Sometimes I get distracted. Should have been preparing 2013 taxes and organizing my archive photos during a slow time in January but instead, I was staring out the window. Have a couple of bird feeders outside and watching the various wild birds flock to them has been an unexpected joy. Placed a 400mm lens on a gorilla pod on my desk and just shoot when I see a picture.
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Today is the American holiday Thanksgiving and I wish you all a day of peace and friendship surrounded by friends and family. I would like to think that every day is a day in which we can be thankful and not just today. The photo is one take by me some thirty or more years ago for a cover for a story on traditional Thanksgiving Day celebrations.
Selling the fake is a term coined by a fantastic photographer named Joel Grimes. Google that name and see some of his work. He is a commercial photographer working in the advertising field and is known for his multi layered sports photos. He very often will separate the subject from its background and then place it on another background to complete the image. Selling the fake is what he calls making the photo look real to the viewer.
This technique brings up the age old discussion of ethics. Already critics say it is impossible to believe a published photograph is real and that you can no longer be sure that what you are looking at has not be altered in some way. Photoshop has been blamed for much of this manipulation but there are new techniques and other software and hardware available which make altering a photo quite simple and available to even the most novice of photographers.
Well, this is what this Moorestown New Jersey Portrait Photographer thinks about all this. Photos have been manipulated from the beginning of wet plates. The very act of taking a photo is subjective. Darkroom techniques were used to crop, and chemically alter images forever. Digital photography makes all those alterations and many more a very easy reality. It is my feeling that the photographic image must remain true to the subject being photographed. The end product photo has to depict an honest interpretation of what was seen at the time of exposure. This is quite subjective and the responsibility remains with the photographer. When the photographer makes the image he or she must have a pre visualized concept in mind that will truly represent what is being photographed. A news photo must tell an accurate story of the event. Does it matter that the sky was darkened or dodging make the eye more easily see the essence of the photo. Probably not. In advertising is it wrong to enhance a product to bring out its best characteristic. Probably not. In portraiture is it wrong to now be able to place a subject on a different background. I think it is probably ok.
What do you think?
It’s Sunday evening and I’m just finishing up a retouch of six portraits for a new client. My desk is clear for a change and all my paperwork is completed. I’m ready for another new week. I’ve not allowed myself the time lately to be active on my blog or website but hopefully I can spend a little more time on this aspect of my business. There are a bunch of photo projects on my plate but tonight I’ll be talking about keeping healthy.
If there is one thing I’ve learned during this past few months is that without good health nothing else matters. As I age, I have come to realize that the loss of a healthy body can be devastating. Its hard to make great pictures when you are tied to an IV drip. That is why I wanted to talk a little about the secret of staying young and active long into old age.
I know…You are all too young to worry about learning about this. But – I have the secret and I will share it with you. It all boils down to this.
“Stop Eating Crap” You all know what I’m talking about. Eat natural foods, stay away from refined sugar and watch the carbs. Good lean meat, chicken and fish and lots of green veggies. Don’t eat for fun…eat to stay alive. And eat a little less and a little more often.
“Vigorous Exercise Six Days a Week” I’m talking about breaking a sweat. You don’t have to give yourself a heart attack but you have got to move it every day. Rest one day a week if you must.
And, it goes without saying that you must stop the smoking and excess drinking. Does anyone really have to tell you that these things are bad for you?
Read: Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge.
OK – Enough lecturing for the night. Get your butt to the gym and throw the twinkies in the trash can before it is too late.
MTC – Bob L
Years ago when film makers needed to shoot a night scene for a movie they used a technique which has long ago been forgotten by most. Film was slow back then night scenes were quite difficult due to the lack of technology that we have today. Back then if you wanted to create a night scene you would simply place a blue filter over the lens and under expose by about two f-stops of light. Viola – instant night scene. The sunlight became moonlight as if by magic.
A short time ago I was asked to photograph a campus scene at night to illustrate a story about evening students. The problem was that the students to be photographed could not stick around until night time. I had to shoot this in the late afternoon under bright sunlight. Here is what I did. I changed my white balance to tungsten which gave a early evening timbre to the existing light. I then under exposed by about two f stops and places a CTO filter on a speed light flash to give the correct white balance to the subjects and create the illusion of a street lamp illumination. I have mixed emotions about the outcome so will leave it up to the viewer to tell me if the fake works. Hopefully I’ll get to do this over at a later date as dusk or later when the light will be a little more realistic.