Fantastic Cameraphone Photography

April 21, 2008

Some fantastic imagery here taken with cameraphones. Once again it shows that it’s not necessary to have the latest and greatest equipment, and that creativity and vision can produce wonderful results.

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Photography Rights

March 24, 2008

Cominco Trains (Copyright Eddy Piasentin)Photojojo, a great photography site with fun project ideas and lots of inspiration, has posted an item about photography and the law. They summarize the ten legal commandments of photography. There’s even a link to another site that covers the Canadian perspective.

Commandment eight, for example, says:

If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor do you have to disclose your identity (except in some cases when questioned by a law enforcement officer.)

The photo of mine above was taken just before I was approached by security while out on a personal photography project. I was shooting trains on Cominco’s property in Trail, BC. After about 10 minutes of wandering around, a security vehicle showed up. He asked who I was and what I was doing. I explained and gave my identity–contrary to the noted commandment–mostly because the guard was very polite and I figured I had nothing to hide. After a few moments, we both laughed as we realized we knew each other: we had met years earlier, when his sister married one of my cousins.

At work, I run into photographic permission issues regularly. We photograph employees all the time for our monthly internal e-magazine and increasingly we’re shooting people (staff and civilians) for external projects like annual reports. We developed our own model release form, which we use quite diligently, except for the internal work. We tend to let things slide when shooting for internal purposes, since everyone knows who we are and why we’re walking around with our cameras. If someone explicitly asks that their photo not be used–or taken–we honour the request. This “shoot first, beg forgiveness later” approach has served us well, since we get much more coverage than we otherwise might. This became quite clear the few times we’ve asked permission to take and use photos and staff, given the choice, refused.


Incredible Video of Image Resizing Software

August 31, 2007

This is an incredible tool. Really. Just watch it and you’ll be amazed at the flexibility and possibilities of this piece of software. It looks for “seams” in an image and uses these spaces to shrink or even expand an image. Click play and you’ll see what I mean.

Found via Compiler 

The Power of a Quick Reply – Courtesy of Kathy Wolfe Photography

August 21, 2007

I really admire the work of professional photographer Kathy Wolfe. She achieves very saturated, glowing images that often seem to sparkle. It’s a particular style, and one that I really like. My curiosity, along with my desire to build upon my own style and knowledge, compelled me to send her an e-mail yesterday, asking about how she achieves the look. Occasionally I’ve fired off a note to a blogger here or there, on a variety of topics (not just photography). My experience over the years, though, has led me to have low expectations for a thoughtful response. Much less a timely one.

But tonight, sitting down to my laptop, a response came in from Kathy, less than 24 hours after my original note. She was forthcoming with some details about how she shoots and edits her images, and overall very encouraging and friendly. I was surprised and impressed. I regularly read her blog and subscribe to her RSS feed, but now, as a result of her quick and kind response, my impression of her has been elevated. Her professionalism and grace are evident, and it can’t but help have an impact on how I view her work.

Now, Kathy and I will likely never meet face-to-face, and we’re not likely to run into one another on the street, each with our cameras in hand. So an argument could be made that Kathy’s efforts, while admirable, won’t really have much impact on her bottom line. Well, this misses the point. First, these days, the world is smaller than we often realize and circumstances could result in a referral or contract coming from an unlikely location–you just never know. Second, goodwill travels fast. Google makes research an easy thing these days. And someone looking for a photographer, or dentist, or stylist, or mechanic, or videographer, or financial advisor, or… will use the web to see what people think. So whether Kathy Wolfe and I are in the same city or region is really irrelevant. And ultimately, Kathy’s communications ability, both visually and through the written word, can only be of benefit to her.


24 Hours of Flickr

May 9, 2007
24 Hours of Flickr submission by l'etrusco

Photo by l’etrusco

Photos are still coming in from the recent 24 Hours of Flickr, where users were asked to submit one photo taken only on May 5 as part of their global photo event. A companion book is also in the works.

I never managed to shoot a frame that day, which is odd since lately I’ve been firing at least one a day. I’ll just have to make due exploring the growing collection online. As you’d expect, there are a lot of great photos, but there’s a good helping of bad ones, too. Should make the job of the Flickr folks selecting images for their book a little easier, at least at the beginning.