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HABS HAER Photographer Stephen Schafer
Ventura, Southern California
Architectural, HABS, HAER & HALS Photographer Stephen Schafer
Interests: Historic American Buildings Survey
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Preserving Los Angeles, highlighting dozens of lesser-known buildings, neighborhoods, and places in every corner of the city that have been “found” by SurveyLA, the first-ever city-wide survey of Los Angeles’ historic resources. The text is richly illustrated through images by a prominent architectural photographer, Stephen Schafer. Continue reading
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Some restaurant patrons love their local restaurants and are worried about how they will cope with the Covid-19 virus. My friend at Cafe Zack in Ventura was given a $1000 check by a longtime customer this week to "Help support you, because we love you." Restaurant Support Certificate Sample from Cafe Zack That conversation turned into this “Support Certificate” we made into free, downloadable MS WORD template. The idea is, that if someone wants to support their favorite restaurant during the Covid-19 lockdown, they can buy a Support Certificate just like a gift certificate and the money supports the restaurant.... Continue reading
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https://lacphoto.org/events/creating-your-photo-business-with-stephen-schafer-march-2020/ Are you starting to charge for your work? What does it take to start a photography business or take your hobby to the next step? Are you reaching the people who need to see your work? Stephen Schafer wrote the book about becoming a professional photographer. Join him for a day as he shares 30+ years of experience in this candid seminar that focuses on what the class wants to know. We’ll cover branding and marketing; websites and social; pricing and invoicing; copyright and releases; insurance and contracts, and any questions you may have about being a professional photographer... Continue reading
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Learn about 'Lace Legos' (AKA: Ornamental Concrete Masonry Units) at this year's Mod With A Twist show 2020 in Palm Springs. Continue reading
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The Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for Architectural and Engineering Documentation (HABS, HAER, HALS) July 21, 2003, Federal Register: Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
Yet we not only "do" photography, but we even pay to read about it ;-) "• Vast numbers of people, including many former enthusiast/hobbyist photographers, are apparently happy enough with smartphones…" It should be added that most of my clients wouldn't care if I delivered photographs with my 30+ Mp camera or my phone … as long as I deliver the image they want. -Schaf
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Sharing Notable Photographs from the HABS, HAER, HALS collection. Ulysses S. Grant Cottage (Howard Potter House), 995 Ocean Avenue Long Branch Mtanouth County New Jersey, by Jack Boucher, 1963. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) are US federal government programs administered by the Heritage Documentation Program Department of the National Park Service. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Sharing Notable Photographs from the HABS, HAER, HALS collection. GENERAL VIEW FROM TOP OF SOUTHERN TOWER, LOOKING NORTH - Golden Gate Bridge, Spanning mouth of San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA Photo by: Jet Lowe, 1984 https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/hhh.ca1355.photos.016352p/ Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HAER CAL, 38-SANFRA,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) are US federal government programs administered by the Heritage Documentation Program Department of the National Park Service. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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A little list of the HABS, HAER, and HALS documentations Schaf Photo has competed in the past 10+ years... Continue reading
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I'm showing some photographs of Richard Neutra's architecture in an exhibition in Silver Lake at the Neutra Institute and Museum and Gallery. A NOD TO MOD a photographic celebration of midcentury modern architecture and design. The opening reception is January 4th, 2020, at 2379 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90039 Continue reading
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I'm teaching another architecture workshop in December 8th, 2019 at LACP: https://lacphoto.org/events/architecture-on-location-with-stephen-schafer-2019/ Mastering architecture photography and location is a complex yet rewarding process. Like people, buildings have their best side, and choosing your perspective, composition and camera placement for both interiors and exteriors will be a focus. In this workshop we will examine the intricate relationship between architectural design, natural light and the weather, and explain approaches to artificial and natural lighting. The class begins with a step-by-step dissection of Stephen Schafer’s assignment work, an examination of famous architectural photographers, and Q&A. Walking around Hollywood, we will visit diverse places,... Continue reading
Hi Mike, Fantastic Post! (or at least extraordinary) When I was looking for a name for an instagram blog about bad architecture I thought about the terms uglyarchitecture, crappyarchitecture and terriblearchitecture, etc. But I ended up going with remarkable architecture for the reasons you just described. It allows me to post the occasional photo of something really good or exceptional (another word that doesn't mean great or good). I like the word fantastic, which shouldn't mean good at all but is almost always used as such. Have an impressive day, -Schaf
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The example below is a CEQA compliant Level 2 HABS mitigation for a significant historic district, campus, farmstead or any multi-unit grouping of resources. This example follows the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Architectural, Engineering and Landscape Documentation. Continue reading
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Here's some highlights from my Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation of the First Street Viaduct over Glendale Boulevard from October, 2016. Continue reading
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Here's some highlights from my documentation of 9430 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills... Often the images in the HABS, HAER and HALS collections take years to be digitized... Continue reading
Hi Mike, The XH-1 is my Methadone. I'm a recovering Polaroidaholic, I was able to feed the monkey on my back after big P's demise by shooting up on Fujiroid instant 100-B. Then when my Roid pusher Samy couldn't deliver anymore I had a smuggler bring it in from the Asian black market. Then the well dried up, I had to go cold turkey. Samy said just rent this Fuji, the first one's free... The gateway drug to Fuji. Now I Digi-Roid for all my analog HABS/HAER photography. I started with the X-M1, then XE-1, then I got the XT-2 but I couldn't read the tiny white numbers on the screen easily, The XH-1 has that great big window with the "meter reading" staring up at my reading glasses. I have it speed matched to my processing time for Iilford HP-5, I take a f16 aperture priority auto bracket of 3 exposures with the jpeg preview set to monochrome, and look at the articulated screen for a histogram and preview of what it will look like as a black and white print in my darkroom, transfer those meter readings to the copal shutter and bingo. I guess that's Fuji-Digi-Roid, and I'm more addicted than ever. If you have the latest version of Lightroom, the little known, new "Enhance Details" feature does wonders to improve the definition and "worminess" of fine X-Trans details by running the original RAW file through an algorithm. You'll be shocked, I apply it to all my keepers, it takes a while to run, but worth it.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2019 on I'm a Fuji Man Again at The Online Photographer
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HABS, as the Historic American Buildings Survey is informally called, is arguably the best documentation program in the world for historic buildings. Stephen Schafer has been practicing this archival photographic process to capture sites in California as diverse as an 1840s adobe and a Cold-War stealth ship. Continue reading
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Pleas note this is and abridged version of the HABS HAER HALS Frequently Asked Questions section on my website here: FAQ The Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record and Historic American Landscapes Survey are US federal government programs administered by the Heritage Documentation Program Department of the National Park Service (abbreviated HABS/HAER/HALS). Photographic documentation for these programs meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Architectural, Engineering and Landscape Documentation (SIS Doc Standards). In short, these programs document the historic built environment and cultural landscapes in America and work with the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division... Continue reading
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Once upon a time, there was an architectural photographer named Goldilocks. She went to a job in the forest to take three shots for a local architect. Pretty soon, after Siri took her down a few dead ends, she came upon the house in the trees. She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in, because architectural photographers don’t have time to wait around while it’s light outside. Once in the kitchen, she set up her tripod, camera and PC lens and then spent the next few minutes rising and shifting and focusing and zooming and peaking at... Continue reading
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Teaching a mini-marketing class at LACP on Sunday. I hope to see you there! INFO: https://lacphoto.org/events/marketing-tuneup-for-photographers-with-stephen-schafer-march-17-2019/ ••• HABSPHOTO.com Stephen Schafer, Photographer Ventura, California 805-652-1000 schaf@west.net ••• Continue reading
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A selection of my favorite large format negatives from the last couple years of Historic American Buildings Survey photography (HABS). By Stephen Schafer, Ventura, California, (805)-652-1000 Continue reading
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UCLA Clark Library Wins California Preservation Foundation Design Award. Congratulations Architectural Resources Group! https://californiapreservation.org/ucla-library/ Continue reading
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Evanston Court Wins California Preservation Foundation Design Award! Continue reading