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This Fall, ASMP helps you reach new heights as a professional still & motion photographer through in-depth e-learning classes, informative webinars and exclusive member discounts on classes, conferences and portfolio reviews. Join us:
Is UAV Photography Right for You?
Monday, September 15, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / 10:00 – 11:00 PDT
Commonly referred to as “drones”, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) let you capture stunning images from previously impossible elevations and angles. In this free, no obligation introductory class, UAV builder, pilot and photographer, Parker Gyokeres, dispels the myths surrounding UAV photography so you can decide if it’s a good fit for your business. Special guest, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for NPPA, provides an important update on the legal and legislative side of UAV photography.
Register for this free class and learn more about the full e-learning course, Reaching New Heights as a UAV Photographer: www.asmp.org/e-learning/UAV.
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Photoshop® & Lightroom® Tips & Tricks
with Adobe Evangelist, Julieanne Kost
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT / 10:00 – 11:00 am PDT
ASMP launches the 2014/2015 Business as unUsual webinar series with Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost sharing her favorite Photoshop® and Lightroom® tips and tricks! If you have ever heard Julieanne speak, you know you’re in for a fast-paced, entertaining and inspiring ride. If you’ve never heard her speak, don’t miss this rare opportunity to interact with one of the top post-production experts in the world. Take your skills to the next level – don’t miss this exciting interactive online webinar.
This informative webinar is free for all live attendees.
Join us Wednesday, September 17 — REGISTER TODAY!
Save the date: ASMP’s October Business as unUsual features fashion photographer Cristopher Lapp on estimating and budgeting a large scale production shoot. Join us Wednesday, October 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern.
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The Cutting Edge
with Saturday Night Live
Film Unit Editor, Adam Epstein
Tour ends September 23
The Cutting Edge Post-Production Tour with Saturday Night Live Film Unit Editor, Adam Epstein, covers everything you need to know to edit a high-quality, ready-for-broadcast piece. With technique, theory and editorial insights into what makes a great story this workshop will increase your sped and story-telling effectiveness. Learn more at cuttingedge.mzed.com.
click here to save $15 on all registration levels.
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Photo Plus Expo
October 30 – November 1
Javits Convention Center, New York
With over 80 seminars, keynote presentations featuring Martin Parr, Ben Folds and several prominent photojournalists working with A Day Without News, intensive Master Classes, Photo Walks and a huge trade expo, you won’t want to miss Photo Plus Expo this year! Register before July 31st and take advantage of their great early bird pricing. Learn more about Photo Plus at photoplusexpo.com.
Don’t miss these fabulous ASMP sponsored seminars:
Growing Your Business when Everyone has a Camera with Judy Herrmann
Road to Seeing: Nurturing Your Creative Sensibility with Dan Winters
click here to save $150 on a Full Conference Pass
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The Official Portfolio Reviews at Photo Plus
October 30 – November 1
Javits Convention Center, New York
The Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo is America’s premier review event for emerging and professional photographers. Organized by the Palm Springs Photo Festival in conjunction with Photo District News and The Photo Group, this event offers a fabulous opportunity to meet and present your work for critique, feedback and advice. At no other time can a photographer see such a cross-section of potential clients/representatives from both the commercial and fine art arenas in a three-day period.
click here to save 15% on your registration – the best discount available!
I was talking today with Marcie, my new Native American friend. She’s from the Taos Pueblo, and we really enjoy chatting about art, culture, religion. Stuff like that.
No matter how much you might feel a spiritual connection with Native American views on the sacred nature of Earth, it feels trite when you’re not raised in that culture. (If you’re white, I mean.) Which lends a certain frisson to the conversation.
To be frank, Marcie doesn’t give off the vibe that I’m a poseur. Just the opposite. She’s open, honest, and nonjudgmental. Rather, the voices in my head are self-generated. Too many hours digesting post-modern theory in graduate school, I suppose.
Of course, the Native Americans are not the ones who believe that Nature is sacred. There are strains of Buddhist tradition that teach of Inter-connectedness, or Inter-being. We are all one. I am the rocks. You are the trees. We are all made up of the particles of the Universe.
In the course of our conversation, Marcie asked if I was actually Jewish? I replied that of course I was, because in my religion, you are born that way. (If your mother is Jewish, you’re a Jew.) She pushed forward, asking if I actually practiced? Did I believe?
“That’s a tougher question,” I replied. I’m like a religious version of the aforementioned Post-Modernism: a pastiche. A little of this, a little of that. So many of us are, these days.
But I do like to meditate, when I have the time, and believe that the silent absence of something can be just as powerful as presence. I’d rather have a clear, empty mind than an over-driven, neurotic, Woody-Allen-inner-monologue any day of the week.
Given that, and my oft-professed love of seeing something I’ve never seen before in a photo book, how could I not review “Some Windy Trees,” a new self-published soft-cover book by Vincent Delbrouck in Belgium?
Open it up, and after the requisite blank page, you find yourself looking at a solitary, windblown tree. The book contains several such images. Trees you want to stare at for a while. They’re so lonely. And beautiful. Mountains in the background too.
Turn the page, and you see nothing. Just more blank white paper. (As I once titled a photograph of my own, paper comes from trees.)
As I flipped through, I did a triple take. He keeps interspersing emptiness. At one point, you actually flip twice before you come to the next photo. I have definitely never seen that before. Empty pages on purpose. Who does that?
This guy, apparently.
There is a random insert of a scribbled drawing in bright red. Not blood red. Candy-cane red. Santa Claus red. Christmas-time red.
The back page tells us the pictures were made in high, windy valley in Nepal. (I suppose the cover image hints at the Himalayas.) A portion of the proceeds from each book will go to a foundation that supports the preservation of this particular region, called Mustang.
That same red repeats on the back cover, which is where we find the title. (That, I have seen before, as you regular readers will well know.)
I’m more than sure that some of you will think me crazy for celebrating someone for leaving photos out of a photo book. But what does it do? It focuses the mind. It draws attention to what is there. And it also gives off the whiff of enlightenment, that ephemeral state which the Himalayan Buddhists eternally seek.
Bottom Line: Strange, zen pictures of Himalayan trees from a Belgian
Books are provided by Photo-Eye in exchange for links back for purchase.
Books are found in the bookstore and submissions are not accepted.
[by Gail Mooney]
I have never drawn a line between my labor and my leisure, simply because my work has always been my pleasure. I’m sure I’m not the only photographer who has a hard time separating their personal life, from their work. In my case it has been even more intertwined because my business partner is also my husband.
We have never been able to “go on vacation” without our gear. Even though we may not be “working” while on vacation, it’s difficult, if not impossible to put the cameras down. In fact, our honeymoon was spent traveling around the UK for a month, shooting and building our portfolios. One of the images that came out of that trip is still a favorite.
Our daughter grew up either waiting and watching her parents shoot the “moments” or posing for us. Some of our passion for our craft must have rubbed off on her because even though she didn’t pursue a career in photography, she teamed up with me in 2010 to produce and shoot a documentary film and I couldn’t have done it without her.
My personal and my business lives are blended together in many ways. Nevertheless, business is still business and as we all know, there’s a lot more to the photography business than taking pictures. In fact, the percentage of my time that I spend shooting is minimal, compared to the time I spend on everything else I need to do, to stay in business. Balancing those things, with my personal life is challenging, because there are so many distractions. I make a daily effort, to stay mindful of what’s important, and how I choose to spend my time.
I have read a number of books on time management and I’m fairly good at managing my time. The bottom line is: “your priorities are what you make time for in your life” – regardless of what you say is important. If it’s really important, schedule it. It’s the only way it will get done.
Gail Mooney is co-partner with her husband Tom Kelly at Kelly/MooneyProductions.