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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Artist’s Quote of the Day…
Artist: Charles Baudelaire
“From that moment onwards, our loathsome society rushed, like Narcissus, to contemplate its trivial image on a metallic plate. A form of lunacy, an extraordinary fanaticism took hold of these new sun-worshippers.”
Short Bio Statement: Charles Baudelaire, a nineteenth-century French poet, critic, and translator; Baudelaire’s name has become a byword for literary and artistic decadence…
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Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821 – 1867) was a nineteenth-century French poet, critic, and translator. A controversial figure in his lifetime, Baudelaire’s name has become a byword for literary and artistic decadence. At the same time his works, in particular his book of poetry Les fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), have been acknowledged as classics of French literature.
Baudelaire was educated in Lyon, where he was forced to board away from his mother (even during holidays) and accept his stepfather’s rigid methods, which included depriving him of visits home when his grades slipped. He wrote when recalling those times: “A shudder at the grim years of claustration [...] the unease of wretched and abandoned childhood, the hatred of tyrannical schoolfellows, and the solitude of the heart.” Baudelaire at fourteen was described by a classmate: “He was much more refined and distinguished than any of our fellow pupils [...] we are bound to one another[...] by shared tastes and sympathies, the precocious love of fine works of literature”. Later, he attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris. Baudelaire was erratic in his studies, at times diligent, at other times prone to “idleness.”
At eighteen, Baudelaire was described as “an exalted character, sometimes full of mysticism, and sometimes full of immorality and cynicism (which were excessive but only verbal).” Upon gaining his degree in 1839, he was undecided about his future. He told his brother “I don’t feel I have a vocation for anything.” His stepfather had in mind a career in law or diplomacy, but instead Baudelaire decided to embark upon a literary career, and for the next two years led an irregular life, socializing with other bohemian artists and writers.
Baudelaire began to frequent prostitutes and may have contracted gonorrhea and syphilis during this period. He went to a pharmacist known for venereal disease treatments, on recommendation of his older brother Alphonse, a magistrate. For a while, he took on a prostitute named Sara as his mistress and lived with his brother when his funds were low. His stepfather kept him on a tight allowance which he spent as quickly as he received it. Baudelaire began to run up debts, mostly for clothes. His stepfather demanded an accounting and wrote to Alphonse: “The moment has come when something must be done to save your brother from absolute perdition.” In the hope of reforming him and making a man of him, his stepfather sent him on a voyage to Calcutta, India in 1841, under the care of a former naval captain. Baudelaire’s mother was distressed both by his poor behavior and by the proposed solution. (Wikipedia)
Museum Tip of the Day…
Twitter Name: @NYTimes
Title: Hilton Kramer, Critic Who Championed Modernism, Dies at 84…
"Hilton Kramer, whose clear, incisive style and combative temperament made him one of the most influential critics of his era, both at The New York Times, where he was the chief art critic for nine years, and at The New Criterion, which he edited from its founding in 1982, died early Tuesday in Harpswell, Me. He was 84.
His wife, Esta Kramer, said the cause was heart failure. He had developed a rare blood disease and had moved to an assisted living facility in Harpswell, she said. They lived nearby in southern Maine, in Damariscotta."
Gadget Tip of the Day…
Twitter Name: @Cameratown
Title: Nikon D800 Image Quality Even Surpasses High-End Medium Format Camera…
"DxOMark, the reference web site for camera image quality testing, has released its in-depth analysis of the new Nikon D800, as of now the best camera ever tested by DxOMark in terms of image quality.
Incredibly, the Nikon D800 even surpasses the best medium-format cameras, which are priced more than 10 times higher! The Nikon D800 comes out almost 1/3 of a stop higher than the best medium-format camera scored on DxOMark, the Phase One IQ180, which features a double-surface sensor and more than twice the pixel count (36 vs. 80 Mpix).
‘The new sensor featured in the D800 achieves the best dynamic range and the highest color sensitivity ever measured, taking the lead on the DxOMark scale with 95 points,” explained Dr. Frédéric Guichard, DxO Labs’ Chief Scientific Officer. “This camera illustrates the consistent improvement that digital camera manufacturers have been able to achieve in the last few years, mimicking Moore’s law that has ruled the silicon industry for decades now.’"
Link to Article: http://www.cameratown.com/news/news.cfm?id=10602
Photographer’s Tip #1…
Twitter Name: @KillerPhotoTipsKillerPhotoTips
Title: Mastering Lightroom: How To Use the Basic Panel…
"Lightroom has many features that can easily confuse those who are new to it. While the program offers plenty of different editing opportunities, in order to achieve the best results and user experience, it is important to understand the very basics of Lightroom. In the series of upcoming short articles, I will try to explain each of the most important Panels in Lightroom, so that in the end, you will find it to be a simple, quick and easy to use software for your post-processing needs. Lets start with the Basic Panel."
Link to Article: http://mansurovs.com/mastering-lightroom-how-to-use-the-basic-panel
Photographer’s Tip #2…
Twitter Name: @TutsPlus
Title: How to Prepare for an International Photo Trip…
"Traveling internationally can be one of the most exciting and nerve wracking events for any photographer. On one hand, there will be the opportunity to photograph new and often exotic locales and sights. On the other hand, trucking around all (or most) of your camera gear can be a bit intimidating.
This simple trick could, possibly, reunite you with your gear. If you put luggage tags on the outside of your checked bags, then consider taking a photo of your contact information on each of your memory cards. It only takes 10 minutes, if that, before a trip to perform this step and it has the potential to turn an accident (leaving your bag behind) or an incident (theft of your gear) into a happy ending.
The idea is if your gear is found, the information on the first photo will help good natured citizens find you.
I believe the world contains more people that do the right thing than the bad thing, and the odds are in favor of one of those people finding your gear. Be sure to include a local contact point (a friend’s phone number or the number of a hotel) and to take the photo in JPEG mode so it will be easily readable by any computer."
Photographer’s Tip #3…
Twitter Name: @PhotoTuts+
Title: An In Depth Look at Megapixels and Resolution…
"If you’ve bought a digital camera at a big box retail store, you’ve probably been sold on the features of the digital cameras they’re trying to move. Perhaps no feature is more oversold than megapixels, a count of the resolution of the camera’s image files. In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at the ever growing race to pack more pixels onto camera sensors and learn why it’s not all about the megapixels.
When a digital camera makes a photo, it outputs a file. Most often, the resulting file is either a JPEG or RAW format image. Raw is a special type of proprietary image format, meaning that one camera’s version of RAW is different from the next.
Regardless of format, the image has pixel dimensions. For instance, the image files output by my Canon 5D Mark II are 5616 pixels on the long side and 3744 pixels on the short side. If you’re not familiar with pixels, they are the tiny dots that make up digital images; whether on our computer screen or our camera sensors, pixels are very much the building block of the digital world.
Although high quality cameras often are loaded with high megapixel sensors, the megapixel count is not the determining factor for image quality. You might have a cell phone with an 8 megapixel camera, but I doubt the image quality of it can match even a 6 megapixel digital SLR sensor like the Nikon D40.
The next time you’re being sold on the quality of a camera based on the megapixel count, take a good step back and remember that sensor size is an even more important factor in the image quality equation. Right now, a high megapixel cell phone sensor still can’t touch a low megapixel, larger sized sensor."
Other Events of the Day:
I came across the following Project announcement this afternoon and wanted to make everyone aware of it…
Twitter Name: @kickstarter
Title: Black in Appalachia = Affrilachia!…
"Nine times out of ten, when I introduce someone to the word ‘Affrilachia’, they laugh or a quizzical smile crawls across their face.
Why? … not just because it’s a creative take on a word, but also because myths abound about the region of Appalachia—an expanse of 200,000 square miles including parts of 13 states. In spite of common misconceptions, the region includes more than one ethnicity and a series of isolated enclaves. Recent efforts celebrating the history of Appalachia reveal the fact that its inhabitants are as diverse as its terrain—which ranges from high mountain peaks to gentle hillsides, and from rural agricultural communities to bustling metropolitan areas.
The Affrilachian Artist Project was inspired by a writers’ group called the Affrilachian Poets and the resurgence of old time music championed by string bands like the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The project started with a modest goal, to create a digital Affrilachian Visual Artist Showcase featuring the work of living artists. I distributed a call for artists, pestered my colleagues and conducted late night Internet searches. As the names accumulated, a conscious effort was made to select artists who defiantly embraced the complex facets of their experience. The common denominator among the artists is their depth of community engagement. An amazing series of events led to an actual exhibition, called Common Ground: Affrilachia! Where I’m From on display at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This represents the first phase of the project, with the promise of more shows to come."