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Learning by not doing

So earlier tonight I went to Exposure.Roanoke‘s “Shooting Regular People” workshop. I went loaded for bear; F-1, motordrive, several rolls of film, 28, 50 and 135mm lenses, a light stand, umbrella and radio triggered hotshoe flash. The whole 9 yards.

I only shot about 6 photos, all of them of other people taking photographs.

But I did spend a fair bit of time watching Curt Warwick directing several of the models who sat for him, even did a brief stint sitting in front of the camera myself, and I know I learned more than if I’d just set up in a corner somewhere and attempted portraits.

Watching and being directed by someone who has done a lot of excellent quality portraiture work was eye opening. Now, I need to put it into practice a bit and take my portrait work beyond the “Smile! *click*” level. I’m thinking, for starters, that Kelli might want some good headshots for when she gets published! At least that’s my excuse…

The Week in Links: April 9th 2010

I don’t know why, but there’s something about old, abandoned places which fascinates me. So of course I was captivated by this series of photos taken on a tour of the Chernobyl power plant grounds and neighboring abandoned city of Pripyat. Be aware there are a LOT of images on the one page, it will take a Very Long Time Indeed to load if you’re on a slow connection.

Just found out about a new creative teaching site which has gone live. creativeLIVE will stream lessons on various creative pursuits. For free. Photography will be one of the subjects covered. Only the live stream will be free; to watch later, or download for your iWhatever, will cost a small sum per download. Sounds pretty good to me!

Artinfo talks about the photo by Richard Misrach used as the Apple iPad’s wallpaper. Somewhat ironically for the current most-talked-about digital gadget, the photo in question was not shot digitally, but on 8×10 large format film. Lovely photograph either way though.

Lightroom Killer Tips has 3 tips for smart collections in Lightroom, well worth a look if you’re an LR user.