A word on exporting

          How often is your trouble shooting related to on site photographing and how often is it related to your postproduction? In the case of my latest shoot with model Chelsey Taylor, the later turned out to be my biggest hardship. In a number of my shots I covered the front of my lens with a red gel sheet. This could have easily been done as an after effect in Photoshop but by using a filter in the moment, it gave me an additional surge of inspiration, seeing the results in camera immediately has a way of rewarding you instantly. So I rolled with this surreal concept of covering her world in red. The trouble I ran into was in my attempt to export these images to her through Facebook and Instagram.

          I knew about image compression and the degrading that results from passing around digital files, however with such extreme color being present in my images, this caused another issue. While they appeared crisp before my export, the end result was a blurry, low resolution looking image. The solution to this problem.

1- resize your images, with the long side at 2080 pixels, 300 dpi

2- convert your image to sRGB

3- then save to the web with the following settings on the image below. (check progressive, leave convert color and embed color profile unchecked.)

(I converted my image twice in the color space options, this was my error.)

Then export and enjoy in the sharing with your creative members. You can also read more on this exporting process at the following link, which helped me out. http://www.modelmayhem.com/forums/post/967658

So don’t forget folks, remember that your images go on a journey while exporting and can end up becoming something else at the end of the trip. 

Back to Boston

This past weekend, I went up to Boston, to collaborate once again with a model whom I've had the pleasure and privilege to work with before, Chelsey Angers. She manages to take direction and yet spin a bit of her own idea into the mix, making shooting that much more interesting. That alone wouldn't work though. During the process of shooting, my mind was running. It was windier than I was expecting, and I did not have a weight for my diffusion umbrella, which I had plans of using. Not only that but a screw was loose in the bag, it was needed so I could use my flash remotely. What to do when your original plan falters, and now your using more time to find things than to take shots? Scrap the idea and move on, I didn't have all day, plus I had a remote cable. This was one example of how I had to adjust to make better use of my time, don't always become fixated on accessories, let your inner voice speak for your shots.

There are other moments but let's get to the favorites from this shoot. I wanted to focus my energies towards making street shots, rather than high fashion, experimental ideas that I usually have in my head. Its in these shots that I believe, I've found a split second moment where simple posing ends and something shines through 

Face to face

Once again I'm face to face with a model, and that familiar feeling returns, that sense of dread. "I know I can get a worthwhile image out of this session, but how?". I'm experimenting, hypothesizing, searching for that moment "ah ha" moment, where it all begins to make sense. I recently photographed Sarah M Faire, a model from my home state of CT, and it's my first step back into fashion and beauty photography. It's been some time now and as I expected, it was a rewarding experience, not because I got outstanding images with every press of the shutter but because I was facing challenges that I've felt before. Ms. Faire was a worthwhile model, she was on time, more than prepared and took directions well, but my challenge remains, how do I make an image that's about something and not of something? 

The answer isn't simple and the journey to finding, and creating a great moment on camera takes on different roads. What I''ll leave you with though are a few of my favorites.    

Le Paysage

I wanted to thank Ms. Sandrine Hermand-Grisel for choosing one of my pieces to be a part of the upcoming exhibit from the Darkroom Gallery, entitled "Le Paysage". I wanted to include a link to her site, not only as a thank you to her but because I had a genuine resonance with some of her images and you may as well. 

http://www.hermandgrisel.com/index.php

and below is a link to the Darkroom Gallery's website which I've had the pleasure of submitting to before, you might have an image lying somewhere that might just fit a call for entry.

www.darkroomgallery.com

Goodbye and re-awakening

I've through faults of my own and from other things I couldn't control had left photography behind me for some time but it all comes back, wanting to become a part of my life again. As things have improved for me lately I have been able to afford to bring back this site and its with this rejuvenation that I'd like to share some work I've come across that broadened my mind and its with these kind of artists that I suddenly feel capable again. Check it out. 

http://www.tatianagulenkina.com

Love the Troma Way

Last night I among with 70 other or so movie going fans were delighted to have spent the late night/early hours of the morning with Lloyd Kaufman at the Coolidge Theatre. A man who isn't in a business for money and clearly knows no limits. Along with his wife Pat Kaufman they were open for questions, autographs, free pictures and were a great presence the entire time (and of course Toxie himself). Lloyd even gave his number to somebody at one point because he wanted the help the man out with a video project. Amazing.  

The movies may seem.... well lets just say you don't come across films like them everyday but the same can also be said for their love to the fans and vice versa.  

Let the computer serve you sir.

So at an Uno's restaurant near me they have these new touch screens at all the tables. They allow you to pay for your meal, order more food, etc, etc. Basically it makes the lives of the employees easier. What it says to me though is that were all drifting farther and farther apart. Less face time= smaller tip. That's what your going to get from me.

My desire to make films continues but only out of rage.

* New remakes/reboots, sequels that are expected: Ace Ventura, The Exorcist, 2 new Ghostbusters, Men in Black, a 3rd reiteration of Spiderman in just the span of 15 years. X-Men, another Halloween, King Kong, Resident Evil, Furious 8 (despite the fact that one of its main actors has died) and the list goes on.

* Almost any other movie out is based on either a book or true events.

* Only 2 of the top 10 grossing films this year were not sequels, adaptations, prequels or reboots. 

The people in charge of the major Hollywood studios are afraid of video on demand content like Netflix, youtube and it shows. They’re afraid of banking on new ideas and now the market is over saturated with rehashes of other people’s hard work because well known, pre-exisisting franchises will guarantee some interest/cash for them.

I wonder… how many new and great movies and franchises will there be for future generations? If my child grows fond of movies I was inspired by that’s great… but how many new things will there have been that would have made his life unique and different from mine? 

Movies shouldn't just be some form of entertainment that can be toyed with, they’ve helped shape our culture, they’ve inspired and should be treated as the great works they are. A great thing comes along and rather left it untouched it becomes tampered with like an oil well and not long after you’ll see too many attempts made to try and recapture the magic it once had.

Or I could have simply said there isn’t enough originality in the major movie business and I hope to do something about it. But then I miss all the fun of expressing my anger, keeping my opinion silent and we all know what happens when we don’t speak, somebody else does it for us.

AND I didn't even touch on foreign markets. Terminator 5 opened with abysmal box office numbers, was largely disliked but received nearly half a billion dollars from overseas. Our everyday products are made in other countries and now were out to sell them our movies. 

Now that's over I'm gonna eat a fucking snack.

Revenge is for movies

"I Saw the Devil" (2010)- Indeed because no man in real life could become the monster the main character becomes so quickly in this Korean revenge flick. Kim Soo-Hyeon is a police officer who’s wife is murdered by a serial killer and in the process becomes a sicko, becoming no better than the man he’s hunting. The transformation is so hard to believe, much like the violence shown. Now with a soulless face like Kyung-chul’s maybe it doesn’t matter, it takes no time at all when you look into the devil’s eyes. 

The movie aside from that one grip is a non stop train ride of amazingness. For all the unbelievable torture that shocks the senses it’s also mesmerizing. The movie is fantastic to look at, the uses of colors, the angles and framing of every scene. Its also very subtle and brilliant. Not every evil deed is shown on screen while some moments relish in the pain being inflicted, so its a toss up, you never know if the next stabbing or decapitation will be shown and there’s genuine suspense in that. There are many other observations to say, it’ll just take too long.

One of the finest fucked up movies I’ve ever seen.