

Chris Belyea ( aka CB 357)

You can also see more of Chris’ other work at by visiting his Photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisbelyea/

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  • Vote -1 Vote +1Bernie Lynch
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    OMG! Are you completely mad? You’re going for another year? Haven’t we put ourselves through enough???

    OK… – I’m thinking of doing the same… we’re ALL mad, I think

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Aug 28 2009

Shots review “Composition & Light”

Jose Fernandez


Wow what a night! One of Shots biggest turnouts with almost 40 students pre-booked for a night of learning and inspiration.

Our model for the evening was Olivia. She certainly earned her money with all those lenses focussed on her. I would say she was thankful no one used a flash!

This week’s topic was Composition & Light. Daniel ran through some techniques on how to improve composition and gain an understanding of photographic light and how it behaves.

The night concluded with more opportunity’s for the students to practice their shooting. As you can see by the images, everyone was getting right into it!

We also had the first “shot of the week” The winning image is chosen from our Shots @ the Arthouse Flickr group and presented to the budding photographer on the night. This weeks winning image below was taken by Chris Belyea (CB 357) the image is part of his Project 366-1 series, you can read more about it in our Student Corner. Chris won a $50 gift voucher to use on any of the SPW workshops of his choice, and a free drink!

Upload your best 5 images to the Shots@Arthouse flickr group to be in the running for “shot of the week”

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