Jeff Curto's Camera Position

Jeff Curto's Camera Position

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A Podcast About the Creative Side of Photography

Episodes

Camera Position 176 : 10 Rules Rules for Getting Started  

The American abstract expressionist painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922 –1993) is noted not only for his great work, but also for his thoughts about the creative process. Diebenkorn's "Notes to myself on beginning a painting" is a list of 10 things to think about as we begin any creative work - we can think of them as "10 Rules for Getting Started." Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Richard Diebenkorn on Artsy. net Richard Diebenkorn - a website with lots of information and images Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List - Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops Richard Diebenkorn's "Notes to myself on beginning a painting" 1.  Attempt what is not certain.  Certainty may or may not come later.  It may then be a valuable delusion. 2.  The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued — except as a stimulus for further moves. 3.  Do search.  But in order to find other than what is searched for. 4.  Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable. 5.  Don't "discover" a subject — of any kind. 6.  Somehow don't be bored — but if you must, use it in action.  Use its destructive potential. 7.  Mistakes can't be erased but they move you from your present position. 8.  Keep thinking about Polyanna. 9.  Tolerate chaos. 10. Be careful only in a perverse way.

Camera Position 175 : From One, Many  

There’s an old adage in photography: “inside every 8x10” print, there is a really excellent 5x7” image waiting to be found." That old saw is the foundation for an exercise that I’ve used for myself and in my classes over the years; take an image that you’ve made and search for alternate cropping choices that might strengthen the composition. Regardless of whether you find a “better” photograph, you learn a fair amount about how to see. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Using Virtual Copies in Lightroom - a great way to experiment Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Sign up for the Workshops Mailing List - Planning is underway for the 2017 Italy Photography Workshops        

Camera Position 174 : The Lone Tree & The Logo  

A listener asked where the logo for Camera Position came from, which gave me an impetus to talk about that photograph and the concept of the Lone Tree image - a compulsory photograph for nearly every photographer. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops And I could keep going and going...

Camera Position 173 : Position The Camera – Position The Viewer  

When we position the camera, we are ultimately positioning the viewer of our photographs. We explore this idea using a 1757 painting by the Venetian Painter Canaletto, who often used a camera obscura to create his paintings. Thanks to Dirk Rösler and the folks at the Large Format Photography Forum for setting these wheels in motion. Check out some of the conversations we’re having on Facebook and Flickr about photography and ideas. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops Japan Exposures - Dirk Rösler's site Canaletto - a gallery of his paintings online Large Format Photography Forum - A clearing house of information for the view camera photographer  

Camera Position 172 : Get Your Ideas Out The Door  

Everyone has ideas, but many people keep those ideas hidden inside. The creative person finds a way to get those ideas out the door in a way that allows them to breathe. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops - A few spots remain for Lake Como, Tuscany and Rome workshops - Final Registration is March 1

Camera Position 171 : Tone, Value and Mr. Bennett’s Button  

"Anyone can print black - just put a piece of photo paper under the enlarger, turn the enlarger light on and leave it on. But light values... ahhh... light values... they are the soul of the black and white photograph. Not everyone can print white and have it sing."   So said one of my great photo teachers, Neil Rappaport. I took that advice to heart, but it was a visit to the Photography Study Room at the Art Institute of Chicago where I really learned the truth behind those words as I viewed Paul Strand’s photograph Mr. Bennett, Vermont, 1944. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: The History of Photography Class in the Photo Study Room at the Art Institute of Chicago Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops - A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome

Camera Position 170 : Camera Position Turns 10  

Camera Position is ten years old!  The first episode of Camera Position was published February 5, 2006 and it's been a wonderful decade of learning about photography, my listeners and myself. A huge thank you to all of you listeners out there! I really appreciate your support and your participation in the Camera Position community. Play Podcast: Here are some of the more popular podcast episodes over the last 10 years. Camera Position Episode 89 - Camera Position & Camera Distance - examined work by some great photographers to look at proximity and relationship. Episodes 87 & 88 : Desert Island Photographs - Part 1 and Part 2 - where listeners picked their one “desert island photograph.” Episode 60 - Back to Basics - Composition  an overview of essential visual image composition principles. Episodes  69 and 70 on Gestalt Theory and Composition which explored the concepts of gestalt and visual communication. For those interested, I’ve also produced a free e-book, Resonating Images: Communicating Messages Visually Episode 154 Feedback Part 1 - and  Episode 155 Feedback Part 2 - looked at how to - and how not to - critique photographs, and included the printable infographic that detailed how to do effective image critique. Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops - A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome

Camera Position 169 : Black and White Revisited  

"How do I get started in learning black and white photography?" That was the question I got by the boatload after the podcast about B&W photography, so this episode is dedicated to articulating some resources for that pursuit, starting with some advice from one of the greats, Ansel Adams. Play Podcast: Links for this episode: Ansel Adams' book The Print Hiroshi Sugimoto - Seascapes Michael Kenna - Photographs Lenswork Magazine Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops - A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome  

Camera Position 168 : Edges  

Edges - The edge of the frame, the edge of the subject, the edge of the world, the edge of a moment. Regardless of how we interpret it, the assignment of "Edges" can be a good one to expand our understanding of photography. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops - A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome

Camera Position 167 : Learn Photography With Black and White  

Can photography be better learned in black and white? That's the question that I look at in this episode, as we look at line, shape, tone and texture as we see our world in black and white. Play Podcast: Links for this Episode: Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops - A few spots remain for Puglia and Rome

Camera Position 166 : Sharing Your Story  

Photography is about storytelling. Sharing your images and the story that they create is one of the ultimate goals for most photographers. Fortunately, our contemporary world has some amazing tools and interesting ideas that can help us tell our stories with words and pictures. Play Podcast: Links to some ideas discussed on the podcast: Listener David Crowe's "Boulders" Flickr group Listener Chris Bonney's PDF of images of Cannon Beach, Oregon Jeff's online stories: Puglia Photo Workshop 2015 - made using MyAlbum Tuscany Photo Workshop 2015 - made using MyAlbum Your Story of Rome - made using Adobe Slate Autumn in the Keweenaw - made using Adobe Slate Grana Padano Cheese - made using Storehouse Jeff's Photograph Italy Workshops - registration is now open for 2016!    

Camera Position 165 : Forget The Gear  

Today's world of photography is so very confusing. Photographers are confronted with a barrage of advice about how to make good photographs and what gear you must have to make them. Of course, that advice has some value, but I think  best way to learn is to actually go and make photographs because, as a longtime listener once told me, "Pictures need to be taken to be any good." Play Podcast The Candid Frame - Ibarionex Perello's podcast Ibarionex Perello's book - Chasing The Light on Amazon Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images  

Camera Position 164 : The Frame Is A Discipline  

The great photographer Ernst Haas said, ""The frame of the camera is the photographer's discipline. It can contain as much as it withholds, cut into or hold together images that detract or contribute to a given theme." In this episode, I explore the idea that the frame of the camera is a discipline. Play Podcast In America by Ernst Haas on Amazon Ernst Haas' Estate website Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images

Camera Position 163 : Photographer’s Bookshelf – Diana and Nikon  

Using a quote from Janet Malcolm's collections of essays about photography as a springboard, I talk about the relative truth of photographs and look back to our discussion about peripheral vision. Play Podcast Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images Janet Malcolm's Diana & Nikon on Amazon

Camera Position 162 : Driving Your Peripheral Vision  

As a driver, you use your peripheral vision all the time. So, too, with photography as you need to learn how to pay attention to what's at the edge of your visual field in order to really see the world. Play Podcast Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images

Camera Position 161 : What’s Your Hobby?  

What's your hobby? As a recently retired person, it's the question I often get as people try to figure out what I "do" with the time I used to spend "working." In this episode, we look at the interconnected aspects of the things we like to do. Play Podcast Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images History of Photography Podcast  

Camera Position 160 : Accept the Inner Critic  

With creative work, there is often a gap between our ambitions and our ability to create work that meets our expectations. Fortunately, our "inner critic" is there to help us close the gap between our goals and the photographs we make. Play Podcast Infographic on the 4 steps of Critique as a PDF Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images  

Camera Position 159 : A Sense of Humanity  

Human values -- those emotions, beliefs, traditions, and knowledge that we understand and share as human beings are an integral part of how we come to express ourselves in photography. In fact, it may be the essence of why we want to express ourselves with photography. Play Podcast Camera Position on Facebook - Share your images Camera Position on Flickr - Share your images  

Camera Position 158 : The Courage To Create  

Rollo May (1909 - 1994) was an American existential psychologist and author. Among his books was The Courage to Create. In it, May lays out some ideas about art and creativity that have important implications for the creative person; photographers included. Play Podcast Jeff's Podcast Facebook Page - for discussion of podcast topics The Courage to Create By Rollo May - on Amazon

Camera Position 157 : The Elements and Principles of Art  

One of the four steps of achieving true critique of a work of art is analysis and doing that analysis requires applying the elements and principles of art. In this episode, we look at what those elements and principles are so we can employ them in true critique of our photographs. Play Podcast Links for this episode: An infographic on the elements of art and the principles of art as a PDF (also as a JPEG) Use artsy.net to look at some masterworks of art to begin exercising these ideas: The Old Masters Abstract Expressionists Cubists Contemporary Photography: Lens Culture New York Times Lens Blog FlakPhoto Zone Zero  

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