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: David Bailey
“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.”
Short Bio Statement: David Bailey, an English photographer who helped create the ‘Swinging London’ of the 1960s…
For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bailey_(photographer)
David Royston Bailey CBE (born 2 January 1938) is an English photographer. Bailey developed a love of natural history, and this led him into photography. Suffering from undiagnosed dyslexia, he experienced problems at school. He attended a private school, Clark’s College in Ilford, where he says they taught him less than the more basic council school. As well as dyslexia he also has the motor skill disorder dyspraxia.
In 1959 he became a photographic assistant at the John French studio, and in May 1960, he was a photographer for John Cole’s Studio Five before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine later that year. He also undertook a large amount of freelance work.
Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, he captured and helped create the ‘Swinging London’ of the 1960s: a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. The three photographers socialized with actors, musicians and royalty, and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Together, they were the first real celebrity photographers, named by Norman Parkinson as "the Black Trinity".
The film Blowup (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, concerns the work and sexual habits of a London fashion photographer played by David Hemmings and is largely based on Bailey.
The "Swinging London" scene was aptly reflected in his Box of Pin-Ups (1964): a box of poster-prints of 1960s celebrities and socialites including Terence Stamp, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, PJ Proby, Cecil Beaton, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol and notorious East End gangsters the Kray twins.
The box was an unusual and unique commercial release, and it reflected the changing status of the photographer that one could sell a collection of prints in this way. (The strong objection to the presence of the Krays on the part of fellow photographer Lord Snowdon was the major reason no American edition of the "Box" ever appeared, nor a British second edition issued.) The record sale for a copy of ‘Box of Pin-Ups’ is reported as "north of £20,000".
Bailey’s ascent at Vogue was meteoric. Within months he was shooting covers and at the height of his productivity he shot 800 pages of Vogue editorial in one year. Penelope Tree, a former girlfriend, described him as "the king lion on the Savannah: incredibly attractive, with a dangerous vibe. He was the electricity, the brightest, most powerful, most talented, most energetic force at the magazine".
American Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington, then a model herself said "It was the Sixties, it was a raving time, and Bailey was unbelievably good-looking. He was everything that you wanted him to be – like the Beatles but accessible – and when he went on the market everyone went in. We were all killing ourselves to be his model, although he hooked up with Jean Shrimpton pretty quickly". (Wikipedia)
Museum Blog of the Day…
Twitter Name: @LACMA
Title: Ellsworth Kelly: The Purist…
"One would think that Ellsworth Kelly’s abstract art was easy, being so casually blissful. And bliss is a quality one could readily associate with the beautifully curated exhibition, Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings, which is on view in BCAM through April 22. There is this sort of simple clarity, which by its very nature is a kind of misdirection. And for those in the know, it might be there on the face of the work, but for me, I had one of those ‘doors of perception moments’ that made looking at the work feel as if I were seeing it for the first time. And suddenly, and amazingly, it was quite thrilling."
Link to Article: http://lacma.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/ellsworth-kelly-the-purist/
Gadget Tip of the Day…
Twitter Name: @Appolicious
Title: New iPad gets hot, but still comparable to other tablets…
"It seems at least a few owners of Apple’s newly released iPad, which went on sale just under two weeks ago, have complained that the device gets uncomfortably hot when they’re using it. Some have complained of burns, others have said they can’t use the device because it’s uncomfortable to hold, and still others have said the iPad gets so warm that it locks itself down until temperatures have leveled off.
But as PC World reports, while the iPad does get warm – they were able to push the device to generate a temperature of about 100 degrees on its back panel – it’s not alone in doing so. The fact of the matter is, tablets are computers and computers get hot when they’re working, and no tablet is really designed to disperse heat well."
Photographer’s Slideshow #1…
Twitter Name: @ScottKelby
Title: Photos from Photoshop World Washington DC…
"As Photoshop World winds down, we begin the look back at three amazing days of learning and fun.
Hey everyone, Brad here with a quick update from Photoshop World Washington DC! Just wanted to share a few shots from the event so far. More to come later!"
Photographer’s Tip #2…
Twitter Name: @Lightroom
Title: Soft Proofing in Lightroom 4…
"Learn about Lightroom’s top-requested feature, soft proofing, in this video with Julieanne Kost: http://bit.ly/zZQhO7. Soft proofing lets you control the way your colors are converted for a specific output device, such as sRGB or a specific printer. What do you think of this feature?"
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Photographer’s Tip #3…
Twitter Name: @DanBaileyPhoto
Title: I’ll Say it Again: Photography is Not About The Gear…
"Yesterday I read a short post by travel photographer Phil Hill that was posted over at Light Stalking, called Why Good Photography Isn’t About The Gear.
In his article, Phil went out and shot landscapes with his girlfriend’s entry level DSLR and f/5.6 kit lens. His intent was to prove that learning how to effectively expose for your scene with Manual and Aperture Priority modes is far more important than just buying more Megapixels.
And you know what? He’s right. He got some perfectly nice photographs, even with a nearly ten year old camera that only has a 10 Megapixel sensor. Compared with the latest offerings from Nikon and Canon, 10 Megapixel seems so… oh, I don’t know… so…"
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