Archive for June, 2008

Discussion Group for Copy and Restoration of Photographs Starts Today!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

What do you do with a tattered or faded photo, a “one-of-a-kind print” you want to share, or a digital photo you saved on your computer that seems to have vanished?

You really have lots of choices—some easy and cheap, some complicated and costly. 

This is a great time to do restorations while some of the old guard artists are still with us.  In a few years, your choices will be narrowed to fewer materials and we can only hope that they will last like some of the older silver based materials. 

This is not negative thinking, it’s simply that times are changing, materials are changing, and few artists are learning the analog art techniques that were with the photo industry for nearly a century.

Let us direct you to a resource that can help you salvage your images before they vanish.

Uncategorized Category is Renamed: Anything & Everything About Great Photos

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Photos are one of your most prized possessions.  There is no argument about this.

As times and styles change, you may change what’s hanging on your walls and move the older photos to an album, another room, or storage. 

One reason for this exchange of ideas is to help people like you and me get great photos and take good care of the ones we have. 

If you have prints and negatives, make sure they are in a cool, dry place that is easily accessible in case of emergency.  If you have digital files, put those on archival storage and keep them with your negative and important prints. 

The best insurance you can ever get to make sure that your photos are enjoyed and saved for future generations is to share them freely with everyone you know.  It’s the easiest thing to do and makes everyone happy at the same time—what could be better than that!

As you share your thoughts or ask questions, we can add new discussion threads and categories so please give us your input. 

New Wedding Photography Discussion and Referral Category

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Weddings are that “once-in-a-lifetime” event that must be planned and captured with care by people who like to be around each other. 

Since there are no retakes or “do-over’s”, this is often the ultimate test of a photographer.

This person or team of photographers must be so adept at the craft that the camera functions are nearly automatic.  A wedding photographer must possess nerves of steel while being an instant problem solver. 

Your photographic team must be so great with people that a nervous bride, crying flower girl, and feuding in-laws are handled with ease so they end up all smiling together for the photos.

It is essential that the couple enjoys their wedding day and allow it to flow smoothly.  They must have time for each other, their families, and their invited guests while getting images that will be with them for the rest of their lives.

This all requires careful planning and cooperation from all parties.  Plenty of time set aside prevents rushing and allows for great photos and great memories.

Teamwork is an absolute requirement for success, fun, and great photos.

New Category Introduced: Great High School Senior Portraits Discussion

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Graduation from High School is an important part of the American culture as it is around the world. 

In the USA, the “Senior Portrait” has taken on the rite of passage notion that is unique.  Other countries and societies celebrate this entry into adulthood, exit from the home, or other coming-of-age passage in different ways, and it is always an important mark in a young person’s life.

This senior portrait has grown to offer the option of each individual to express their unique characters, hobbies, school and non-school activities, toys, attitudes, aspirations, and dreams.  We are so visually oriented that “regular” portraits are just not enough even though parents often demand the traditional poses.

A senior photographer must possess a broad base of experience, photographic craftsmanship, and skill.  This person must also have an uncanny sense of the teenage aura.  Being able to have fun, practice ESP, NLP, and just have a “go-with-the-flow” attitude while maintaining some type of control is essential. 

This is where the senior and the photographer often team up to create images that may be difficult to plan or totally verbalize before the photo is actually created!

Making It Easier For You To Get A Great Family Portrait Discussion Category

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Family portraits are images that link our past, present, and our future.

Life is so fleeting, it is important that our family groups be recorded so that they become a good part of our memories and our heritage.

Photographers have a responsibility to guide families through this process so that the finished images are well posed, well lighted, and in focus.  Other issues like composition, location, and expression also play a part in creating a work of art.

Creating great value in large wall portraits as well as the important album prints and gifts for friends and relatives should be the common goal.

It is important that families take responsibility to work with their photographer to include as much of their unique family identity as possible. 

Whether creating a serious, formal portrait or a fun, relaxed environmental portrait, the same care in clothing choices, time allotted, and positive attitude apply.

The common element that must always be present is FUN!

New Get Great Portraits Photography Discussion Category

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

You can discuss the many aspects of having portraits created.  You will also notice that there are several other discussions for family portraits, High School Senior portraits, and weddings with more categories to be added when interest demands and time allows.

If you are a client looking to have a portrait created and wanting to find the photographer who has the experience, skill set, and venue to do what you want, this is the place to ask the questions and let us help you find the right photographer.

If you are a photographer with the skills to create portraits, or wanting to upgrade your craft to a higher level, this is a great place to ask questions about lighting, posing, and the other fine aspects of photographing people.

You will see by participating in this discussion that the needs and duties of both parties in this creation process must be matched carefully.  Through this process you will create a better finished portrait that will see its value appreciate through enjoyment rather than gather dust in the dark corner of a basement closet.

Just For Fun Photography–A New Fun Category

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

This category is a sharing space where any discussion of photography is fair game.

Have fun visiting with photographers of all experience levels with their general photography questions.  This can be helping less experienced photographers with their questions as well as sharing the more “exotic” ideas of how imaging is evolving and the importance of photographs in our daily lives.

Snapshots continue to be an important part of our lives and we need to include them in our more “serious” discussion of photography. 

New Fine Art Photography Discussion

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

You may discuss what you feel constitutes fine art photography and why it is such a viable part of the photography community today.  This aspect of photography and its discussion centers on two basic groups of photographers and clients . . .

The commercial aspect of this exchange of ideas is for the decorators and designers and their clients who use photographic images for adding a theme, a balance, or for giving life to both interior and exterior spaces.

Collectors view fine art photography from a more pure art form and collect images that give them a connection to the subject matter of the photographer or are collecting for financial investment purposes, or some combination of these reasons.   If you have questions, comments, or other reasons for collecting, please join in!

New Commercial Photography Category

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Commercial Photography Discussion:

This discussion is designed to help the commercial photography client get exactly what they want from the photographer who is best equipped to provide the exact service needed.

Realizing that the images may have both immediate commercial or advertising impact as well as a long-term historical value is an important part of this review and decision making process.

You can also discuss the issues involving other collateral parties like art directors, advertising agencies, the media, and other “creative” personalities who may add positive input or create confusion in the process.

New Categories Added For Comments & Questions

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

You will find these new categories helpful in asking questions and making comments.