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Diane Arbus

 

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Child with toy hand, 1962

Diane Arbus was born on March 14, 1923, New York, NY.  Arbus was an American photographer and writer known for only photographing people as well as only photographing in black and white. However she didn’t choose to take pictures of your average  everyday person, Arbus often chose to make nudest,  dwarfs, transgenders and circus performers; people that weren’t considered “beautiful” to the everyday american eye. Diane started photographing fashion with her husband, Alan Arbus in the early 1940s and became very successful doing so. However in the late 1950s Diane decided to focus more on her own work and by the mid 1960s Diane had become a well established photographer. Arbus was known for going to great lengths to get the shot she wanted. “While professionally continuing to thrive in the late 1960s, Arbus had some personal challenges.” (http://www.biography.com/people/diane-arbus-9187461#unique-photography)

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Diane Arbus, 1949

Diane’s marriage to Allan Arbus ended on 1969 which then lead to a struggle with depression. Diane committed suicide in her apartment on July 26, 1971. Her work is still praised by many and her life was even the basis of the 2006 film “fur”. I chose to post about Diane because I enjoyed reading about her passion to get the shot the she envisioned. Also, I personally enjoy black and white photogrpahy especially with the erie raw twist that Arbus is able to capture so well.

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Child crying, New Jersey, 1967

-Lsmith

 

(http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Diane-Arbus.html)

 

 

 

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Sports Photography

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Sports Photography more explicitly Photography that features American football in all levels is fascinating to me.  Images are captured at extremely high shutter speeds so as to stop the action revealing, that there is a certain amount of grace in the extremely  violent sport. Sports photography requires a different set of camera capabilities than the average shooter. Sports cameras need to be fast. Sports cameras need a good zoom. And sports cameras need to perform great in any light. Whether you are looking to capture a t-ball game or headed to the professional level, you need a camera as fast as the action you’re shooting.

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A good photo is better than a thousand words. I feel that this is even more appropriate in relation to Sports photograph, the Photographer can capture a moment that  sums up the entire game now given that picture would be clearly even more substantive after the overall results of the game are known, For example.wentzThis Picture has more substance to it after the Game after the eagles turned in their dominate performance over the Steelers, because of the Dominate performance of Carson Wentz.

NFL Photographers earn $21,000 annually, or $10 per hour, which is 13% lower than the national average for all Photographers at $24,000 annually and 98% lower than the national salary average for all working Americans.

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Underwater Photography

William Thompson was the first known person to ever capture an underwater photograph in Weymouth Bay, England, 1856.

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(A sketch of the first metal camera housing unit,1856 )

Since the first submerged photo, we have invented the average disposable underwater camera as well as multiple housing units for almost any camera.

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(Calypso, first underwater camera, 1957)

However these housing units can cause some inconveniences while shooting underwater. All objects seen through the plastic of the housing units appear magnified and closer than they actually are. Also, there are many more particles in the water compared to air, this is another difficulty when shooting underwater because it causes poor visibility. Good transparency underwater is 40 to 50 meters, and poor water transparency means visibility of only 10 meters! Another reason shooting underwater can be difficult is because when at greater depths you begin to lose color as well as contrast.The water absorbs the sunlight so quickly that everything appears blue-green. Some ways to combat these obstacles would be to get as close to your subject as possible as well as always using flash.

Living at the beach I love the water, and as a photography student I thought it was an interesting field that many may never think about or dabble in. I personally have been scuba diving and have tried to photograph with a housing unit, in an unfamiliar environment the photos didn’t turn out the way I had hoped so I thought a little research could better my future endeavors.”Underwater photography is used for scientific purposes, for example in the field of underwater archeology and also for journalistic, artistic or personal hobby.”(https://thecustomizewindows.com/2012/05/underwater-photography-facts-and-technologies/)

-Lsmith

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(Diver Emil Racovitza photographed in 1899 by first underwater photographer, Louis Boutan)

(http://www.uw360.asia/6-milestones-in-the-history-of-underwater-photography/)

 

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Manipulating Light

The key to any good photo is based on the proper lighting conditions. Achieving this can be easier said than done, especially if you rely on your natural environment as the only source of light. Fortunately, there are tools and techniques a photographer can use to help manipulate light.

Reflectors:

 

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Reflectors work just as their name implies, they reflect light. Cheaper than lighting kits and much more adaptive, reflectors can be used to focus light to where it is needed the most. Most reflectors also come with different colored surfaces to give an added hue to a subject, and a diffuser surface to soften harsh light.

The following photo was taken outside on a sunny day. Notice how the light is coming in from behind the subject and leaves his face in a shadow.

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We then used reflectors to bounce the light back onto his face to even out the surface lighting.

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Reflectors are great for directing the light where your need it; however, they do require extra people to hold them in place while you are shooting.

Studio Lighting:

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If you are shooting indoors and there are no light sources that you can use a reflector with, such as a window, then studio lighting is the preferred choice.

While good studio lighting is generally more expensive than using reflectors, they can provide light in dark environments and you don’t need an assistant to hold them in place.

 

-Glenn Hiller

photo sources:

The Phoblographer’s Introduction to Collapsible Photo Reflectors

https://otekafoto.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/how-to-set-up-a-cheap-cheap-photoshoot-at-home/

(portraits by GH)

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Toying With Photography

 

When I think of toys, the first thing that comes to my mind are the times I enjoyed as a child creating my own make-believe adventures. Waging war with my armies of action figures. Building magnificent cities with Legos, only to have them crushed by Godzilla. Even racing the greatest cars on earth that could submerse under water and fly through the sky. As a child, my enjoyment wasn’t confined to the bounds of the toy itself, instead I made it my own experience by creating a story for each adventure.

This same concept is critical to the photographer who wishes to use toys as his subjects. Almost any photographer can take a landscape photo and make it look good, but not everyone can snap a photo of an action figure and pass it up as A+ work.

So what is the secret formula for photographing a good toy shot? Well, according to my college photography instructor, “You need to have a story behind your photo, make it interesting.”

Take this photo by Brian McCarty for example:

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In his photo, McCarty replicated a scene straight out of a sailor’s nightmare by having the toy squid “attack” the toy submarine in a swimming pool.

In Chris McVeigh’s album, he features pictures of his action figures interacting with neighborhood critters:

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My personal favorite is a photo album of the character Danbo by Arielle Nadel. Danbo was originally a manga character, then became an action figure, and finally was photographed by Nadel in an album called “365 days of Danboard:”

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The key is to not just photograph toys as the subject of your picture, but instead use them to create your own world of imagination.

 

-Glenn Hiller

photo sources:

35 Extraordinarily Clever Examples of Toy Photography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/powerpig/albums/72157600129693607/with/3810920599/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bunnyrel/albums/72157615647396658/with/3487827917/

(link for featured image)

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Lola Alvarez Bravo

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Lola Alvarez Bravo was the first female photographer in Mexico, during the post-revolution renaissance. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico 1907. She married Manuel Alvarez Bravo who got her involved in the world of art, and taught her all the photography skills such as developing prints and make films in the darkroom. They traveled around Mexico taking pictures, but Lola’s pictures always were shadowed by her husbands, so later on they divorced and she continued with photography. Her images interpreted the lifestyle of people, with crisp details, and light and shadow on surfaces.

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Posthumous reproduction from original negative

During her successful career she worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, professional portraitist, political artist, teacher, and gallery curator. And she received her first aesthetic in the 1940s in street photography and portraiture. Her photography remains in varies well known museums in cities such as: Houston, Manhattan, Tucson, and Mexico City.

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The reason I chose to talk about Lola Alvarez Bravo is because she’s a key figure to all the independent women that have surpassed with their talent the competetive world of male figures. And as being the first female photographer, who also was close friends to Frida Kahlo. She was the first person to exhibited the work of Frida in an art gallery in Mexico City, 1951. Lola never gave up and worked hard all her life, until she became blind at the age of seventy-nine. An quote of hers that i really admired is “If my photographs have any meaning, it’s that they stand for a Mexico that once existed.” And I absolutely agree with her, her images capture the beauty within people, culture, loyalty, and freedom that Mexico once had.

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Sources:

By, Maricela Hernandez

 

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Steve McCurry

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Born in 1950 and raised in Pennsylvania Steve McCurry is a world famous photographer known best for his work “Afghan Girl” which was featured on the 1985 cover of national geographic.

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McCurry graduated from Penn State University with a degree in theater arts but became interested in photography while he was working for the Penn State newspaper and after working with them for two years he left for India to do some freelance work. His career really lifted off after he crossed the Pakistan border which was controlled by rebel Afghanistan forces. Disguised in Afghan garbs with rolls of film sewn into the clothes McCurry would become one of the first photographers to report the conflict over in the middle east. This would win him the Robert Capa gold medal for best photographic reporting from abroad and numerous other awards. After this McCurry continued to cover many conflicts around the world focusing on the consequences of war and what it can do to the landscape and people involved.

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Steve McCurry is still an active photographer traveling the world captivating people with his photos showing everyone what war is really like.

SRI LANKA. South Coast. Weligama. 1995. Fishermen.

SRI LANKA. South Coast. Weligama. 1995. Fishermen.

Sources: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/contributors/m/photographer-steve-mccurry/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_McCurry

Author: Chris Heisler

 

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