A new online petition on Change.org is appealing to Kodak to bring back yet another film emulsion: Kodak Infrared Ektachrome. This film is not to be confused with Kodak Aerochrome–which we’ve featured very prominently on this website. Kodak discontinued the film along with a lot of their infrared films due to people just not buying it–as is the case with lots of films being discontinued. However, with a new generation of photographers starting out in digital and then picking up film afterwards coming to the fore, Infrared film may have a new home soon.
One of the hardest things for any photographer to do is to edit down their images to a select few. Whether they are images from a recent shoot or a body of work destined for a web gallery or portfolio, the process of editing is no easy task. It’s not something that’s taught alongside learning about shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
It’s an important skill to develop as a weak portfolio or web gallery can diminish the impact of one’s best work. Here are some suggestions that may help you to refine the way you evaluate, select and organize your best photographs.
The greatest challenge faced by any photographer is being an editor of their own work. I am not referring to one’s Photoshop skills, but rather a shooter’s ability to filter through their body of work and select only the best. Whether it’s designing a printed portfolio or creating a new gallery on a website, it can be a difficult thing to turn a critical eye on one’s own photographs.
Here are some suggestions that may help develop and refine your skills as your own best photo editor.
We are all leading busy lives. So, finding time to dedicate to our photography can be a real challenge. But if we have any hope of improving our skills as a photographer, we need time and a reason to practice. Photographers get better by making photographs, over and over again. Most of them don’t have to be stellar images. What’s important is that the practices of seeing, composing and editing our images help us to develop important skills. Don’t wait for that vacation or a workshop you’ve scheduled for this summer. Try some of these simple and straight-forward suggestions today.
Recently, my very good buddy Joey Quintero gave an amazing presentation on studio lighting at the B&H Event Space. Many people have been asking for the PDF of the presentation so that they can follow along for themselves.
I present to you, said PDF via Rapidshare.
Also be sure to check out Joey’s website to see some of his instruction in practice.