Thursday, February 28, 2013

How do you light that?

In Accompaniment to the site, I've posted this link that will help you out also. Ever wondered how a Leibowitz shot is lit? or a Jill Greenberg image? Well, this is the site for you!
The blog site is called:

CONFESSIONS OF A MAD PHOTO ASSISTANT  The good, the bad and the ugly

Check it out here:

You'll need to scroll down, but there are some awesome tips and lighting diagrams to show how its done. I know you'll love it!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Link to Letter to a Young Artist by Stephen Shore

Click on the image for the full PDF!

Although these aren't images I thought this was an inspiring note from Stephen Shore (one of my favorite artists). With the review coming up and nearly halfway through the spring semester, I know I sometimes question why I am making certain images and the motivation to continue making images. I thought this would be an uplifting post and help keep the spirits up. Personally, it makes me ask myself a lot of questions.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Stephen Wright- Street Photographer

Stephen Wright is a street photographer based in Nottingham, UK.  With over 25 years experience in documenting the people of his home town, his work is well established and recognised both locally and nationally.  He has exhibited in The Mall Galleries, London, appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham, and has won several competitions.  More recently, supplied a major pub chain with his images.  

These are some of my favorites, check him out

Opinions on Lenses

Need opinions on a lens for a Mark 3 anyone know the difference between these two and what would be better to get?

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras 


Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

Shaina Fishman Animal Portraits

For all you dogs and cats lovers, animal portraits at it's finest.

Tyler Sheilds

                                            (contact sheet: was done with film, SO COOL)

These are just some of my favorites. Really worth taking a look at his other works he shoots many celebrities like Emma Roberts, Lindsay Lohan, Franchesca Eastwood and Ashley Greene (too name a few).

Painting with Light by Eric Staller

Images by Eric Staller, I especially liked his work because his image on the bridge reminded me of an image I took earlier this year also of a bridge. This is how mine came out. ------------------------>

Jerry Uelsmann Layered Images

 I've been very interested in layering images and I came across the works of Jerry Uelsmann, who I think does them beautifully.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick

A collaborative duo, Kahn and Selesnick work in staged and manipulated photography. They use themselves also in their images and piece together images via Photoshop.   This 2011 series is only one of many series and is called Mars Adrift on the Hourglass Sea: Desolation and the Sublime on a Distant Planet.

For more information on their work see :

And for an interview with the artists about this work:

Julie Blackmon

Through a complex process involving models, a highly staged set and carefully composed tableaux, Blackmon weaves intricate stories of the complexities of everyday life in large and busy households. Blackmon is one of the most exciting photographers working today.

As the oldest of nine children, Blackmon's work has always drawn inspiration from her familial life, her extended family playing the role of both model and muse. At the same time, her work looks far back into the history of art to the paintings of the Dutch Renaissance master Jan Steen, who was known for his carefully constructed scenes of domestic chaos. However, in this newest work, we see Blackmon taking a more contemporary approach by shifting her focus to the work of the French painter, Balthus. His paintings of street scenes include many figures who seem to exist each in their own worlds — often indifferent to what is going on around them. Like Blackmon's work, they are scenes in which time stands still, a moment of anticipation before the full story unfolds and reveals how these characters' lives may, or may not intertwine. Balthus's La Rue provides inspiration for Blackmon's image Homegrown Food, where a man in white carrying a wooden plank walks past another figure who looks cool, yet out of place leaning against a building smoking a cigarette. Both ignore the little girl holding a blue racket who runs into the scene to chase her red ball leaving us to imagine what might happen next.

From the New Yorker in December 2012:
Elaborately staged, frankly artificial photography has fallen out of fashion, but Blackmon is still having fun with the genre. Her antic, anecdotal tableaux take realism as a jumping-off point for various flights of fancy. Several pictures quote paintings, notably Balthus's dreamlike streetscapes, with their oddly isolated characters. One scenario takes place at a book club (its leggy members are reading "Fifty Shades of Grey"), but most revolve around large, unattended groups of children. In the most arresting of these, five kids and two toddlers stand on a dark lawn, basking in the glow of a small fire like fairy-tale figures in a Maxfield Parrish painting.

Book Club, 2012

Garage, 2012

Fire, 2012

Night Movie, 2011

Stock Tank, 2012

Sharpie, 2011

 Sharpie, 2011

Patio, 2010

Patio, 2010

Homegrown Food, 2012

Olive & Market Street, 2012