Category Archives: Photographer

Making Your Own Website

No matter what kind of artist you are, if you want to be noticed and/or hired, you’re gonna need your own website. People are going to need a place to go to so that they can view your work, see what your future projects will be, and contact you.

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Simon Cade, English filmmaker and creator of YouTube Channel “DSLRguide”, has recently posted a video about creating your own website, and how your page should be laid out. He does a walkthrough of him updating his website, giving the viewers seven tips on how to design their own.

His tips include: Look at other sites, Make it easy to find the important parts, Test it out (often), Display the kind of work you want to be doing, and Experiment.

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While creating your own website may seem like a small task when you think about all of the projects you’ll be working on, there is a wrong way of designing a website. There are many factors that come into constructing it, and every detail matters so your future viewers, fans, and employers.

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Simon Cade’s Full Video

DSLRguide Channel

 

– Brenton Wiseman

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W. Eugene Smith’s “Jazz Loft” Project

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W. Eugene Smith was a very well-known photographer from the 1940s to the 1970s. His work with Newsweek and Life Magazine gave him a great reputation, but this stand-alone project is what really gave him the attention he deserved.

1127jazzloft03Starting in 1957, Smith spent eight years at 821 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, New York, the home to a five-story jazz loft. Hundreds of bands and musicians traveled there and performed as W. Smith took photos and recorded music.

82131002_lgBy 1965, W. Eugene Smith had taken about 40,000 photographs, and recorded 4,000 hours of audio from the eight years at the loft. These are all from the bands playing or rehearsing, as well as photos taken from the windows of the building, looking out into the streets of New York City. e56r86_19_lgIn September of 2016, WNYC Studios released a hour-and-a-half long documentary titled “The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith”. This focuses not only on the photos and tapes during the project, but also the stories that go with them. The documentary, directed by Sara Fishko, sheds light onto the characters portrayed in the photographs. Fishko explains, in great detail, what these people were going through during the time, and the dark side of these musicians’ careers. 82128027_lg

 

Learn more about The Jazz Loft Project

Learn more about “The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith”

Check out the cast, crew, trivia, and more from the documentary

Rent the documentary through Amazon Video

 

Brenton Wiseman

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Photographer Overview: Pete Souza

Pete Souza is a world famous photographer who began his career in the late 1970’s and is currently the Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and the director of the White House Photography Office. 

Holding the title of Chief Official Photographer means he gets to tag along with President Obama and take photos that show a side of our president many people don’t get the chance to see. Souza’s whole job really consists of showing Obama on a personal level and his day to day life in the Whitehouse.

 

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Here is an image of President Obama doing his best Pete Souza impression

 

These “behind-the-scenes” shots have caused Souza to rise to a level of Internet stardom since he began uploading them to the web in 2009. Souza takes pictures in a unique way as well, where his pictures never seem staged, never seem forced, he is really a master of being a fly on the wall and capturing candid, quality images.

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His pictures make the viewer feel like you are there living in the White House, seeing what the President does from day to day, sneaking into stressful meetings, and seeing the president interact with his family.

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This is the second President Souza has worked for, formally working for President Ronald Reagan in the 80’s. Souza says he takes around 20,000 pictures each week! Thats over 1 Million a year!

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Pete Souza has also had the ability to meet all the high profile celebrities that find their way into the White House ranging from the one and only Michael Jackson to Ellen DeGeneres, from George Clooney to Michael Jordan, he is one person that can scroll through his camera roll and say he really has shot them all!

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Here is a link to Pete Souza’s actual website for more information and pictures, all photo’s posted were shot and uploaded by Pete Souza I do not own the rights to any of them. 

 

– Brennan Weber

 


References:

http://www.petesouza.com  

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/29/pete-souza-photographing-the-real-barack-obama

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/author/pete-souza


 

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