Image in Use: Nutrition Science Information

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August 31, 2009 at 11:54 am by | Categories: Post

Recapping Last Night’s Mini-Clinic in SLC

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We had a great time at last night’s mini-photography clinic at the Salt Lake City library. With over 60 photographers in attendance, the energy in the room was exceptional.

The theme of the night was “How to Make a Great Photo” and it featured a town-hall type of format. Four panelists shared a couple of images each for the group to critique. After overcoming a bit of trouble with the setting sun entering the room, we got down to the business of sharing opinions on what worked and/or didn’t work in the example photos.

I can’t thank enough the photographers that participated – both on the panel and in the audience. The feedback given on the subject images was exceptional. I hope that everyone who attended gained a little bit more insight into what makes a great photo.

Special kudos go out to our panel members (Amy Howton, Ed Paz, Scott Smith and Suzanne Plant), who willingly placed their work under the spotlight of critique. They were all great sports and very helpful.

Here are the images that were offered for critique (in the order presented):

Clinic Panel Photo 1
© Amy Howton

Clinic Panel Photo 2
© Ed Paz

Clinic Panel Photo 3
© Scott O. Smith

Clinic Panel Photo 4
© Suzanne Plant

Clinic Panel Photo 5
© Amy Howton

Clinic Panel Photo 6
© Ed Paz

Clinic Panel Photo 7
© Scott O. Smith

Clinic Panel Photo 8
© Suzanne Plant

I truly enjoy hosting these free clinics every-other-month. The next one is tentatively scheduled for October 22nd and will feature food photography with Nicole Young.

August 28, 2009 at 9:15 am by | Categories: Post

Feeling a bit negative?

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Today’s shot of me taken by Nicole Young is a Photoshop recreation of a Kodak TRI-X black & white film negative. If you’re a Mac user, try a little-known trick to see the positive of the image – press CTRL-OPTION-COMMAND 8.

Canon 5D, Vintage 135mm f/2.8 lens (with Canon mount adapter) – 1/400 second, f/2.8, ISO 800

August 26, 2009 at 7:43 am by | Categories: Post

Reminder: Free Photo Clinic in Salt Lake City this Thursday

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Here’s a repost of last week’s post for an overly obvious reminder of Thursday’s Free Photography Clinic at the Salt Lake City Library.

Thursday August 27th is the date for the next Photowalking Utah free photography Mini-Clinic at the Salt Lake City Library.

The theme of this clinic is “What Makes a Great Photo”. The session will be a town-hall type format featuring four guest photographer panelists. Each of the panelist will present a couple of their images for the participants to critique. As a group we will look at the photos and discuss what works and/or doesn’t work in the photograph.

The goal of the 90 minute clinic will be to give the participants (panelists and audience) the opportunity to pick up some tips on what goes into capturing and presenting a great photograph.

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday August 27th, 2009
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Salt Lake City Main Library – 210 E 400 South, Conf. room #4, 4th floor
Cost: Free!

As an added bonus, we will have a swap table set up. I’ve been approached by some members of the group that have photography stuff that they would like to give away (namely, photography magazines). Please feel free to bring along any unused magazines or gear that you’d like to give away to a fellow photographer.

I really enjoy facilitating these events and am really excited about the format of this month’s session. Please feel free to contact me (rich@leggnet.com or 801.568.1000) if I can answer any questions about the clinic.

To read the discussion about this event and announce your RSVP, head on over to the Photowalking Utah Flickr Group.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 27th! :)

August 25, 2009 at 11:24 am by | Categories: Post

Hikers

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens – 1/400 second, f/4, ISO 200

August 24, 2009 at 10:23 am by | Categories: Post

Meet One of My New Fav Photogs – Rick Sammon

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Note from Rich: I am the first to admit that I don’t follow the work of too many of the famous (or semi-famous) photographers out there. So if today’s introduction to Rick is old-news to you, I apologize :)

Today’s post is an introduction to one of my newest favorite photographers, Rick Sammon. It hit me this morning while driving the Saab on I-15 and listening to the PhotoFocus podcast that I truly enjoy hearing Rick’s photography (and life) insights.

Rick first hit my radar when Scott Bourne started the PhotoFocus podcast in April of this year. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it is a simple Q&A session aired three times each month of Scott and Rick answering their listener’s questions. The simple and ‘folksy’ way that they discuss the questions and provide answers appeals to me, and Rick’s contribution is a valuable part of the show’s success.

Shortly after learning of Rick through the podcast, I had the chance to get introduced to his photography writing. Rick has authored dozens of book and in most cases features his own outstanding photography in the contents. In one of his most recent books however, Digital Wedding Photography Secrets, he opted to use stock images to illustrate his points and I am flattered to say that he included several of mine. It was a ‘by-chance’ finding out about this that led me to purchase the book and get to know Rick’s writing. His clear and well written photography advice is helpful and easy to follow. The biggest evidence to me of the quality of his writing can been seen by how many of his books can be found in the limited photography section at my local big-box chain bookstore.

I have since had the opportunity to have a few limited conversations with Rick through Twitter and email. He is just as friendly and genuine in these interactions as he is in his published work, be it podcast or book. It is because of this that I am introducing you to him today.

Here are a few ways to follow Rick Sammon online:

Twitter – @ricksammon
Blog – rickrawrulessammon.blogspot.com
Web – RickSammon.com
Podcast – PhotoFocus Podcast on iTunes
Books – Rick’s Books at Amazon.com

I look forward to meeting Rick in person when he visits Utah next year for one of his workshops.

August 21, 2009 at 11:50 am by | Categories: Post

Balance

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/60 second, f/9, ISO 200

August 19, 2009 at 10:51 am by | Categories: Post

Are We Human?

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Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/160 second, f/7.1, ISO 100

August 18, 2009 at 10:42 am by | Categories: Post

Save the Date: "What Makes a Great Photo" Mini-Clinic

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Thursday August 27th is the date for the next Photowalking Utah free photography Mini-Clinic at the Salt Lake City Library.

The theme of this clinic is “What Makes a Great Photo”. The session will be a town-hall type format featuring four guest photographer panelists. Each of the panelist will present a couple of their images for the participants to critique. As a group we will look at the photos and discuss what works and/or doesn’t work in the photograph.

The goal of the 90 minute clinic will be to give the participants (panelists and audience) the opportunity to pick up some tips on what goes into capturing and presenting a great photograph.

Here are the details:

Date: Thursday August 27th, 2009
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Salt Lake City Main Library – 210 E 400 South, Conf. room #4, 4th floor
Cost: Free!

As an added bonus, we will have a swap table set up. I’ve been approached by some members of the group that have photography stuff that they would like to give away (namely, photography magazines). Please feel free to bring along any unused magazines or gear that you’d like to give away to a fellow photographer.

I really enjoy facilitating these events and am really excited about the format of this month’s session. Please feel free to contact me (rich@leggnet.com or 801.568.1000) if I can answer any questions about the clinic.

To read the discussion about this event and announce your RSVP, head on over to the Photowalking Utah Flickr Group.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 27th! :)

August 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm by | Categories: Post

Fore!

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Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/50 second, f/4, ISO 100

August 13, 2009 at 11:35 am by | Categories: Post