When you think of New York, you often think of destinations: the Empire State Building, 42nd Street, the Statue of Liberty or Central Park. And while these are all great destinations and millions of photographs are made there every year, the true allure of Gotham lies in the neighborhoods and the people that work and live there.
One of the most iconic locations has to be Harlem, which has and continues to be the wellspring of many cultural influences including jazz, dance, rap, hip-hop and fashion. It’s been a visual magnet to many photographers including James Van Der Zee, Bruce Davidson, Jamel Shabazz and many others. One of those photographers is Harvey Stein whose latest monograph is Harlem Street Portraits.
Sit down with a group of photographers and the conversation immediately revolves around gear. It’s about the piece of kit we just bought and the gear we’d like to buy. It’s about rumors about what the next best thing will be. It might not lead to anything that helps to improve our photography, but admittedly the conversations are so much fun.
However, it’s often been those conversations that have to do with process, which delve into the why of what we do which has left me inspired to pick up a camera and make photographs. It’s a conversation not often found in books, which are largely dedicated to deciphering the gear we lust over. But when such a book comes out, it can be a refreshing and enlightening alternative to what’s out there.
Effortless Beauty by photographer Julie DeBose explores a way of seeing, rather than dedicating time to a camera’s bells and whistles. Instead, she delves deeply into our unique way of seeing the world and how that can translate into effective and beautiful photographs.
Since first seeing the trailers over a year ago, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Everybody Street, a documentary film which features conversations and the work of several great New York street photographers. Featuring interviews with photographers including Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the New York street photographer.
Though street photography has been and continues to be practiced throughout the world, the Big Apple holds a special allure. The mashup of culture, class and race within a relatively small area has created a unique creative well from which these photographers have drawn. Everybody Street hopes to provide a glimpse into how an ever-changing and unpredictable city has been embraced and interpreted by a diverse group of photographic artists.
It’s often said that we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. That’s certainly the case with photography, where I’ve made plenty of them. However, I’ve learned that there is always something to be learned from my past errors, which sometimes have the benefit of helping others. Here are 7 mistakes that I’ve made that you may or may not have made already, but which should be avoided whenever possible.
Once you become serious about capturing video with a DSLR, you realize that just hand-holding the camera isn’t always going to deliver the quality you need. Without the benefit of a tripod, a camera rig and access to focus controls becomes critical to make the most of the DSLRs video capability.
Though such rigs offer a practical solution for improving the performance of the camera when it’s hand-held, such rigs and their various accessories can be prohibitively expensive. The Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle ($599.95)promises an affordable, but ruggedly built rig which offers the videographer on a budget a viable choice.
When Google acquired Nik Software in late 2012, I was among those photographers who wondered what this would mean for the future of the software suite of plug-ins. Silver Efex Pro II, Color Efex Pro, Sharpener and the other plugins had become an integral part of my workflow. So, I not only wondered whether the plugins would continue to be updated but also would there be any new plug-ins in the future?
Well, it seems that both questions have been answered with the latest addition of Analog Efex Pro to the Google Nik Collection which gathers together 7 plugins for$149.00.
The new plugin that simulates a variety of cameras, films and lenses is not a revolutionary introduction. There are other plugins on the market that have covered similar territory. However, Analog Efex Pro provides a unique editing experience that complements the other apps found in the collection.