Compiled by: Gerald Boerner ( @glbphoto )


Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2Welcome 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: Paul Strand

“Honesty no less than intensity of vision is the prerequisite of a living expression. This means a real respect for the thing in front of… the photographer… this is accomplished without tricks of process or manipulation through the use of straight photographic methods…”

Short Bio Statement: Paul Strand, an American photographer and filmmaker who helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century…

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Photographer’s Backgrounder:

Paul Strand PortraitPaul Strand was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His diverse body of work, spanning six decades, covers numerous genres and subjects throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Born in New York City to Bohemian parents, in his late teens Strand was a student of renowned documentary photographer Lewis Hine at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. It was while on a fieldtrip in this class that Strand first visited the 291 art gallery – operated by Stieglitz and Edward Steichen – where exhibitions of work by forward-thinking modernist photographers and painters would move Strand to take his photographic hobby more seriously. Stieglitz would later promote Strand’s work in the 291 gallery itself, in his photography publication Camera Work, and in his artwork in the Hieninglatzing studio.

Some of this early work, like the well-known "Wall Street," experimented with formal abstractions (influencing, among others, Edward Hopper and his idiosyncratic urban vision). Other of Strand’s works reflect his interest in using the camera as a tool for social reform. He was one of the founders of the Photo League, an association of photographers who advocated using their art to promote social and political causes.  (Wikipedia)

Strand subsequently traveled to Mexico, where he photographed the landscape, architecture, folk art, and people and in 1934 produced a film about fishermen for the Mexican government. Thirteen years earlier he had collaborated with Charles Sheeler on a film, Manhatta, a study of the urban high-rise environment. Having returned to New York late in 1934, Strand devoted his energies to theater and filmmaking cooperatives.

In 1943 Strand resumed his still photography, focusing on the people and surroundings of New England. In the early 1950s he moved to Europe, spending six weeks in the northern Italian agrarian community of Luzzara and later traveling to the Outer Hebrides, islands off the northwest coast of Scotland. He traveled and photographed in North and West Africa in the 1960s.  (Getty Museum)


Museum Tip of the Day…

Twitter Name: @culturemonster

Title: Van Gogh painting identified in the Netherlands…

"A museum in the Netherlands has identified a painting to be the creation of Vincent Van Gogh, after having said for several years that it is the work of an unknown artist. The painting resides at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.

Officials said this week that "Still Life With Meadow Flowers and Roses" is the work of the Dutch master and that he likely created it while living with his brother, Theo, in Paris in the 1880s. Experts said they used X-ray technology to look beneath the painting, where they found a depiction of two wrestlers."

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Gadget Tip of the Day…

Twitter Name: @PopPhoto

Title: A Look at The State of Camera Lenses In 2012…

"Talk about a golden age of lenses! Fast, long, superwide, fisheye, macro, you name it—camera manufacturers and independents continue to add to their optical arsenals. So, whether you plan to acquire new lenses, or just get the most out of your present optics, we offer this guided tour of today’s hottest glass.

Looking over our lab and field tests of lenses from the past year, several trends clearly emerged—some expected (lots more wide-range zooms) and some unexpected (manual focus!). The lens choices available today are near-dizzying in their variety, so we thought we’d divide the menu into digestible chunks, tell you the pros and cons of the various classes of lenses, and provide some side dishes of technical info."

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Photographer’s Tip #1…

Twitter Name: @DigitalPS

Title: 27 Black and White Landscape Images…

"At first I was a little hesitant – when I think of landscapes I have to admit lots of colour comes to mind – but the more I thought about it – the more I realized that it would make a great collection. So here are a few black and white landscapes to get your creative juices flowing!"

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Photographer’s Tip #2…

Twitter Name: @Mashable

Title: Top 5 Instagram Alternatives for Android…

"The moment smartphone owners have been waiting for is nearly here – Instagram is coming to Android. But while we’re all having filter fun on the photo app, developers have been busy creating Instagram-like apps that have the same tools and, dare we say, even offer a few missing features.

There are dozens of Instagram alternatives to choose from, but here are our five favorites."

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Photographer’s Tip #3…

Twitter Name: @Adobe

Title: Adobe @ Photoshop World Keynote DC 2012…

"Watch the replay of the Photoshop World 2012 Keynote presentation from Adobe Photoshop. Adobe takes the Photoshop World Keynote stage to demo the new Photoshop Touch, Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 beta."

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