There’s an oft-discussed approach to photography in which you go for several months to a year without looking at your photographs. This is easier if you shoot film, but requires far more diligence if you shoot digital. The mindset can be traced back to Garry Winogrand who famously would go for a year without looking at his negatives. The idea’s that it gives you enough distance between you and your photographs, so that you can be a more discerning editor of your own work. My friend Eric Kim calls it “letting your photos marinate,” and while it’s a fine mindset to have if you have the luxury of time, it ultimately doesn’t matter whether you look at your images straight out of the gate or some time later.
There are a couple more days left in our contest with Olympus!
We’re teaming up with the folks over at Olympus for our first giveaway with the company. You’ve got a chance to win an Olympus OMD EM10, and all you have to do is show us your best landscape photo.
Want to win it? Hit the jump for the details.
All images by Zach Ashcraft. Used with permission.
Zach Ashcraft is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He is also an avid landscape photographer and traveler, having visited 40 states. But when he pitched his work to us, we were most enthralled by not only his wedding photography, but his senior portraits. Senior portraits are one of the more profitable ways to make a living from shooting portraits, but it has less to do with the gear and more about working with parents and the budding adult.
Zach shared a couple of tips with negotiations, locations, and getting the right timing.
Famous filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was not just a cinematographer, but he was also a still photographer. And as is explained in this video after the jump, he got his lens knowledge from his stills background. But did you know that he would ask manufacturers for 10 of the same lens, test them all, and take the best one for himself? He was quite particular and he owned a large amount of lenses; but they all helped him to develop the looks that he wanted and is famous for.
In the video after the jump, Joe Denton talks about Stanley Kubrick’s lenses and why he chose them.
Via No Film School
A video is making its round on the internet of a man cleaning a 5D and a 24-105mm lens. He soaks the cameras and then brushes them and does all sorts of things that you would absolutely never do. In fact, if your camera ever gets this soaked, you need to put it in a bowl of rice and sealed from the air for at least 24 hours. But even then there may be way too much damage for it to work properly.
And the lens? It’s probably gone; and all the motors to change the aperture and autofocus are probably gonners.
Despite this, it’s hysterical that folks may take this seriously. The video how not to clean your camera is after the jump.
Thanks for the tip Tracie