Compiled by: Gerald Boerner ( @glbphoto )
Welcome to a new feature of my blog universe. For quite a while now, I have been posting a set of “Photographer’s Tips of the Day” on my Prof. Boerner’s Exploration page on Facebook. I wanted to try to share these tips with the followers of my blog and this is the first cut. I would appreciate any feedback that you might want to forward to me via the Comments section; if you are a Facebook user, you may use your Facebook credentials to smooth the process of accessing the comment area of this blog.
Each day I scan a number of photo related pages on Facebook as well as Twitter (my Twitter ID is @glbphoto). I hope that these tips and the “Photographer’s Quote of the Day” will help you in your pursuit of improving your photographic eye and skills. I also try to include one reference to a Museum Blog or Exhibit to help you develop your photographer’s eye. GLB
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Photographer’s Quote of the Day…
Photographer: Sebastião Salgado
“Most of the information we now get is through television and is mutilated. Photography offers the opportunity to spend much more time on a topic. It’s relatively cheaper medium, and can allow a photographer really to live in another place, show another reality, get closer to the truth.”
Short Bio Statement: Sebastião Salgado, a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist…
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Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. It’s not just that this celebrated Brazilian photojournalist has been sniffling since he arrived in the city, explaining: “I was born in a tropical ecosystem. I’m not used to these plants.” It’s also that he peppers his description of the city with words like strange and crazy, noting that he was mesmerized by the sight of the endless stream of automobile traffic as his plane made its descent.
After a somewhat itinerant childhood, Salgado initially trained as an economist, earning a master’s degree in economics from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. He began work as an economist for the International Coffee Organization, often traveling to Africa on missions for the World Bank, when he first started seriously taking photographs. He travelled often to Africa on missions affiliated with the World Bank. It was then that he first began taking his first photographs. On his return to London these images began to preoccupy him, and he abandoned his career as an economist. At the beginning of 1973 he and his wife returned to Paris so that he could begin his life as a photographer.
Salgado initially worked with the Paris based agency Gamma, but in 1979 he joined the international cooperative of photographers Magnum Photos. He left Magnum in 1994 and formed his own agency, Amazonas Images, in Paris to represent his work. He is particularly noted for his social documentary photography of workers in less developed nations. Longtime gallery director Hal Gould considers Salgado to be the most important photographer of the early century, and gave him his first show in the United States.
Salgado works on long term, self-assigned projects many of which have been published as books: The Other Americas, Sahel, Workers, and Migrations. The latter two are mammoth collections with hundreds of images each from all around the world. His most famous pictures are of a gold mine in Brazil called Serra Pelada. He is presently working on a project called Genesis, photographing the landscape, flora and fauna of places on earth that have not been taken over by man.
In September and October 2007, Salgado displayed his photographs of coffee workers from India, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil at the Brazilian Embassy in London. The aim of the project was to raise public awareness of the origins of the popular drink. (Wikipedia)
Museum Tip of the Day…
Twitter Name: @ArtFinder
Title: Lucian Freud Portraits…
"Freud was a prolific portraitist, grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud and prominent member of the 1950s London art scene that included Frank Auerbach and Francis Bacon. Drawing sitters solely from a close pool of associates – family, friends, fellow painters, lovers – his artwork is significant in its intensification of the artist-model relationship."
Link to Article: http://www.artfinder.com/listing/uk/london/lucian-freud-portraits/
Gadget Tip of the Day…
Twitter Name: @DigitalPS
Title: Readers: Lens Filters: To Use or Not To Use? Your 2 cents, if you please!…
"For those of you who are newer to the wild, wild world of photography, there are many different kinds of lens filters, and thus they are used for varied reasons. The two most commonly used filters would be 1) Polarizing filters which are used to reduce glare and improve overall image saturation and 2) UV filters which essentially exist to provide extra protection (from scratches, cracks, etc.) to the front of your lens. These filters run anywhere from a few dollars (for a piece of shizizzle) all the way up to the $900 range (I’ve heard rumors that this variety is plated in gold. . . though I’ve never seen one with my own eyes, so I can’t definitively say)."
Photographer’s Tip #1…
Twitter Name: @NYTimesPhoto
Title: Redeeming a Life in Photography…
"Through blacklists, dashed friendships and averted gazes, Miriam Grossman Cohen waited half her life for redemption. Instead, she would have to endure the old slights, which hurt as much as ever, against her husband, Sid Grossman: That he was the Communist in the Photo League. That he cared more about politics than art. That his life was summed up more by what others said than by what he did.
‘I’m 85,’ she said last week. ‘I’ve waited since 1955, when Sid died, for some kind of redemption, and it never came.’"
Photographer’s Tip #2…
Twitter Name: @TIMEbox
Title: Another Side of Afghanistan by Larry Towell…
"Back in 2008, photographer Larry Towell’s agency, Magnum Photos, had contacted him about a project in Afghanistan that would require him to embed with the British military. Towell, having just completed work in Palestine, decided that he didn’t want to see Afghanistan for the first time with an embed, and instead set forth to see the country on his own. “It was important for me to learn more about the history of Afghanistan to get some perspective about what’s going on today and see if I even had anything to say,” says Towell, who was later awarded a Magnum Emergency Fund to aid his work. From 2008 to 2011, Towell traveled to Afghanistan five times, documenting in both photographs and videos the various social issues that plague its citizens, from drug addiction and poverty to the prevalence of landmines, many of which still remain from the Soviet occupation of the country during the 1980s."
Link to Article: http://lightbox.time.com/2012/03/23/larry-towell/
Photographer’s Tip #3…
Twitter Name: @Photoflex
Title: John Beckett: Shooting Action with the TritonFlash…
"Under most conditions, using electronic flash means you will only be able to shoot one frame of a fast action sequence. You either have to pre-focus on the spot where you want to catch the action, use follow-focusing or use a continuous focus until you are ready to shoot a single frame. Because of the angle needed for our moving bike, the pre-focus method worked best with Nikon’s "Continuous-High" firing mode and focused on the bike’s takeoff point. Once the focus point was set, I didn’t move until the entire sequence was completed from pre-focus to our model going back to his original starting point — through the takeoff and landing."
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