The world is rich in symbols, some more apparent than others, but if you put yourself in a “graphics” frame of mind, as we asked readers to do for this month’s assignment, you’ll find more than your share of images to capture in the world around you. The nature of this assignment was to find abstractions, to use context merely as a frame and not a reference, and to find the image within the image where a graphic presented itself. In many cases the frame becomes a canvas and the image something that abstract expressionists would understand. While we did receive some composites for this assignment we favored images made “in the field” that used cropping and a “graphic eye” to make the shot.
Being a musician, a visit to the historic Sun Studio was a must-see tour on a recent trip to Memphis, Tennessee. I selected black and white on my Nikon D300 to capture an authentic feel of the 1950s era inside and outside. Upon leaving the building, a 1955 Cadillac pulled up to drop something off. I had just a minute to get set, compose, and snap off a couple of shots. This classic car under an historic landmark reminded me of one of my favorite country songs, “Guitars, Cadillacs.”
Our Picture This! assignment this month was Handheld Pan, a shooting technique that involves a long shutter speed and some sort of motion while shooting on the part of the photographer. We generally do everything we can to keep the camera steady and make sure there is no photographer-induced motion in a shot, including using image stabilized lenses, often elaborate tripods and heads, and even mirror lockup. The assignment requested just the opposite—adding motion to a shot that might include following a subject in motion across a plane, jiggling the camera to make lights record as lines rather than points, and even moving the camera in a circular motion to completely abstract the color and form.
In line with its steadfast commitment to supporting all forms of analog photography, leading photo-imaging manufacturer, HARMAN Technology Limited is making advances in the development of a new paper which it believes will be every creative printer’s dream. The new product, which will be offered under the manufacturer’s ILFORD PHOTO black and white brand, will be variable grade, double weight, fiber based and ideal for lith printing and toning.
Internationally acclaimed photographer, Harry Benson, will be the featured speaker at the May meeting of PAI (Photography and Imaging) at the landmark National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, in Manhattan. The luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday, May 21st from 12 noon to 2:00 PM and is open to PAI members and their guests.
Hasselblad has announced the launch of a new generation of raw processor, workflow
and camera control software, Phocus version 1.0 for Mac. Providing the ultimate
processing tool for Hasselblad digital images, the new Phocus RAW processor
is said to deliver perfect colors through the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution,
and includes digital lens corrections for color aberration, distortion and vignetting
(DAC I, II and III). Another key advantage and designed to save hours of post-production
work, Phocus's leading edge moiré removal technology allows image
detail to be preserved, even on extremely high resolution images. By automatically
removing moiré directly from the raw data, image quality remains intact,
while any need for special masking selections or other manual procedures is
HiTi Digital, Inc. has introduced its complete wireless printing solutions and services, including HiTi WFT510, the world’s first Wireless Foto Transmitter designed to be applied to any PictBridge compatible digital camera, and HiTi P510Si, the 6-inch standalone roll-type photo printer with direct wireless printing capability.
Hoodman’s one-size-fits-all sunshade for MacBooks provides glare-free viewing in the great outdoors. HoodMAC fits 17 inch MacBooks and is “worn” by your MacBook just like a hat (spring tension in the HoodMAC keeps it securely in place). With the help of 3 sets of snaps, you can cinch the HoodMAC down for a great fit on both 15 inch Mac-Books and 13 inch MacBooks. HoodMAC pops into shape ready to mount when released from its travel bag with no assembly required.
Image3D is launching a special program for professional photographers that enables them to become authorized dealers of Celebrations3D products. Celebrations3D products are custom View-Master-style reels and viewers that feature photographers’ photos enhanced with 3D graphics – without the need for any special 3-D cameras or equipment. Celebrations3D enables photographers to immediately expand their product offering with a high-margin, original product that differentiates their photography business.