Monthly Archives: November 2011

Just for fun

Found this site where you can check out a variety of photographs that range from cars, to nature, and so forth. Some of the nature pictures are really cool, I was really impressed with the shots. The photographs on this site were posted by a variety of photographers. They do have some photos of some unique stuff. Here’s the site if you want to check it out:

For instance, this Flatmobile. It’s recognized by the Guinness World Records for being the lowest street legal car. Only 19 inches tall!

This is a four star hotel called “The Magic Mountain Hotel.”

Author: Matthew Short


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Chiaroscuro Lighting

by: mlove

In this photo the excess has been obscurred in shadow bringing your attention to the subject. What is left in the photo has more gravity and is more striking.

Chiaroscuro is an Italian word which combines ‘chiaro’ (clear) and ‘oscuro’ (obscured). It is often translated as ‘light and shadow’ due to the way certain areas of a photo or painting are obscured in darkness and other areas are highlighted with light. Caravaggio is accredited by many to be the first artist to use this method in his paintings though it was popularized and further developed by Rembrandt van Rijn. In photography chiaroscuro lighting is sometimes called Rembrandt lighting. This is one of my favorite kinds of lighting in photography and has a greater range of usefulness than I originally thought. Sure, it can be used to give a seedy, noire feel to a photo, but it can also

Chiaroscuro lighting was used to great effect in Marlon Brando's monologue scenes in Apocalypse Now, reflecting his torn and tormented psyche.

be used to highlight the elements of a more innocent photo, obscuring the unwanted and drawing your attention to the subject. I have included the link to a website that talks about the different implementations of chiaroscuro lighting as well as a link to a site that gives some tips on improving chiaroscuro lighting in photography.

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Kevin Fleming

You may not recognize his name but you have probably seen his photographs.

 Kevin Fleming has covered the world as a photographer for National Geographic and has recently been recognized America’s Best Observer by Readers Digest. His assignments have taken him into war and famine in Somalia, to the Mediterranean for a re-creation of the voyage of Ulysses and put him on a dogsled crossing the Canadian arctic.

 Kevin has worked in 26 countries photographing subjects as diverse as the sub-atomic world of high-energy physics and New Zealand sheep ranchers. While reporting on the Sinai Peninsula in 1981, Kevin came under the assassins’ gunfire that killed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He escaped with some of the few images of that tragic moment.

 A Delaware native, Kevin began his career as a newspaper photographer after attending Wesley College (where he has been inducted into their Hall of Fame and in 2007 was named the “Distinguished Alumni of the Year”). He then spent a decade as a National Geographic photographer and most recently has concentrated on creating books. His photography has won many national and international awards.

 On September 11, 2001, when the second airplane crash into the World Trade Center, Kevin instantly realized that America, and the world were changed forever. That day, he changed too, a sense of urgency compelled him to get back on the road and finish his book on the people and places in America.

 For The Heart of America, Kevin spent years crisscrossing our nation from Florida’s Everglades to the summit of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley. Traveling in helicopters, hot air balloons, kayaks, and on horseback to capture the heart and soul of America. He brings us a warm, funny, openhearted exploration of America and Americans with his compelling photographs and stories from the back roads, people and places seldom seen. You can see some of his America photographs at

 In 2008 Kevin photographed and published Wild Delaware which features wildlife and wild places across his home state. Wild Delaware was published in November 2008 and is now sold out. You can his photographs at

His latest book Wild Delmarva was published in November 2010, and was the #1 bestselling book on the peninsula. You can see his photographs and order Wild Delmarva here:

author: Olga Usova

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Camera Raw

Check out this website for information on how to make adjustments to your photo’s with Camera Raw.

During this course I have really struggled with Photoshop.  I suppose if I had the software on my work computer or even on my home computer I might not be having the problems I’m having.  I have talked to several people who use Photoshop and asked them if they could give me a quick tutoral.  All of them have said “Photoshop isn’t like any software you currently use and it is difficult to give someone a quick tutorial.”  I have never had any trouble with software that I have ever used.  The Microsoft programs I use I basically taught myself the first levels of a course on the subject.  I have even taught Word and Excel.

I went through this tutoral on Camera Raw.  It seems to be easier to me than Photoshop and you can do some of the same things in Raw as you can do in Photoshop.  Of course as we have all learned it is easier to make sure your photo doesn’t need many adjustments in either Raw or Photoshop.





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Tunnel Vision Exhibit !!!!!!

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Mark Seliger

For my photographer presentation I chose Mark Seliger. He is known for his celebrity portraiture.Mark grew up in Amarillo, Texas with his sister, two brothers and their parents. His first experiment with photography was in his bathroom turned darkroom. Seliger graduated from East Texas State University where he studied history of documentary photography. But his career started when he moved to New York City. In 1987 he started working for Rolling Stone Magazine. He became their Chief photographer in 1992 and shot over 125 covers for the magazine. Currently he is working for magazines like Vogue, GQ, Elle, and Bazaar.

I am really happy that I got to do a report on Mark Seliger. His works fascinates me. I think that the photographs he takes are so unique and they all have such personality. I think its cool how he captures these celebrities in places and situations that they would not normally be in. I also love how his photos who the subject really is. I hope that one day I can take photos like he does.


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Edward Curtis

I presented the photographer Edward S. Curtis.  Mr. Curtis was born in 1868.  He attended school through the sixth grade due to family obligations on the farm.  At 12 Curtis built his own camera using parts his father brought back to him from the war and the Wilson’s Photographics manual.  His father was a traveling evengelist and took Edward as often as he could on some of these trips.  While on these trips, Edward learned river navigation, basic camping, and other outdoor skills.

In the early 1890’s Edward moved to Seattle where he married, opened two different photography studios and began is family.  In 1896, Edward was 23, he and his partner Thomas Guptill win a bronze medal at National Photographers Convention for their work.  During his time in Seatlle, he became interested in the tribes who lived in the area.  In 1895 he took his first indian photo, the woman he choose was Princess Angeline, the daughter of Chief Seattle.  One of his photos of Princess Angeline, known as the Claim digger won a gold medal for Edward at the National Photographers Convention.

Edward found a lost group of scientists in 1898 while roaming the wilderness for photo opportunities.  Amoung the men were George Bird Grinnell, the editor and Forest & Stream magazine and an expert on native americans.  Grinnell took Curtis on several expeditions into indian country one in particular was to photograhp the Blackfeel Indians in Montana.  While in the Blackfeet camp, Curtis was able to witness the sacred Sundance.  Curtis wrote that while on expedition traveling out of the mountains he saw hundreds of teepees in the valley.  He stated this sight changed his life, it was then he realized he needed to record the North American Indian life before it disappeared.

Over the next 30 years, Curtis would produce 20 leather bound volumes of tribal history and lore, foods, housing, clothing, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs.  He documents approximately 80 tribes making 40,000 images from a 14 x 17″ large view camera and 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of language and music.  The 20 volumes contained 75 hand pressed photographs and 300 pages of text.  The first volume contains a forward written by Presdient Teddy Roosevelt.  The project was partly financied by J.P. Morgan.  Curtis would produce a short film to try to raise more money for the project.  The final two volumes of the series were published in 1930.

I feel somewhat sad that Curtis’s North Amercian Indian didn’t really become popular until the 1970’s when approximately 285,000 originals and the copper plates that produced them.  Check out his work at

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