Monthly Archives: February 2017

Stop motion

A Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and Chicken Run are just a few examples of stop motion films, movies that usually utilize miniature sets and figures to create an animated film.


This is done by manipulating a figure or object so it appears to move on it’s own. The process is quite time consuming, as it takes a multitude of shots for a single scene. In the case of A Nightmare Before Christmas a single scene would take a week to shoot, and over the course of the entire film, 109,440 frames were used.


Some films also used stop motion simply as a special effect as opposed to the style of filming. An early example of this is the 1902 short Fun in a Bakery Shop. In the short, a baker uses dough (or at least what appears to be dough) to make a small variety of faces.



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Edward S. Curtis


Edward Sheriff Curtis was born on February 16 in 1868. He was an American photographer as well as ethnologist, who focused his work primarily on Native American people.

Curtis took interest in photography early in his life. By the age of 17 he was an apprentice photographer and by 19 he had purchased his own camera as well as half the share of a photographic studio.

His first photograph of a Native American was a photo of Princess Angeline, or Kickisomlo, the daughter of Chief Sealth of Seattle. The photo was a hit, along with 2 of his other photos- they were chosen to be in an exhibit sponsored by the National Photographic Society.


Over the course of the next 5 years, Curtis took over 1500 photographs of American Indians. He was able to hire several employees under him during his voyage to help record the languages, help with the logistics and field work, and an anthropologist who had studied Native people.

Curtis’s goal was to preserve the Native American way of life through photography.In 1912, he produced a film titled “In the Land of  the Head Hunters”. The first ever film to depict a cast entirely of Native Peoples.

To me his work is both inspiring and important- it depicts Native people of the time in a way that was preserving of their way of life and educational. In a nation where it was illegal to be who they were, Edward S. Curtis’s photo’s display the humanity of First Nations people, and showcased the beauty and intricacy of their regalia, hair, and jewelry.


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Used Photo Pro

Used Photo Pro (UPP) is a website where you can sell your used dslr back for cash. This site also allows you to purchase camera gear at a very good price. It was developed to give their customers even more options when it comes to buying, selling and trading camera gear. UPP is also a branch off from Roberts Camera

Our UPP buyers go all over the world to find outstanding one-of-a-kind used camera equipment. They bring it back to their offices where every single piece of equipment from lens cap to camera is evaluated by expert camera technicians, cleaned, repaired (if needed) and tested, and them put back on the market so that you can find the gear you need at a great price.



Bronica 200mm f4 Nikkor-P Lens 200/4 $56.00


Nikon Coolpix A 16.2MP Digital Camera w/18.5mm f2.8 Lens $279.00


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What happened to Kodak?

Eastman Kodak- what was once one of the largest and most powerful companies in the film industry, today only has a market capitalization of less than 1 billion. What happened to Kodak? A company that was formally an American icon, has since filed for bankruptcy.

Eastman Kodak was founded in 1892 by George Eastman. Born in Waterville New York in 1854. He invented and patented a dry plate coating machine. His company helped create smaller easy to us cameras that allowed photography to be easily accessible, as well as flexible film which was a critical point in the development of motion years, Kodak’s main selling point was there film. When digital photography began to take hold in society- Kodak began to sell less and less film, as people would rather upload a photo digitally to their computers than print it.

Kodak however, did invest in digital photography. In fact, the first prototype of a digital camera was invented by Steve Sasson, an engineer for Kodak.

Unfortunately Kodak tried to match their digital photography with that of their film photography, in fear of losing their film business. They did not jump on the opportunity to innovate their photos into the new digital age of social media.


In 2001, they created a photo sharing site titled “Ofoto” however, the site was focused on trying to get costumers to print out their photos in order to sell more of their film. The site was later purchased by Shutterfly for less than $25 million as part of their bankruptcy plan. In 2011, their shares had fallen by more than 80 percent.

While Kodak understood that digital cameras were the future, invested in them and began to integrate into a new digital age of photography, they failed to realize that photo sharing and social media is what today’s photography is made of- not just a new way for them to sell their film the same way they had been doing for years in the past.

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Gordon Parks

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Gordon R. Parks was born Nov. 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas. He was an American photographer, musician,  writer and film director. He become very prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940’s through the 1970’s.  His main focus was in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans – and in glamour photography.

Parks being the first famous pioneer among black filmmakers, he was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures. These films were that of which related to the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans.



The images above was taken in 1956 in Mobile, Alabama. Parks captured these image to show views of a segregated south.


Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.

The photo of the poised young woman and little girl was taken outside the Saenger Theatre in Mobile. Though it wasn’t published by LIFE, it was one of Gordon’s most iconic civil rights images. Joanne Wilson, the woman in the photo, became a high school government and economics teacher.

Parks was married and divorced three times. Father of  four children, five grandchildren. Malcolm X honored Parks when he asked him to be the godfather of his daughter Qubilah Shabazz. Parks died at the age of 93 years old due to cancer on March 7, 2006, while living in Manhattan, New York. He was buried back in his hometown Fort Scott, Kansas.

I choose Gordon Parks because he was a great asset to our history. His images captures the true struggle of African Americans during the civil rights movement. He I believe he wanted to take photos that would speak volume to those in generations to come, to always remember the past and what it took to get where we are today.


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Edwin H. Land

Also known as Dr. Land

Born May, 7th 1909

Died  March, 1st 1991

Cause of death  old age

Age 81

Marital Status  Married (1929)

2 Children

Another great Photography inventor whom brought instant photography to the public before digital photography was invented

Mr. Land’s childhood was pretty uneventful. It wasn’t until he reach college that his innovations became alive. He grew up in a relative poor surroundings, his father owned and ran a scrap yard. From such meager surroundings he still got accepted to Harvard which he promptly drop out of after only two months to work on a business project.

He would eventually return to Harvard after convincing one of his instructors to provide him with a lab to do his research in. Ironically this was 1929 just months before the stock market would crash.  The Polaroid Corporation as we know it today started around 1937 as a research company and did a significant amount of research for the government during World War Two. It wasn’t until 1948 that the first Land camera was introduced.5245242418_12f2e517f6

By the 1960’s the camera had involved into the Polaroid land swinger camera. This was the 1960’s version of the Iphone.  Even Steve Jobs credited Dr. Land for much of his inspiration of his success.


In the late 60’s Dr. Land had one more success with the SX-70 camera. But it would cost Polaroid in the long run.


His next great invention Polavision would be the downfall of the corporation. Launched in 1977, it only lasted a couple of years since the VCR was introduce at about the same time. Polavision was a one shot deal, it couldn’t record like the vcr could.


Dr. Land would retire several years later in 1982. He would start another company and continue his research. But he would never again enjoy the success he had once achieved. Most of his later life was devoted to range finder technology that he would sell off to other companies and had no real tie in to photography.

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George Eastman


Born: July 12, 1854, Waterville, NY

Died March 14, 1932, Rochester, NY

Marital Status  Single

Children  None

Cause of Death   Suicide

Founder of the Eastman Kodak  Company

Now I am pushing the envelope a little here since he is not a photographer but the single man to whom brought photography to the general public.

At age 14 Mr. Eastman drop out of high school to support his family. It would be another decade or more before he would start the Kodak Company


While being a high School drop out, he became a major funder for several colleges and universities. Almost always under the name of Mr. Smith. These would include MIT, The university of Rochester and Rochester institute of Technology. He was a man well ahead of his time in that he also supported two southern Black colleges as well ” The Hampton and the Tuskegee Institutes. In just one day in 1924 he gave away over 30 million dollars to higher education. He also funded two medical schools, a dental school and a school for music.


Mr. Eastman through his company became one of the first to start collecting  Photographic collections. The Eastman Museum holds one of the largest collections of nineteenth-century photography, including major holdings of work by Alfred Stieglitz, Lewis Hine, Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Corburn, Nickolas Muray, Ansel Adams  and more.


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