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I too admire the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson but have come to realise that I prefer those of Kertesz because they don't seem to be trying as hard to be great pictures. The two books which motivated me when I picked up a camera were Andre Kertesz: Sixty Years of Photography (which has the couple looking through a fnece on the cover) and The English by Ian Berry. I still refer to them both 35 plus years later.
I've made a few books using Blurb now and while the photo reproduction and so forth is fine for my own use, and to hand round as an example of layout to others, I couldn't bring myself to actually sell them for profit. The binding doesn't instil confidence in me that it will hold up - I'm sure repeated wide opening will prove fatal. By the time a mark up is added the prices are higher than many 'real' books - which they don't match for overall quality and handling experience. I would suggest making a proof copy using the cheapest paper and binding option (maybe with reduced page count) before making the finished article with high grade options.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2015 on The Blurb Experience at The Online Photographer
I reckon that if a picture is good enough you don't notice whether it's in colour or black and white.
A few times I've set a camera with an EVF to shoot black and white in raw (EVF shows B&W but the file retains colours) in order to try to make black and white pictures. Every time the pictures have looked better in colour. I must have stopped seeing in black and white. As an aside, I believe Martin Parr used black and white proofs to make the selection of pictures for The Last Resort. In some cases, maybe a good picture is a good picture if it is in mono or colour, and no matter how it is printed?
What else? Take a job as a nanny and have your work promoted after your death. I'd hazard a guess that all serious artists make their work because they are compelled to do so and always find a way to do it. For most making a living entirely from their work is an unlikely pipe-dream.
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2014 on What Else? at The Online Photographer
It's probably assign of the times that this needs to be suggested as an exercise. When I got my first camera I only had one (50mm) lens for over three years because that was how it came and I couldn't afford another one. Then I had two lenses for the next ten years or so. Thirty odd years on I have a stack of lenses but feel I can manage with the same two focal lengths I used to use - 50mm and 28mm. Maybe I conditioned myself to see that way?
"If you're editing whilst shooting you just ain't in the zone." When you are in the zone you are seeing and shooting clearly and instinctively. You are editing instinctively too because you just don't take the shots which will go straight in the trash. That's what being in the zone is about - everything flows without your usual cock ups. What you end up with will still require further editing after the fact, but being in the zone when shooting means it's going to be tougher to sort the wheat from the chaff. IMO.
Was it Jane Bown who said she only took two pictures on a portrait assignment because no matter how many she took the first and last were always the best? Sure saves a lot of editing.
Now you've sampled soccer, it's time for cricket. Not the helter-skelter of a one day match, or twenty-twenty which is over and done with in two or three hours tops, the real thing. A five day test match, preferably rain affected so there is nothing happening (no players on the field, even) for hours (or maybe days) and the result is a drawn match in front of a crowd of dozens. Now that's a sport worth watching.
I'm with Tom Wood: “The important thing is not to have an aim, I just go out the door and, whatever’s real, I try and deal with that.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Dave's blog
Perhaps it's wiser for photographers not to show their 'working out' if they crop and clone to make their pictures? Unless that manipulation is an integral part of their general working practice - Gursky.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2014 on Intention and Integrity at The Online Photographer
I thought I'd be alone in preferring the uncropped, uncloned original.
"...he wished photography weren't so easy." But, as others have said, that's just what makes it so difficult. e.g. (Second piece on page)
Not just in photography.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2014 on Expressivity Axiom at The Online Photographer
So what's the other type?
Toggle Commented May 10, 2014 on Saturday Joke at The Online Photographer
I was bearded and grumpy from an early age. Which was I couldn't see the point of autofocus so bought a Canon EF-M (rather than an EOS 1000) - with it's two dials each marked with various numbers and an 'A'.
I've tried cameras that are a pain to use. They're a pain to use. So I dont' use them for long.
"...I have to say that in terms of sharpness and 'blow-up-ability,' modern digital is better..." That's rather like saying a 4H pencil is better than a 6B because it'll take and hold a finer point for longer.
If you must post long, break it up with pictures.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2014 on tl;dr at The Online Photographer
Hockney can be scathing about photography, but thought provoking nonetheless, and he is always interesting about the nature of picture making. I've read A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney a number of times now, and often dip into it.
I suppose I'm out of step here - when I see a photograph I look at a picture. Photographs aren't made with brushes and paint, or charcoal and paper, but pictures are. I'll carry on using cameras to make photographs as a way of making pictures.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2013 on Termin -al -ology at The Online Photographer
Whenever matters like this arise regarding photographs I wonder what the reaction would be if the pictures were paintings.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2013 on Expectations of Privacy at The Online Photographer
Thomas Osborne has a point. I'm in the UK and pretty much all I knew about Wisconsin before this post was connected with musky fishing and Hayward. Pete Maina (among others) is famous (in musky and pike angling circles worldwide) - And there's
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2013 on Open Mike: On Wisconsin at The Online Photographer
Coincidentally this was posted today.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2013 on Happy Accidents at The Online Photographer